Friday, September 24, 2021

Fantom Comics - 9/26: Klan Came To Town (in person); 9/25: 2 book clubs (virtual)

>>>Sunday, September 26th @ 4pm


Join author Bill Campbell and artist Bizhan Khodabandeh in the store on Sunday as they promote and sign copies of their graphic novel, "The Day the Klan Came to Town."

From the book jacket: "The year is 1923. The Ku Klux Klan is at the height of its power in the US as membership swells into the millions and they expand beyond their original southern borders. As they continue their campaigns of terror against African Americans, their targets now also include Catholics and Jews, southern and eastern Europeans, all in the name of "white supremacy."

Incorporating messages of moral decency, family values, and temperance, the Klan has slapped on a thin veneer of respectability and become a "civic organization," attracting new members, law enforcement, and politicians to their particular brand of white, Anglo-Saxon, and Protestant "Americanism."

Pennsylvania enthusiastically joined that wave. That was when the Grand Dragon of Pennsylvania decided to display the Klan's newfound power in a show of force. He chose a small town outside of Pittsburgh named after Andrew Carnegie, a small, unassuming borough full of Catholics and Jews, the perfect place to teach immigrants a "lesson." Some thirty thousand members of the Klan gathered from as far as Kentucky for "Karnegie Day." After initiating new members, they armed themselves with torches and guns to descend upon the town to show them exactly what Americanism was all about.

The Day the Klan Came to Town is a fictionalized retelling of the riot, focusing on a Sicilian immigrant, Primo Salerno. He is not a leader; he's a man with a troubled past. He was pulled from the sulfur mines of Sicily as a teen to fight in the First World War. Afterward, he became the focus of a local fascist and was forced to emigrate to the United States. He doesn't want to fight but feels that he may have no choice. The entire town needs him—and indeed everybody—to make a stand."
hat he may have no choice. The entire town needs him—and indeed everybody—to make a stand."


>>>Saturday, September 25th @ 4pm


Black Excellence Book Club presents, "Wake: The Hidden History of Women-Led Slave Revolts"

Join the Pop Culture Uncovered podcast and Fantom Comics on Facebook live for a discussion of, "Wake: The Hidden History of Women-Led Slave Revolts", written by Rebecca Hall and illustrated by Hugo Martinez.

From the book jacket: "Part graphic novel, part memoir, Wake is an imaginative tour de force that tells the story of women-led slave revolts and chronicles scholar Rebecca Hall's efforts to uncover the truth about these warriors who, until now, have been left out of the historical record."

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>>>Saturday, September 25th @ 6pm


Fantom Comics Manga Book Club presents, "Vinland Saga, Book 1"

Following the Black Excellence Book Club, jump on Zoom for the very popular Fantom Comics Manga Book Club, with this month's featured manga, "Vinland Saga, Book 1," by Makoto Yukimura.

From the publisher: "As a child, Thorfinn sat at the feet of the great Leif Ericson and thrilled to the wild tales of a land far to the west. But his youthful fantasies were shattered by a mercenary raid. Raised by the Vikings who murdered his family, Thorfinn became a terrifying warrior, forever seeking to kill the band's leader, Askeladd, and avenge his father. Sustaining Thorfinn through his ordeal are his pride in his family and his dreams of a fertile westward land, a land without war or slavery...the land Leif called Vinland."

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