Sunday, May 21, 2023

“Geek, and You Shall Find” (2019 documentary about comic books)

That post title misses the key point. The film is about the power of comics in the real world. 

Geek, and You Shall Find starts off winning with that clever name (though I suspect that phrase predates the doc). But its depth took me by pleasant surprise. It touches on an eclectic yet trenchant range of topics, from Stetson Kennedy’s use of the Superman radio show to expose the Ku Klux Klan in the 1940s to the 2010s character Priya, an Indian woman who survives a rape and becomes a superhero. 

I was tipped off about the film by an educator at a school that may bring me in to speak. Not only did I not know till this month that Boys of Steel: The Creators of Superman is mentioned in this 2019 release (around the 4:37 mark), but when I thanked the person who was thoughtful to credit me on screen—Arlen Schumer—he didn’t remember participating!

To quote lots of comics: is this real, or is it an imaginary story?

Monday, May 1, 2023

Maryland State Arts Council funded visit to Thurmont Middle School

Thank you to the Maryland State Arts Council for an Arts in Education grant to 100% fund my 4/27/23 visit to Thurmont Middle School in Thurmont, MD. 

I am grateful for the opportunities you provide for both Maryland creators of various kinds (including me) and underfunded Maryland schools, and I have on good authority that this school is, too. 

Fun fact: Faith and Grace have another sister. Her name? No, not Hope or Charity.