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Leaping Tall Buildings: The Origins of American Comics

Leaping Tall Buildings: The Origins of American Comics

Comics fans, we’re up to our masks preparing for the 3rd annual CRRL-Con on May 20, and you’re likely designing a super costume for it, but we think you’ll want to set aside your cape-sewing for just an hour to attend this program! Leaping Tall Buildings: The Origins of American Comics, is coming to Porter Branch on Thursday, May 11, from 7:00-8:00.  

This Virginia Museum of Fine Arts program features comic book and popular historian Christopher Irving performing a reading of his book, Leaping Tall Buildings, with photographs by Seth Kushner. There’s a slideshow, too, of comic book creators that starts with one of the final portraits of Captain America co-creator Joe Simon and ends with emerging comics talent. Irving interviewed many comic book writers and illustrators for the book and will share with us their own words on the creation process. Some of the comics icons profiled include Stan Lee (Marvel Comics, Spider-Man), Frank Miller (Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Daredevil, 300), Art Spiegelman (Maus), Chris Ware (Building Stories), Chris Claremont (X-Men), Harvey Pekar (American Splendor), Jill Thompson (Sandman), and Denny O’Neil (Batman, The Shadow, Green Lantern/Green Arrow, The Question).  At the end of the event, Irving will have comic trading cards available for purchase.  

Here’s your chance to get the real scoop on the creation of your favorite superheroes.  You can even wear that half-finished cape if you wish.