Monday, July 20, 2020

Marian University professor Tom Wallestad will present the topic, The Comics Medium and ‘Good Talk', virtually at 2 p.m. Saturday, August 15, on Zoom in a FDL Public Library virtual program for adults.

Registration is required and begins July 20 at the Calendar. After signing up, pick up copies of the book at the downtown library’s Main Desk on the first floor.

According to The Atlantic, “Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations” by Mira Jacob, illustrates the “messy reality of life as an interracial family through a series of honest but not always conclusive conversations about love and race with family members at different stages in the author’s life.” The graphic memoir was shortlisted for the National Book Critics Circle Award, longlisted for the PEN Open Book Award, named a New York Times Notable Book, as well as a best book of the year by Time, Esquire, Publisher’s Weekly and Library Journal.

Wallestad will talk about the unique aspects of the comics medium and why “Good Talk” author Jacob might have chosen to tell her story in that form. He’ll talk about how “Good Talk” contributes to the continuing evolution of comics.

Wallestad, a graphic arts professor at Marian University, has taught comic art and animation as a topic for over 20 years. His research of the art form has taken him from regional to international locations, including a sabbatical in Japan.