Monthly Archives: December 2014

STORE SIGNING: Noah Berlatsky JANUARY 28th, 2015

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THANKS NOAH! Great having you At First Aid!


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Bondage and Feminism in the Marston/Peter Comics, 1941-1948
Noah Berlatsky (Author)
264 pages, 32 illustrations, 6 x 9
Paper, January 2015 $26.95

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William Marston was an unusual man—a psychologist, a soft-porn pulp novelist, more than a bit of a carny, and the (self-declared) inventor of the lie detector. He was also the creator of Wonder Woman, the comic that he used to express two of his greatest passions: feminism and women in bondage.

Comics expert Noah Berlatsky takes us on a wild ride through the Wonder Woman comics of the 1940s, vividly illustrating how Marston’s many quirks and contradictions, along with the odd disproportionate composition created by illustrator Harry Peter, produced a comic that was radically ahead of its time in terms of its bold presentation of female power and sexuality. Himself a committed polyamorist, Marston created a universe that was friendly to queer sexualities and lifestyles, from kink to lesbianism to cross-dressing. Written with a deep affection for the fantastically pulpy elements of the early Wonder Womancomics, from invisible jets to giant multi-lunged space kangaroos, the book also reveals how the comic addressed serious, even taboo issues like rape and incest.

Wonder Woman: Bondage and Feminism in the Marston/Peter Comics 1941-1948 reveals how illustrator and writer came together to create a unique, visionary work of art, filled with bizarre ambition, revolutionary fervor, and love, far different from the action hero symbol of the feminist movement many of us recall from television.


Bringing Graphic Novels to the Classroom: Harold Washington Library Center

Bringing Graphic Novels to the Classroom
Saturday, January 24, 2015 from 2:00PM – 4:00PM
Harold Washington Library Center

Bringing graphic novels to the classroom enhances student engagement across the curriculum. Professor Turtel Onli and Dr. Auburn E. Ellis share their insights, experiences and practices using graphic novels to aid in learning, conflict resolution and positive fantasy building for educators, students and fans of all ages. Professor Onli is an adjunct professor in art appreciation and studio drawing at Harold Washington College and recently retired from Chicago Public Schools, where he was an arts educator. Dr. Ellis is a visual artist based in Chicago. Working as an art instructor for Chicago Public Schools since 2007, Dr. Ellis has a wealth of experience developing curriculum and assessment. This program is in conjunction with the exhibit Rhythmistic Journey: The Art Enterprises of Turtel Onli, on view January 9 – February 27, 2015 in the 8th Floor North Exhibit Cases.

Rhythmistic Journey