What comic books teach us about COVID-19, anti-Black racism and more: CBC Asks

Join our Facebook Live Thursday at noon with Dylan Routledge, manager of Big B Comics. He'll make some summer reading list suggestions and talk about what comic books can tell us about anti-Black racism, life under quarantine and more.

Join our live interview on Thursday at noon on Facebook; send us your questions and comments

It took the recent television adaptation of the classic comic book series, The Watchmen, to make widely known again the story of the 1921 Tulsa Massacre — when mobs of angry white people attacked and murdered Black people in Tulsa, Okla.

They burned to the ground the affluent Black-owned businesses on what was once known as Black Wall Street in Tulsa's Greenwood District. 

It began with a false allegation of assault made by a white woman against a Black man. According to the Tulsa Historical Society, hundreds of Black-owned homes and businesses were destroyed and as many as 300 people were killed.

We can learn a lot from comic books.

On Thursday at noon, CBC Hamilton will host a Facebook live event with Dylan Routledge, manager of Hamilton's Big B Comics. He'll talk with the CBC's Conrad Collaco and make some summer reading list suggestions and talk about which comic books are addressing issues like anti-Black racism, life under quarantine and more.

Be a part of the conversation. What comic books are you reading now? Which comic book do you recommend as a must-read? 

Let us know in the comments section on this page, by email at Hamilton@cbc.ca or on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram

Dylan Routledge is manager at Big B Comics in Hamilton. (Big B Comics)


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