We’ve all seen the pictures: a six-year-old Ruby Bridges being escorted by U.S. marshals on her first day at an all-white, New Orleans school in 1960; a police dog attacking a demonstrator in Birmingham; fire hoses turned on protesters; Martin Luther King Jr. addressing a crowd on the National Mall. These pictures were printed in papers, flashed across television screens, and helped to change the laws of this nation, but not necessarily all of the attitudes. Similarly, we’ve seen the pictures of Michael Brown lying face down in a pool of his own blood for hours; protesters with their hands up, facing down militarized policemen. There are videos of Eric Garner choked to death, John Crawford III shot down in Walmart for carrying a toy gun, and 12-year-old Tamir Rice gunned down in broad daylight for the same reason. APB: Artists Against Police Brutality is a benefit comic book anthology that focuses on hot-button issues including police brutality, the justice system, and civil rights, with one primary goal: show pictures and tell stories that get people talking. The proceeds will go to the Innocence Project, an organization dedicated to exonerating wrongfully convicted people.
Artists against Police Brutality
1931. Bronzeville. Chicago.
The mage, Frank "Half Dead" Johnson, is a marked man. Literally. A drunken decision fueled by tragedy has left him with half a soul, sorcerous powers, and two centuries to work off his debt to Scratch (aka The Devil) himself.
Blue Hand Mojo: Hard Times Road.
This graphic novel by artist/writer, John Jennings, chronicles three adventures with this tragic conjure man. Watch as "Half Dead" attempts to save his own soul, pay his debt, and help as many people as he can along the way.
It's a hard-hitting Hoodoo Noir highball with just a splash of Southern Gothic. Smack-dab in the dark heart of the Windy City.
Hold on tight! It's going to be a bumpy ride down Hard Times Road.
Blue Hand Mojo:
Hard Times Road
By Whit Taylor
Ghost Stories is a graphic novel collection offering three haunting explorations. Granted the chance to meet three of her dead idols in "Ghost," the author’s cartoon-self embarks on a journey to remote and unanticipated landscapes, in a story of self-discovery and healing. In "Wallpaper," a child tells the story of a household move, remodel, and loss through the lens of flashbulb memory. And in "Makers," two girls with an unorthodox friendship make a rocky transition into adulthood. Throughout each tale, ghosts exist as past selves and remnants of past relationships that are met with inquiry, resolution, and personal rebirth.
" This may not be a book about actual ghosts, but that doesn't mean it won't keep you up at night."
— MariNaomi, author/illustrator of Turning Japanese
“Ghost Stories is nostalgically blue, yet undefeated.”
— Christa Cassano, co-illustrator of Ghetto Klown
“Sweet and sad, Ghost Stories feels for anyone missing friendships that helped make the world seem beautiful.”
— Ben Passmore, author/illustrator of Your Black Friend
"Smart, poetic and deeply personal, Whit Taylor’s stories of love and loss sneak up and take hold of you."
— Sophie Goldstein, author/illustrator of The Oven and House of Women
"I love Whit's work. Every time I read something by her I think, I trust this person. I trust this art.
It is wise, and fascinated, and benevolent, and practical. It's not trying to convince me of anything
and yet I want to follow it around everywhere and just listen. Ghost Stories collects some of
her best. This is a book full of sweet and sorrowful longing, both an easy pleasure
and a powerful emotional force."
— Carolyn Nowak, author/illustrator of Diana's Electric Tongue
"Marguerite Dabaie is brilliant, and Hookah Girl is a revelation!”
– Randa Jarrar, President & Executive Director, Radius of Arab American
Writers, author of Him, Me, Muhammad Ali
"Marguerite Dabaie's beautifully illustrated memoir The Hookah Girl is serious,
heartbreaking, and seriously charming. A must-read."
– MariNaomi, author/illustrator of Turning Japanese, creator of the Cartoonists of
"Marguerite Dabaie navigates the swirling confluence of Palestinian heritage and
American culture in these proud, poignant, and humorous stories of her upbringing.
This is a lovely and humane book."
– Joe Sacco, author of Palestine and Footnotes in Gaza
“Reading The Hookah Girl, I felt like I was sitting in Dabaie’s childhood home, surrounded by
family, home cooking, laughter and stories of their homeland. This is a book that, like its
author, refuses to squeeze itself into a box: full of heartbreak and humor, history and pride. I’m
so glad that this collection of comics in all their intricate, loving detail are finally available to a
wider readership. Its about time.”
– Sarah Glidden, author of How to Understand Israel in 60 Days and Rolling Blackouts
"Through personal anecdotes, essays, and history lessons, the comix stories of The Hookah
Girl confront the expectations thrust upon a young Palestinian-American woman. By turns
serious and joyful—but always honestly—Dabaie adds a vital perspective to the ongoing
– Josh Neufeld, author of A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge
"The Hookah Girl is a blast of honest, wry and raw humor from the heart and the brain of Marguerite
Dabaie, who refuses to buy the official line on anything. Here is the straight scoop not just
on being a young Arab woman in the West, but how to be in a society challenged, as never before,
to reconcile its democratic ethos with its (now officially sanctioned) legacy of intolerance. Her art
takes us to important and forbidden places ... and we are all enriched.”
– Steve Brodner, illustrator, caricaturist, and political commentator
In this current political climate, being a Palestinian is a hazard. However, there are common grounds where East meets West. The Hookah Girl is a semi-autobiographical graphic novel of a childhood as a Christian Palestinian in America. Told in short stories and with narrative ranging from growing up in a refugee family to how to roll waraq (stuffed grape leaves), this book is an account of living in two seemingly different cultures that actually aren’t very different at all.
COMING SPRING 2018
The Hookah Girl
and Other True Stories
Illustrated by Bizhan Khodabandeh
Based on the Persian children's classic by Samad Behrangi, this book is about a young fish's courage to question authority and strike out on her own An inquisitive little fish decided to question authority and leave the safety of her own home to venture out into the expansive sea. The creatures she meets along the way teach her important lessons and make her learn the most valuable treasure in life: freedom.
The Little Black Fish