About this Event
In collaboration with Boston Comics in Color, join us for an evening of discussion with cartoonist and author Joseph on his debut graphic novel, Restless. He will be joined in conversation with BWOC member, author, artist, and Co-Founder of Comics in Color, Cagen Luse. Keeping with GrubStreet's Covid-19 policy, masks are optional.
About the book:
Set in Beirut, Lebanon. It's 30 years after the end of the civil war, and a few months before the disastrous explosion of August 2020. Samar, a young queer comic book artist, wanders between anguished dreams, childhood memories, sexual experiences, and Beirut’s alternative communities. This abstractly autobiographical story tells of the author's anxiety over living in a complex city of changing colors and moods. Three powerful themes: art, sex, and political uprising, are interwoven in a compelling narrative and an otherwordly color palette.
Joseph Kai is a queer artist from Beirut, Lebanon. He has published several works with the Lebanese collective of BD Samandal Comics. Joseph has participated in numerous festivals and exhibitions in Beirut, Lebanon; Berlin, Germany; Brussels, Belgium; and both Angouleme and Paris, France. He is currently living and working in Paris. This is his debut graphic novel.
Cagen Luse is a Boston based visual artist and entrepreneur. He is the staff illustrator for the Bay State Banner. He is the artist and author of two comic series, the 2021 Association of Alternative Newsmedia award-winning LunchTime ComiX (lunchtimecomix.com) and The Market. They have been published in local Alt-weeklies DIG Boston and the Boston Compass as well as various social media platforms. He also runs his own business, 950design, (950design.com) that produces hand-made items such as tee shirts, art prints, buttons, and note cards featuring his original artwork. Cagen is the co-founder and Director of Comics in Color and the Boston Comics in Color Festival (comicsincolor.org) a monthly meet-up event series and an annual comic arts festival for enthusiasts, artists, and writers of comics by and about people of color.
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