Free Comic Book Day: 'Super Black: American Pop Culture and Black Superheroes'

President Obama as super hero. Illustration by Alex Ross.

Dr. Adilifu Nama, Associate Professor of African American Studies at Loyola Marymount University and author of "Super Black: American Pop Culture and Black Superheroes"

Cover for "Super Black: American Pop Culture and Black Superheroes"

Marvel Comics' "Black Goliath"


Free Comic Book Day is coming May 4, and to celebrate, the Allendale Branch Library in Pasadena is hosting a book signing with Loyola Marymount professor Adilifu Nama, whose new book "Super Black: American Pop Culture and Black Superheroes" explores racial identity by looking at black superheroes in comics, film and television. 

Nama says black superheroes of pop culture:

"... have offered a galactic vision of blackness, often as Afro-diasporic figures that fuse the shiny tomorrowland of time travel, interdimensional realities, rocket ships, black mysticism, extraterrestrial beings, light speed, experimental technoculture, and cybertronic robots with the self-esteem politics of 'black is beautiful.'  In doing so, black superheroes offer some of the most stimulating and ideologically provocative representations of blackness ever imagined."

Since it is about comics, the book has some fantastic illustrations, too. Comic-illustrator Alex Ross even created an image of a Superman-esque President Obama for the book because, according to Nama, the President has brought the idea of the black superhero to life. 

The book signing is at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at the Allendale Branch Library, 1130 S. Marengo Ave., Pasadena, Calif. 91106. More info at the Allendale Branch Library's Facebook page. 

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