Telegraph Art & Comics
211 A West Main Street
Charlottesville, VA 22902
Past EventsOct. 19, 2019: Wings of Fire: The Hidden Kingdom Signing
Telegraph Art & Comics is proud to welcome back MIKE HOLMES on Saturday, October 19, 2019 at 1 PM to celebrate the release of the third Wings of Fire graphic novel! Mike is a celebrated comic artist who has worked for MAD Magazine, Adventure Time, Bravest Warriors, and most recently has been the artist for the graphic novel series SECRET CODERS and WINGS OF FIRE!June 1, 2019: Cannabis: The Illegalization of Weed in America Signing
Cartoonist Box Brown appears at Telegraph Art & Comics on Saturday, June 1, 2019 at 2 PM to celebrate the release of his new book Cannabis: The Illegalization of Weed in America.
In CANNABIS: The Illegalization of Weed in America, author Box Brown delves deep into this troubling history and offers a rich, entertaining, and thoroughly researched graphic essay on the legacy of cannabis legislation in America. Mexico, 1519 CE. During the Spanish conquests Cortés introduced hemp farming as part of his violent colonial campaign. In secret, locals began cultivating the plant for consumption. It eventually made its way to the United States through the immigrant labor force where it was shared with black laborers. It doesn’t take long for American lawmakers to decry cannabis as the vice of “inferior races.” Enter an era of propaganda designed to feed a moral panic about the dangers of a plant that had been used by humanity for thousands of years. Cannabis was given a schedule I classification, which it shared with drugs like heroin. This opened the door for a so-called “war on drugs” that disproportionately targeted young black men, leaving hundreds of thousands in prison, many for minor infractions. With its roots in “reefer madness” and misleading studies into the effects of cannabis, America’s complicated and racialized relationship with marijuana continues to this day.
Box Brown is an Ignatz Award-winning cartoonist, illustrator, and comic publisher from Philadelphia. His books include the New York Times-bestselling Andre the Giant: Life and Legend, Tetris: The Games People Play, and Is This Guy For Real?: The Unbelievable Andy Kaufman. Box Brown’s independent comics publishing house, Retrofit Comics, was launched in 2011.March 23, 2018: The Best We Could Do Signing
Telegraph Art & Comics is proud to welcome artist Thi Bui on Friday, March 23rd from noon till 1:30 PM as part of the Virginia Festival of the Book!
Thi Bui will be reading from her latest, the graphic novel memoir The Best We Could Do, followed by a discussion of her work. We will have copies of her books available for purchase, or you may bring books you already own to have signed.
To learn more about Thi Bui’s work, please visit www.thibui.com
ABOUT THE BEST WE COULD DO
This beautifully illustrated and emotional story is an evocative memoir about the search for a better future and a longing for the past. Exploring the anguish of immigration and the lasting effects that displacement has on a child and her family, Bui documents the story of her family’s daring escape after the fall of South Vietnam in the 1970s, and the difficulties they faced building new lives for themselves.
At the heart of Bui’s story is a universal struggle: While adjusting to life as a first-time mother, she ultimately discovers what it means to be a parent—the endless sacrifices, the unnoticed gestures, and the depths of unspoken love. Despite how impossible it seems to take on the simultaneous roles of both parent and child, Bui pushes through. With haunting, poetic writing and breathtaking art, she examines the strength of family, the importance of identity, and the meaning of home.
In what Pulitzer Prize–winning novelist Viet Thanh Nguyen calls “a book to break your heart and heal it,” The Best We Could Do brings to life Thi Bui’s journey of understanding, and provides inspiration to all of those who search for a better future while longing for a simpler past.March 10, 2018: Tales of the Cloud Ocean #1 Signing
Telegraph Art & Comics is proud to welcome Charlottesville’s own Rob Richmond of The Vailix on Saturday, March 10th at 2:00 PM for the debut of his new ongoing comic book series, TALES OF THE CLOUD OCEAN! We’ll have copies of issue #1 for sale.