Past Event

Heroes Like Us: Representation in Comic Books

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Comics have always been a home for people who identify outside of mainstream culture. But how are those outside the mainstream represented in comic books? Join this interactive discussion about how race, ethnicity, religious identity and sexual orientation are represented in comic books.

Using Ms. Marvel, Batwing, and The Green Lantern as example texts, and with Dav Yendler on hand illustrating the group’s ideas and proposals, “Heroes Like Us” will investigate the advantages and pitfalls of diversity and cultural appropriation in the comic book form.

Where is the comic book world succeeding and where could they improve?

What’s interesting and what’s uncomfortable about the shifting use of symbols and identities in the modern world?


This event is presented in partnership with The Dilettantes and sponsored by Dimo’s Pizza.


About the Participants

Dav Yendler is an illustrator, designer, and art/performance director living and working in Chicago, IL. His work has been seen at Chicago Public Libraries, Steppenwolf Theatre, The House Theatre, Redmoon Theatre, Collaboraction, Groupon, among others. More on Dav and his work here…
The Dilettantes build unexpected experiences at the intersection of arts, science and technology, are instigators, investigators and curators, are earnest provocateurs – moving through the world with both sincerity and subversion, strive to be art-makers and organization-builders in the same breath, and create unique, interactive events to capture essential experiences.
Dimo’s Pizza purposeful passions are the guiding principles of Dimo’s that motivates them, drives their philanthropic efforts, and allows them to actively support the communities we call home. These are the passions, beyond making delicious pizza, that drive them each and every day. Learn more…



This program is made possible in part by The Joyce Foundation.
The Joyce Foundation works to improve communities through the arts and the quality of life in the Great Lakes Region and across the country.


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