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LOOKING FOR A FACE LIKE MINE: The Changing Image of African Americans in Comic Books & Cosplay Competition! 

May 27 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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Put on your coolest cosplay outfit and join us for a conversation on the changing image of African Americans in comic books. Retired Naugatuck Valley Community College Professor and comic book enthusiast, William Foster will lead participants through a presentation and discussion on the negative stereotypes of African Americans portrayed in comics and how the representation of African Americans has changed over time.  

Professor Foster’s presentation will be followed by a cosplay competition. The first-place winner will receive a $50 gift card for Richie’s Comic Cabana and a Mattatuck Museum Circle Level membership for one year. The secondplace winner will receive a $25 gift card for Richie’s Comic Book Cabana and gift bag from the Mattatuck Museum Shop. 

Price: $5 Members | $10 General 

Registration will be open until Wednesday, May 26

Register for the cosplay competition opens at event check-in at 4:30pm. 

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Support provided by Art Bridges. 

William H. Foster III has been a writer since the age of 8 and published since age 11. Poet, essayist, playwright, and editorialist, he has written 15 books and 10 plays. He is a retired Professor of English at Naugatuck Valley Community College in Waterbury, CTFoster’s exhibit on the “Changing Image of Blacks in Comics” has been displayed at a number of venues across the country, including Temple University’s Paley Library, the 1998 Comic-Con International Comic Arts Conference, and the 2000 Festival of Arts and Ideas. He presented his research at the 2001 bi-annual conference of The International Association for Media and History in Leipzig, Germany and at the 2002 Conference on Analyzing Series & Serial Narrative at John Moores University in Liverpool, England. Foster is the author of “Looking for a Face like Mine” published in 2005 by Fine Tooth Press. His collection of essays on Black comics, “Dreaming of a Face like Ours,” was published in 2010. 


May 27
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Mattatuck Museum
144 West Main Street
Waterbury, CT 06702 United States
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