Opening Tuesday, October 9th, from 8PM - 11PM
The Nightingale is delighted to welcome back Ezra Claytan Daniels as he celebrates the book version of his inventive graphic novel Upgrade Soul. Originally released as an interactive iPhone App, the innovative sci-fi story follows an aging couple in the aftermath of an experimental operation to clone themselves gone awry. Daniels asks probing questions about what shapes our identity -Is it the capability of our mind or the physicality of our bodies? Is a newer, better version of yourself still you? This page-turning graphic novel follows Hank and Molly as they discover the harsh truth that only one version of themselves is fated to survive.
Touring with Daniels is Philadelphia-based cartoonist Ben Passmore reading from his comic-collection released in March of 2018, Your Black Friend and Other Strangers. Passmore masterfully tackles comics about race, gentrification, the prison system, online dating, gross punks, bad street art, kung fu movie references, beating up God, and lots of other grown-up stuff with refreshing doses of humour and lived relatability. These comics are essential, humorous, and accessible, told through Passmore’s surreal lens in the vibrant full-color hues of New Orleans.
At this event, Ben and Ezra will both present sections of their new releases. Afterwards, they will join Chicago-based comic artists Jessica Campbell and (TBA) in a roundtable discussion about creating comics that address white supremacy, sexism, and xenophobia.
PRAISE for UPGRADE SOUL:
Winner, Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity in Comics
“It’s truly one of the best comics of the year, full of incredible depth of characterization, unexpected turns, difficult resolutions, and broad themes dealt with using pinpoint precision.”
— The Comics Journal
PRAISE for YOUR BLACK FRIEND:
Winner, Ignatz Award for Outstanding Comic
Winner, DINKy Award for Best Mini
One of NPR’s 100 Favorite Graphic Novels of 2017
COMICS THAT INTERRUPT