Join us this Saturday for two events hosted by the Immigrant Youth Forum 


COMICS SPEAK! Comic Book Release and Book Signing Event

Date: Saturday, November 2nd

Time: 12:00 – 3:00 pm

Location: Ultimate Comics (6120 Farrington Rd. Durham, NC 27517)

Since early March, a group of Black, Latino, and multiethnic teens have been working with visual artist Luis Franco and poet and writer Kane Smego at Chapel Hill’s Street Scene Teen Center to discuss racial identity and issues of racism through the expressive medium of the graphic novel or comic book. “Comics Speak!” was inspired by a community need for expression, discussion, and collaboration. Now they are finally ready to release the final product: a professional quality comic book in color print!
Through a series of workshops and homework, the teens have been coached in the development of their character’s persona through writing poems about themselves and their personal experiences with racism. They then crafted story lines, created storyboards and plot sequences, and drew and colored the various frames to bring their superheroes to life on the pages of their very own comic.The goal was to empower youth of color to use the arts to confront the obstacles they and their communities face on a regular basis, as well as celebrate the vibrant cultural identities they possess. In the words of one of the young artists and member of the Immigrant Youth Forum, Gerardo Alvarez, “This program allowed me to use my art skills to deliver an important message to my community.” “Comics Speak!” is a collaboration between the Chapel Hill Public & Cultural Arts Office, Sacrificial Poets, NC Dream Team, and The Ella Baker Women’s Center for Leadership and Community Activism.
The group will celebrate the publishing of their new book with a release party at Ultimate Comics in Durham on Saturday, November 2. Students will be on hand to sign books and discuss their achievement. The event is free and open to the public.

 Saturday, November 2nd
Time: 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Location: St. Thomas Moore Church (940 Carmichael St, Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Come out to St. Thomas Moore and join the Immigrant Youth Forum to learn about Immigration Reform, Jobs, Education, and Stopping Deportations. This will be a potluck, so please bring food to share. Find out about how you can get involved!
Vengan a Saint Thomas More con IYF para aprender sobre la reforma migratoria, trabajos, educación, y deportación. Habrá un convivio entonces, si pueden traer comida por favor traiganlo. Vengan y aprendan como se pueden involucrar y ayudar.