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Jimmy Carter Presidential Library Celebrates Comic Books and Social Justice


Press Release:

Dennis O’Neil, the man who “helped comics grow up,” will be recognized for his lifetime of achievements in pursuing causes of peace and justice by the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library in Atlanta as part of a weekend program celebrating comic books December 7-8.

O’Neil is the centerpiece in the Library’s “Comic Books and Social Justice” weekend. Events will include:

FRIDAY, DEC. 7th – 7:00 PM

Dennis O’Neil and Beyond: Bringing Change Through Comics

Dennis O’Neil’s comic scripts of the early 1970s took the major issues of the day—racism, poverty, drug addiction and more—and brought them front and center into comics. O’Neil is joined by Christopher Priest (Black PantherDeathstroke), Christopher Herndon (Star Trek), Kyle Puttkammer (Hero Cats) and more to discuss how comics have changed our lives and will continue to do so.

SATURDAY, DEC. 8th – 11:00 AM

Family Day: Comics Chat and Marketplace

Christopher Herndon, Paul Jenkins, Christopher Priest, Kyle Puttkammer, Darren Vincenzo, and other comic creators will talk about their work, what propelled them into their career choice, and how they use their talents to fight for justice, following in the footsteps of Dennis O’Neil.

Select books and merchandise will be available for sale from Galactic Quest Comics, and a limited autograph signing with the creators will take place.

SATURDAY, DEC. 8th – 1:00 PM

Dennis O’Neil on Batman and More

Dennis O’Neil talks about his life and times: How he entered the comics biz, and later brought Batman back to his gothic roots. O’Neil will explain his tenures at both Marvel and DC Comics, and what he’s seen over the arc of a legendary career.

“We are looking forward to partnering with The Hero Initiative to celebrate Denny and his legacy as an advocate for social justice with a weekend full of exciting events,”

The Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum is part of the National Archives and Records Administration and is dedicated to providing research information and educational materials about the life, career and presidency of Jimmy Carter.

For more information, please visit us at www.jimmycarterlibrary.gov