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Drawing Freeman Colby: Adventures of a New Hampshire School Teacher in the Civil War
Join cartoonist Marek Bennett as he reads from & discusses his ongoing graphic novel series, The Civil War Diary of Freeman Colby. Starting as an 8-page mini-comic adaptation from an old diary, the series has grown to detail the day-to-day adventures of NH school teacher Freeman Colby & several contemporaries during the American Civil War. Drawn entirely from primary source accounts, it portrays the surprising realities faced by a diverse cast of participants between 1861-1865.
Bennett also discusses his 10-year process of researching & drawing the books, and answers your questions about historical cartooning & the Civil War.
ADDITIONAL FEATURES & OPTIONS:
Signed books for sale (plus mini-comics & other merchandise)
COMICS WORKSHOP = Hands-on classes demonstrating how to make your own comics, based on local history sources (or otherwise). [Select age levels or family groups / 1-3 hours / 1-3 days]
I assume the host will supply the following equipment & facilities on the date of an in-person event:
Please contact Marek with any setup questions.
- digital projector
- screen / display surface
- Display paper & easel or other display surface
- Chairs for audience
- Table space (for merchandise display & signing)
- March through war-torn Virginia with teacher-turned-soldier Freeman Colby;
- Start a Freedmen’s School with Harriet Jacobs;
- Visit hospital wards & tend the wounded with volunteer nurse Sarah Low & poet Walt Whitman;
- Learn how Abraham Tuckson plans to free his family from slavery;
- & much more…
Building characters & storylines from multiple primary sources…