Join cartoonist Marek Bennett as he reads from his new graphic novel, The Civil War Diary of Freeman Colby, Volume 2, featuring real-life stories & songs from a diverse cast of historical characters.  March through war-torn Virginia with teacher-turned-soldier Freeman Colby; visit hospital wards with poet Walt Whitman; tend the wounded with volunteer nurse Sarah Low; learn how Abraham Tuckson plans to free his family from slavery… Bennett also discusses his 2-year process of researching and drawing the book, and answers your questions about historical cartooning and the Civil War.


  • READING / SIGNING EVENT: Signed books for sale, plus mini-comics & other merchandise.
  • AUTHOR TALK: Marek shares his adventures hunting down & weaving together Vol. 2‘s many firsthand source texts!  Topics include:
  • COMICS WORKSHOP: This hands-on workshops demonstrates how to make your own comics based on local history source texts (or otherwise!). (For specific age levels, or for family groups) (1-3 hours / 1-3 days) DETAILS: COMICS WORKSHOP: 1-Day Event >>


Marek’s programming can accommodate any venue, including:


It is presumed the host will supply the following equipment & facilities on the date of the event:

  • digital projector*
  • screen / display surface
  • Display paper & easel or other display surface*
  • Chairs for audience
  • Table space (for merchandise display & signing)

Please contact Marek with any setup questions.


For available dates, see Marek’s current booking on his COMICS CALENDAR >>

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