Chicago Humanities Present:

James Spooner: Black Punk Now

A conversation on art and the Black punk identity

Saturday, May 04
DOORS: 4:30pm // SHOW: 5pm


Award-winning graphic novelist James Spooner comes to Chicago Humanities for a chat on punk, comics and Black Identity. Spooner is a leader in the Black punk community. His works include the seminal documentary Afro-Punk (2003), creation of the Afro Punk Festival, and a graphic memoir, The High Desert. In this book, Spooner shares his experience being Black in small-town California and finding salvation in punk music, winning the American Library Association Alex Award and the Cartoonist Studio Prize. The artist and activist returns as an editor for his latest book, Black Punk Now. This anthology shares the voices and stories from the Black punk community. It is filled with contemporary nonfiction, fiction, illustrations and comics that collectively describe punk today and give punks—especially the Black ones—a wider frame of reference.

A book signing will follow this program. For more information and tickets, see the Chicago Humanities event page.

This is a seated event. All seating is first come, first served. This is an all ages event.

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Special accommodations: Ramova Theatre is ADA-accessible. This event will be on the second floor of the venue. If you need to use the elevator, please notify a staff member upon arrival. For questions or concerns, please email

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