Marcel Lamont Walker & Wayne Wise talk comics and much more!

UPDATE: Thanks to everyone who showed up for this fantastic event! We have signed copies of all Marcel and Wayne’s work in the store for purchase!

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Join Marcel and Wayne for a discussion and signing of a whole slew of their creative works including:

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Marcel Lamont (M.L.) Walker has carved a niche for himself in the modern comic-book arts via projects that allow him to illustrate real-life people in a super-heroic fashion, both literally and figuratively.

As the creator, artist and writer of the independent comic-book HERO CORP., INTERNATIONAL, he has recast his friends, associates and himself in a world of corporate American superheroes. He is the lead artist and book designer for CHUTZ-POW! Superheroes of the Holocaust, an anthology comic-book produced jointly by The ToonSeum and The Holocaust Center of Greater Pittsburgh telling the true stories of Holocaust survivors. Similarly, Walker is the featured artist in COMIC-TANIUM! The Super Materials of the Superheroes, a nationally touring sciences-and-art exhibit sponsored by The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society, which juxtaposes real-life modern-day scientists with their respective mainstream superhero counterparts.

Walker currently teaches art workshops at Pittsburgh’s ToonSeum, The Museum of Cartoon Art, for whom he has also contributed artwork for their NORTH and OAKLAND anthology comic-books. In addition, he has worked for over twenty years as a freelance artist, graphic designer, and photographer.

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Wayne Wise is a writer, artist, storyteller, seeker shaman and magician, or at least claims to be in casual conversation. He has a BA in History and an MA in Clinical Psychology and in his life has worked as a counsellor, an administrative assistant for a state legislator, an inter-office mail courier, a freelance comic book inker, and a department store Santa. He wrote music and comics-based articles for several local news mags and a couple of now-defunct national magazines. In 1993 he and his business partner/collaborator Fred Wheaton received the Xeric Grant and self-published the comic book Grey Legacy. In 2010 he wrote and drew a follow-up called Grey Legacy Tales. In 2011 he joined the digital publishing revolution by self-publishing three full length novels: Scratch, This Creature Fair, and Bedivere: The King’s Right Hand. A new edition of his first novel, King of Summer, originally published in 2002, is also available. All are available in a variety of Ereader formats. His most recent project was as writer for the comic Chutz-POW!: Real Superheroes of the Holocaust. He is currently employed by the Eisner Award-nominated comic book store Phantom of the Attic in Pittsburgh, serves as the Resident Comics Scholar for the Pittsburgh Toonseum, and teaches a course in Comics and Pop Culture as a guest lecturer at Chatham University.

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Along with Wayne’s latest comic book we’ll have copies of his novels for sale (at the event and every day in the bookstore!)

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