Four Color Reality: How Comic Books and the Real World Shape Each Other – Blaine Library, August 1, 2019


BLAINE, WASHINGTON — Blaine Public Library and Humanities Washington invite the community to an engaging conversation with T. Andrew Wahl, a member of the 2019-2020 Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau. This free event takes place Thursday, August 1, 2019, at Blaine Public Library, 610 3rd Street, Blaine, Washington. For more information, visit

About this program

Four-Color Reality: How Comic Books and the Real World Shape Each Other – Since their debut in the 1930s, comic books have been a regular part of our pop-culture landscape.  While often dismissed as escapist entertainment, these pulp treasures also provide a fascinating lens through which to view our nation’s past, present, and potential future. In this interactive presentation, journalist and educator T. Andrew Wahl explores how everything from social movements to business concerns to changing demographics have shaped the reality seen in the pages of comics.  Drawing from comics including Black Panther, Wonder Woman, Captain America, and others, Wahl shows how four-color heroes aren’t merely confined to paper-they shape the world in which we live.

T. Andrew Wahl

About T. Andrew Wahl

T. Andrew Wahl is a journalist, editor, and editorial cartoonist.  Wahl is also a lifelong comic book aficionado, focusing on the Bronze Age (1975-1985) of the American comic book, and studied comic books as part of his MA in the humanities at Fort Hays State University.  He currently teaches journalism at Everett Community College.  Wahl lives in Everett.

At a glance

What: Four-Color Reality: How Comic Books and the Real World Shape Each Other, with T. Andrew Wahl
When: Thursday, August 1, 2019, 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Where: Blaine Public Library, 610 3rd Street, Blaine, Washington, (360) 305-3637
Cost: Free
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About Humanities Washington
Humanities Washington sparks conversation and critical thinking using story as a catalyst, nurturing thoughtful and engaged communities across our state. For more about Humanities Washington, visit

About the Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau
In communities throughout Washington State, Speakers Bureau presenters give free public presentations on history, politics, music, philosophy, spiritual traditions, and everything in between.

Our roster of 33 Speakers Bureau presenters is made up of professors, artists, activists, historians, performers, journalists, and others—all chosen not only for their expertise, but also for their ability to inspire discussion with people of all ages and backgrounds. Hundreds of Speakers Bureau events take place each year. Each talk lasts about an hour.

To reach as many Washingtonians as possible, we partner with a wide range of organizations, including libraries, schools, museums, historical societies, retirement homes, community centers, and civic organizations. These organizations host and publicize the events.

Find a Speakers Bureau event near you. We also encourage nonprofit organizations to host a speaker.

Speakers Bureau is made possible with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the State of Washington via the Office of the Secretary of State, the Thomas S. Foley Institute for Public Policy and Public Service at Washington State University, and generous contributions from other businesses, foundations, and individuals.

About the Whatcom County Library System

For 75 years, Whatcom County Library System (WCLS) has been sharing stories and connecting residents with information, ideas, and community.  WCLS circulates more than 2 million items annually through 10 branches, the bookmobile, and a Library Express location on Northwest Drive.  Residents have access to WCLS’s rich and curated collection of books in print and digital formats, music and movies, online digital services, fun events for every age, and public meeting spaces. Visit in person or online at