At Skylight: Lawrence Lindell presents BLACKWARD w/ Ezra Claytan Daniels

Join us in a celebration for a book that is Black, weird, awkward and proud of it. Welcome to the club!

Tired of feeling like you don’t belong? Join the club. It’s called the Section. You’d think a spot to chill, chat, and find community would be much easier to come by for nerdy, queer punks. But when four longtime, bookish BFFs—Lika, Amor, Lala, and Tony—can’t find what they need, they take matters into their own hands and create a space where they can be a hundred percent who they are: Black, queer, and weird.

The group puts a call out for all awkward Black folks to come on down to the community center to connect. But low attendance and IRL run-ins with trolls of all kinds only rock everybody with anxiety. As our protagonists start to question the merits of their vision, a lifetime of insecurities—about not being good enough or Black enough—bubbles to the surface. Will they find a way to turn it around in time for their radical brainchild, the Blackward Zine Fest?

Lawrence Lindell’s characters pop from the page in playful Technicolor. From mental health to romance, micro—and macro—aggressions to joy, our crew tackles everything life throws at them in this heartwarming tale about building a place to belong and the power of community.

Lawrence Lindell is an artist, musician and educator from California who works in many artistic disciplines, including comics, music, illustration, and mixed media. He is the co-founder of Laneha House.

Ezra Claytan Daniels is a mixed-race (Black/white) American multidisciplinary artist. Born and raised in Sioux City, Iowa, Ezra is the creator of the award-winning graphic novels Upgrade Soul (Oni Press) and BTTM FDRS (Fantagraphics Books). His work has been featured on the Criterion Channel, at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art, and is in the permanent collection of the Whitney Museum. Ezra currently resides in Los Angeles, where he writes for film and television, including Doom Patrol for HBO Max and Night Sky for Amazon.

Event date: 
Thursday, October 12, 2023 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
1818 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Blackward By Lawrence Lindell Cover Image
ISBN: 9781770466784
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Drawn and Quarterly - September 26th, 2023

Upgrade Soul By Ezra Claytan Daniels Cover Image
ISBN: 9781549302923
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Oni Press - September 18th, 2018

BTTM FDRS By Ezra Claytan Daniels, Ben Passmore Cover Image
ISBN: 9781683962069
Availability: Backordered
Published: Fantagraphics - June 25th, 2019