From marginalized histories to modern-day experiences of sexism, from political satire to the do’s and dont’s of being an ally, comics offer a unique capacity to engage, inform, and entertain. Ad Astra Comix, a Canadian publisher, is currently on tour to foster a community of political comics artists, writers, and readers.
For this event, Nicole Marie Burton of Ad Astra Comix will be joined by Chicago locals Leila Abdelrazzaq and Sangeetha Ravichandran of Apna Ghar (“Our Home”) for a discussion on the benefits of using comic books to address social justice. No registration necessary for this event! Everyone is welcome!
Nicole Marie Burton is an illustrator and the founder of Ad Astra Comix, North America’s first publishing house devoted to comics with social justice themes. Her recently published work includes “DOGS” (Ad Astra Comix, 2015), “Eugenie Shark!” (Ad Astra Comix, 2015), and “Coal Mountain,” a contribution to the new anthology “Drawn to Change: Graphic Histories of Working Class Struggle” (Between the Lines, 2016).
Leila Abdelrazaq, a Chicago-based Palestinian artist and organizer, is the author of the graphic memoir, “Baddawi” (Just World Books, 2014). She is a recent graduate of DePaul University, where she double majored in Theatre Arts and Arabic Studies and served in her chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), helping to pass the DePaul Divest referendum.
Sangeetha (Sangi) Ravichandran MAAT, ATR, LPC is the Manager of Counseling Services at Apna Ghar, an immigrant gender violence resource agency in Chicago. Prior to this, Sangi worked as the Program Coordinator at A Long Walk Home’s Girl/Friends Leadership Institute. She is a trained art therapist and identifies as a queer feminist of color and an arts activist. Aside from her work in Chicago, she has also worked with survivors of gender violence in India. She also serves on the board of Chicago Women’s Health Center, From the Roots in South Africa, and Schools of Equality in Chennai, India. In 1989, Apna Ghar became one of the first agencies in the United States to address the cultural and linguistic barriers that prevent immigrant victims of gender violence from reaching out for help. Today, Apna Ghar provides a full range of services to survivors, conducts community education, and addresses systemic barriers that immigrant survivors face.