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New exhibit at Geppi's Entertainment Museum focuses on African-American comic characters and creators

(EMAILWIRE.COM, February 02, 2007 ) BALTIMORE – To coincide with Black History Month, Geppi’s Entertainment Museum at Camden Yards has mounted a special exhibit, to run through March 10, that features comics and toys from the collection of Professor William H. Foster III. The historical array of items offers a unique insight into the unfolding role of African-American comic characters and creators. The Foster collection represents a panoramic timetable spanning from the early days of comics, when black characters typically were depicted as either uneducated “comic relief” or savage aggressors, to the modern-day depiction of black heroes like Steel, Luke Cage, Green Lantern, Black Panther, and Blade. Additionally, the exhibit showcases the work of comics creators like Dwayne McDuffie, Ho Che Anderson and Alonzo Washington.Professor William H. Foster III is not only a comic book collector and historian but also a professor of English and Communications at Naugatuck Valley Community College in Waterbury, Conn. He is an author, poet and playwright, and has been an expert commentator for both CNN News and National Public Radio. His 2005 book Looking for a Face Like Mine was published by Fine Tooth Press. He previously has consulted on exhibits about comics for the Words and Pictures Museum of Fine Sequential Art in Northampton, Mass., and the Connecticut Historical Society. He has also presented an exhibit on The Changing Image of Blacks in Comics at venues like Temple University’s Paley Library, the 1998 Comic-Con International/Comic Arts Conference, and the 2000 Festival of Arts and Ideas. Foster also maintains a website at The story of African-American representation and influence in the world of comics is a fascinating tale that serves to illustrate how much has changed in our nation’s handling of racial issues as reflected through pop culture, and how far we have yet to go.For additional information on the exhibit or to obtain museum hours, admission prices or driving directions, log on to or call 410-625-7060.Media enquiries:

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