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Infinitum: An Afrofuturist Tale--Tim Fielder in conversation with Edward Hall and Victor LaValle

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Thursday, January 21, 2021 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm

Charis and the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History welcome illustrator, cartoonist, and animator, Tim Fielder, in conversation with Edward A. Hall and Victor LaValle for a celebration of Infinitum, a groundbreaking, full-color Afrofuturist graphic novel that captures the spirit of the record-breaking film Black Panther and its mantra “Wakanda Forever.”

In Infinitum King AjA Oba and Queen Lewa are revered across the African continent for their impressive political and military skills. Yet the future of their kingdom is in jeopardy, for the royal couple do not have an heir of their own. When the King kidnaps his son born to a concubine, Obinrin, she curses AjA with the “gift” of immortality. After enjoying long, wonderful lives both, Queen Lewa and the crown prince die naturally, leaving the ageless bereaved King AjA heartbroken and alone. Taking advantage of AjA’s vulnerability, enemy nations rise to power and kill the king – or so they think.  King AjA Oba survives the fatal attack, finally realizing the bitter fruit of Obinrin’s curse.

For decades, the immortal AjA wanders the world, mourning his lost subjects and searching for a new kingdom. His journey leads him across time, allowing him to witness the trans-Atlantic slave trade, the New World, and the American Civil Rights Movement. The expansion of global technology brings about intergalactic travel, first contact with an alien species, and conflicts within and ultimately outside the known universe. Thrust into these seminal events, AjA, now known by many as “John,” faces harrowing decisions that will determine mankind’s physical and spiritual trajectory.

In 260 stunningly, emotionally evocative full-color images, INFINITUM presents a unique cosmic experience, addressing pressing issues of racism, classism, gender inequality, the encroachment of technology, and the spiritual cost of war, while exposing the history behind ancient mysteries, including Olmec heads and Maroon societies.

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Tim Fielder is an illustrator, cartoonist, and animator raised in Clarksdale, Mississippi. He is the founder of Dieselfunk Studios, a multimedia storytelling company. He is also an educator for institutions such as the New York Film Academy and Howard University. Tim has served clients such as Marvel, Tri-Star Pictures, Ubisoft Entertainment, and The Village Voice, and is known for his TEDx Talk on Afrofuturism. His work has been showcased in the Hammonds House Museum and he won the 2018 Glyph Award. He attended Jackson State University, School of Visual Arts, and New York University.

Victor LaValle is the author of the short story collection Slapboxing with Jesus, four novels, The EcstaticBig MachineThe Devil in Silver, and The Changeling and two novellas, Lucretia and the Kroons and The Ballad of Black Tom. He is also the creator and writer of a comic book Victor LaValle's DESTROYER. He has been the recipient of numerous awards including the World Fantasy Award, British World Fantasy Award, Bram Stoker Award, Whiting Writers' Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, Shirley Jackson Award, American Book Award, and the key to Southeast Queens. He was raised in Queens, New York. He now lives in Washington Heights with his wife and kids. He teaches at Columbia University.

Edward Austin Hall: Alabama escapee and lifelong Southerner Edward Austin Hall co-edited the 2013 anthology Mothership: Tales from Afrofuturism and Beyond, which The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction suggested might be “one of the most important sf anthologies of the decade.” Dread Isle is his first novel.

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Infinitum: An Afrofuturist Tale Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062964083
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Published: Amistad - January 19th, 2021

Afrofuturism, a movement that began in the Black community during the early 20th Century as an escape from racial hostility, economic turmoil, and aggressive policing, is enjoying a renaissance witnessed by the record-breaking success of creative projects, including the Oscar-winning Marvel Studios film, Black Panther; Regina King’s Emmy-winning HBO superhero tale, Watchmen

Dread Isle Cover Image
ISBN: 9780578780870
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Published: Gumbohaus - December 15th, 2020

Uninvited visitors descend on the remote oceanic research outpost that Tim, Pal, and the boys' teacher, Chu, call home. Surrounded by threats of ominous origin, the three of them must determine who can be trusted, how to survive these multiple dangers, and what their choices mean for the world. The results lead them on a postmodern odyssey into the unknown.

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Charis and the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History welcome illustrator, cartoonist, and animator, Tim Fielder, in conversation with Edward A. Hall and Victor LaValle for a celebration of Infinitum.