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Mr. Block: The Subversive Comics and Writings of Ernest Riebe

November 14, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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  • 9781771136099_800_1050_90

A book event with Julia Smith and Sean Carleton

EXPLORE THE WORK OF ARTIST ERNEST RIEBE WITH MEMBERS OF THE GRAPHIC HISTORY COLLECTIVE!

Before the Golden Age of comic books there was Mr. Block: a bumbling, boss-loving, anti-union blockhead, brought to life by subversive cartoonist Ernest Riebe. A labour activist and member of the Industrial Workers of the World, Riebe’s iconic, union-hating anti-hero satirized conservative workers’ faith in the capitalist system exploiting them. This wickedly funny anthology is a treasure trove of radical 20th-century art and an essential addition to the bookshelves of comics lovers, historians, and labour activists alike.


SEAN CARLETON is a historian who has written about comics and critical pedagogy for both academic and popular audiences. His research examines the history of education, colonialism, and capitalism in Canada.

JULIA SMITH is a historian who researches labour and working-class history, gender and women's studies, and political economy. She has written about women, work, and union organizing, particularly in the service, office, and retail sectors, and she enjoys studying and sharing the history of working peoples.

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WAHC wishes to acknowledge the Ontario Arts Council, the Province of Ontario, CUPE National, and the Canada Council for the Arts for their support of our exhibitions and programs. Second Saturdays are funded in part by the City of Hamilton.

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