DUMB & DUST
Canadian author and artist Georgia Webber has just published the graphic novel Dumb (Fantagraphics 2018) and she will be at Mac's on Thursday, September 25th at 7 p.m.
Part memoir, part medical cautionary tale, Dumb tells the story of how an urban twentysomething copes with the everyday challenges that come with voicelessness. Webber adroitly uses the comics medium to convey the practical hurdles she faced as well as the fear and dread that accompanied her increasingly lonely journey to regain her life. Her raw cartooning style, occasionally devolving into chaotic scribbles, splotches of ink, and overlapping montages, perfectly captures her frustration and anxiety. But her ordeal ultimately becomes a hopeful story. Throughout, she learns to lean on the support of her close friends, finds self-expression in creating comics, and comes to understand and appreciate how deeply her voice and identity are intertwined.
Georgia Webber is a comics artist, writer, and editor living in southern Ontario. She is entirely occupied by the intersection of health and art, making music, comics, and facilitating health workshops from this point of fascination. She loves performing, creating connections, and collaborating with others.
Georgia's booktalk will be followed at 8 p.m. by a performance of Dust, a Toronto based ensemble reputed to be the quietest big band in the known world. Founded in the early 20th century by beekeeper and violinist Abraham Dust, the ensemble began as a traveling novelty attraction known regionally throughout the southeastern United States until the Great Depression. Reconvened in Toronto nearly a century later with the blessing and guidance of its founder, Dust gracefully maintains the long held assertion that all which vanishes is not lost. Please RSVP if you will be attending the Dust performance as space is very limited.