Tonight! CBLDF Invites You to MARCH, a Special Reception for Supporters of Free Expression



The Art of MARCH: Comic Book Legal Defense Fund Reception

May 4 – 6:30 – 9PM

Do not miss this unique opportunity to join Nate Powell, artist of the National Book Award-winning MARCH trilogy at a special reception for The Art of MARCH: A Civil Rights Masterpiece on tonight, Friday, May 4.

Powell will be joined by CBLDF Executive Director and exhibition co-curator Charles Brownstein. Together, they’ll discuss the groundbreaking graphic novel trilogy and its relevance to today’s students, educators and citizens. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to view the original art from this modern masterpiece alongside its creator!

This event is hosted and sponsored by CBLDF. Admission is free! Cash bar.


Donations from this event will benefit Comic Book Legal Defense Fund’s important work protecting the First Amendment, and the Society of Illustrators educational programs including the Illustration Art Academy for at-risk youth and The Art Academy for Incarcerated Youth on Rikers Island.

About the Exhibit:

The Art of MARCH: A Civil Rights Masterpiece walks visitors through the story of Congressman John Lewis’s experience in the civil rights movement as depicted by the pen of MARCH trilogy illustrator Nate Powell. This landmark exhibition of Congressman Lewis’s celebrated graphic novel memoir, co-written with Andrew Aydin, takes visitors on a visceral tour of the movement, illuminating pivotal moments, people, and philosophies through the display of over 150 pieces of original art, interactive materials, and new exhibition essays by Jonathan W. Gray, Associate Professor of English at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and author of Civil Rights in the White Literary Imagination: Innocence by Association (The University Press of Mississippi. 2013). The exhibition gives a glimpse into how this graphic novel was created, with behind-the-scenes process art and artifacts from Powell’s illustration process. A portion of the exhibition also shows how Eisner Award–winning Powell evolved from an SVA student steeped in the punk zine culture into the illustrator of MARCH.

The Art of MARCH: A Civil Rights Masterpiece exhibition is co-curated by John Lind (Creative Director, Kitchen Sink Books, an imprint of Dark Horse Comics) and Charles Brownstein (Executive Director, Comic Book Legal Defense Fund). More information on the exhibit and related events can be found at