January 15, 2016 at Merchants Of Reality in San Francisco.
Inspired by Edgar Lee Masters’ 1915 book Spoon River Anthology, 100 Years… chronicles the history of a fictional African American family, from 1915 – 2015, in epitaphs and illustrated watercolor portraits. Basically, the book contains brief stories and recollections from the perspective of people after they’ve died. As you read each epitaph, you discover how the characters are related, how they passed away, and how actual historical events affected them.
The book portrays African Americans through complex yet beautiful and sometimes heartbreaking perspectives during actual historical events. The book also highlights several LGBT characters and their passions and struggles. The goal is to create a positive literary and illustrated work which covers a kaleidoscope of black stories and individuals.
100 Years From Now Our Bones Will Be Different is 540 Collab’s first publication. It was published with the help of family, friends and strangers on Kickstarter. 540 Collab is a San Francisco Bay Area based collaborative composed of Lawrence McWilliams and Anand Vedawala, and which specializes in publishing books about people of color.
Lawrence graduated with a Master’s in Visual Development for Animation at Academy of Art University. Currently based in El Cerrito, Lawrence has been working as a freelance artist working on designs for animated shorts, music videos, and other animation projects.
Anand graduated from a Master’s in 3D Animation from Academy of Art University also. An avid film festival volunteer, Anand enjoys being a film snob. He also likes to work on collaborative projects. You can see more of his work in the annual zine THREE, which he has been publishing since 2009.
Additional info about the collaborative and their book can be found at facebook.com/540collab.
$5-$10 suggested donation