- April 14, 2018
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
April 14, 2018
Peter Tomasi – Discussion and book signing for his new graphic novel – The Bridge: How the Roeblings Connected Brooklyn to New York
$7.00; $6.00 for Museum Members
The Roebling Museum is proud to present another installment of its monthly, Saturday Lecture Series. On Saturday, April 14 at 1pm, Peter J. Tomasi will discuss his graphic novel “The Bridge, How the Roeblings Connected Brooklyn to New York.”
“A timeless tale of dreams realized. Tomasi’s thrilling true story and DuVall’s wonderful art exude the spirit of imagination, courage, and grit.”
—Gene Luen Yang, American Born Chinese and Boxers and Saints
“Engrossing and surprising.”
—Dave Gibbons, Watchmen and Kingsman: The Secret Service
More than 130 years after its completion, the Brooklyn Bridge remains one of the most iconic landmarks and symbols of Brooklyn and New York City, and the story of its construction is just as extraordinary. Although John Roebling is credited as the designer of the Brooklyn Bridge, it was actually his son Washington Roebling and Washington’s wife, Emily, who saw the bridge from construction to completion. Shaking off the gender conventions of the late nineteenth century, Emily proved that women are capable of being involved in all levels of construction on projects as complex and important as the building of the Brooklyn Bridge.
Using the language of comics and material from the Roeblings’ personal archives, author Peter J. Tomasi and illustrator Sara DuVall show the building of the Brooklyn Bridge as it has never been seen before, and the marriage of the Roeblings—based on intellectual equality and mutual support—which made the construction of this iconic landmark possible. The Bridge (Abrams ComicArts; April 17, 2018; U.S. $24.99; Hardcover with jacket) is the story not only of the building of one of the masterpieces of modern industrial design, but also of the persistence and indomitable will of Washington and Emily Roebling in the face of adversity.
This presentation is part of the museum’s monthly Saturday Lecture Series. Admission is $7 ($6 for Museum Members). Advance reservations are strongly recommended. Space is limited, and advanced reservations will have preferred seating. Walk-ins will be seated as space is available. Call 609/499-7200 or reserve online at www.roeblingmuseum.org/events.
Books will be available for purchase at the Museum.
This presentation is appropriate for all ages, and will take place inside the Roebling Museum’s Media Room.
Peter J. Tomasi is a New York Times bestselling author with over 400 comics to his name, most notably Superman: Rebirth, Batman and Robin, Super Sons, Green Lantern Corps, Detective Comics, and Batman: Arkham Knight. Other commercially successful books include Superman/Wonder Woman, Brightest Day, Green Lantern: Emerald Warriors, Black Adam: The Dark Age, and Nightwing. Over the course of his twenty-five year career, Tomasi also served as a group editor at DC Comics, ushering in new eras for Batman, Green Lantern, and the JSA. Tomasi is also the author of the critically acclaimed creator-owned books Light Brigade (with artist Peter Snejbjerg), The Mighty (with Keith Champagne and artist Chris Samnee), and the horror/drama House of Penance (with artist Ian Bertram). Tomasi is a graduate of New York University and lives in New York.