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Washington White

GN

Adam Griffiths

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SECRET ACRES
22 November 2021
Adam Griffith's Washington White, winner of the Chicago Alternative Comics Expo's Cupcake Award, is a spy thriller set in a future District of Columbia - and in a parallel universe within a mind-control disease. Washington White is also the true story of Adam Griffiths' grandmother, Peggy Griffiths, a lawyer for the U.S. Civil Service Commission's Appeals Review Board, best known for winning a landmark bias lawsuit against the federal government in 1977 for wrongfully being denied a promotion. In Washington White, bureaucrat Peggy Fables is denied promotion by the President who plans to install a supporter of the government's mind-control drug program. The representation of institutionalized racism experienced by his grandmother is, to Adam Griffiths, the most important part of this work. All of Griffiths's artwork is focused on social structures, issues of class and imperialism - and the extremely topical Washington White is no exception. He has worked on Washington White for nine years, and meanwhile has exhibited at the Flashpoint Gallery, the Fridge, Hillyer Art Space, International Studio and Curatorial Program (ISCP), Pleasant Plains Workshop, Rhizome DC, School 33, Washington Project for the Arts (WPA). Griffiths is an artist and activist, with a conscience and an agenda, on the rise.
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Imprint:   SECRET ACRES
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 279mm,  Width: 215mm, 
ISBN:   9781734485615
ISBN 10:   1734485612
Pages:   288
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Cancelled

Adam Griffiths is a cartoonist, illustrator, animator, photographer, video artist and curator. His art centers on the various symbolisms and mutabilities of historical imperialism and the class system, posing conceptual riddles about the structure of society. Griffiths is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art and has studied at the Center for Cartooning Studies and the Sequential Art Workshop. His work has been exhibited at the Flashpoint Gallery, the Fridge, Hillyer Art Space, International Studio and Curatorial Program (ISCP), Pleasant Plains Workshop, Rhizome DC, School 33, Washington Project for the Arts (WPA). He lives and works in Takoma Park, Maryland, just outside of Washington, D.C.

Reviews for Washington White (GN)

Comic Riffs could readily see his eye-catching gouaches hanging in a gallery exhibiting macabre cartoonists, and his animation style might make even Beavis & Butt-Head's creator say: Kewwl! - The Washington Post Adam Griffiths creates deeply knotty comics. To read them is to unwind a bundle of block letters, bumpy, billowy artwork and sweeping invectives on society's ills... ...Griffiths has fearlessly tackled the Big Stuff--sex, politics, gender, race--through circuitous and speculative science fiction. Needless to say, Griffiths's work is complicated and dense and us comics readers are better off for it. - The Comics Journal Illustrated like a cross between the seminal '90s comic strip the Boondocks and the squashed-and-stretched surrealism of Rocko's Modern Life, the work blends the post-structuralist science fiction of German filmmaker Rainer Werner Fassbinder with a heavy dose of Japanese manga and anime. - Washington City Paper With an eye on the unbalanced and unjust characteristics of the world around him, illustrator and cartoonist Adam Griffiths uses the surreal and ridiculous to provoke societal examination. Skating the edges of contemporary art, illustration, outsider art, and underground comics, Griffiths imbues his work with various symbolisms and mutabilities of historical imperialism and class systems. - East City Art


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