Roebling Museum Saturday Lecture Series Continues with Bestselling Comic Book Author, Peter J. Tomasi on his book, “The Bridge: How the Roeblings Connected Brooklyn to New York”
Saturday, April 14, 2018 @ 1pm
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, andthe 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.
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, with the help of 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.
This is the Roebling Museum’s 11th year! Founded in 2007, the Museum is a nonprofit, industrial history organization, focused on the engineering innovations of John A. Roebling, designer of the Brooklyn Bridge; the wire rope industry he founded; and the history of the company town of Roebling, NJ. The Museum is located in the former gatehouse of the John A. Roebling’s Sons Company steel and wire mill, which produced and erected the cable for the Golden Gate Bridge and the George Washington Bridge. Roebling Museum programming includes a summer STEM/STEAM camp for elementary and middle schoolers, Kids Create! STEM Saturdays, small group workshops, historic village walking tours, exhibits and public lectures. Learn more online at roeblingmuseum.org. The Roebling Museum received an Operating Support Grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State.
The Museum is located at 100 Second Avenue in Roebling, NJ. Ample parking is available in the Museum lot off Hornberger Avenue, adjacent to the Roebling River Line parking area. The River Line has a Roebling stop just behind the museum. Visitors are encouraged not to park on 2nd Avenue, on the residential side of the building.
For more on this and other upcoming Roebling Museum programs, events, group tours, facility rentals and volunteer opportunities, please call the museum at 609-499-7200 or visit our website at www.roeblingmuseum.org. Follow us on Facebook: Roebling Museum and/or Roebling Museum Car Show, and on Twitter: @RoeblingMuseum. The Museum is located at 100 Second Avenue in Roebling, NJ. Ample parking is available in the Museum lot off Hornberger Avenue, adjacent to the Roebling River Line parking area.