Yes, we love all our comics at Weekly World Central, but we have to admit we have special place in our hearts for Hoopleville's David Kish and the beautiful artwork he produces outside his comic world—large and small cardboard artworks full of color, layers and, quite often, with a statement to remind us about the planet, justice and community.
Tomorrow is Martin Luther King Jr. Day in celebration of the late Civil Rights Movement leader's work and birthday. The city march in honor of this day starts at Santa Rita Park, 401 E. 22nd St., 9 a.m. and goes to Armory Park, 221 S. 6th Ave. A community celebration takes place there until 3 p.m.
Kish something special planned in honor of the day. Here's your invitation:
Dear Friend of Hoopleville,
On Monday, January 19, 2015 (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day), Hoopleville Comics will create a temporary installation beneath the 4th Avenue underpass in Tucson, Arizona. Between 12 noon and 4 p.m., an array of cardboard sculptures depicting people of all colors climbing from manholes will line the eastern pedestrian walkway of the new underpass, urging passersby to contemplate the pandemic of poverty and inequity which stifle too many Americans.
As a cartoonist and spouse of a French national, I have been especially troubled by the recent events in Paris. However, it has occurred to me that the "freedoms" discussed in the wake of this current tragedy mean very little to someone who can't eat! Please join me and my cardboard friends on MLK Day to remember, as Dr. King so often reminded, that poverty is our colorblind enemy. Thank you.