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CMW at CBW
March 22, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Come see what all the fuss is about. Drink a beer, buy a book, it’ll be swell.
Ultimately an experiment in empathy, Kevin Thurston’s Color Me White, takes us through the looking glass of awkward masculinity, presenting a series of overheard conversations or experiences by way of direct observation, perfectly willing to aim the the arrow at himself.
The traditional 8.5” x 11” coloring book is presented as a way that playfully and artfully thrusts us into situations that might make us feel uneasy with a “bleak kind of joy”.
The book combines Thurston’s dark humor and painfully sweet prose with Harmon’s playful and wonderfully raunchy illustrations into a critique that takes the pulse of toxic straight white masculinity. Unabashedly graphic and enraging without being overdone, it’s a relief that this treasure by everyone’s favorite platonic power couple has hit the shelves just in time to get for the bro in your life during this year’s holiday season.
Thurston’s edge in this project recalls a woke Larry David on the heels of an MFA program, and Harmon’s cartoony line illustrations are hilarious and refreshing complements.