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Sikh Captain America explores the Seattle Central Library. Photo by Simon Kidde
 
On view May 4, 2018 - February 24, 2019

New York based cartoonist Vishavjit Singh wields art and humor to fight intolerance and challenge stereotypes. He began drawing cartoons in 2001, after the 9/11 terrorist attacks: as a Sikh American with a turban and beard, he had become the target of a toxic mix of fear, anxiety and ignorance. Vishavjit set out to challenge the label of the ‘other’ placed upon him (and many others of Sikh, South Asian, Muslim, and/or Middle Eastern extraction) by illustrating stories capturing the joys and predicaments of Sikh American life. His simple imagery and gentle humor often come with an edge that pierces stereotypes, prompts self-reflection, and promotes action.

In 2012, horrified by the deadly attack on a Sikh Gurudwara (house of worship) in Wisconsin, Vishavjit decided the world needed a superhero who fights bigotry and hate in our midst. Wham! Bam! Pow! follows Vishavjit’s journey as he explores America's inspiring, contradictory values and discovers the heroic power of compassion.

In The News

"Seattle, Superheroes, and Social Justice: WHAM! BAM! POW! at the Wing Luke Museum." Paulina Pryzstupa, Women Write About Comics. August 2, 2018

"Cartoonist Vishavjit Singh throws a mighty shield at hate as a Sikh Captain America." Lisa Edge, Real Change News. May 30, 2018

"Sikh Captain America fights intolerance and bigotry." Naomi Ishisaka, The Seattle Times. May 15, 2018.

"Sikh Captain America." Yuko Kodama, KBCS. May 14, 2018.

"An 'accidental cartoonist' fights racism, hate." Hallie Golden, Crosscut. May 9, 2018.

"The Sikh Captain America uses art to fight prejudice and challenge stereotypes." Su Ring, Jill Christensen, KING 5, New Day Northwest.  May 8, 2018.

"Take 5: Sikh Captain America's cartoons at Seattle's Wing Luke Museum." KING, KING 5, Take 5. May 7, 2018.

"Cartoonist vanquishes more than hate with Sikh Captain America." Kamna Shastri, The Seattle Globalist. May 17, 2018.

"Wham! Bam! Pow! Sikh Captain America Takes on prejudice in a turban." Adwoa Gyimah-Brempong & Bill Radke, KUOW. May 16, 2018.




 


 



"Drawn Together: Comics, Diversity and Stereotypes." A film by Harleen Singh. Premiered May 17, 2018, CAAMFest, San Francisco. 

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