Pages Bookshop Presents: Charlie J. Eskew

Calling all superhero fans, this event and book are for you! We are thrilled to welcome Columbus native, Charlie J. Eskew for his new book, "Tales of the Astonishing Black Spark", a scintillating journey into the distance between villains, heroes, and superheroes.

This event is free and open to the public. All of the Charlie's books will be for sale before and after this event.

Trapped in a dead-end job in his Ohio hometown, watching the girl of his dreams move on to a glamorous new life in a big city—Donald McDougal’s aimlessness has held him back for a long time. When a lightning strike grants him superhuman powers, he jumps at his chance to finally be somebody. But the new abilities and the pursuit of superheroic fame come with a price tag, and it may not be one he can afford.

This wry debut is at once a fanboy’s homage to the history of superhero storytelling in America and a keen-eyed satire of those same stories, raising questions about race and privilege that are becoming impossible to ignore.

CHARLIE J ESKEW is a writer from Columbus, Ohio. He is a professional comic book shop lurker and tenured Black dude in America. Please satisfy your unnatural obsession with him via Twitter @CJEskew or his website,

Event date: 
Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Event address: 
19560 Grand River Ave.
Detroit, MI 48223
Tales of the Astonishing Black Spark Cover Image
ISBN: 9781941360163
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Lanternfish Press LLC - September 4th, 2018