April 2024 Events! Cara Bean! Comics in Color! BOOK CLHUB!

THREE EVENTS IN APRIL! First up, on Tuesday, April 16th, Cara Bean will present her new book Here I Am, I Am Me at Hub Comics! You already know Bean from Let’s Talk About It, now get ready for a heftier read!

As a high school art teacher, Bean sees echoes of mental health expression coming through in the artwork of the kids in the classes that she teaches–her students open up in her classroom in a new way, using drawing and art as a safe way to explore difficult topics. This connection between art and the ability to express difficult feelings is what inspired Bean to create Here I Am, I Am Me–an empathetic graphic novel that helps tweens and teens learn about mental health issues and coping strategies in an approachable and safe way. Start this much-needed dialogue about adolescent depression, anxiety, trauma, substance use and addiction, and how to get help with this important new book! Join us for A Conversation With Cartoonist Cara Bean! Your ticket, at $17.99 plus tax, gets you into the event (Tuesday, April 16th at 7pm at Hub Comics) and a copy of the book, but space is limited! Call or email the shop now!

Next up, an event not at Hub Comics! But we are a proud sponsor and in attendance! That’s right, Hub Comics will be tabling at Boston Comics in Color Festival on Saturday, April 20th. The con runs from 10am to 5pm at the Reggie Lewis Center, 1350 Tremont Street in Boston. (The brick and mortar Hub Comics will be open and having a normal day in Somerville that day!)

LASTLY — Wednesday, April 24th at 7pm, the first meeting of the HUB COMICS BOOK CLHUB! At Hub Comics! Join us to informally discuss both form and content regarding our pick-of-the-month, Zoe Thorogood‘s semi-autobiographical It’s Lonely at the Centre of the Earth. Readers of all experience levels are welcome, although this book is rated M for Mature, so leave the kids at home. It’s Lonely at the Centre of the Earth is available now at Hub Comics for 10% off until the start of BOOK CLHUB! You don’t even have to buy a copy from Hub Comics! Admission is free, but you’ll have to bring a copy of the book with you. For questions, call or email the shop! See you Wednesday, April 24th at 7pm, and check back here for future BOOK CLHUB dates!

Green Line Extension complete

This is more Somerville community news than direct Hub Comics news, but it still affects us, and makes the shop easier to visit, so we wanted to trumpet the announcement. You may recall that the E Line now comes to Union Square, just three blocks from Hub Comics. (We covered it — the first train, the ribbon-cutting ceremony, and how easy it is to walk to the shop from Union Square station — in our weekly video updates.)

This morning before 5am, the first Green Line train departed Tufts/Medford for Lechmere and beyond. That means the rest of the GLX, the MBTA Green Line Extension, is complete! In fact, five new Green Line stations opened today in Medford and Somerville!

Up until now, someone at Tufts could might walk to Davis Square and take the 87 train to one block within Hub Comics, but now they can take the E Line from Tufts, past Ball Square and Magoun Square, hop off at Gilman Square behind City Hall and the high school, and walk down the hill to Hub Comics! This is all good news for Somerville residents that nearly the entire city is within a 12-minute walk of a subway station. The T estimates the Medford branch will service 50,000 riders a day, and we invite all of them to shop Hub Comics!

[Post slightly edited for clarity on 16 December 2022]