Nerd Nite August 13: ‘How the Mafia Came to Springfield’ and ‘Ask Me About My Feminist Comics Agenda’

World War II club
50 Conz Street, Northampton MA
Monday, August 13, 7:00pm, $5.00 admission
Guests are welcome to bring their own food or order take-out at the venue

‘How the Mafia Came to Springfield’

Pasqualina Albano and Carlo Siniscalchi were local royalty on Water Street in Springfield’s Little Italy at the start of Prohibition. But in his first year as the self proclaimed Bootleg King, Carlo was killed, leaving Pasqualina to rule in his stead. She forged a bond with New York’s Genovese crime family, and continued her family’s business, a legacy that endures to this day.

About the Speaker, Justin Cascio: Writer of the award-winning blog, Mafia Genealogy, Justin Cascio’s articles have appeared at The Mob Museum, Gangsters Inc., Informer, The Good Men Project, and elsewhere.

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‘Ask Me About My Feminist Comics Agenda’

Women are the future of comics. From the success of Kickstarters like Check, Please! to the fact that women are over 50% of the active floppy comics readership, big publishers may be missing out on the true core demographic of comics.

About the Speaker, Ellie Hillis: Ellie has worked as a comics retailer for 5+ years, while also writing, blogging, and interviewing people in the comics industry. She’s continued writing on comics through an inclusive feminist perspective, and maintaining communication with creators, especially indie and small press creators.

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$5 general admission. Drinks available for purchase, and you are welcome to bring a snack or take-out to eat.

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