Noor Gaber, center, who works at Melba's on Elysian Fields Avenue in New Orleans, reads a book during a break on Friday, May 19, 2023. Melba's has a very active books program that includes author readings and visits. (Photo by Chris Granger | The Times-Picayune | The New Orleans Advocate)

Melba’s on Elysian Avenue, known for their po-boys and Southern staples, is hosting Black and Blue Story Project’s official launch of their new comic book, “Trinity City.” The first 100 attendees to the event this Saturday will receive a complementary hard copy of the comic. 

“Trinity City” is the collaboration of YAYA Arts Center teens Keith Singleton, Morgan Prevost, and Balir Aguillard and professional artists Steve Prince, Angélique Roché, and Sharika Madhi. The comic is set in a futuristic “New New Orleans” circa 2078, and follows the lives of three teens to tell a story of activism and injustice. The authors also draw on the life of late New Orleans policewoman Yvonne Bechet, the first African American woman in the force. 

The event will last from 2 p.m.-4 p.m., including a meet and greet and a signing session with the artists. 

For more information about the comic (including a free download of the first section), head to the Black and Blue Story Project website

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