• WHAM! BAM! POW!

    Cartoons,
    Turbans, and Confronting Hate

    May 4 2018 - Feb 24 2019

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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.

  • FEATURED ARTIST
    Vishavjit Singh

  • 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.

WHAM! BAM! POW! is the union of super-heroism and social justice that a city like Seattle, which is struggling with such issues, needs.

— Women Write About Comics, Aug 2018

  • IN THE NEWS


  • Naomi Ishisaka, The Seattle Times. May 15, 2018.


    Yuko Kodama, KBCS. May 14, 2018.


    幸运快3 Hallie Golden, Crosscut. May 9, 2018.


    Su Ring, Jill Christensen, KING 5, New Day Northwest. May 8, 2018.


    KING, KING 5, Take 5. May 7, 2018.


    Kamna Shastri, The Seattle Globalist. May 17, 2018.


    Adwoa Gyimah-Brempong & Bill Radke, KUOW. May 16, 2018.


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  • ABOUT THE COMMUNITY ADVISORY COMMITTEE 44

  • Real stories of real people. Hardly told in the school books. Rarely seen on TV. Almost never on the silver screen. What does it take to create exhibits and programs at The Wing?

    Community members have been coming together to do this work through The Wing for over 20 years. We’re honored to steward this community-developed, community-based model. To quote Michelle Kumata, our Exhibit Director, “Community built the Museum and the Museum builds community!”

    WHAM! BAM! POW! COMMUNITY ADVISORY COMMITTEE: Ethelyn Abellanosa, Vivian Chan, Binko Chiong-Bisbee, Misun Chung Gerrick, Ellen Ferguson, Rahul Gupta, Simon Khin, Michelle Kumata, Sharon Maeda, Sameth Mell. Paul Murakami, Doan Nguyen, Pat Norikane Logerwell, Sharyne Shiu-Thornton, Margaret Su, Mayumi Tsutakawa 55

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