Barbara Brandon-Croft and Sharon Pendana for WHERE I'M COMING FROM *IN-PERSON*

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Loyalty is delighted to welcome Barbara Brandon-Croft and Sharon Pendana for an IN-PERSON event celebrating Where I'm Coming From! Join us at Loyalty's Petworth store at 7 PM on Wednesday, February 15th for a discussion, followed by a meet + greet & book signing! 

This event is free to attend but RSVPs are required—please use the form below.  **Face masks are required for all attendees.** Please email with any questions.


A seasoned cartoonist of epic proportions, Brandon-Croft carves out space for Black women’s perspectives in her nationally syndicated strip

Few Black cartoonists have entered national syndication, and before Barbara Brandon-Croft, none of them were women. From 1989 to 2005, she brought Black women’s perspectives to an international audience with her trailblazing comic strip Where I’m Coming From.

From diets to day care to debt to dreaded encounters with everyday racism, no issue is off-limits. This remarkable and unapologetically funny career retrospective holds a mirror up to the ways society has changed and all the ways it hasn’t. The magic in Where I’m Coming From is its ability to present an honest image of Black life without sacrificing Black joy, bolstered by unexpected one-liners eliciting much-needed laughter.

As the daughter of the mid-century cartoonist Brumsic Brandon Jr.—the creator of Luther, the second nationally syndicated strip to feature a Black lead—Brandon-Croft learned from the best. With supplementary writing by the author and her peers alongside throwback ephemera, this long-overdue collection situates Brandon-Croft as an inimitable cartoonist, humorist, and social commentator, securing her place in the comics canon and allowing her work to inspire new readers at a time when it is most needed.


Barbara Brandon-Croft was born in Brooklyn and grew up on Long Island. After debuting her comic strip Where I’m Coming From in the Detroit Free Press in 1989, Brandon-Croft became the first Black woman cartoonist to be published nationally by a major syndicate. During its 15 year run, Where I’m Coming Fromappeared in over 65 newspapers across the USA and Canada, as well as Jamaica, South Africa, and Barbados. Her comics are in the permanent collection of the Library of Congress. Brandon-Croft lives in Queens.


D.C. native Sharon Pendana spent her childhood enchanted by the delights of her city before New York beckoned. As a fashion editor and stylist, she created narratives through style for magazines, books, television, and film. Sharon founded the digital platform, THE TROVE, to celebrate the lives of
fascinating creatives and the things they hold dear. Upon returning to the District to care for family, she rediscovered her hometown, uncovering hidden gems and sharing them in the award-winning Secret Washington D.C. (Jonglez Publishing, 2015; Second Edition, 2018, Third Edition forthcoming).

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Event date: 
Wednesday, February 15, 2023 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
843 Upshur Street NW
Washington, DC 20011
Where I'm Coming From By Barbara Brandon-Croft Cover Image
ISBN: 9781770465688
Availability: On Our Shelves Now - Click on the title to see which location!
Published: Drawn and Quarterly - February 7th, 2023

Secret Washington D.C. (Secret Guides) By Sharon Pendana Cover Image
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ISBN: 9782361952198
Published: Jonglez Publishing - July 3rd, 2018

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