(Last Updated On: August 31, 2016)

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This September, a transgender Superhero will join the fight against North Carolina’s discriminatory ‘Bathroom Bill.’ Triad-based comic shop Ssalefish Comics has commissioned an exclusive edition of Alters #1, the first issue of a brand new comic book series published by After- Shock Comics written by Paul Jenkins (Wolverine, Hellblazer) and illustrated by Leila Leiz. This exclusive, limited edition comic book features a special cover drawn by Richard Case wherein costumed transgender vigilante Chalice makes a bold stance against North Carolina’s HB2, by ripping down the gendered bathroom signs in front of a public restroom and replacing them with unisex bathroom signs.

Ssalefish will debut the exclusive edition of Alters #1 at their Winston-Salem store during a special signing event at 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, September 17. Jenkins and Case will be there to sign copies of the book and answer questions from fans.

Bret Parks, owner of Ssalefish Comics, says his store will donate 10% proceeds from the sale of the book to Equality NC to aid in their real-world fight against HB2.

A North Carolina native, Parks believes HB2’s targeted discrimination against the LGBTQ community has made a negative impact for entrepreneurs across the state. And while he seldom mixes politics with business, this was one instance where a public response was necessary.

“I felt a bit helpless until Aftershock Comics and Paul Jenkins requested a conference call with me to discuss Paul’s new book Alters,” Parks said. “ I believe I can show my support for ENC and take a jab at HB2 but in a way that still allows readers to enjoy Alters as a great story with a unique cover!” Since Alters was first announced in June, the book began generating national headlines in the New York Times, NBC News and CBS News for challenging readers with an unconventional superheroine in a genre that was once dominated by less-than-diverse cis white male superheroes like Iron Man or Batman. Like many of her superpowered peers, Chalice has the power to fly. But rather than hide one secret identity from her friends and peers, she must maintain two.

Outside of her life as a costumed superhero, Chalice is also Charlie Young, a male college student who is beginning to transition to a female, a secret she has yet to share with her family.

Copies of Ssalefish Comics’ exclusive edition of Alters #1 are available for $10 each, and signed editions of the book can be pre-ordered at ssalefishcomics.

Ssalefish Comics is located on 3242 Silas Creek Parkway in Winston-Salem. You can also visit their website at www.


September 21st Kenneth Zogry will be presenting “Sitting Pretty: A History of the furniture Industry in NC” at the String and Splinter Club in downtown High Point. This lunch and learn opportunity will begin at 11:30. The event is free, with the option to purchase the lunch buffet. Register online for this event at or call the TAG office at 336-887-2137 to reserve your space today!

For much of the second half of the twentieth century, the names of North Carolina companies such as Broyhill, Drexel, Henredon, and Thayer-Coggin represented the best in American furniture manufacturing, and High Point earned the title of “Furniture Capital of the World.” But the furniture industry in the state is actually more than 300 years old, and this illustrated presentation follows that history from the early eighteenth century to the present. A fascinating array of diverse styles and traditions are explored, from early hand-made pieces by English and Scots-Irish cabinetmakers along the coastal plains and eastern piedmont, to the Germanic influences found in the western piedmont; and from the rural folk traditions of the mountains and foothills to modern manufacturing in towns such as Hickory, Thomasville, and High Point. The work of several prominent makers is also presented, including the famous “WH” cabinetmaker of the lower Roanoke River Basin during the late eighteenth century, and Thomas Day, the free African American furniture maker and entrepreneur who built a successful business in the late antebellum era.

Dr. Kenneth Zogry is both an academic and a public historian. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from North Carolina State University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in American History from UNC-Chapel Hill.

Theatre Art Galleries is located in downtown High Point at 220 E. Commerce Ave.

Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday from 12:00-5:00 p.m. For more information contact the TAG office at 336-887- 2137 or visit !