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By Lookout Staff

October 2, 2015 -- If you still think comic books and superheroes are a guy’s thing, head to the Santa Monica Public Library this month and meet the women who are proving this perception wrong.

Santa Monica resident and New York Times #1 bestselling author Margaret Stohl will celebrate the release of her latest book “Black Widow: Forever Red,” Marvel Comics’ first-ever YA novel, on Thursday, October 15, at 7 p.m. in the Main Library’s MLK Jr. Auditorium.

Stohl will be joined by a panel composed of Marguerite Bennett, the author and artist for Marvel’s “A Force,” Lorraine Cink who hosts the comics web series “The Watcher,” Ann Foley, costume designer of Marvel’s “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” and Judy Stephens, a Marvel producer.

“Comics have never just been for guys, but increasingly so in recent years, the field has started opening up to girls,” library officials said. “Female heroines, brilliant women writers and artists have begun to assert themselves and show that comics aren’t just a boy’s game.”

“Black Widow: Forever Red” tells the story of Ava Orlova, an average Brooklyn teenager whose “life has been anything but average,” according to the book’s publicity.

“The daughter of a missing Russian quantum physicist, Ava was once subjected to a series of ruthless military experiments-until she was rescued by Black Widow and placed under S.H.I.E.L.D. protection. Ava has always longed to reconnect with her mysterious savior, but Black Widow isn't really the big sister type.”

As children all over Eastern Europe go missing, the plot spins into another Marvel “heart-pounding adventure,” according to the book’s publicity.

This program is free and open to all ages, but seating is first come, first served. A book sale and signing follows the event. 

The Santa Monica Public Library is wheelchair accessible. For special disabled services, call Library Administration at (310) 458-8606 at least one week prior to event. The Main Library is served by Big Blue Bus routes 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 9 and 10. Ride your bike. Bicycle parking racks are available at the library.

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