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Preview: Tiananmen 1989: Our Shattered Hopes

Tiananmen 1989: Our Shattered Hopes

(W) Adrien Gombeaud, Lun Zhang (A/CA) Ameziane
In Shops: Jun 17, 2020
SRP: $19.99

Follow the story of China’s infamous June Fourth Incident-otherwise known as the Tiananmen Square Massacre-from the first-hand account of a young sociology teacher who witnessed it all.

Over 30 years ago, on April 15th, 1989, the occupation of Tiananmen Square began. As tens of thousands of students and concerned Chinese citizens took to the streets demanding political reforms, the fate of China’s communist system was unknown. When reports of soldiers marching into Beijing to suppress the protests reverberated across Western airwaves, the world didn’t know what to expect.

Lun Zhang was just a young sociology teacher then, in charge of management and safety service
for the protests. Now, in this powerful graphic novel, Zhang pairs with French journalist and Asia specialist Adrien Gombeaud and artist Ameziane, to share his unvarnished memory of this crucial moment in world history for the first time.

Providing comprehensive coverage of the 1989 protests that ended in bloodshed and drew global scrutiny, Zhang includes context for these explosive events, sympathetically depicting a world of discontented, idealistic, activist Chinese youth rarely portrayed in Western media. Many voices and viewpoints are on display, from Western journalists to Chinese administrators.

Describing how the hope of a generation was shattered when authorities opened fire on protestors and bystanders, Tiananmen 1989 shows the way in which contemporary China shaped itself.

Tiananmen 1989: Our Shattered Hopes

Tiananmen 1989: Our Shattered Hopes Delivers a First-Person Perspective of the Historical Event

Thirty-one years ago, more than one million students stood at Tiananmen Square in the center of Beijing, China, calling for democracy – the infamous event widely known as the June Fourth Incident, is explored in the upcoming autobiographical IDW graphic novel Tiananmen 1989: Our Shattered Hopes.

Following the same vein as the challenging but vital graphic novels Springtime in ChernobylBurmese Moons, and After the Spring, IDW Publishing is proud to share the eye-opening story of Tiananmen 1989 by first-hand participant Lun Zhang, French journalist and Asia specialist Adrien Gombeaud, and artist Ameziane.

Slated for a June 16, 2020 releaseTiananmen 1989: Our Shattered Hopes bears witness to China’s infamous June Fourth Incident – otherwise known as the Tiananmen Square Massacre – through the eyes of a young sociology teacher, Lun Zhang, that witnessed it all. As tens of thousands of students and concerned Chinese citizens took to the streets demanding political reforms, the world didn’t know what to expect…

Many voices and viewpoints are on display, from Western journalists to Chinese administrators, describing how the hope of a generation was shattered when authorities opened fire on protesters and bystanders. Tiananmen 1989 reveals the tragic moment when contemporary China took shape.

Tiananmen 1989

Review: Big Black: Stand At Attica

It’s been almost 40 years since the uprising at Attica protesting the deplorable and inhumane prison conditions. Big Black: Stand At Attica tells the true story of those days and what lead up to it from the perspective of Frank “Big Black” Smith, a leader in the movement.

Story: Frank “Big Black” Smith, Jared Reinmuth
Art: Améziane
Lettering: Andworld Design

Get your copy in comic shops now and bookstores on February 18! To find a comic shop near you, visit http://www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

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Preview: Big Black: Stand At Attica OGN SC

Big Black: Stand At Attica OGN SC

Publisher: Archaia, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer:  Frank “Big Black” Smith and Jared Reinmuth
Artist: Améziane
Letterer: Andworld Design
Cover Artist: Améziane
Price: $19.99

The uprising at Attica Prison remains one of the bloodiest civil rights confrontations in American history… but without Frank “Big Black” Smith it could have been even worse. Now for the first time, the late Frank “Big Black” Smith shares his experience at the center of this uprising, struggling to protect hostages, prisoners and negotiators alike. 

Before his death, Frank “Big Black” Smith worked with writer and long time friend, Jared Reinmuth, to share the true story of his time in Attica State Prison. Adapted to a graphic novel by Améziane (Dark Horse’s Muhammad Ali), this is an unflinching look at the price of standing up to injustice.

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Your First Look at the Historic Events of Big Black: Stand at Attica

BOOM! Studios has revealed a first look at brand new original graphic novel, Big Black: Stand at Attica, written by Frank “Big Black” Smith and Jared Reinmuth and illustrated by Améziane with letters by AndWorld Design, available in stores February 12, 2020. This is an unflinching look at a true story about the price of standing up to injustice in what remains one of the bloodiest civil rights confrontations in American history, told for the very first time from the man at the center of it all – Frank “Big Black” Smith. 

In the summer of 1971, New York’s Attica State Prison was a symbol of everything broken in America – prisoner abuse, rampant racism and a blind eye turned towards the injustices perpetrated on the powerless. But when the guards at Attica overreacted to a minor incident, the prisoners decided they’d had enough – and revolted against their jailers, taking them hostage and making demands for humane conditions. 

A natural leader, Frank “Big Black” Smith found himself at the center of this uprising, struggling to protect hostages, prisoners and negotiators alike. But when the only avenue for justice seemed to be negotiating with Governor Nelson Rockefeller, Big Black soon discovered that a peaceful resolution for the prisoners in Attica was unattainable.

Big Black: Stand at Attica

BOOM! Studios Announce a Winter Book Tour for Big Black: Stand at Attica

Big Black: Stand at Attica Winter Book Tour

BOOM! Studios has announced the Big Black: Stand at Attica Winter Book Tour, in support of the new graphic memoir written by Frank “Big Black” Smith and Jared Reinmuth and illustrated by Améziane, available in comic shops on February 12, 2010, and in bookstores on February 18, 2020. 

Big Black: Stand at Attica is an unflinching look at the true story about the price of standing up to injustice in what remains one of the bloodiest civil rights confrontations in American history, told for the very first time from the man at the center of it all – Frank “Big Black” Smith. Co-writer Jared Reinmuth will visit bookstores and libraries across New York state to meet with readers and sign copies of this historic release, with select appearances by special guests Daniel Meyers, one of the key lawyers in the decades-long lawsuit following the events of the 1971 Attica Prison Uprising, and Pearl “Battle” Smith, Frank “Big Black” Smith’s wife.

In the summer of 1971, New York’s Attica State Prison was a symbol of everything broken in America – prisoner abuse, rampant racism and a blind eye turned towards the injustices perpetrated on the powerless. But when the guards at Attica overreacted to a minor incident, the prisoners decided they’d had enough – and revolted against their jailers, taking them hostage and making demands for humane conditions. 

A natural leader, Frank “Big Black” Smith found himself at the center of this uprising, struggling to protect hostages, prisoners and negotiators alike. But when the only avenue for justice seemed to be negotiating with Governor Nelson Rockefeller, Big Black soon discovered that a peaceful resolution for the prisoners in Attica was unattainable.

The Big Black: Stand at Attica Winter Book Tour stops include several locations, beginning with the New York City institution, Strand Bookstore, on February 17, to celebrate the release of the graphic memoir.

Big Black: Stand at Attica Winter Book Tour

NYCC 2019: Tiananmen 1989 Explores Shattered Hope

Tiananmen 1989

At New York Comic Con, IDW Publishing revealed Tiananmen 1989 from first-hand witness Lun Zhang, French journalist and Asia specialist Adrien Gombeaud, and artist Ameziane.

Slated for release in July 2020, Tiananmen 1989 is Zhang’s first-hand account of the June Fourth Incident, also known as the Tiananmen Square Massacre. Tens of thousands of Chinese citizens took to the streets demanding political reform not knowing what to expect. Chinese authorities fired on protestors and bystanders shattering the hopes of a generation. The announcement comes as protestors in Hong Kong raise their voices and head to the streets against the same authoritarian government and also are facing a brutal response.

Many voices and viewpoints are covered, not just Zhang’s. From Western journalists to Chinese administrators, they tell what happened and a key moment in modern China’s history.

The True Story of Four Days That Changed The Course of History in Big Black: Stand at Attica

BOOM! Studios has announced a brand new original graphic novel, Big Black: Stand at Attica, written by Frank “Big Black” Smith and Jared Reinmuth and illustrated by Améziane, available in stores February 2020. This is an unflinching look at the true story about the price of standing up to injustice in what remains one of the bloodiest civil rights confrontations in American history, told for the very first time from the man at the center of it all – Frank “Big Black” Smith. 

In the summer of 1971, New York’s Attica State Prison was a symbol of everything broken in America – prisoner abuse, rampant racism and a blind eye turned towards the injustices perpetrated on the powerless. But when the guards at Attica overreacted to a minor incident, the prisoners decided they’d had enough – and revolted against their jailers, taking them hostage and making demands for humane conditions. 

A natural leader, Frank “Big Black” Smith found himself at the center of this uprising, struggling to protect hostages, prisoners and negotiators alike. But when the only avenue for justice seemed to be negotiating with Governor Nelson Rockefeller, Big Black soon discovered that a peaceful resolution for the prisoners in Attica was unattainable.

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