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Congressman John Lewis Announces Run, His Next Graphic Novel, Picking Up Where March Left Off

Congressman John Lewis is a Civil Rights legend, Congressman, and award-winning comic book writer. In a Time exclusive, the Congressman will again visit his past in a new graphic novel, Run. The graphic novel will pick where where March left off. Lewis is reuniting will co-writer Andrew Aydin and will be joined by artist Afua Richardson (who created the art in this article) as well as Nate Powell who handled the art for the original trilogy. Powell’s contribution will be a transition sequence that links to the two graphic novel series. Run will be published by Abrams ComicArts, March was published by Top Shelf.

March was a three volume series that explored Lewis’ early life and his time during the Civil Rights using the election of President Obama as framing. All were bestsellers and award winners. March: Book Three was the first graphic novel to win the Nation Book Award.

Run: Book One will tell how Lewis led the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) during the time period that followed the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Time called the organization the “most militant of all U.S. civil rights organizations.” The first graphic novel will explore the group’s history as it struggled with lost support at being a nonviolent organization during the time period.

Run: Book One will be published on August 14, 2018.

Review: The Silence of Our Friends

The civil rights era, although it was last century, many of the same issues that were being fought for then, are still being fought for now.   Was recently asked by a friend, if we still need affirmative action because in their minds, institutional racism has gone away. Of course, my friend, has never been stopped by the police because he matched a description or have a whole room pause their discussions when they realize he was the only person of color. There is no way, these are close to what the type of discrimination, people of color faced after the Civil War through the Reagan era.

Even then, discrimination has never really ended, it just became not as obvious and even more insidious, which brings us to today’s climate, where faces of hatred are not hiding anymore. Ava DuVernay’s 13th, which was released a few months ago, highlights this vicious cycle, as the racism, obvious and not obvious, disclosed how this has affected the prison industrial system, and how the justice system is not necessarily formed to work in the name of justice. Cases like those shown in the documentary and recent release of the Central Park Five, shows a system where people of color are in constant danger. In The Silence of Our Friends by Mark Long, Jim Demonakos and Nate Powell, it weaves a tale where justice was this one time, righteous.

It is the summer of 1967 and we meet a white family in Texas, where the trial of Samuel Otis, has gripped the state and has them divided along racial lines. Because of the trial, both KKK and SNCC, have made their presence known. The other family that are our main characters are black, and face a drastically different and uglier life in Texas. Eventually, a peaceful protest turns violent, where a police officer gets killed and five black college students are put on trial for his murder. By book’s end, justice is served but a tragedy has taken a national hero, these two families are stronger than ever, as they are joined by their commonalities and their differences, as they understand at the end of the day, they are human.

Overall, an excellent book, which shows how hate can be overcome by love. The story by Long and Demonakos, is relatable, at time funny, and accurate to history. The art by Powell, is engaging. Altogether, a book that will make you rethink, the word” progress”, as there are some familiar scenes of recent events in this book, as it shows we have truly have not come as far as we think we have.

Story: Mark Long and Jim Demonakos Art: Nate Powell
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

Small Press Expo Announces Nate Powell, Gene Yang, Jim Rugg, Gabrielle Bell, Kickily, Sloane Leong and more as Special Guests for SPX 2017

Small Press Expo has announced its first slate of Special Guests for SPX 2017. The festival takes place on Saturday and Sunday, September 16-17, at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center and will have over 650 creators, 280 exhibitor tables and 22 programming slots to entertain, enlighten and introduce attendees to the amazing world of independent and small press comics.

SPX 2017 is honored to have the following creators as Special Guests to this year’s show:

NATE POWELL is a New York Times best-selling graphic novelist born in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1978. He began self-publishing at age 14, and graduated from School of Visual Arts in 2000.

His work includes March, the graphic novel autobiography of Congressman and civil rights icon John Lewis; You Don’t Say, Any Empire, Swallow Me Whole, The Silence Of Our Friends, The Year Of The Beasts, and Rick Riordan’s The Lost Hero.

He lives in Bloomington, Indiana.

GENE LUEN YANG is the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. He has written and drawn many graphic novels, including American Born Chinese, which was a National Book Award finalist, as well as the winner of the Printz Award and an Eisner Award. His graphic novel set Boxers and Saints won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. He has also written for the hit comics Avatar: The Last Airbender and Superman. His latest project is the comics and coding series with Mike Holmes, Secret Coders. geneyang.com. Sunday only

JIM RUGG is an Eisner and Ignatz Award winning cartoonist based in Pittsburgh. His books include Street Angel, the PLAIN Janes, the Guild, Afrodisiac, and Notebook Drawings.

Street Angel, the deadliest girl alive, is back in a series of original hardcover graphic novels from Image Comics and the creative team of Jim Rugg and Brian Maruca. In Street Angel: After School Kung Fu Special, our skateboarding heroine, Jesse Sanchez, faces a ninja bully and battles teen angst over a big school dance. In July, Jesse joins a violent team of troublemakers in the Street Angel Gang.

GABRIELLE BELL’s work has been selected for Best American Comics and the Yale Anthology of Graphic Fiction, and has been featured in McSweeney’s, the Believer, Bookforum, and Vice among numerous other publications. Her story, “Cecil and Jordan In New York,” was turned into a film by Michel Gondry. Bell’s previous graphic novel, The Voyeurs, was named one of the best books of the year by Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, and the Atlantic. She currently lives in Brooklyn, NY. Find her online at gabriellebell.com. Saturday only
Photo by Jordan Guile

After graduating from the Maryland Institute College of Art, SAM BOSMA taught in the Illustration department from 2011 to 2013 before moving to Brooklyn, NY. At SPX 2016, his first volume of Fantasy Sports won the Ignatz Award for Outstanding Comic! He currently does background drawings for Steven Universe on Cartoon Network when not creating comics and graphic novels. He lives in Los Angeles, California.

KICKLIY is the creator of the critically acclaimed Musnet series of books. The Musnet books follow the all-ages adventures of a certain poor Mus Musculous (a common field mouse, for those of you that don’t speak Latin) on his quest to become the greatest mouse painter that ever was.

Musnet was nominated for the 2017 Prix Angouleme for Kids Comics. Kickliy is also an accomplished oil painter. He lives somewhere between Minneapolis and Giverny.

SLOANE LEONG is a cartoonist currently living in Portland, Oregon who has worked for Image Comics, Dark Horse, Cartoon Network and more. Her Ignatz-nominated short comic, A Map to the Sun, will be expanded into a graphic novel and will be published by First Second in 2019. Sloane Leong’s newest comic, A Hollowing, is a lean grim story about a young girl and her horse, the breaking down of performed domesticity and the realization of the horrors of the body.

GILBERT HERNANDEZ is co-creator of the long-running, award-winning, and critically acclaimed series Love and Rockets, which in 2017 celebrates its 35th Anniversary. His books include Marbles, Bumperhead, Luba, Palomar, Speak of the Devil,Love from the Shadows and Girl Crazy. This year, Hernandez designed clothing based on his Love and Rockets characters for men and women available at Pinup Girl.

KEITH KNIGHT, winner of the Glyph, Harvey, and Inkpot Awards, is a spectacular cartoonist whose Knight Life comic strip is read nationwide in such newspapers as the Washington Post. Keef’s funny yet hard-hitting cartoons in his series (T)hink and The K Chronicles led him to be named one of the 2015 NAACP History Makers. Knight is the illustrator of the critically acclaimed tween book, Jake the Fake Keeps It Real. He also has a new collection of Knight Life strips called the Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Behind.

Born in Palo Alto and raised in Nashville, award-winning, New-York-Times-bestselling illustrator JANET LEE is best known for her decoupage art technique. Self-taught, Lee has been drawing comics since she was old enough to hold a pencil. After working for more than a decade at the business end of publishing, Lee received her big break with the publication of Return of the Dapper Men. Since then, she has illustrated close to a dozen different books and anthologies. This year, Return of the Dapper Men returns in a new deluxe edition from Top Shelf Productions. Lee still lives and works in Nashville, in a house filled with one husband, one son, two dogs, and four very bad cats.

JIM MCCANN is an award-winning writer of comic books, television, and theatre. He wrote several critically acclaimed Marvel Hawkeye series before branching out into creating his own comics and graphic novels, as well as other projects. His first graphic novel, Return of the Dapper Men, won the Eisner Award for Best Original Graphic Album. He has since gone on to create hit series such as the space-heist Lost Vegas and the ongoing top-rated series Mind the Gap, both published through Image Comics. This year, Return of the Dapper Men returns in a new deluxe edition from Top Shelf Productions.


Review: Black Hammer Giant-Sized Annual


Illustrated by an all-star slate of guest artists, this oversized anthology issue features five Black Hammer stories from Jeff Lemire, each focusing on one of the stranded heroes. See how Dustin Nguyen, Emi Lenox, Nate Powell, Matt Kindt, and Ray Fawkes take on tales about Abraham Slam, Golden Gail, Colonel Weird, Barbalien, and Madame Dragonfly.

Like the rest of the Black Hammer series, this giant-sized annual combines both past and present with a great mix of stories. Unlike previous issues, the focus in this issue is much broader and event stranger. All of the stories are well told, through shifting artists that’s a who’s who. That shift of artists and style manages to distinguish each miniature tale well yet it all still blends together into one larger narrative.

Each of the six artists chosen brings their own unique style to the mini-story they tell.  Picking one to that stands out above the others is impossible, the talent is so top notch and it’s all so impressive. Rating the art as a collective whole is a challenge as well, due to the shifting styles and artists.

Story: Jeff Lemire Art: Dustin Nguyen, Emi Lenox, Nate Powell, Matt Kindt, Ray Fawkes
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Dark Horse Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Gallery 13 to Publish Nate Powell and Van Jensen’s Two Dead

Gallery 13 will publish Two Dead written by Van Jensen and artwork by National Book Award winner Nate Powell.

A roman a clef inspired by real historical events, Two Dead is a meditation on violence and police work wrapped in an atmospheric crime noir set in post-World War II Deep South.

Set in post-WWII Little Rock, Arkansas, Two Dead explores the simmering tension in a city run by organized crime, where the world of vice is one of the only realms crossing the racial divide. Told from the point-of-view of a diverse cast of characters, Two Dead’s story provides an inclusive perspective and multiple viewpoints of a town being torn apart: a brand new police lieutenant fresh out of service and haunted by his actions during the war; an old-school, gun-happy detective gradually descending further into the depths of schizophrenia;  a violent, disturbing figure feared as the city’s top mafia don; and two African-American brothers on opposite ends of the law—one who fully embraces his corruption, and the other as the leader of a local militia desperately attempting to see justice served.

Van Jensen, well known as the writer for Dark Horse’s Cryptocracy and DC’s The Flash, discovered the true story that inspired TWO DEAD while working as a crime reporter at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

Nate Powell is the only cartoonist to ever win the National Book Award. His very successful work includes March, the #1 New York Times bestselling graphic novel autobiography of Congressman and civil rights icon John Lewis.

TWO DEAD will be published by Gallery 13 in Fall 2018.

Check out Rep. John Lewis’ March this MLK Day

March Book One CoverThe three-volume graphic novel series March chronicles Rep. John Lewis‘ experiences during the Civil Rights Movement. All three volumes have been released and you can read my review of the first volume and the second volume and third volume. Short version, they’re amazing.

Reception has been so good IDW Publishing and Top Shelf have released a collection of all three volumes in a special slipcase not to mention the numerous awards the graphic novel has received including a history-making National Book Award.

The three-volume graphic novel recounts Lewis’ experiences during the Civil Rights Movement, but it also reminds us to experience freedom we have to be willing to risk everything, including our lives and fight for it.

The graphic novels perfectly bookend history by focusing not just on his experiences in the Civil Rights Movement but reflecting them against his being a Congressman about to witness the inauguration of the country’s first Black President, the graphic novels are history in its raw unflinching form. There’s good. There’s bad. There’s honesty. There’s truth.

And 50 years later Cong. Lewis is still fighting speaking up against our incoming President that he views as illegitimate and who will likely set this country back in too many ways to fully comprehend. It’ll also remind you the reader the need to stand up and fight, especially in these coming trying years.

March is an amazing graphic novel. Not only does it entertain, but it brings real history to life recounting the amazing experiences of Congressman Lewis and everything he fought for. I can’t stress enough how good it is. You can pick up a copy of the first volume here, the second volume here, and third volume.

If/Then: If You Liked Hidden Figures Then Check Out These Comics!

When it comes to suggesting comics for individuals to check out, it’s often good to start with what they like in other media like television, movies, books, or video games. Enter If/Then, where we’ll throw out suggestions for you to check out! First up, the film Hidden Figures which opens in wide release this coming weekend!

Hidden Figures is the incredible untold story of Katherine G. Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe)-brilliant African-American women working at NASA, who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation’s confidence, turned around the Space Race, and galvanized the world. The visionary trio crossed all gender and race lines to inspire generations to dream big.

If you enjoyed the film, or interested by the subject matter, here’s five comics for you to check out and why!

marchMarch – The celebrated and award-winning graphic novel by Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell recounts Cong. Lewis’ experiences during the Civil Rights Movement. A first-hand account of pivotal history brought to life through graphic art, the graphic novels consist of three volumes taking you through the turbulent times and delivering an educational and emotional read.

Each volume seems to improve on the next not just taking you through history, but is presented in such a fashion that’ll leave you speechless as you ride through the emotional roller coaster within.

This is a prime example of the power of comics and graphic novels in helping preserve and teach history.

Buy it Now! Digitally Vol. 1 Vol. 2 Vol. 3 | Physical

shechangedcomics-1CBLDF Presents: She Changed Comics – If you want to learn some history about women in comics, check out CBLDF Presents: She Changed Comics which was put together by the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.

She Changed Comics is the definitive history of the women who changed free expression in comics, with profiles of more than 60 groundbreaking female professionals and interviews with the women who are changing today’s medium, including Raina Telgemeier, Noelle Stevenson, G. Willow Wilson, and more! She Changed Comics also examines the plights of women imprisoned and threatened for making comics and explores the work of women whose work is being banned here in the United States.

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund has also put together a web page as a resource where you can find out more about women in the comic book history.

Buy it Now! Digitally Digitally | Physical

the_unstoppable_wasp__1The Unstoppable Wasp #1 – A superhero comic might feel like an odd choice for this one, but hear me out as to why. Written by Jeremy Whitley with art by Elsa Charretier, the comic features the newest Wasp, Nadia Pym, as she attempts to find her way in the superhero world.

What makes this comic make the list is the focus on STEM, women in science, and smashing the patriarchy. The comic has Nadia finding her role and throws it out there that until recently the Marvel Universe was dominated by men (and mostly white men) until recently and it’s time to get some women recognized when it comes to the smartest people in the Marvel Universe.

What’s also great is each issue will feature real women who work in STEM fields in real life through a Q&A. The comic not only entertains but also hopefully will encourage more women to enter this world for a career.

Read our review and our ten reasons to get the first issue.

Buy it Now! Digitally Digitally | Physical Physical

cmpursuitcoverCaptain Marvel Vol. 1: In Pursuit of Flight – Ace pilot. Legendary Avenger. One hundred percent pure bad-^&*. Carol Danvers has a new name, a new mission – and all the power she needs to make her own life a living hell. As the new Captain Marvel, Carol is forging from a challenge from her past! It’s a firefight in the sky as the Banshee Squadron debut – but who are the Prowlers, and where has Carol seen them before? And how does secret NASA training program Mercury 13 fit in? Witness Captain Marvel in blazing battlefield action that just may change the course of history! Avengers Time Travel Protocols: engage!

Written by Kelly Sue Deconnick with art by Dexter Soy and Emma Rios, the story is fun action, but also explores the little known history of the women who attempted to join the Apollo program.

Buy it Now! Digitally | Physical

laika_bookcover1Laika – Laika was the abandoned puppy destined to become Earth’s first space traveler. This is her journey.

Nick Abadzis masterfully blends fiction and fact in the intertwined stories of three compelling lives. Along with Laika, there is Korolev, once a political prisoner, now a driven engineer at the top of the Soviet space program, and Yelena, the lab technician responsible for Laika’s health and life. This intense triangle is rendered with the pitch-perfect emotionality of classics like Because of Winn Dixie, Shiloh, and Old Yeller.

Abadzis gives life to a pivotal moment in modern history, casting light on the hidden moments of deep humanity behind history.

While the graphic novel isn’t perfect when it comes to the history it’s a great introduction to this part of history of space flight and great for kids who may be interested in learning about it and being entertained.

Buy it Now! Digitally | Physical

What did we miss in our suggestions? What would you suggest? Add yours in the comments!



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March: Book Three Makes History and Wins the National Book Award

march-national-bookCongressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell received an unprecedented honor last night, as their book March: Book Three became the first graphic novel to ever receive the National Book Award.

The March trilogy, published by Top Shelf Productions/IDW Publishing, depicts Lewis’s firsthand account of the Civil Rights Movement, reflecting on the role of young people in the “nonviolent revolution” of the 1960s and its direct legacy in the modern day. Its previous honors include the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, the Eisner Award, two Harvey Awards, and a Coretta Scott King Author Honor. March is rapidly being adopted by universities and public school systems from New York to San Francisco, and recently spent six continuous weeks holding the top 3 spots on the New York Times Bestseller List.

After receiving the award from Katherine Paterson, chair of the Young People’s Literature award jury, Congressman Lewis said:

This is unbelievable. His voice shook with obvious emotion as he recalled a childhood visit to the public library in rural Alabama, where we were told that the library was for whites only and not for coloreds. Now, to come here and receive this award, with these two… it’s too much.

Nate Powell dedicated the award to his children “and their generation that will inherit this earth,” as well as to the incoming president of the United States, expressing a wish that it might transform his heart.

Andrew Aydin said:

There are two important lessons from this. One is that the story of the Movement must be told. We all must know it, if we are to understand the politics of today. And two: let the prejudice against comic books be buried once and for all.

You can watch the archived video of the ceremony’s livestream:

The three volumes of March are available wherever books are sold, separately as well as together in a slipcase set.

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