From fantasy to contemporary fiction, there are many amazing young adult reads by African American authors. Celebrate Black History Month by picking one of the amazing titles above by staple authors such as Jacqueline Woodson, Angela Johnson, Jason Reynolds, and the very first Printz Award winner Walter Dean Myers.
After the success of the Nashville sit-in campaign, John Lewis is more committed than ever to changing the world through nonviolence - but as he and his fellow Freedom Riders board a bus into the vicious heart of the deep south, they will be tested like never before.
Faced with beatings, police brutality, imprisonment, arson, and even murder, the young activists of the movement struggle with internal conflicts as well. But their courage will attract the notice of powerful allies, from Martin Luther King, Jr. to Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy… and once Lewis is elected chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, this 23-year-old will be thrust into the national spotlight, becoming one of the “Big Six” leaders of the civil rights movement and a central figure in the landmark 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.
I got the chance to do an advanced review of Rep. John Lewis, Andrew Aydin & Nate Powell's March, which I say is a work of “phenomenal quality and power” that tragically perfectly syncs up with today’s racial climate in the states.
“We didn’t want to shy away. We didn’t want to hide anything or sweep something under the rug or in some dark corner. It’s real. We used the N-word. We had some discussion about it, but it was important to make it plain, to say what happened, describe it. In Montgomery, when we arrived for the Freedom Ride, I was hit in the head with a Coca-Cola crate. That’s what happened. I was there for a while with a bloody head. Apparently, I lost consciousness.
"We wanted to tell the complete story, the whole story. I think for some people, it’s painful to see the images and to read the words, but I think the three of us felt it was important to complete it and not to sugarcoat anything or leave something out.”
(W) Andrew Aydin, Anina Bennett, Joe Keatinge, Larry Marder, Paul Pope, M. K. Reed, Dan Schkade, Mary M. Talbot, Ronald Wimberly (A) Tim Fielder, Paul Guinan, JM Ken Niimura, Paul Pope, Dan Schkade, Bryan Talbot, Shannon Wheeler, Ronald Wimberly (CA) Nate Powell
“GREAT HEROES” Be The Change! CBLDF salutes the real people who changed the world, from suffragettes to sports legends, creative visionaries to courageous citizens who took a stand. CBLDF LIBERTY ANNUAL 2016 will inspire readers to go out and optimistically build a better world by telling the stories of the people who did just that! All proceeds from this benefit anthology support Comic Book Legal Defense Fund’s important work protecting the freedom to read.
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SERIES PREMIERE A Cold War action-thriller like no other. It’s 1971, and two young Soviet operatives are sent to California to kill a defector and recover top-secret information. As the mission falls apart into a mess of good sex, bad drugs, and ugly violence, the young Russians are faced with a dilemma: they need to rely on each other to escape America, but they must betray each other to survive Russia. By critically-acclaimed thriller writer ALEX DE CAMPI with art by TONY PARKER and BLOND.
Fantom Comics Hosts CIVIL RIGHTS LEGEND REP. JOHN LEWIS and MARCH co-author ANDREW AYDIN!!!
Not that we’re BADASS OF THE WEEK, but y'all need to pay attention right about now. Introducing CONGRESSMAN JOHN LEWIS.
Let’s talk about CONGRESSMAN JOHN LEWIS.
THIS MAN IS A LIVING LEGEND! To quote this fantastic WIRED article: “Born the son of Alabama sharecroppers, he joined the Civil Rights Movement, became one of the original Freedom Riders, marched with Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma and spoke at the 1963 March on Washington before King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech.”
At age 20, he became one of the original 13 Freedom Riders, defying Jim Crow laws, KKK threats, violent mobs, beatings, and fire bombs in order to exercise his federal right to interstate travel without racial discrimination.
On March 7, 1965, John Lewis, head of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, organized and led the march from Selma to Montgomery that came to be known as Bloody Sunday due to a contingent of county police and hastily deputized local racists beating the non-violent marchers and firing tear gas and mounted troops trampling marchers.
John Lewis bears the scars from that event to this day.
This man has literally bled for this country and its civil rights.
AND HE WAS IN THE CHANGING AMERICA EXHIBIT AT THE SMITHSONIAN AMERICAN HISTORY MUSEUM BECAUSE HE IS ACTUALLY A LIVING, BREATHING REPRESENTATIVE OF THE AMERICAN CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT! HE IS LITERALLY SO IMPORTANT TO OUR COUNTRY’S LEGACY, THEY PUT HIM IN THE AMERICAN HISTORY MUSEUM!
So, with that introduction, Fantom Comics is now deeply honored to host CONGRESSMAN JOHN LEWIS & co-author ANDREW AYDIN for a MARCH Book Two signing and discussion on SUNDAY, January 25, 1-3pm!
We cannot believe our good luck in having Representative John Lewis, civil rights legend and inspiring leader, along with his co-author, Andrew Aydin, here for this amazing event.
We’ll also be raffling off free, signed copies of MARCH Books One and Two, along with free tickets to the movie “Selma.”
We hope to see you all there, and we can’t wait for this opportunity to introduce the Congressman to his Fantom fans!
“Before he became a respected Congressman, John Lewis was clubbed, gassed, arrested over 40 times, and nearly killed by angry mobs and state police, all while nonviolently protesting racial discrimination. He marched side-by-side with Martin Luther King as the youngest leader of the Civil Rights Movement that would change a nation forever.
Now, experience John Lewis’ incredible story first-hand, brought to life in a stunning graphic novel trilogy. With co-writer Andrew Aydin and Eisner Award-winning artist Nate Powell, John Lewis’ MARCH tells the story of how a poor sharecropper’s son helped transform America, from a segregated schoolhouse to the 1963 March on Washington and beyond.”
Drawing MARCH is never as simple as sitting down to knock out a page. I need to cross-reference and double-check each phase in the increasingly complex journey— here’s what I dive into every single day as I’m drawing each page (including making sure people and details are consistent with what’s already been published in Book One!).
March (Book One): The Revolution Will Be Illustrated
by David Anderson
History classes in public school never have the luxury of going in-depth into a subject. I don’t think any class I ever went to in high school ever made it past the Civil War or World War II. Everything has to be ankle-deep synopses so that you can get as big and broad an overview as possible, that you might not be totally lost in college. Who knows what you might be expected to do with that knowledge if you didn’t go to college, of course. But as far as the Civil Rights movement went, nobody gets a good picture of how important, how interesting, and how violent it was until they do history classes and self-education outside of 12th grade. I can’t speak for anyone outside the US, of course. I know the Civil Rights movement had an impact on the rest of the world, but as far as my expertise on that subject goes, I at least know the shape of the issue’s shadow.
March: Book One was easily one of the best graphic novels of 2013. Not only did it begin a story of immense historical consequence– the mid-20th Century fight for civil rights in the American South– it also told that story from a strong, personal perspective. That perspective came from U.S. Rep. John Lewis of Georgia, who serves as the reader’s guide through some very weighty material.
Now, the pressure’s on. Lewis, his co-writer Andrew Aydin, and artist Nate Powell are getting set to release March: Book Twoin early 2015, and their challenge is to follow up a lauded text — one that’s been used in a good many classrooms since publication — with a second chapter that gets more violent and shows just how difficult the struggle for civil rights really was.
ComicsAlliance chatted with Powell and Aydin for a few moments at Comic-Con International in San Diego to talk about that challenge, the difficulties of depicting such intense violence, and creating what’s being regarded as an official historical text.
If you’re watching the sit-in or reading about it, let me encourage you to head over to Amazon and pick up the graphic novel series about Rep. John Lewis’s life, created by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin. Book Two is here, and you can preorder Book Three. If you get the opportunity to hear him speak, take it. He was at DragonCon last year with Andrew Aydin, as well as, I believe, SDCC.
February is Black History Month, so it is only fitting that for our AdultBooklr Graphic Novel pick we read MARCH by John Lewis. Yes, that John Lewis. Congressman John Lewis. March is a vivid first-hand account of John Lewis’ lifelong struggle for civil and human rights, meditating in the modern age on the distance traveled since the days of Jim Crow and segregation. Rooted in Lewis’ personal…