Top Shelf Productions is proud to present March, a trilogy of graphic novels co-authored by Congressman John Lewis (GA-5) and Andrew Aydin, with art by Nate Powell (Swallow Me Whole, Any Empire, The Silence of Our Friends, The Year of the Beasts).
March is a vivid first-hand account of John Lewis’ lifelong struggle for civil and human rights (including his key roles in the historic 1963 March on Washington and the 1965 Selma-Montgomery March), meditating in the modern age on the distance traveled since the days of Jim Crow and segregation. In March, a true American icon joins with one of America’s most acclaimed graphic novelists. Together, they bring to life one of our nation’s most historic moments, a period both shameful and inspiring, and a movement whose echoes will be heard for generations.
The long-overdue move to chronicle American history in graphic novel form takes another great step forward with this first volume of a projected history of the civil rights struggle. Instead of taking an all-inclusive, Eyes on the Prize style approach (an epic undertaking that hopefully is on another artist s to-do list), March is told from the perspective of Georgia congressman John Lewis. Listed here as coauthor with Andrew Aydin, Lewis frames his story as a flashback told to a few inquisitive visitors in his Washington office as he is getting ready to attend the inauguration of President Barack Obama. It s an occasionally creaky device that slips sometimes into hagiography, but Lewis s tale is a resolutely dramatic one regardless. Highlighted by dark, neo-noirish art from Nate Powell (The Silence of Our Friends), March tracks Lewis from his hardscrabble childhood on a remote Georgia farm to his gradual awakening to the pernicious evil of segregation and his growing leadership role in Martin Luther King Jr. s nonviolent resistance movement. If the book strays too far from Lewis himself at times, that s because the momentousness of what s happening around him cannot be ignored. Superbly told history.
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Great story. Accurate.
Highly recommend this honest and brutal first-hand account
In honor of Martin Luther King Jr day, I purchased the March trilogy written by Congressman John Lewis and finished reading all three. The creators of this graphic novel series did a fantastic job! It was a wonderful refresher on the long hard fight for civil rights in America. Highly recommend his honest and brutal first-hand account.