February is National Black History Month, and here at PREVIEWSworld we’re showcasing comics and graphic novels that feature black main characters, are created by African-American creators, or somehow describe the black experience in America. From historic true stories of the Civil Rights movement to pure, unadulterated heroic fiction, these are stories meant for everyone.
In honor of all that the African-American creator community does for the comics industry, we have put together a sampling of related titles below, all found in the February PREVIEWS!
(W) Jim Lawrence (A) Jorge Longaron, Gray Morrow
The Friday Foster comic strip is the story of a former nightclub "camera bunny" turned photographer's assistant turned fashion model. With an innate inclination to help others and a natural beauty that makes her a magnet for men, Friday often finds herself in some very sticky situations and world-class adventures. The strip is generally cited as the first mainstream (i.e. nationally syndicated) comic strip starring a black character in the title role and features a mixture of adventure and romance, often with social commentary thrown in for good measure. The strip ran from 1970-1974.
In Shops: Jun 24, 2020
PREVIEWS Page #226
(W) Fred Perry (A) Fred Perry
IN COLOR FOR THE FIRST TIME! This year marks Antarctic Press's 35 anniversary, and we can't think of a better way to kick off the celebration with a very special look at our longest continuously running title! Ever since the first serialized story in the 1991, Fred Perry's Gold Digger has continued to capture imaginations and delight readers. Now we cast a nostalgic eye on the very first regular-series issue-in its original black and white and the NEW FULL-COLOR VERSION! Enjoy this trip to yesteryear along with a sneak peek GD in 2020 and beyond!
In Shops: Apr 29, 2020
PREVIEWS Page #254
DARK HORSE COMICS
(W) Sybille Titeux (A/CA) Amazing Ameziane
An original graphic novel celebrating the life of the glorious athlete who metamorphosed from Cassius Clay to become a three-time heavyweight boxing legend, activist, and provocateur: Muhammad Ali. Not only a titan in the world of sports but in the world itself, he dared to be different and to challenge and defy through his refusal to be drafted to fight in Vietnam, his rejection of his "slave" name, and ultimately his final fight with his body itself through a thirty-year battle with Parkinson's disease. Witness what made Ali different, what made him cool, what made him the Greatest.
In Shops: Nov 02, 2016
PREVIEWS Page #54
DRAWN & QUARTERLY
(W) Peter Bagge (A/CA) Peter Bagge
Peter Bagge's biography of Zora Neale Hurston is bold and dazzling, a story as brilliant as the life itself. Hurston challenged the norms of what was expected of an African American woman in early 20th century society. She arrived in NYC at the height of the Harlem Renaissance, surrounded by peers such as Langston Hughes and Wallace Thurman. Hurston went on to become a noted folklorist and critically acclaimed novelist, including her most provocative work Their Eyes Were Watching God.
In Shops: Mar 22, 2017
PREVIEWS Page #344
IDW - TOP SHELF
(W) John Lewis (A) Andrew Aydin (A/CA) Nate Powell
Winner of the National Book Award for Young People's Literature. The #1 New York Times bestselling trilogy is complete! Celebrate with this commemorative set containing all three volumes of March in a stunning new slipcase, illustrated by Nate Powell, colored by Jose Villarubia, and designed by Chris Ross!
In Shops: Aug 24, 2016
PREVIEWS Page #157
(W) David Walker, Chuck Brown (A/CA) Sanford Greene
Once known as the greatest monster hunters of all time, the Sangerye family specialized in curing the souls of those infected by hate. But those days are fading. A terrible tragedy has claimed most of the family, leaving the surviving cousins divided between by the desire to cure monsters or to kill them. Now, though, there's a new breed of monster loose on the streets of Harlem, and the Sangerye family must either come together or watch the human race fall to untold evil. Collects BITTER ROOT #1-5.
In Shops: May 08, 2019
PREVIEWS Page #68
LAURENCE KING PUBLISHING
(W) Paolo Parisi (A) Paolo Parisi
Cool, talented, and transgressive, Jean-Michel Basquiat's life is just as fascinating as the work he produced. Delve into 1980s New York as this vivid graphic novel takes you on Basquiat's journey from street-art legend SAMO to international art-scene darling, up until his sudden death. Told through cinematic scenes, this is Basquiat as seen through the eyes of those who knew him. Basquiat is a moving depiction of a troubled artist's life for those interested in both the art and the man who made it.
In Shops: Apr 01, 2020
PREVIEWS Page #316
MAGNETIC PRESS INC.
(W) John Jennings, Damian Duffy (A) Ron Wimberly, Sanford Greene, Afua Richardson, Jeremy Love, Robert Love, Keith Knight (A/CA) Ashley A. Woods
In 2010, Professor John Jennings and Dr. Damian Duffy compiled and published a 176-page collection of art and essays celebrating the vibrant African American independent comics community. Black Comix featured over 50 contributors, including Dawud Anyabwile, Eric Battle, Kenji Marshall, Afua Richardson, Larry Stroman, Rob Stull, Lance Tooks, and many, many more. It met high praise throughout the industry and quickly sold through its respectable print run despite interest and demand-used copies now fetch $60-150 on Amazon and eBay. Flash-forward eight years: the comic industry has changed a lot since then, and the amount of African American talent continues to grow and amaze. While huge strides in diversity have been made, John and Damian felt the time was right for another spotlight on the topic. Rather than simply reprinting the first edition, considering the number of fresh new voices and changes in the industry, a whole new volume felt necessary. This massive volume will be a brand-new milestone spotlight on the amazing diversity in comics today.
In Shops: Dec 31, 2039
PREVIEWS Page #319
ONI PRESS INC.
(W) Joel Christian Gill (A/CA) Joel Christian Gill
Propelled into a world filled with uncertainty and desperation, young Joel is pushed toward using violence to solve his problems by everything and everyone around him. But fighting doesn't always yield the best results for a confused and sensitive kid who yearns for a better, more fulfilling life than the one he was born into, as Joel learns in a series of brutal conflicts that eventually lead him to question everything he has learned about what it truly means to fight for one's life.
In Shops: Jan 15, 2020
PREVIEWS Page #326
(W) David Gallaher (A) Steve Ellis
Zandra "Zee" Parfitt is one of the last human survivors of a cosmic disaster that merged hundreds of planets into the mysterious patchwork wasteland of Chimerika. After learning that the experiments of her late father created this world, Zee and her companions - classmate Erik Farrell and mermaid warrior Morgan - embark on a dangerous quest filled with robots, monsters, unknown civilizations, and unlikely allies. Together they push back against the relentless Consortium, who want control of this new world at any cost. Through it all, Zee searches for the truth of her past so she can redeem her father's legacy. Available in softcover and hardcover editions.
In Shops: Mar 11, 2020
PREVIEWS Page #340
VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT LLC
(W) Vita Ayala (A) Tana Ford (CA) Raul Allen
What is the cost of freedom?
Wanted fugitive Livewire has been on the run for months from the authorities for shutting down the country's power in an effort to protect people gifted with powers. Will a shocking offer to go public from a renowned local politician pull Livewire into a political spotlight?
Valiant's breakout heroine fights to clear her name in the next electrifying volume from rising stars Vita Ayala (Prisoner X) and Tana Ford (Avengers)!
Collecting LIVEWIRE #9-12.
In Shops: Apr 01, 2020
PREVIEWS Page #369