PREVIEWS Celebrates Black History Month in February

February is Black History Month, and here at PREVIEWS 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 Black creator community does for the comics industry, we have put together a sampling of related titles below, some found in the current issue of PREVIEWS, some available now at your local comic shop!

(W) David Walker (A) Marcus Kwame Anderson
Using dramatic comic book-style retellings and illustrated profiles of key figures, The Black Panther Party captures the major events, people, and actions of the party, as well as their cultural and political influence and enduring legacy.
In Shops: Jan 13, 2021
SRP: $19.99
PREVIEWS Page #301

(W) Jean-David Morvan (A) Rafael Ortiz
Award-winning writer JD Morvan and renowned photographer Abbas' stunning graphic novel masterpiece which uses iconic photos to uniquely illustrate the historical 'Rumble in the Jungle' boxing match between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman.
In Shops: Mar 03, 2021
SRP: $29.99
PREVIEWS Page #315

(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: Jul 07, 2021
SRP: $39.99
PREVIEWS Page #226

(W) Frank Smith, Jared Reinmuth (A/CA) Ameziane
* 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 gBig Black h Smith worked with Jared Reinmuth, the son of his lawyer, to share the true story of his time in Attica State Prison. Adapted to a graphic novel by Ameziane (Dark Horse 's Muhammad Ali), this is an unflinching look at the price of standing up to injustice.
In Shops: Feb 12, 2020
SRP: $19.99
PREVIEWS Page #216

(W) Mat Johnson (A/CA) Warren Pleece
A tenth anniversary edition of the acclaimed graphic novel! In the early 20th Century, Zane Pinchback, a reporter for the New Holland Herald, is sent to investigate the arrest of his own brother, charged with the brutal murder of a white woman in Mississippi. With a lynch mob already swarming, Zane, whose skin color is light enough that he can pass for white, must stay "incognegro" long enough to uncover the truth behind the murder to save his brother - and himself. Suspenseful, unsettling and relevant, Incognegro is a tense graphic novel of shifting identities, forbidden passions, and secrets that run far deeper than skin color. Features a new afterword by Mat Johnson, enhanced toned art and other additional material.
In Shops: Feb 07, 2018
SRP: $19.99

(W) Ebony Flowers (A/CA) Ebony Flowers
Hot Comb offers a poignant glimpse into Black women's lives and coming of age stories as seen across a crowded, ammonia-scented hair salon while ladies gossip and bond over the burn. The titular story is about a young girl's first perm-a doomed ploy to look cool and to stop seeming "too white" in the all-black neighborhood her family has just moved to. Realizations about race, class, and the imperfections of identity swirl through Flowers' stories, which are by turns sweet, insightful, and heartbreaking.
In Shops: Jun 19, 2019
SRP: $21.95
PREVIEWS Page #296

(W) Blutch (A/CA) Blutch
In this freewheeling collection of short stories and vignettes, the famed French cartoonist examines not only the music, but the nature of the jazz subculture. The grumpy festival goer, the curmudgeonly collector, and many other fan "types" are the targets of his unerring gimlet eye, drawn in a range of styles as improvisational as Coltrane and Mingus.
In Shops: Feb 14, 2018
SRP: $19.99
PREVIEWS Page #350

(W) Marcelo D'salete (A/CA) Marcelo D'salete
Eisner Award-winning cartoonist Marcelo D'Salete boldly recreates a long-overlooked history of black resistance against oppression.
Founded in late sixteenth-century Brazil, Angola Janga was a beacon of freedom. For over a hundred years, this community of runaway slaves thrived in fierce opposition to the Dutch and Portuguese colonial powers. In the stunning follow-up to his critically acclaimed graphic novel debut, Run for It, D'Salete brings the history of this precarious kingdom to life-the painful stories of fugitives, the brutal raids by colonial forces, and the tense power struggles among its inhabitants.
At turns empowering and heartbreaking, Angola Janga, is a stark reminder that the fight for justice is an eternal battle.
In Shops: Jun 12, 2019
SRP: $39.99
PREVIEWS Page #316

(W) Ken Quattro (A) Matt Baker, Alvin Hollingsworth, E.C. Stoner
Read about the riveting stories of Black artists who drew, mostly behind the scenes, superhero, horror, and romance comics in the early years of the industry.

The life stories of each man's personal struggles and triumphs are represented as they broke through into a world formerly occupied only by white artists. Using primary source material from World War II-era Black newspapers and magazines, this compelling book profiles pioneers like E.C. Stoner, a descendant of one of George Washington's slaves. Stoner became a renowned fine artist of the Harlem Renaissance. Perhaps more fascinating is Owen Middleton who was sentenced to life in Sing Sing. Then there is Matt Baker, the most revered of the Black artists, whose exquisite art spotlights stunning women and men, and who drew the first groundbreaking Black comic book hero, Vooda!

Gorgeously illustrated with rare examples of each artist's work, including full stories from mainstream comic books to rare titles like All-Negro Comics and Negro Heroes, plus unpublished artist's photos and art. Invisible Men: The Trailblazing Black Artists of Comic Books features Ken Quattro's over 20 years of impeccable research and writing. The social and cultural environments that formed these extraordinary artists are deftly detailed by Quattro in this must-have book!
In Shops: Dec 16, 2020
SRP: $34.99
PREVIEWS Page #159

(A/CA) Ronald Wimberly
A look at Black History framed by those who made it. BLACK HISTORY IN ITS OWN WORDS presents quotes of dozens of black luminaries with portraits & illustrations by Ronald Wimberly. Featuring the memorable words and depictions of Angela Davis, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Kanye West, Zadie Smith, Ice Cube, Dave Chappelle, James Baldwin, Spike Lee, and more.
In Shops: Feb 08, 2017
SRP: $16.99
PREVIEWS Page #190

(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: Mar 18, 2020
SRP: $29.99
PREVIEWS Page #319

(W) Nancy Goldstein (A) Jacjie Ormes
At a time of few opportunities for African American women, Jackie Ormes (1911-1985) blazed a trail as a popular cartoonist with the major black newspapers of the day. Her comic strips Torchy Brown and Patty-Jo 'n' Ginger provide an invaluable glimpse into American culture and history, with topics that include racial segregation, U.S. foreign policy, educational equality, and other pressing issues of the times-and of today's world as well. This biography, recognized as a "Best Book" by the Village Voice and with "Best Book" citations in three Booklist categories, features a large sampling of Ormes's cartoons and comic strips.
In Shops: Sep 25, 2019
SRP: $24.95
PREVIEWS Page #413

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