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, and available to order or pick up now at your local comic shop!
(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
PREVIEWS Page #190
(W) Tee Franklin (A) Jenn St-Onge (CA) Genevieve Ft
When Hazel Johnson and Mari McCray met at church bingo in 1963, it was love at first sight. Forced apart by their families and society, Hazel and Mari both married young men and had families. Decades later, now in their mid-'60s, Hazel and Mari reunite again at a church bingo hall. Realizing their love for each other is still alive, what these grandmothers do next takes absolute strength and courage.
From TEE FRANKLIN (NAILBITER's "THE OUTFIT," Love is Love) and JENN ST-ONGE (Jem & The Misfits), BINGO LOVE is a touching story of love, family, and resiliency that spans over 60 years.
"A towering emotional achievement. BINGO LOVE is the graphic novel I didn't know I couldn't live without." -GAIL SIMONE
In Shops: Feb 14, 2018
PREVIEWS Page #198
DARK HORSE COMICS
(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
PREVIEWS Page #44
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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
(W) Octavia Butler, Damian Duffy (A/CA) John Jennings
A graphic-novel adaptation of Octavia E. Butler's groundbreaking science-fiction classic offers an unflinching look at slavery, race, and the role of women in society. Butler's most celebrated, critically acclaimed work tells the story of Dana, a young black woman who is suddenly and inexplicably transported from her home in 1970s California to the pre-Civil War South. As she time-travels between worlds, one in which she is a free woman and one where she is part of her own complicated familial history on a southern plantation, she becomes frighteningly entangled in the lives of Rufus, a conflicted white slaveholder and one of Dana's own ancestors, and the many people who are enslaved by him.
In Shops: Jan 11, 2017
PREVIEWS Page #248
BLACK MASK COMICS
(W) Kwanza Osajyefo (A) Jamal Igle
In a world that already hates and fears them - what if only Black people had superpowers. After miraculously surviving being gunned down by police, a young man learns that he is part of the biggest lie in history. Now he must decide whether it's safer to keep it a secret or if the truth will set him free. Collects issues 1-6.
In Shops: Nov 01, 2017
PREVIEWS Page #297
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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. With admiration and respect, Bagge reconstructs her vivid life in resounding full-color.
In Shops: Mar 22, 2017
PREVIEWS Page #344
(W) Sheena C. Howard
The Encyclopedia of Black Comics focuses on people of African descent who have published significant works in the United States or have worked across various aspects of the comics industry. The book focuses on creators in the field of comics: inkers, illustrators, artists, writers, editors, Black comic historians, Black comic convention creators, website creators, archivists and academics, as well as individuals who may not fit into any category but have made notable achievements within and/or across Black comic culture.
In Shops: Nov 01, 2017
PREVIEWS Page #468
(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: Feb 07, 2018
PREVIEWS Page #368
ONE PEACE BOOKS
(W) Paolo Parisi (A/CA) Paolo Parisi
Billie Holiday, one of the greatest jazz singers of all time, had a troubled life: a childhood in poverty, brothels, jail, broken love, and a dependence on alcohol and heroin. Her first performances in the night clubs of prohibitionist America was where her pioneering vocal style was born?later to become a lasting influence on jazz, pop, and modern music to this day. Performing with jazz legends such as Lester Young, Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, and Artie Shaw, she became a true American icon. This graphic novel, told through short biographical fragments, is the story of Lady Day.
In Shops: May 15, 2019
PREVIEWS Page #435
(W) Ben Passmore (A/CA) Ben Passmore
Passmore masterfully constructs comics about race, gentrification, the prison system, online dating, gross punks, bad street art, kung fu movie references, beating up God, and lots of other grown-up stuff with refreshing doses of humor and lived relatability, earning an Eisner nomination, Ignatz Award for "Outstanding Comic," and praise from NPR.
In Shops: Apr 04, 2018
PREVIEWS Page #398
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(W) James Perry (A/CA) Ryo Kawakami
Ingenue witch Cierra made the biggest mistake of her life when she injured herself and her best friend Natalie trying to create a spell outside of her league. After five years in exile, Cierra's won the right to re-enter witch society, but will she ever win back the trust of her friend?
In Shops: Feb 01, 2017
UNIVERSITY PRESS OF MISSISSIPP
(W) Jeffery A Brown
What do the comic book figures Static, Hardware, and Icon all have in common? Black Superheroes, Milestone Comics, and Their Fans gives an answer that goes far beyond "tights and capes." Milestone was the brainchild of four young black creators who wanted to part from the mainstream and do their stories their own way. Milestone focused on the African American heroes in a town called Dakota. Milestone's creators aimed for exceptional stories that addressed racial issues without alienating readers. Tracing the company's history and discussing its creators, their works, and the fans, this book gauges Milestone alongside other black comic book publishers, mainstream publishers, and the history of costumed characters.
In Shops: Apr 03, 2019
PREVIEWS Page #376
(W) Roye Okupe (A) Chima Kalu, Raphael Kazeem, Ayodele Elegbe
Set in fifteenth-century West Africa, Malika: Warrior Queen follows the exploits of queen and military commander Malika, who struggles to keep the peace in her ever-expanding empire. After years of civil war, Malika was able to unite all of Azzaz, expanding it into one of the largest empires in all of West Africa. But expansion would not come without its costs. Enemies begin to rise within her council, and Azzaz grabbed the attention of one of the most feared superpowers the world has ever known: the Ming Dynasty. As Malika fights to win the clandestine war within the walls of her empire, she must now turn her attentions to an indomitable and treacherous foe with plans to vanquish her entire people.
In Shops: Jun 21, 2017
PREVIEWS Page #469