Book Spotlight – MLK Day

In honor of Martin Luther King Day, I have chosen to feature this graphic novel today.

The Silence of Our Friends by Mark Long, Jim Demonakos, Nate Powell (Illustrator)

Publisher:  First Second

Release Date:  January 2012

Silence of Our Friends

Summary:  As the civil rights struggle heats up in Texas, two families—one white, one black—find common ground.  This semi-autobiographical tale is set in 1967 Texas, against the backdrop of the fight for civil rights. A white family from a notoriously racist neighborhood in the suburbs and a black family from its poorest ward cross Houston’s color line, overcoming humiliation, degradation, and violence to win the freedom of five black college students unjustly charged with the murder of a policeman.  The Silence of Our Friends follows events through the point of view of young Mark Long, whose father is a reporter covering the story. Semi-fictionalized, this story has its roots solidly in very real events. With art from the brilliant Nate Powell (Swallow Me Whole) bringing the tale to heart-wrenching life, The Silence of Our Friends is a new and important entry in the body of civil rights literature.

Notes/Comments:  I don’t know about many of you, but I have a huge prejudice in the realm of graphic novels and comics.  I went to school and received a degree background in art and when I read graphic novels I am very much influenced by the drawing and coloring.  The drawing style has to appeal to my tastes.  It’s something I’m trying to get overcome, but not likely anytime soon.


I like this one.  A lot.


The themes and topic of the graphic novel is relevant to our history (of my fellow Americans) and ties in with today’s holiday.


2 responses to “Book Spotlight – MLK Day

  1. I liked “Y The Last Man.” The also enjoyed the premise of “Unwritten” by Mike Carey. Though the delivery I felt was a little off but I still found it enjoyable. “Sweet Tooth” by Jeff Lemire and “Lock and Key” by Joe Hill took me awhile to get into because the art did not mesh well with my personal artist tastes but the plot are really good.

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