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
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.