The operative top trending term out of the comics market lexicon in 2011 has been platforming around relaunch. Side-steps beyond an entire publishers line of banner and middle-tier comics titles and comics relaunches also operate along a number of prestigious authors getting a volume where they are the super heroes in literature – staging at the front runner showcasing.
Eureka Productions has released the adapted works by critically-renowned African-American authors, playwrights and poets in the 22nd volume amongst the Graphic Classics line.
The comics publishers anthology compiles 23 stories and poems, the influential pieces transitioning into a comic book format by an array of well-known African-American talents within the industry. The compendium headlines the editor team of Tom Pomplun (Graphic Classics: Edgar Allen Poe, GC: Western Classics) and Lance Took (Floaters, Graphic Classics: O. Henry).
The southern part of the Mid-Atlantic aligns with New York City and accompanying major U.S. cities where many of the graphic novel’s featured artists were either raised or tenured with professorships or grew to fame.
Before he went to Detroit and began co-founding the city’s NAACP chapter, Robert W. Bagnall was a graduate of Virginia-based Bishop Payne Divinity School in Petersburg. Bagnall’s story of a vengeful metamorphosis is retold by the well-known Christopher Priest (Quantum and Woody, Black Panther); the veteran comics writer teaming with prolific career animator and comics artist Jim Webb (Crimson Embrace)
Howard University alum Zora Neale Hurst has two plays adapted for the anthology: “Lawing and Jawing” is drawn by animation and comic book artist Arie Monroe. Cartoonist and animator Milton Knight illustrates “Filling Station”.
Other Harlem Renaissance luminaries, of course, place a chapter within the newest Graphic Classics. Langston Hughes’ two poems “Danse Africane” and “The Negro” are respectively illustrated by Stan Shaw (Grendel: Black, White and Red) and Afua Richardson (Pilot Season: Genius). Winston Churchill quoted poet laureate Paul Lawrence Dunbar has the famed “Sympathy” illustrated by one of the graphic novel’s editors Lance Tooks.
W.E.B. Dubois’ state of being tale essays the time’s difficult quandaries. Harvey Award and Eisner Award winning Kyle Baker provides the interior art for On Being Crazy by Dubois.
Prior to African-American Classics: Graphic Classics Volume 22 release in early Dec., co-editor Tooks released a caption on Eureka’s anthology.
“This is an unprecedented opportunity to expose young readers of all races to a group of brilliant American authors who’ve never been adapted into the comics medium, interpreted by some of our industry’s top talent,” states Lance.