Jonathan Hennessey, the writer I’ve collaborated with for three graphic novels, posted a 15 page excerpt from our Gettysburg Address Adaptation on his blog in honor of MLK Day. Please go HERE to read this insightful examination of the battle for civil rights following the end of the Civil War.
The Gettysburg Address: A Graphic Adaptation sat in my pile for too long, and it shouldn’t have. I loved The United States Constitution: A Graphic Adaptation, the previous effort by Jonathan Hennessey and Aaron McConnell, so I should have anticipated how good this new one would be.”
Some folks are just getting around to reading The Gettysburg Address: A Graphic Adaptation, like author/critic Cory Doctorow. Here’s his thoughtful review of the book: http://boingboing.net/2014/04/04/the-gettysburg-address-a-grap.html#more-295886
Commemorating the March on Washington 50 years ago today, here’s a panel from The Gettysburg Address: A Graphic Adaption. Below is a round-up of some of the internet buzz that the book has created since its release. If you want to cut to the chase, these articles suggest that the book is worth your time. It is interesting to read the different parts of the narrative that resonate with each reviewer, though. If you only have time to read one of the following, I suggest the CBR article since it includes commentary from Jonathan Hennessey (and a little from me) about the process of creating the book and the ideas therein.
“Gettysburg Address Gets Graphic with Lincoln, Bias and The Civil War” at Comic Book Resources
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Below are 3 preview pages from The Gettysburg Address: A Graphic Adaptation found in the chapter “We are met on a great battlefield of that war.” Evidently some 20,000 people are on that battlefield today commemorating Day 3 of the battle at Gettysburg. If you’re looking for more preview pages online I suggest the “Look Inside” feature on amazon.com for over 30 preview pages from the introduction.
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…And at a more basic level, it’s just good comics, deftly constructed and maintaining an engaging balance between textual and visual information.
Quoted from an honest, thoughtfully considered review of The Gettysburg Address: A Graphic Adaptation at MultiversityComics.com. That quote is profoundly meaningful to me because it articulates my highest priority in illustrating non-fiction comics. To hear that it’s working as intended is absolutely satisfying.
I received my author comps in the mail this morning on this official release day of The Gettysburg Address: A Graphic Adaptation. I’m very happy with the print quality and it’s satisfying to have it in hand after putting years of work into the project. I hope you get a chance to read it soon and I’d be interested to hear your impressions. Thoughtful reviews on amazon.com are also much appreciated. Speaking of reviews, there are already two starred reviews from Kirkus and Publisher’s Weekly. Go to graphicgettysburg.com to read the reviews, if you like. Thank you for your interest!
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