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BEOWULF

BEOWULF

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SANTIAGO GARCIA and DAVID RUBIN unite to bring forward the myth of Beowulf, which has endured for a thousand years, inspired an epic poem, become a foundational piece of English literature, and influenced generations of authors: from J.R.R. Tolkien and Seamus Heaney to a multitude of Hollywood screenwriters.

BEOWULF tells of the tale of a Scandinavian hero in lands that would become what is now Denmark and Sweden. A monster, Grendel, has arrived in the kingdom of the Danes, devouring its men and women for over a decade until Beowulf arrives to save them.

GARCIA and RUBIN faithfully follow the original story for a new version that is neither revisionist nor postmodern, but captures the tone and important details of the poem, translating its potent, epic resonance and melancholy into a contemporary comic that isn't standard swords and sorcery or heroic fantasy fare, but rather an ancient story with a modern perspective that remains respectful of the source material.

Bermuda

Bermuda

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An all-new tale of high adventure and pulpish mystery from John Layman, New York Times bestselling writer of Chew, and superstar artist Nick Bradshaw (Wolverine & the X-Men, Astonishing Spider-Man)!

There's a region in the Atlantic Ocean where planes disappear, ships are lost, and traveling souls go missing... never to be heard from again. And there's an island within this place, mysterious and uncharted, untouched by time and civilization, where all who are lost end up.

It's a mysterious place inhabited by dinosaurs, pirates, crazed magicians, strange monsters... and a girl named Bermuda. Sixteen-years-old, scrappy, and a survivor, this has been the only life she has ever known. Until today. Today she discovers something on her island that will either open a doorway between her world and ours... or destroy them both!

Best Mom St. Louis

Best Mom St. Louis

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Discover all the best things to do in St. Louis with kids! St. Louis is a great place to raise a family, and for good reason. It's filled with historic places and hidden gems, as well as so many free things to do. With Best Mom St. Louis as your guidebook, you can confidently pack your day full of adventurous and educational outings for all ages. Explore man-made caves and tunnels at City Museum, and head up to the rooftop for more thrills. Explore the stars at McDonnell Planetarium, and learn how blown glass is made at Third Degree Glass Factory. Discover tree houses, zip lines, and climbling structures in St. Louis's numerous public parks, and hike a nature path through a unique outdoor art gallery at Laumeier Sculpture Park. Relax in a butterly garden, shop a farmers market, or attend a family-friendly cooking class. Take in views of the city by riverboat, helicopter, trolley, or from the top of the St. Louis Wheel. Local author and longtime St. Louisian Tara Smith is ready to introduce you to all the places that, once visited, will have your kids declaring that you are the best mom!
Best of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Collection, Vol. 4

Best of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Collection, Vol. 4

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What makes great heroes? Great villains of course! And the TMNT have some of the greatest in pop culture! This fourth collection digs into the dark underbelly of the Turtles' world, focusing on Bebop, Rocksteady, Karai, and of course, the otherworldly Krang!

In these stories from throughout TMNT history, see the characters develop from their early roots in the original comics to their monstrous present day incarnations. Delve into issues from the Mirage series that started it all, TMNT Adventures and Tales of the TMNT, to IDW''s current ongoing universe. Uncover crucial tales of the powerhouse mutants Bebop and Rocksteady, the ninja antihero Karai, and the alien warlord Krang.

Includes issues by TMNT co-creators Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird, plus contributions from Jim Lawson, Tom Waltz, Erik Burnham, Sophie Campbell, Cory Smith, Chris Allan, Michael Dooney, Joshua Williamson, Bobby Curnow, Jackson Lanzing, David Server, and others.

BEST WE COULD DO

BEST WE COULD DO

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A national bestseller and American Book Award winner, The Best We Could Do is an intimate and poignant graphic novel portraying one family's journey from war-torn Vietnam from debut author Thi Bui.

In what Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Viet Thanh Nguyen calls "a book to break your heart and heal it," The Best We Could Do brings to life Thi Bui's journey of understanding and provides inspiration to all of those who search for a better future while longing for a simpler past.

This beautifully illustrated and emotional story is an evocative memoir exploring the anguish of immigration and the lasting effects that displacement has on a child and her family. Bui documents the story of her family's daring escape after the fall of South Vietnam in the 1970s, and the difficulties they faced building new lives for themselves.

At the heart of Bui's story is a universal struggle: While adjusting to life as a first-time mother, she ultimately discovers what it means to be a parent--the sacrifices, the unnoticed gestures, and the depths of unspoken love. Despite how impossible it seems to take on the simultaneous roles of both parent and child, Bui pushes through. With haunting, poetic writing and breathtaking art, she examines the strength of family, the importance of identity, and the meaning of home.

National Book Critics Circle (NBCC) Finalist
ABA Indies Introduce Winter
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Big Jim and the White Boy

Big Jim and the White Boy

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A thrilling graphic novel reimagining of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn that follows Jim, an enslaved man on a journey towards freedom, and his sidekick, Huck, in the antebellum South--from the team behind the Eisner Award-winning The Black Panther Party.

Commonly regarded as one of the great American novels, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn has captured the hearts and imaginations of readers since 1885. But since its publication, critics have rightfully condemned Mark Twain's troubling portrayal of Black Americans as stereotypes and caricatures, with contemporary fans searching for a modern update to this iconic tale.

Big Jim and the White Boy is a radical retelling of this American classic, centering the experiences of Jim, an enslaved Black man in search of his kidnapped wife and children, along with his cheeky sidekick, Huckleberry Finn. Jim and Huck's high-stakes adventures take them on an epic voyage across the antebellum South and Midwest, through Confederate war camps and runaway safe houses, into Old West standoffs, and on the road as covert Underground Railroad agents. Intertwined into the story of Jim and Huck are the stories of Jim's descendants in the 1930s, 1980s, and 2020s, making this a multigenerational family epic as well as an adventure story. Big Jim and the White Boy takes readers on a journey through Jim and Huck's past, present, and future, delving into their incredible friendship and years of adventures--a bond that transcends the gruesome racism of the Civil War era.

With compelling artwork and riveting storytelling, David F. Walker and Marcus Kwame Anderson push the boundaries of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn in this incredible graphic novel, exploring the triumphs and tribulations of Jim and his family, and finally giving his due as a hero of American literature.

BIG MAN AND THE LITTLE MEN: A

BIG MAN AND THE LITTLE MEN: A

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A writer navigates shady--and potentially deadly--political campaigns in this vibrant graphic novel about unconscious bias and how the cynical exploit it.

April Wells, a celebrated African-American memoirist and essayist, lands a writing assignment unlike any she has had before: covering the presidential campaign of the presumptive Democratic nominee, William Waters, for a high-profile magazine. Waters, a well-spoken progressive with lofty ideals of unity in diversity, faces the polar opposite in his Republican challenger, the anti-intellectual, narcissistic Lee Newsome, who seeks to gain power by sowing division. Ahead of the Democratic National Convention, to be held in April's hometown, Waters must also contend with a potential Achilles' heel: persistent rumors that he has cheated on his wife with young male staffers.
At first excited about the assignment, April sometimes feels out of her depth and wonders why she was chosen instead of a veteran journalist. When a woman contacts her accusing Waters of sexual assault, April is torn: should she do her job and report this? Or should she sit on it, in case the damage to Waters's reputation would help Newsome win the presidency?
Events soon spiral out of control, and April, feeling that her life may be in danger but mistrusting the police and the FBI, thinks of one person she can count on: the Big Man, a longtime friend from her hometown, now its mayor. Along with his stalwart crew of Little Men, they set out to unravel a gripping mystery that goes all the way to the top.

BIG SCOOP OF ICE CREAM

BIG SCOOP OF ICE CREAM

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It's about life in our time, about being a young adult woman in the early twenty first century. Conxita, in her twenties, the latest representative of a whole generation, lost her heart somewhere between Madrid and Barcelona. A 'real spitfire' according to her mother, she faces everyday events with great courage. A former student of Fine Arts, she draws her every adventure, from her apartment that she shares with a girl who's her mirror image, her household, her computer, her dreams to elsewhere, her escapes to the beach, her telephone conversations with friends, to her more or less happy dates. In this autobiographical tale in seventeen short tableaux, Conxita Herrero shakes up preconceived ideas about the transition to adulthood. In a minimalist and rigorous style, she plays with antagonisms and mixes inertia and movement, silent panels and intimate, mysterious dialogues, bare lines and pure colors. Freeing herself from the "concern for truth" specific to the autobiography, the author sheds any sentimentality and provides her sets and her characters with sketchy features, a strange and fascinating dimension oscillating between reality and dream.
BIG UGLY

BIG UGLY

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Work, health, family -- Mel feels like her life is just circling endlessly as she begins to renew her relationship to her brother in this vibrant graphic novel.

Mel isn't going anywhere - except to work every day. But when she offers the spare room in her apartment to her struggling brother, everything she loves and hates about wanting to live up to the expectations of her family becomes part of her every day again.

It turns out that even as adults, living with your sibling brings back the dynamics of tween rivalries. As Mel tries to rebalance things with her brother, she navigates how to offer help to someone who doesn't want to need it.

Renowned illustrator Ellice Weaver brings her crisp artwork to the graphic novel form in this powerful story of contemporary life.
BILL & TED ARE DOOMED

BILL & TED ARE DOOMED

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This new series is a direct sequel to Bogus Journey and prequel to Face the Music and part of the Bill and Ted canon bringing in screenwriter and creator Ed Solomon to the table along with bringing back legendary Bill and Ted comics writer Evan Dorkin and acclaimed artist Roger Langridge!

After defeating the evil dictator De Nomolos in Bogus Journey in 1995, things aren't looking as excellent as they should for either Bill and Ted or Wyld Stallyns.

There's tension in the band and worry at home. Bill and Ted's obsessiveness with writing the one song to bring peace to the world is affecting their playing and their relationships with their families. The band is losing favor with fans and the future isn't shaping up as they were all led to believe it would from past (and future) events. The princesses are overwhelmed, Death threatens to quit the band as his growing ego has opened a rift, and the Stations live in their garage with their clunky creations Robot Bill and Ted who are creating lots of chaos. Desperate for a solution Bill and Ted burst in to announce their great idea to revive the band's fortunes: A world tour to spread the love - and the rock, and the love of the rock - to the world.

Collects Bill & Ted Are Doomed issues 1-4.

BILLIONAIRES

BILLIONAIRES

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An informative and funny deconstruction of how the giants of American capitalism shape our world

In Billionaires: The Lives of the Rich and Powerful, Darryl Cunningham offers an illuminating analysis of the origins and ideological evolutions of four key players in the American private sector--Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, media mogul Rupert Murdoch, and oil and gas tycoons Charles and David Koch. What emerges is a vital critique of American capitalism and the power these individuals have to assert a corrupting influence on policy-making, political campaigns, and society writ large.

Cunningham focuses on a central question: Can the world afford to have a tiny global elite squander resources and hold unprecedented political influence over the rest of us? The answer is detailed through hearty research, common sense reasoning, and astute comedic timing. Billionaires reveals how the fetishized free market operates in direct opposition with the health of our planet and needs of the most vulnerable -- how Murdoch's media mergers facilitated his war-mongering, how Amazon's litigiousness and predatory acquisitions made them "The Everything Store," and how the Kochs' father's refineries literally fueled Nazi Germany.

In criticizing the uncontrolled reach of power by Rupert Murdoch (in fueling the far right), the Koch Brothers (in advocating for climate change denial), and Jeff Bezos (in creating unsafe working conditions), Cunningham speaks truth to power. Billionaires ends by suggesting alternatives for a safer and more just society.

BIRDS OF MAINE

BIRDS OF MAINE

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Take flight to this post-apocalyptic utopia filled with birds.

Long after the demise of humankind, birds roam freely around a new earth complete with fruitful trees, sophisticated fungal networks, and an enviable socialist order. The universal worm feeds all, there are no weekends, and economics is as fantastical a study as unicorn psychology. No concept of money or wealth plagues the thoughts of these free-minded birds. Instead, there are angsty teens who form bands to show off their best bird song and other youngsters who yearn to become clothing designers even though clothes are only necessary during war. (The truly honorable professions for most birds are historian or librarian.) These birds are free to crush on hot pelicans and live their best lives until a crash-landed human from the moon threatens to change everything.

Michael DeForge's post-apocalyptic reality brings together the author's quintessential deadpan humor, surrealist imagination, and undeniable sociopolitical insight. Appearing originally as a webcomic, Birds of Maine follows DeForge's prolific trajectory of astounding graphic novels that reimagine and question the world as we know it. His latest comic captures the optimistic glow of utopian imagination with a late-capitalism sting of irony.

Birdseye Bristoe

Birdseye Bristoe

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A not-so-classic yarn about a mysterious stranger in a small midwestern town

It's a story line we know all too well: "A mysterious stranger comes to town." Only the town is not really a town and the stranger is a gigantic cell-phone tower. The town is Birdseye Bristoe-a portmanteau name created from an interstate sign that points to two real towns-and it has only one real permanent resident, an old-timer known as Uncle. A confirmed bachelor and World War II veteran, he owns most of the real estate in town. His teenaged great-niece and -nephew visit occasionally, though the town doesn't have much to offer apart from an adult superstore, a gas station, and a tackle shop.

Uncle reluctantly agrees to lease his land to a conglomerate of telecommunications carriers, and sets the somewhat random condition that the tower be built with a huge crossbar set horizontally into the mast, making it also the world's largest cross. Birdseye Bristoe begins with the destruction of the cell tower and works backward to unravel the story of its fall.

This is the first full-length graphic novel from the acclaimed artist Dan Zettwoch, who is well known for his comic books and anthology work (in Kramers Ergot, Beasts II, and the Drawn & Quarterly Showcase). Zettwoch has a sharp eye for the iconography of small-town USA, and his stylized prose reveals the intermingling of a keen wit and a strong affection for his characters. Birdseye Bristoe brims with larger-than-life personalities, hilarious anecdotes, references to midwestern/mid-southern pop culture, and diagrams of the cell-tower/cross construction process.

BITCH PLANET TRIPLE FEATURE V0

BITCH PLANET TRIPLE FEATURE V0

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DECONNICK & DE LANDRO PRESENT: The Triple Feature!
Ripped directly from the world of BITCH PLANET, a crack team of creators spin fifteen teeth-clenching tales of rage, revolution and ridicule.
Patriarchy beware...this scifi kidney punch can't be stopped...!
100% Grade A satire. Accept no substitutes.
Featuring writers CHERYL LYNN EATON, ANDREW AYDIN, CONLEY LYONS, CHE GRAYSON, DANIELLE HENDERSON, JORDAN CLARK, ALISSA SALLAH, DYLAN MECONIS, KIT COX, MARC DESCHAMPS, SARA WOOLLEY, VITA AYALA, JON TSUEI & MORE!

With art by creators MARIA FRÖHLICH, JOANNA ESTEP, CRAIG YEUNG, SHARON LEE DE LA CRUZ, TED BRANDT, RO STEIN, NAOMI FRANQUIZ, ALEC VALERIUS, DYLAN MECONIS, VANESA R. DEL REY, MINDY LEE, SARA WOOLLEY, ROSSI GIFFORD & MORE!

Collects issues 1-5.

BITCH PLANET V01 EXTRAORDINARY

BITCH PLANET V01 EXTRAORDINARY

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"...one of the most unique and subversive artifacts of pop culture in recent memory." - Salon.com

"Seldom do comics burst onto the scene and shatter our worldview by being entirely poignant, raw, and captivating - but then, most comics aren't Bitch Panet." - Entertainment Weekly

Eisner Award-nominated writer Kelly Sue DeConnick (Pretty Deadly, Captain Marvel) and Valentine De Landro (X-Factor) team up to bring you the premiere volume of Bitch Planet, a deliciously vicious riff on women-in-prison sci-fi exploitation.

In a future just a few years down the road in the wrong direction, a woman's failure to comply with her patriarchal overlords will result in exile to the meanest penal planet in the galaxy. When the newest crop of fresh femmes arrive, can they work together to stay alive or will hidden agendas, crooked guards, and the deadliest sport on (or off!) Earth take them to their maker?

BITCH PLANET V02

BITCH PLANET V02

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Eisner Award-nominated writer KELLY SUE DeCONNICK (PRETTY DEADLY, Captain Marvel) and VALENTINE DE LANDRO (X-Factor) follow up on the success of EXTRAORDINARY MACHINE with the second installment of their highly acclaimed and fiercely unapologetic BITCH PLANET. A few years down the road in the wrong direction, a woman's failure to comply with her patriarchal overlords results in exile to the meanest penal planet in the galaxy. But what happened on Earth that this new world order came to pass in the first place? Return to the grim corridors of Auxiliary Compliance Outpost #2, to uncover the first clues to the history of the world as we know it...and meet PRESIDENT BITCH This volume collects issues #6-10, a reader discussion guide and additional bonus materials. "BITCH PLANET is the best kind of [f-d]-up: a comic that entertains, breaks hearts and wields the power to change the way you look at the world around you." - kotaku.com
BITTER ROOT V02 RAGE & REDEMPT

BITTER ROOT V02 RAGE & REDEMPT

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Best New Series of 2019 - Entertainment Weekly

Monster-hunting has been the Sangerye family business for generations as they battle the jinoo - hideous creatures born out of hate and racism. But now the Sangeryes face a different threat -- the deadly inzondo, a new kind of monster born out of grief and trauma. With one of their own turning into an inzondo and an army of tortured souls on the attack in 1920s Harlem, the Sangerye family must once again fight to save the world, unless their own pain and suffering transforms them into monsters as well!

Collects BITTER ROOT Red Summer Special and issues 6 - 10

BITTER ROOT V03

BITTER ROOT V03

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It is 1925, a great evil has invaded the world, and the monster-hunting Sangerye family is about to discover that they do not have what it takes to protect themselves, let alone humanity. The only way the Sangeryes can ever hope to defeat the sinister forces ravaging the world is if they each face their own internal demons...but some will not survive. The Eisner and Ringo-award winning team return for the epic showdown that will determine the fate of one family, and the world.

Collects BITTER ROOT #11-15

BK TOUR

BK TOUR

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A page-turning, Kafkaesque dark comedy in brilliant retro style, this graphic novel watches one man try to keep it together while everything falls apart.

Upon the publication of his latest novel, G. H. Fretwell, a minor English writer, embarks on a book tour to promote it. Nothing is going according to plan, and his trip gradually turns into a nightmare. But now the police want to ask him some questions about a mysterious disappearance, and it seems that Fretwell's troubles are only just beginning...

In his first book for adults in many years, acclaimed cartoonist Andi Watson evokes all the anxieties felt by every writer and compresses them into a comedic gem of a book. Witty, surreal, and sharply observant, The Book Tour offers a captivating lesson in letting go.

BLAB! VOLUME 1

BLAB! VOLUME 1

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BLAB!--the Harvey Award-winning anthology of cutting-edge comics, art, and culture--has returned to its comics roots with a stellar lineup of contributors.

Noah Van Sciver depicts the tragic demise of Crime Does Not Pay editor Robert Wood. Ryan Heshka recounts the rise and fall of Superman creators Siegel and Shuster. Sasha Velour portrays the making of film director F.W. Murnau's Nosferatu. Children's book illustrator Giselle Potter examines Peter Rabbit author Beatrix Potter's passion as a naturalist. Illustrated articles include the history of the gorilla and a report on UFOs.

All this and much more in Comics and Stories That Will Make You BLAB!

Black & White

Black & White

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A graphic novel biography following the life of Bobby Fischer, from chess wunderkind and national hero to his eventual spiral into madness and infamy

The life of Bobby Fischer (1943-2008) had many unexpected moves--from his solitary childhood to his stratospheric accomplishments in the world of competitive chess, and eventually, his decent into mental illness and disgrace. Black & White begins in Brooklyn, where Fischer was born and raised by a single mother. By the time he was a teen, he had established himself as a loner and dropped out of school. But none of that mattered; he had found his true calling--chess.

In 1972, Fischer played what many consider "the game of the century" against the Soviet Union's chess champion Boris Spassky at the height of the Cold War. Later, Fischer became the youngest-ever US Chess Champion and the game's youngest grandmaster. Never before had chess received such international attention. Fischer, whose sole focus in life up until then was chess, reached the Olympus of chess at 29, and then . . . he disappeared.

Suffering from mental illness, the chess genius became increasingly paranoid, lost in anti-Semitic conspiracy theories--despite the fact that he himself was Jewish--and died as a fugitive in Iceland. With Black & White, author Julian Voloj and illustrator Wagner Willian have crafted a beautiful and fascinating work that reveals Fischer's history while also contextualizing his lasting impact on pop culture. Black & White is the first-ever graphic novel to tell Fischer's story and examine the legacy he left behind.

BLACK BADGE VOL 2 2

BLACK BADGE VOL 2 2

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A top-secret, elite branch of boy scouts is sent on their deadliest mission yet -- and must combat opposing scout troops along the way.

The Black Badges are a top-secret branch of boy scouts, tasked with covert missions that no adult could ever undertake. But little do they know, their troop is not alone... Sent to a private island off the north shore of Oahu, the team must battle against other elite scouts for the Badge of Champions in a gruelling, dangerous competition that will test their skills like never before, all the while investigating the disappearance of their former friend.

The Eisner Award-nominated creative team behind Grass Kings - New York Times bestselling writer Matt Kindt (Mind MGMT) and illustrators Tyler Jenkins (Peter Panzerfaust) and Hilary Jenkins - reunite for a no holds barred look at the modern world through the eyes of the children tasked with cleaning up the mess made by the people they trust most.

BLACK BADGE VOL 3 3

BLACK BADGE VOL 3 3

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The Black Badges race to solve the murder of one of their own and discover the secrets of their organization's past may be the key to building a better tomorrow in the thrilling conclusion to the critically-acclaimed series.

THE SECRETS OF THE BLACK BADGES ARE REVEALED. The Black Badges, a top-secret branch of boy scouts tasked with covert missions that no adult could ever undertake, have always been shrouded in mystery...until now. As the modern-day squad of Badges race to solve the murder of one of their own, they'll discover the secrets of their organization's past may be the key to building a better tomorrow. The Eisner Award-nominated team of New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (Mind MGMT) and illustrators Tyler Jenkins and Hilary Jenkins (Peter Panzerfaust) conclude their action-packed examination of a world broken by adults...and the children responsible for fixing it. Collects Black Badge #9-12.

Black Book (Anniversary)

Black Book (Anniversary)

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A new edition of the classic New York Times bestseller edited by Toni Morrison, offering an encyclopedic look at the black experience in America from 1619 through the 1940s with the original cover restored.

"I am so pleased the book is alive again. I still think there is no other work that tells and visualizes a story of such misery with seriousness, humor, grace and triumph."--Toni Morrison

Seventeenth-century sketches of Africans as they appeared to marauding European traders. Nineteenth-century slave auction notices. Twentieth-century sheet music for work songs and freedom chants. Photographs of war heroes, regal in uniform. Antebellum reward posters for capturing runaway slaves. An 1856 article titled "A Visit to the Slave Mother Who Killed Her Child."

In 1974, Middleton A. Harris and Toni Morrison led a team of gifted, passionate collectors in compiling these images and nearly five hundred others into one sensational narrative of the black experience in America--The Black Book. Now in a newly restored hardcover edition, The Black Book remains a breathtaking testament to the legendary wisdom, strength, and perseverance of black men and women intent on freedom. Prominent collectors Morris Levitt, Roger Furman, and Ernest Smith joined Harris and Morrison (then a Random House editor, ultimately a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning Nobel Laureate) to spend months studying, laughing at, and crying over these materials--transcripts from fugitive slaves' trials and proclamations by Frederick Douglass and celebrated abolitionists, as well as chilling images of cross burnings and lynchings, patents registered by black inventors throughout the early twentieth century, and vibrant posters from "Black Hollywood" films of the 1930s and 1940s. Indeed, it was an article she found while researching this project that provided the inspiration for Morrison's masterpiece, Beloved.

A labor of love and a vital link to the richness and diversity of African American history and culture, The Black Book honors the past, reminding us where our nation has been, and gives flight to our hopes for what is yet to come. Beautifully and faithfully presented and featuring a foreword and original poem by Toni Morrison, The Black Book remains a timeless landmark work.