March: Book One, the graphic novel memoir of civil rights hero Rep. John Lewis, as adapted by Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell, was a bestseller and gained publicity previously little heard of for a graphic novel, with appearances on the Colbert Report and Rachel Maddow among many other places. The first volume has been a best seller but also inspired readers with its story of Lewis’s youthful initiation into the civil rights movement. The book is currently in the freshman reading programs at three universities, and has been nominated for three Eisner Awards.
But there’s a lot more to the story. The cover for March: Book Two, which will be out in early 2015, has finally been revealed, on CNN of all places. And Top Shelf has announced Book Two will be an even longer book, as it builds towards the defining events of 1961-1963. Book Two covers:
the famous journey of the Freedom Riders, imprisonment at Mississippi’s Parchman Penitentiary, and young John Lewis’ involvement in helping to plan and lead the legendary 1963 March on Washington.
Nate Powell’s powerful cover showcases (on top) the Freedom Riders’ bus set on fire by a white supremacist mob in Anniston, AL, May 14, 1961, and (on bottom) Lewis’ fiery speech at the March on Washington, August 28, 1963