Between the hardback covers of Black History in Its Own Words, celebrated comics creator Ron Wimberly has selected and illustrated 39 quotes "ranging from the casual to the profound, from luminaries past and present." The comics portraits assembled here range in style from Pop Art to European portraiture to manga and, of course, straight up comic book, the mode of representation in each case chosen to effectively represent the speaker and match up with the quote. Part of the fun of this collection is seeing who Wimberly chose to represent, which quote he picked and how he went about it representing it, so we're not going to spoil things by giving it all away here, but will suffice it to say that the range – from Sojourner Truth to Ice-Cube – is wide, and includes plenty of surprises, and will demonstrate to just about every reader that there's still plenty to learn about black history.
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Copacetic will host Ronald Wimberly – creator of Black History in Its Own Words – on Wednesday, February 22, from 6:00-pm to 8:00pm. See you there!
SPECIAL OFFER: Every copy of Black History in Its Own Words purchased during the month of February (aka Black History Month) will include a complimentary copy of African-American Poetry: An Anthology, 1773-1927, a collection of 71 works, chronoligically arranged from Phillis Wheatley through to Harlem Renaissance poets such as Claude McKay, Langston Hughes and Countee Cullen. FREE