A graphic novel biography of the escaped slave, abolitionist, public speaker, and most photographed man of the nineteenth century, based on his autobiographical writings and speeches, spotlighting the key events and people that shaped the life of this great American.
Recently returned to the cultural spotlight, Frederick Douglass's impact on American history is felt even in today's current events. Comic book writer and filmmaker David F. Walker joins with the art team of Damon Smyth and Marissa Louise to bring the long, exciting, and influential life of Douglass to life in comic book form. Taking you from Douglass's life as a young slave through his forbidden education to his escape and growing prominence as a speaker, abolitionist, and influential cultural figure during the Civil War and beyond, The Life of Frederick Douglass presents a complete illustrated portrait of the man who stood up and spoke out for freedom and equality. Along the way, special features provide additional background on the history of slavery in the United States, the development of photography (which would play a key role in the spread of Douglass's image and influence), and the Civil War. Told from Douglass's point of view and based on his own writings, The Life of Frederick Douglass provides an up-close-and-personal look at a history-making American who was larger than life.
About the Author
DAVID F. WALKER is an award-winning comic book writer, filmmaker, journalist, and educator. Walker is best known for his work in comics, including Shaft: A Complicated Man (Dynamite Entertainment), winner of the 2015 Glyph Award for Story of the Year, and its sequel, Shaft: Imitation of Life. His work for Marvel Comics includes Luke Cage, Occupy Avengers, Power Man and Iron Fist, Nighthawk, Fury, and Deadpool. He's also worked for DC Comics (Cyborg), Boom! (Planet of the Apes), and IDW/Monkeybrain (The Army of Dr. Moreau). He is the creator of the prose YA series The Adventures of Darius Logan, and author of the novel Shaft's Revenge, the first new novel starring the iconic black detective in more than forty years.
DAMON SMYTH is an illustrator and comic book artist. MARISSA LOUISE is an illustrator and colorist whose color work has appeared in comics and graphic novels from Dark Horse, Image Comics, and BOOM! Studios, among others.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
What graphic novels do best, is open literature and ideas up to a wider audience, an audience that might never pick up a book that was filled with just words alone. Graphic novels may have an easier entry point, but they can and have in the past 30 years or so that they have become popular, been able to tell stories that would not work in a simple print medium. In his lifetime, Frederick Douglass his autobiography three different times, in three different books. He knew the power of words, and wrote his first autobiography because no one believed he was an escaped slave, that no slave could speak so eloquently, or write so well. According to this retelling of Mr. Douglass's life, he was the most photographed American man of the 19th century. That there are more pictures of him, than of Abraham Lincoln, a contemporary. The graphic novel is written as though it is being told in Mr. Douglass's voice, which gets us closer to the subject. I knew a little bit about Frederick Douglass before I read this, but didn't know that he knew Sojourner Truth, or Herriat Tubman. I did not know that he worked with Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton for women's right to vote, as he worked for black men to have the right to vote. Very informative story, very well written and researched. A great starting point to anyone who is interested in knowing more about Frederick Douglass. Thanks to Ten Speed Press and Penguin Random House for making this free review book available for an honest review.