Bookshop Santa Cruz and NAACP Santa Cruz County Branch welcome Andrew Aydin, L. Fury, and Nate Powell, who, along with the late Congressman John Lewis, are the creative team behind the #1 bestselling, award-winning graphic novel series March. In a conversation moderated by Abi Mustapha, NAACP member and local artist, they will discuss the first book in their new, groundbreaking series, Run: Book One. They will be joined by Anthony Dixon, Congressman Lewis' nephew.
“In sharing my story, it is my hope that a new generation will be inspired by Run to actively participate in the democratic process and help build a more perfect Union here in America.” –Congressman John Lewis
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The featured book will be published on August 3rd and may be preordered below.
First you march, then you run.
“Run recounts the lost history of what too often follows dramatic change—the pushback of those who refuse it and the resistance of those who believe change has not gone far enough. John Lewis’s story has always been a complicated narrative of bravery, loss, and redemption, and Run gives vivid, energetic voice to a chapter of transformation in his young, already extraordinary life.” –Stacey Abrams
To John Lewis, the civil rights movement came to an end with the signing of the Voting Rights Act in 1965. But that was after more than five years as one of the preeminent figures of the movement, leading sit–in protests and fighting segregation on interstate busways as an original Freedom Rider. It was after becoming chairman of SNCC (the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee) and being the youngest speaker at the March on Washington. It was after helping organize the Mississippi Freedom Summer and the ensuing delegate challenge at the 1964 Democratic National Convention. And after coleading the march from Selma to Montgomery on what became known as “Bloody Sunday.” All too often, the depiction of history ends with a great victory. But John Lewis knew that victories are just the beginning. In Run: Book One, John Lewis and longtime collaborator Andrew Aydin reteam with Nate Powell—the award–winning illustrator of the March trilogy—and are joined by L. Fury—making an astonishing graphic novel debut—to tell this often overlooked chapter of civil rights history.
“This worthy successor to the late Congressman Lewis’s March graphic memoir trilogy picks up in the civil rights leader’s life during the 1960s counterculture revolution…This living history gives faces and voices to the legends of the civil rights era and connects their struggles to the present; the police brutality, voter suppression tactics, and segregationist politics of the 1960s are not so different from those Lewis was still making 'good trouble' against at the time of his death in 2020. Lewis’s stunning American story and legacy lives on in these pages.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review
Andrew Aydin is an award-winning comics writer. He was the Digital Director and Policy Advisor to the late Georgia congressman John Lewis, and his co-author for March. He splits his time between Washington, D.C., and Hendersonville, NC. Visit andrewaydin.com for more information.
Nate Powell is a New York Times bestselling, award-winning graphic novelist; his work includes the March trilogy, Rick Riordan’s The Lost Hero, and Save It for Later. Powell is the first and only cartoonist ever to win the National Book Award.
L. Fury is a lifelong resident of Houston, Texas. After a stint in the gaming industry and then marketing, she shifted her sights to long-form comics, illustrating the unreleased Double Barrel Shogun. Run is Fury’s first graphic novel.
Anthony Dixon has been a firefighter with the Los Angeles County Fire Department for over 30 years. He is Congressman Lewis' nephew.
Abi Mustapha is a two dimensional artist. A graduate from Indiana University with a degree in Political Science and an emphasis in Sustainability. Originally from Indiana she now spends her time working throughout the Bay Area.