Our friends at Top Shelf wanted to share some big news regarding their upcoming autobiographical trilogy March, Congressman John Lewis' account of the Civil Rights Movement in America. The big news is that former President Bill Clinton has read the first book, and decided to provide a complimentary quote to adorn its back cover. This is big because it's the first time that's even happened. Now, normally, if the subject of President Clinton comes up, we'd probably make some kind of crass sex joke, but this project seems a bit too important for our brand of...whatever it is we do here (besides, we're still not done making fun of JLA #4).
March is also headed out on the road. Congressman Lewis will be plugging the book on The Colbert Report, and will even head to Comic-Con. It's being said by many Washington observers that the Congressman's ideas for cosplay are "totes awesome," and will be the talk of the convention floor.
In any case, March has the makings of a landmark graphic novel, and Top Shelf is appropriately taking measures to make sure it makes a big impact. Frankly, the book just looks awesome, especially with Nate Powell's involvement. The first volume of March comes out August 13, and is available now for pre-orders through Diamond. Read the entirety of the press release below.
We are pleased to announce that March: Book One will feature a back cover blurb from none other than the 42nd President of the United States! To the best of our knowledge, this is the first graphic novel ever endorsed by an American president:
"Congressman John Lewis has been a resounding moral voice in the quest for equality for more than 50 years, and I'm so pleased that he is sharing his memories of the Civil Rights Movement with America's young leaders. In March, he brings a whole new generation with him across the Edmund Pettus Bridge, from a past of clenched fists into a future of outstretched hands."
— President Bill Clinton
We are also delighted to announce that Congressman Lewis will appear on Comedy Central's The Colbert Report to promote March on its release day, ! Not long thereafter, he'll head to CNN for State of the Union with Candy Crowley!
Comics luminaries such as Joe Quesada, Neil Gaiman, Garry Trudeau, and Marjane Satrapi have appeared on The Colbert Report, but this is the first time a guest has been invited specifically to promote a graphic novel on this hippest of late-night shows.
Plus: catch him streaming live at , on Huffington Post Live... and stay tuned for more media updates!
One of Congressman Lewis' chief goals for the March trilogy is to engage the next generation of readers, in order to keep the lessons of the civil rights movement alive. So Top Shelf is proud to present an 11-page Teacher's Guide to March: Book One, developed by comics/education expert Peter Gutierrez, packed full of resources for using this graphic novel in the grade 6-12 classroom and beyond. It even includes correlations to national & state standards for English and Social Studies! Teachers and librarians can download this guide today, absolutely free, and get ready to teach March: Book One in the fall.
MARCH on the road!
We have an amazing coast-to-coast presentation tour lined up for Rep. Lewis. Even before the book comes out, he and his co-creators will be spreading the message of March with feature presentations at:
• BookExpo America in New York (speaker at VIP author breakfast with Chris Matthews, Diana Gabaldon, and Helen Fielding, )
• American Library Association Annual Conference in Chicago (featured auditorium speaker, )
• Comic-Con International in San Diego (special guest, )
• National Conference of African American Librarians near Cincinnati (closing keynote speaker, )
Many more appearances, including festivals and in-store signings, will be announced shortly!
March: Book One comes out in less than three months -- which means you can now pre-order it from your favorite retailer! So let your bookseller know how important this book is to you, and help us launch this landmark graphic novel with as big a splash as possible.
March: Book One, a deluxe softcover graphic novel with french flaps and black & white interiors, 6.5" x 9.5", 128 pages.
-- ISBN 978-1-60309-300-2
-- $14.95 (US)
-- Release Date: .
For more information and a 14-page preview, visit http://www.topshelfcomix.com/