Run Book One

Run

Book One

By John Lewis, and Andrew Aydin
Illustrator L. Fury, and Nate Powell

Hardcover

Price: $24.99

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  • Publication Date: August 3, 2021
  • Imprint: Abrams ComicArts
  • Trim Size: 6 12 x 9 12
  • ISBN: 978-1-4197-3069-6
  • Page Count: 160
  • Illustrations: Black-and-white Illustrations throughout
  • Rights: World/All

First you march, then you run. From the #1 bestselling, award–winning team behind March comes the first book in their new, groundbreaking graphic novel series, Run: Book One

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

“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

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.

Praise

"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
"The legacy of civil rights icon John Lewis lives on in Run: Book One." —TIME
"This is a fantastic choice for classrooms… will speak powerfully to anyone trying to make sense of their own values in the face of wider movements and calls to action." —Booklist, STARRED Review
"An intimate, powerfully revealing look at a crucial, complex time, through the eyes of a true American hero." —Kirkus Reviews, STARRED Review

About the authors

Congressman John Lewis (1940–2020) was one of the “Big Six” leaders of groups who organized the 1963 March on Washington and was the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling graphic memoir series MarchAndrew 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.