Monday, December 29, 2014
Graphic Novel Review: "Strange Fruit: Volume 1" by Joel Christian Gill
Ok, I feel better now. That just really needed to be said.
This graphic novel tells nine stories of nearly forgotten African Americans in history. I had only heard of one of these people before - the story of Henry "Box" Brown who escaped slavery by travelling north hidden in a shipping box. I'm not even sure which stories hit me the most - Bass Reeve, US Marshall? Or maybe Richard Potter, the Great Illusionist? One story that I will certainly never forget is called "The Shame".
I do wish that some of these stories were longer, but I suppose that the author intended to spark curiosity and encourage the reader to go on from here to research these people's lives more in depth. I appreciated the Did you know? section in the back with an additional anecdote relating to each person here as well as the bibliography so that further research could be done. This is called Volume 1 which makes me hopeful for more in the future - perhaps that will include a woman's story or two?
Strange Fruit Volume 1: Uncelebrated Narratives from Black History
by Joel Christian Gill