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IDW Publishing proudly presents James Brown: Black and Proud, an immersive biographical graphic novel drawing back the curtains on a legend of popular music whose influence and appeal continues to reach audiences worldwide, even today. Written and illustrated by Xavier Fathoux, James Brown: Black and Proud will be available in stores in October.
Born in the South during the height of segregation, James Brown launched his career as a gospel singer before skyrocketing to fame with tracks like â€œI Got You (I Feel Good)â€ and â€œGet Up (I Feel Like Being a) Sex Machine.â€ During the height of the civil rights movement, he soothed the tensions of a mourning community in the wake of Martin Luther King, Jr.â€™s assassination, and provided the cause with an anthem in â€œSay It Loud – I’m Black and I’m Proud.â€ With immeasurable talent and powerful presence, and amid adversity and controversy, he chased what he believed was the American Dream.
â€œTracing the life of this cultural juggernaut, Black and Proud, paints a rich portrait of a true larger-than-life American personality,â€ explained Justin Eisinger, Editorial Director of Graphic Novels and Collections at IDW. â€œEven readers more than casually familiar with Mr. Brownâ€™s career and achievements will find plenty of new revelations and details that add a deep complexity to a celebrated cultural icon. And thatâ€™s something so powerful about the contemporary non-fiction movement in graphic storytelling.â€
Join the charismatic, hardworking, and sometimes tyrannical bandleader on a journey down the roads of America with a group of talented musicians, spreading the sound of funk and soul throughout the country. Told against the backdrop of a changing America during the Civil Rights era of the 1960s, this is the story of a man and his band that would go on to revolutionize the world of pop music.
James Brown: Black and Proud is now available for pre-order via online booksellers and comic book specialty retailers.