Explosive publisher BOOM! Studios has announced plans to publish Seen: True Stories of Marginalized Trailblazers, an original graphic novel by comic creators including Jasmine Walls, Bex Glendining, Birdie Willis, Rii Abrego, Anthony Oliveira, and Killian Ng. The book tells the stories of important historical figures that don't get enough recognition in traditional school textbooks. From the press release:
BOOM! Studios today announced SEEN: TRUE STORIES OF MARGINALIZED TRAILBLAZERS, an all-new original graphic novel series debuting in September 2020 from a group of acclaimed comics creators, including Jasmine Walls, Bex Glendining, Birdie Willis, Rii Abrego, Anthony Oliveira, and Killian Ng. This brand new graphic novel series illuminates the triumphs and struggles of important historical figures who aren't found in traditional textbooks, but deserve to be remembered for their contributions to humanity and their inarguable strength and courage in the face of impossible odds.
SEEN: TRUE STORIES OF MARGINALIZED TRAILBLAZERS will be published through the company's award-winning BOOM! Box imprint, with each original graphic novel spotlighting a different trailblazer who changed the course of history. In this new series, you'll find the stories of the real groundbreakers who impacted our world for the better. They're the heroes— the inventors, the artists, the activists, and more—whose stories you won't want to miss.
The first book will see Jasmine Walls and Bex Glendining tell the story of Edmonia Lewis, the first sculptor of African-American and Native American heritage to earn international acclaim during the Civil War. Said Walls of the project:
I'm incredibly excited to share SEEN: EDMONIA LEWIS! This globe-trotting, groundbreaking sculptor defied the roles expected of her, and paved her own path to international acclaim. She's a role model I wish I'd known about as a young artist, and I hope she inspires a new generation.
SEEN: EDMONIA LEWIS tells the story of African American and Native American sculptor Edmonia Lewis. Edmonia stood her ground and took the fine art world by storm with her incredible sculptures. I can't wait to help bring this amazing historical figure to life along with writer Jasmine Walls. I hope you'll connect and fall in love with her story too!
Seen: Edmonia Lewis is set to hit stores next September, with more to follow, including a graphic novel featuring the story of Rachel Carson by Birdie Willis and Rii Abrego as seen in the cover below.