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March Book One To Receive Massive Media Coverage On Release

March-cover-100dpi_105340There has been considerable promotion and attention paid towards March Book One, the first volume in the graphic autobiography of Civil Rights pioneer John Lewis, to be published by Top Shelf Productions in August.

But it's a pinprick compared with what's coming.

To date, it has an announced back cover blurb from Bill Clinton – the first time a President has endorsed a graphic novel in such a way.

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.

Congressman Lewis is already touring the country with Book Expo America, and has the American Library Association Annual Conference, San Diego Comic Con and the National Conference of African American Librarians on his list.

He will appear on The Colbert Report on August 13th, the day of the book's release, the first time a guest has appeared on the show to promote their graphic novel.

Top Shelf has enlisted comics/education expert Peter Gutierrez to create an 11-page teachers' guide for March, available now for download.

And there's a lot more coming,..

For a taster, here's a BEA interview between Lewis and Andrew Aydin

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Rich JohnstonAbout Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.
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