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Top Shelf Donates Civil Rights Graphic Novel To Every Member Of Congress

Top Shelf's recent release of Rep. John Lewis memoir March: Book One was already historical as the first graphic novel written by a member of congress, but its bestseller status (on both the New York Times and Washington Post bestseller list) prompted the re-release of the 1950's comic book Martin Luther King And The Montgomery Story, the civil rights book that Lewis read in his teens and inspired him to join the crusade.

Now the publisher (in conjunction with the Fellowship of Reconciliation and ComiXology)  is giving digital copies of both March: Book One and Martin Luther King And The Montgomery Story to every single member of congress.

photoRSIn a statement accompanying the gift, Congressman Lewis noted that the MARCH project "…is not just my story, it's the story of a movement, the story of a generation that stood up for justice in our country. Just like the comic book I read more than 50 years ago, it is my hope that this graphic novel can inspire new generations to speak up and speak out, to make their voice heard, and, hopefully, to make our nation a more just and peaceful place for all."

March: Book One is the first of a trilogy co-written by Andrew Aydin and drawn by Nate Powell. The second and third volumes are scheduled to be released in 2014 and 2015.
Congressman Lewis and co-author Andrew Aydin are appearing tonight at Barnes & Noble in downtown Washington, DC (555 12th St NW), at 6:30pm, to speak about and sign MARCH: BOOK ONE. For more information, please visit:

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Dan WicklineAbout Dan Wickline

Has quietly been working at Bleeding Cool for over three years. He has written comics for Image, Top Cow, Shadowline, Avatar, IDW, Dynamite, Moonstone, Humanoids and Zenescope. He is the author of the Lucius Fogg series of novels and a published photographer.
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