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    IDW to Publish “James Brown: Black and Proud” in October

    By | May 9th, 2018
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    IDW Publishing have announced they will publish “James Brown: Black and Proud,” a biography of the Godfather of Soul, this coming October. The comic, written and illustrated by filmmaker Xavier Fauthoux, was originally released in French in 2016. Here’s the press release and cover art:

    Upcoming Graphic Novel Explores the Life and Legend of The Godfather of Soul
    SAN DIEGO, CA (May 9, 2018) – 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 [sic], “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 “I Got You (I Feel Good)” and “Get Up (I Feel Like Being a) Sex Machine.” During the height of the civil rights movement, he soothed the tensions of a mourning community in the wake of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination, and provided the cause with an anthem in “Say It Loud – I’m Black and I’m Proud.” With immeasurable talent and powerful presence, and amid adversity and controversy, he chased what he believed was the American Dream.

    “Tracing the life of this cultural juggernaut, ‘Black and Proud,’ paints a rich portrait of a true larger-than-life American personality,” explained Justin Eisinger, Editorial Director of Graphic Novels and Collections at IDW. “Even readers more than casually familiar with Mr. Brown’s career and achievements will find plenty of new revelations and details that add a deep complexity to a celebrated cultural icon. And that’s something so powerful about the contemporary non-fiction movement in graphic storytelling.”

    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.

    “James Brown: Black and Proud”
    8.5″ x 11″ | Hardcover | Full color | 144 pages | $24.99 | 978-1-68405-338-4

    Creator Bio: Xavier Fathoux [sic] is a French film director and producer. In 2012, he won the James Brown Music Video Challenge with his submission for the song “It’s a Man’s, Man’s, Man’s World.”

    More on Fauthoux can be read here, and his award-winning video can be watched at Vimeo. Artwork from the French edition of the book can be viewed here.

    Christopher Chiu-Tabet

    Chris is a writer from London on the autistic spectrum, who enjoys tweeting and blogging on Medium about his favourite films, TV shows, books, music, games as well as history and religion. He is Lebanese/Chinese, although he can't speak Cantonese or Arabic. He also writes for Nerdy POC.