Thursday

Congressman John Lewis and remembering "March"

I have to admit that I am not a dispassionate person when it comes to Congressman John Lewis. Whatever one might think about this vote that he's cast or that stand he's taken, the Congressman has spent his life working for social change and put his life on the line for a better world. Starting as a teenager he worked to end segregation, to make it possible for people to register to vote – and the vast scope of what he was able to accomplish is such that within his own lifetime, it's puzzling for most of us to conceive of what America must have been like then.

So I made it clear that I wanted to write this story and I pitched lots of places arguing that it's hard to find someone who knows as much about comics and the Civil Rights Movement and nonviolence as I do. One of the other people who fits that bill is Andrew Aydin, one of Congressman Lewis' aides who co-wrote the book. Along with artist Nate Powell, who I've spoken to in the past and is an immesnsely talented artist, they've told the story of Congressman Lewis' life in the first of three volumes.

The article's long enough so I'll spare anyone reading this except to say that I get to meet and talk with a lot of amazing people in my job, but very rarely in life, does one get to me a truly great person. There's that old saying about how you should never meet your heroes, but I've never been disappointed meeting my heroes. It was a pleasure and an honor to talk with John Lewis.

This is why:

http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=46149

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