Colonial Comics is a series of books edited by Jason Rodriguez, J.L. Bell, and A. David Lewis and published by Fulcrum Books. The purpose of the books is to create something that functions as both entertainment and education. The main idea is to tell stories that you often don't find in school history books that can, in turn, lead into larger discussions about colonial American history. When I was growing up, my knowledge of colonial American history was essentially: 1) some people came over here for religious freedom, they wore funny hats, 2) they met this one Native American...not sure what happened to him, 3) something about burning witches, and 4) we went to war with England. What I want to do is fill in those gaps and tell stories about the Native Americans and women and free-thinkers and slaves and business owners who came from the Colonies and give a better understanding of what life was like over our first 150+ years, the good and the bad.
The first book is titled Colonial Comics: New England, 1620-1750 and was released in October 2014. The book features an eclectic mix of comic writers and artists, fiction and non-fiction authors, university professors, and renowned historians. The complete list of stories and creators, as well as some background information on each story, is presented below:
You can buy the book at your local bookstore or comic shop or through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Powell's or other fine online establishments. If you'd like to order the book for your store, please visit Fulcrum Book's ordering page.
The first book is titled Colonial Comics: New England, 1750-1775 and will be released in October 2015. Submissions are open for the second book right now.
The third book will change focus to the Mid-Atlantic region, particularly Virginia and Pennsylvania, and will be released in October 2016. Submission are open right now.
Jason Rodriguez is a writer and editor, whose books have been nominated for an Eisner Award and 8 Harvey Awards. Colonial Comics represents Jason Rodriguez’s most ambitious project to date. The first two volumes alone will have upwards of fifty stories from approximately one-hundred different creators. Jason lives in Arlington, VA with his wife and their two dogs, four cats, and a parrot. You can usually find him on a street corner, staring out into the future. For more on Jason’s current and future projects, visit his website at http://www.jasonrodriguez.com.
A. David Lewis is the creator of The Lone and Level Sands and Some New Kind of Slaughter graphic novels from Archaia Entertainment. He holds a Ph.D. in Religion and Literature and has been featured in The Boston Globe, Publishers Weekly Comics Week, Bostonia and on WAMU’s “Interfaith Voices,” VH-1, and Boston’s NPR affiliate WBUR. Lewis is also the co-editor of Graven Images: Religion in Comic Books and Graphic Novels and an Editorial Board Member for The International Journal of Comic Art (IJOCA). For more on Lewis’ current and future projects visit his website at http://www.captionbox.net/.
J. L. Bell writes about the history of colonial New England for magazines, scholarly journals, and the National Park Service, as well as his Boston 1775 website. He has presented his original research at the Massachusetts Historical Society, academic conferences, and many historic sites around Boston. During an earlier career in book publishing, Bell edited two New York Times bestsellers and wrote a book of science experiments for kids. You can read Bell’s stories from the Revolutionary period on the Boston 1775 website.
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