High Top Fade on the Cover Equals COP IT! #DoTheMath

I found out about this book FIGHTS by Joel Christian Gill on Twitter, and I'm really excited to check it out when it drops next month.

The sales pitch:
Fights is the visceral and deeply affecting memoir of artist/author Joel Christian Gill, chronicling his youth and coming of age as a Black child in a chaotic landscape of rough city streets and foreboding backwoods. 

Propelled into a world filled with uncertainty and desperation, young Joel is pushed toward using violence to solve his problems by everything and everyone around him. But fighting doesn’t always yield the best results for a confused and sensitive kid who yearns for a better, more fulfilling life than the one he was born into, as Joel learns in a series of brutal conflicts that eventually lead him to question everything he has learned about what it truly means to fight for one’s life.

"FIGHTS is somehow brutally raw, funny as hell, deeply sensitive and insightful in each panel." –– Nate Powell (March trilogy)

Not two minutes ago, I was on Facebook talking about being concerned that I don't care about stuff that other people do.  That I don't let myself care.  Then I come across a cool personal story like FIGHTS, and get super fired-up about it, and I realize that it isn't that I don't care about anything.  It's that the stuff other people care about is dumb.

Comics as a medium is often stereotyped and pigeon-holed, even by people who love it the most.  As much as I enjoy "mainstream" stuff like superheroes and science-fiction, I love to see people using the medium in genres less traveled, like memoirs.  

Far from being "the little genre that could", the graphic memoir is picking up steam, and I'm all for it.  

Especially as a way for black creators to tell our own stories.  Anyways, I don't have a lot to say about FIGHTS yet, but I just wanted to share these preview images with you, and pass along my enthusiasm.  

If nothing else but to celebrate the fact that I can still be excited about something.

FIGHTS by Joel Christian Gill comes out the week of January 21st on Amazon, and where ever dope books are sold.

Samax Amen is a professional Content Developer, Illustrator and Cartoonist. He is the artist of many great comics you never heard of like FREELANCER LIFE, Herman Heed, Champion of Children, and The World As You Know It. He even writes and draws his own comics, like Dare: The Adventures of Darius Davidson, Spontaneous, and Manchild when he gets around to it. Because making comics is hard and stuff, he started GhettoManga as a blog in 2006 and as a print magazine in 2008.
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