Beyond March: 10 Other Graphic Novels That Confront Prejudice

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Beyond <i>March</i>: 10 Other Graphic Novels That Confront Prejudice

Over the weekend, President-Elect Donald Trump took to Twitter to criticize Georgia Congressman John Lewis after he stated that he would not attend the inauguration this Friday. Trump’s commentary ignored Lewis’ legacy of devotion to Civil Rights and racial equality. The congressman was a chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, and he marched with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the March from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965; two years previous, he spoke at the historic March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, his speech directly preceding Dr. King Jr’s iconic “I Have a Dream” declaration. As a result of the Twitter event, sales of March—Lewis’ autobiographic comic trilogy co-authored by Andrew Aydin and illustrated by Nate Powell— skyrocketed. March marks the first time a member of congress has produced a comic, and the third installment won the 2016 National Book Award as well as Paste’s best comic of 2016.

But while it may (rightly) receive these historical accolades, March isn’t the only comic to combat injustice. The medium supports a rich history of instruction and education on social discord and prejudice. For readers looking for additional material past the March trilogy, here are 10 comics destined for your to-read pile.