John Jennings’ Megascope Announces List of Major Abrams ComicArts Graphic Novels
Announced at ComicsPRO, Abrams ComicArts releases its first edition list of Megascope, a new line of graphic novels curated by John jennings. Jennings is an award winning company and New York Times bestselling comic book creator and graphic novel adaptations illustrator of Octavia E. Butler‘s Kinship and Parable of the sower.
Megascope was first announced in 2018, and the inaugural release list will have two titles: After the rain (October 27, 2020; Hardcover) by Nnedi Okorafor, adapted by John jennings and illustrated by David Bramé, and The heavy (January 19, 2021; Hardcover) by Shawn Martinbrough.
In keeping with the mission to publish books that visualize diverse new narratives through the comic book medium, upcoming titles on the Megascope list include:
- Black Star through Eric Glover, illustrated by Arielle Jovellanos
- Blak kube through Ytasha Womack, illustrated by Tanna tucker
- The countdown through Ayize Jama Everett, illustrated by Tristan roach
- Dark Fear: Dedicated to Emmett Till through Christophe benson, illustrated by Eric Bataille
- the day of death through Daniel José Elder and Baba Malik Duncan, illustrated by Chuck “Dragonblack” Collins
- The eightfold path through Steven barnes and Charles Johnson, illustrated by Bryan Christophe Moss
- The Guardian through Antananarivo Due and Steven Barnes, illustrated by Marco finnegan
- The resurrectionists through Ho Che Anderson, illustrated by Jeremy Amour
“When WEB DuBois created the idea of the megascope in the new The princess of steel (1909), I wonder if he would have ever dreamed that he offered us not a single future but a myriad of futures. The megascope works like a lens through which so many inaudible voices can be heard. I am so honored and delighted to present this first list of books that we have carefully curated. It’s a very strong, diverse and extraordinary collection of stories that I hope will foster conversation, celebration and connection, ”says Jennings.“ The book is an empathy machine and ABRAMS has devoted a great deal of it to its existence to create, well-designed, beautiful books for everyone. I am touched by the talent and dedication Abrams ComicArts has put into this line of books. I hope our audience sees themselves and what they have in common with others in these graphic messages from the minds and hands of some of the most amazing creators working in graphic fiction today. “
After the rain is a comic book adaptation of award-winning author Nnedi Okorafor’s short story, “On the Road,” a supernatural drama set in a small Nigerian town during a severe storm. Okorafor ranks among the most acclaimed speculative fiction writers currently writing – she is the recipient of the Hugo, Nebula, World Fantasy, and Locus awards. John Jennings and David Brame’s graphic novel collaboration uses bold art and colors to forcefully tell this story of the African diaspora, identity and fate, bringing the story to life for Okorafor fans and new readers.
In The heavy, renowned writer-illustrator Shawn martinbrough tells the hard-hitting story of Charles “Dukes” Duchamps, a New York-based debt collector with a love for jazz and a loss that has haunted him for years. Martinbrough is a critically acclaimed creator whose projects for DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Dark Horse Comics, and Image Comics include Batman: police comics, Luc Cage Black, Black Panther, Hellboy, and Thief of thieves. Martinbrough also co-created characters featured in the films. dead Pool and Justice League. The heavy is a contemporary original graphic novel on the theme of noir about rivals, revenge and redemption.
In addition to the first list of books, Megascope also unveiled its new logo and official advisory board. The members of the board are among the most famous academics and comic book professionals in the fields of media, literature, comics and other related fields. The functions of the advisory board are to help recommend relevant narratives for adaptation, help design educational supplements, recommend new comic book creators, and ensure that the Megascope range stays true to the standards of appropriate representation of ideas and characters in relation to the parameters of graphic novels.
Megascope Advisory Board:
- Frederick Luis Aldama, PhD—Ohio State University and SOL-CON
- Kinitra Brooks, Ph.D.-University of Michigan
- Stanford Carpenter, PhD—Black & Brown Comic Arts Festival and Pocket Con
- Julian Chambliss, PhD-University of Michigan
- JC Cloutier, Ph.D.-University of Pennsylvania
- Rachelle cruz—University of California, Riverside
- Damian Duffy, PhD—University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
- Henry Louis Gates Jr., PhD-Harvard University
- Frances Gateward, PhD—California State University, Northridge
- Jonathan Gray, PhD—John Jay College of Criminal Justice
- Fox Harrell, PhD– Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- Kathleen McClancy, Ph.D.—Texas State University and Comic Book Arts Conference Organizer
- Susana Morris, Ph.D.—Georgia Tech
- Adilifu Nama, Ph.D. — Loyola Marymount University
- Ricardo padilla—Latino Comics Expo and SOL-CON
- Darieck Scott, PhD-University of California, Berkeley
- Matt Silady—California College of the Arts, director of the MFA in Comics
- Sherryl Vint, PhD—University of California, Riverside
- Rebecca Wanzo, PhD—Washington University at St. Louis
- Deborah Whaley, Ph.D.—University of Iowa
- Qiana Whitted, PhD—University of South Carolina
- Daniel Yezbick, PhD-St. Louis Community College
John Jennings is Professor of Media and Cultural Studies at the University of California, Riverside, and was previously Nasir Jones Hiphop Fellow in 2016 at the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research at Harvard University. Her work revolves around intersectional narratives of identity politics and popular media. He is the co-founder / organizer of numerous comic book festivals across the country (including the annual Schomburg Center Black Comic Festival in Harlem) and has participated in numerous critically acclaimed and award-winning books as as illustrator, editor and writer, especially # 1 New York Times Bestseller Kindred: a graphic novel adaptation (with Damian Duffy), the Eisner Prize-winning academic anthology The Blacker the Ink: Constructions of Black Identity in Comics and Sequence Art, and, more recently, Parable of the sower: an adaptation of a graphic novel. Jennings lives in Riverside, California.