“Black And Proud”: IDW Graphic Novel Will Explore The Life Of James Brown

by Hannah Means Shannon

IDW Publishing have announced an upcoming graphic novel that will explore the life and work of legendary musician James Brown in James Brown: Black and Proud.

Written and illustrated by Xavier Fathoux, the biographical work will arrive in shops in October 2018. Fathoux is a French film director and producer who, in 2012, won the James Brown Music Video Challenge with his submission for the song “It’s a Man’s, Man’s, Man’s World.”

Brown was born in the South during segregation, and began as a gospel singer before becoming more famous for tracks like “I Got You (I Feel Good)” and “Get Up (I Feel Like Being a) Sex Machine.” During the the civil rights movement, he supported the community in the wake of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination, and provided an anthem in “Say It Loud – I’m Black and I’m Proud.”

Justin Eisinger, Editorial Director of Graphic Novels and Collections at IDW comments:

Tracing the life of this cultural juggernaut, Black and Proud, paints a rich portrait of a true larger-than-life American personality. Even readers more than casually familiar with Mr. Brown’s career and achievements will find plenty of new revelations and details that add a deep complexity to a celebrated cultural icon. And that’s something so powerful about the contemporary non-fiction movement in graphic storytelling.

James Brown: Black and Proud is now available for pre-order via online booksellers and comic book specialty retailers.

James Brown: Black and Proud
8.5″ x 11″ | Hardcover | Full color | 144 pages | $24.99 | 978-1-68405-338-4