Boom! Studios has announced Seen: True Stories of Marginalized Trailblazers, a series of original graphic novels debuting in September 2020 shining a light on pivotal historical figures. It comes from a number of creators including Jasmine Walls, Bex Glendining, Birdie Willis, Rii Abrego, Anthony Oliveira, and Killian Ng. The subjects are not found in traditional textbooks but deserve to be remembered for their contributions to humanity.
Shannon Watters, Senior Editor, Boom! Studios says:
Traditionally, the history books do not provide a clear lens to examine the accomplishments, gifts, and world-changing acts of countless unsung figures who fall outside of the typical classroom curricula. We wanted to create beautiful, accessible comic pocketbooks for young adults and teens that tell the stories of those whose impact was as large and meaningful as anyone you may have learned about in school. Thanks to Jasmine and Bex, the first spotlight is thrown on the accomplished, innovative sculptor and artist, Edmonia Lewis, who rose to prominence on the strength of her remarkable artistry and skill.
Each book will focus on a different figure with the first centering on Edmonia Lewis. Written by Jasmine Walls and illustrated by Bex Glendining, this graphic novel tells the story of the woman who changed America during the Civil War by becoming the first sculptor of African American and Native American heritage to earn international acclaim.
Writer Jasmine Wells says:
I’m incredibly excited to share Seen: Edmonia Lewis This globe-trotting, groundbreaking sculptor defied the roles expected of her, and paved her own path to international acclaim. She’s a role model I wish I’d known about as a young artist, and I hope she inspires a new generation.
Seen will be published under Boom! Studios’ Boom! Box imprint. While it’s a nice fit there, I think it could also fit in with the standard imprint or Archaia judging from its origins, story, and strength.
Artist Bex Glendining added:
Seen: Edmonia Lewis tells the story of African American and Native American sculptor Edmonia Lewis. Edmonia stood her ground and took the fine art world by storm with her incredible sculptures. I can’t wait to help bring this amazing historical figure to life along with writer Jasmine Walls. I hope you’ll connect and fall in love with her story too!
Seen: Edmonia Lewis is set for release in September 2020.