Here are upcoming titles, now being solicited in comic stores through Diamond Previews for a February 2022 release.
Montgomery, Alabama, December 1, 1955: at the end of the working day, 42-year-old Rosa Parks, a black leather dressmaker, takes bus 2857, heading home. She sits in a center row, but when a white passenger gets on after a few stops, the driver asks her to get up to give him her seat, as required by the rules. Rosa knows them well: the blacks sit in the back, the whites in front, while the center seats are mixed and can only be used if all the others are occupied, but the whites retain priority.
“No,” Rosa replies, she doesn’t intend to get up.
That simple refusal turns her into a heroine of black rights, engaged in the fight against segregation that oppresses Alabama and other southern states, becoming the propellant of the historic bus boycott in Montgomery led by Martin Luther King. This is her story shown in a context of why it is still so resonant today.
6 ½ x 9, full color hardcover, 128pp., $19.99; HC ISBN 978168112291551999; DIAMOND CODE: DEC211729
Pub Date: February 16th 2022
In Mali in Africa, a red Mother with Child, a 14th century African sculpture, is saved from the destructive madness of Islamists by Alou, a young honey hunter. In the company of other migrants, sisters and brothers of misfortune, Alou goes all out to reach Europe. His goal and his obsession: entrust the precious statuette to the Louvre Museum!
An epic adventure, touching upon the burning worldwide issue of refugees and immigration, in the ever-expanding Louvre collection commissioning graphic novels from leading world artists to spin tales around the famous museum.
9×12, 144pp, full color Hardcover, $27.99 US / $36.50 CAN; HC ISBN: 97816811225715; DIAMOND CODE: DEC211730
She rebelled against the ancient tribal rules of India, her country, resulting in her becoming a Robin Hood type bandit. Essentially sold at the age of 11 to become a wife for a much older man, she ran away when he raped her. From that point on, there were few choices for her but to join a roaming gang of bandits, her ambition leading her to become their rebel chief.
Ultimately, society caught up with her and she even became a strong voice for change as a representative in the nascent Indian parliament.
A story of courage and unbending determination in front of centuries of established inequities in the classic Indian caste system.
8.5x 11”, 224pp., full color HC, $29.99; HC ISBN 97816811225195; DIAMOND CODE: DEC211731
20 women who made a difference in Science are presented here. From Ada Lovelace (computing) to Marie Curie (Physics and Chemistry) these exceptional women enabled the world to advance in all fields of science including space exploration (Mae Jamison), telecommunications (the actress also genius discoverer Hedy Lamarr) and Biology (Rosalind Franklin).
An inspiration going counter to preconceived notions about women and science, presenting a diverse group from around the world.
8 ½ x 11, 96pp. full color HC, $19.99; HC ISBN 9781681122700; DIAMOND CODE: DEC211732