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May
GHETTO BROTHER
GHETTO BROTHER- Warrior to Peacemaker
Julian Voloj, Claudia Ahlering
Introduction by Jeff Chang,
author of "Can't Stop Won't Stop:
A History of the Hip Hop Generation"

An engrossing and counter view of one of the most dangerous elements of American urban history, this graphic novel tells the true story of Benjy Melendez, son of Puerto-Rican immigrants, who founded, at the end of the 1960s, the notorious Ghetto Brothers gang. From the seemingly bombed-out ravages of his neighborhood, wracked by drugs, poverty, and violence, he managed to extract an incredibly positive energy from this riot ridden era: his multiracial gang promoted peace rather than violence. After initiating a gang truce, the Ghetto Brothers held weekly concerts on the streets or in abandoned buildings, which fostered the emergence of hip-hop. Melendez also began to reclaim his Jewish roots after learning about his family’s dramatic crypto-Jewish background.
"There’s no doubt that the Ghetto Brothers are an influence in NYC's urban history. They paved the way for many who were searching for a sense of identity, a voice and social justice."
-Jorge “Popmaster Fabel” Pabon
Breakdance Pioneer, Rock Steady Crew
"The gang truce back in the early seventies with Brother Benjy, with the Ghetto Brothers, Black Spades, the Savage Skulls, the Savage Nomads, Seven Immortals, the Reapers, Turbans, with all the major street organizations, was powerful. It was the time to put down the weapons against each other and try to organize… It was deep. It was powerful… We were all in the same game."
-Afrika Bambaataa
Hip Hop Pioneer
Participant in the 1971 Truce Summit
"The story of the Ghetto Brothers is the story of the Bronx in the 1970s… The Ghetto Brothers are still considered legendary by those who know."
Jeff Chang,
Hip Hop Historian
“Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: A History of the Hip Hop Generation”
6x9, 128pp., B&W, trade pb., $12.99;
ISBN 9781561639489

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What the press has been saying already during the making of this graphic novel:
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And see the New York Daily News article on the 40th anniversary of the historic gang truce initiated by Benjy Melendez

Hear the piece on NPR’s ‘Backstory’ about the truce with interviews of Afrika Bambaataa, Benjy Melendez and Julian Voloj

July
LOUISE BROOKS
LOUISE BROOKS, Detective
Rick Geary
Stepping away for a bit from his growing and impressive body of work in the Treasury of Murder true crime series, Geary creates a fictional story around a favorite actress: Louise Brooks. Spun around her actual brief meteoric career as a smoldering film actress who popularized bangs, Geary fantasizes about her coming back to her home town of Wichita where she becomes intrigued by a murder involving a friend, a famous reclusive writer and a shady beau. Not before she gets herself in great danger will she emerge with the solution the police fail to grasp!
6x9, 80pp., B&W, hardcover, $15.99
ISBN 9781561639526

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THE LIVES OF SACCO & VANZETTI
Treasury of XXth Century Murder:
THE LIVES OF SACCO & VANZETTI
Rick Geary
Now in paperback! Rick Geary tackles the most controversial case of the 20th century. Anarchists Sacco & Vanzetti were accused of robbery and murder but so many supposedly damning pieces of evidence were questionable their guilty verdict elicited massive protests around the world. Geary presents us with all the twists and turns, appeals and dubious evidence after presenting us the human face of the two men, demonized by many, turned to martyrs by many others, in his usual unflappable way.
"Top ten of 2011" -Onion's AV Club
"If anyone can bring an eighty year story to life, Geary is the man for the job. He tells the story with aplomb and allows another generation of students to see this case."
-Library Media Connection
"BEST OF 2011. Proves the master of drolly impish cartooning hasn’t lost his touch, as it presents a pair of protagonists (anarchists, no less) strangely sympathetic in their relevancy to today’s world."
-Fearnet
"With a precise eye for detail and the ability to summarize a complex case with remarkable conciseness, Geary sets the standard for graphic historical narrative."
-College & Research Library News
"His art, as always, is ceaselessly expressive and charming, but let's also give credit to this modern American master as one whose complete craft is at its peak."
-Miami Herald
"Geary's historical mysteries always sparkle with clarity, both in the artwork and plot, and in this book he also resists the urge to decide that one side was right, all while giving the reader the most up-to-date information possible."
-Teacher Librarian
"The quiet effectiveness of Geary's consciously old-fashioned drawing style is reinforced by his thorough recreation of period details."
-Booklist
"One of The 13 Can’t Miss Graphic Novels of 2011.
Chalk one more up for the history books and another great contribution to the country’s wealth of graphic lit." -Kirkus Reviews
"As with all the books he’s done in this series, he does his research, lays out the facts and evidence, and allows you to decide for yourself. That’s not only a hallmark of strong storytelling, but of confidence by the storyteller. He doesn't need to pull you around by the nose if he has done his job right, and no one does the job right like Rick Geary. This is another incredible effort by a creator who simply seems to never swing and miss."
-Comics Waiting Room
"This book is one of his best, a riveting and thorough documentary that leaves readers fully informed of all the evidence, pro and con, as if they were on a jury in a trial more just than the real one."
- Andrew “Capt. Comics” Smith, Scripps Howard News Service
"Mr. Geary is the sort of historian we all wanted to have in school or college: a teacher who makes history interesting and compelling. He is the supreme practitioner of the craft and genre today, and The Lives of Sacco & Vanzetti is as impressive as anything he has done."
-New York Journal of Books
"Geary, a cartoonist with the soul of a historian, reaches no easy conclusions, but gives readers the tools to draw their own."
-Publishers Weekly
"Geary works his magic once again. This would be an excellent choice for schools and libraries looking for literary graphic novels, for teachers who want to spark discussion of the case, and for any teens looking for an enthralling nonfiction read."
-School Library Journal
ON THE L.A. TIMES SUMMER READING LIST
A BEA GN BUZZ HOT Graphic Novel Selection
A YALSA Great Graphic Novel for Teens
See the interview and article on this at
Comic Book Resources
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6 x 9, 80pp., B&W trade pb., $9.99;
ISBN 9781561639366

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June
DUNGEON Monstres vol.5
DUNGEON Monstres, vol.5
My Son the Killer
Joann Sfar, Lewis Trondheim, Blutch, Frederic Bezian
In the title story, we meet Marvin the Dragon still a pup with her Mom but make no mistake, both are formidable. Their ferocity catches the eye of the Keeper who is still making his way up the ladder in Antipolis and has many dangerous enemies. He makes them his bodyguards. Soon enough, crafty little Marvin manages to witness a sinister plot and tries to save the Keeper and the city’s leaders from annihilation.
In “Soldiers of Honor,” Gork and Krag are brothers and soldiers of hell. They keep a secret door in the Dungeon. The door being little used, they get bored, until an old blind man forces Krag, alone on duty that day, to call reinforcements to prevent him from entering. Because he has not fulfilled his mission, Krag is sentenced to be killed by his own brother in the middle of the desert!
6 ½ x 9, 96 pp., trade pb., $15.99; ISBN 9781561639373

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June
ZOMBILLENIUM VOL.3
ZOMBILLENIUM VOL. 3
Control Freaks
Arthur de Pins
There’s excitement in the Zombillenium horror themed park run by actual monsters. Brought in by Behemoth himself, the vampire Beauford Jaggar Carniegie III is officially supposed to help CEO Francis in managing the park. But the employees expect the worst: isn’t he known as a cold-blooded killer? If one looks more closely, the reasons for his coming may seem less anodyne than announced. Of course, his mission is to increase return on investment for the shareholders, but for Behemoth that return has to be in souls. Francis is appalled but obligated to kowtow to the almighty consultant, determined to take power and pervert the rules of Zombillenium. Meanwhile, Aurelian goes through a bad patch. Depressed by his immortal status and the absurdity of his life... sorry, his death, he’s burned out. And burnout, in a powerful demon, can be devastating. Held back in extremis by Gretchen, he avoids the worst. This is timely, because Gretchen has a plan for him... A particularly biting new episode of Zombillenium in which we discover the underbelly of the most monstrous amusement park in the world.
9x12, 48pp. full color hc., $14.99; ISBN 9781561639564

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