Cartoonist Ronald Wimberly's Black History In Its Own Words, a historical graphic novel that highlights important black figures throughout history, will be released from Image this February, coinciding with Black History Month.
Black History In Its Own Words features portraits and illustrations by Wimberly along with the words of famous black figures such as Jean-Michel Basquiat, Kanye West, Zadie Smith, Ice Cube, Dave Chappelle, James Baldwin, Spike Lee, and more.
“In January 2014, Matt Bors asked me to pick some quotes and illustrate eight of them for The Nib for Black History Month," Wimberly explained. "I chose quotes ranging from the casual to the profound from luminaries both past and present. I had so much fun I did four extra (12 in total) and continued to do 12 more the subsequent year. This book collects those first 24 works as well as 14 new works."
“I was inspired by the aesthetic discipline of Emory Douglas and Bruno Paul to work in graphic reduction and a limited palette inspired by national colors of the black diaspora," Wimberly continued. "I hope that these images of black luminaries and their words will inspire readers to further research and be emboldened to live life as they have.”
Black History In Its Own Words is scheduled to be released February 8.