Save It for Later: Promises, Parenthood, and the Urgency of Protest (Hardcover)

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Save It for Later: Promises, Parenthood, and the Urgency of Protest (Hardcover)

By Nate Powell (Illustrator), Nate Powell

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If you are a parent of a young child having lived through the past 5 years, or just someone with a conscience who has lived with the weight of recent history, this collection of essays will likely dredge up and parallel some of your own memories and thoughts that kind of knock the wind out of you, but also shine a light of hope for the future if you're willing to work for it. Also, I cannot emphasize enough the importance of the chapter "About Face".

— From Jim

I felt the gut punch of 2016 once more, a sinking nauseated morass that made me have to think hard about what day and year it really was, the feeling was so intense. The subtitle and description of the book may say that is just a series of illustrated essays, but it is much more than that. It is a journey and I highly recommend this book if not just for the reminder that the past four years are not something to be forgotten. Protesting the unjust laws and actions of many or few is not something that can be “saved for later.” The urgency is here now.

— From Alicia

From Nate Powell, the National Book Award–winning artist of March, a collection of graphic nonfiction essays about living in a new era of necessary protest.
 
In seven interwoven comics essays, author and graphic novelist Nate Powell addresses living in an era of what he calls “necessary protest.” Save It for Later: Promises, Parenthood, and the Urgency of Protest is Powell’s reflection on witnessing the collapse of discourse in real time while drawing the award-winning March trilogy, written by Congressman John Lewis and Andrew Aydin, this generation’s preeminent historical account of nonviolent revolution in the civil rights movement. Powell highlights both the danger of normalized paramilitary presence symbols in consumer pop culture, and the roles we play individually as we interact with our communities, families, and society at large.
 
Each essay tracks Powell’s journey from the night of the 2016 presidential election—promising his four-year-old daughter that Trump will never win, to the reality of the authoritarian presidency, protesting the administration’s policies, and navigating the complications of teaching his children how to raise their own voices in a world that is becoming increasingly dangerous and more and more polarized. While six of the seven essays are original to his collection, Powell has also included “About Face,” a comics essay first published by Popula Online that swiftly went viral and inspired him to expand his work on Save It for Later. The seventh and final essay contextualizes the myriad events of 2020 with the previous four years—from the COVID-19 pandemic to global protests in the wake of George Floyd’s murder to the 2020 presidential election itself—highlighting both the consistencies and inversions of widely shared experiences and observations amidst a massive social upheaval.
 
As Powell moves between subjective and objective experiences raising his children—depicted in their childhood innocence as imaginary anthropomorphic animals—he reveals the electrifying sense of trust and connection with neighbors and strangers in protest. He also explores how to equip young people with tools to best make their own noise as they grow up and help shape the direction and future of this country.
 
Nate Powell is a National Book Award–winning cartoonist who began self-publishing as an Arkansas teenager in 1992. His work includes Save It for Later; civil rights icon John Lewis’s Run: Book One, Come Again, Two Dead, and its follow-up Any Empire; and Swallow Me Whole.
 
Powell’s work has received four Eisner Awards, two Ignatz Awards, the Comic-Con International Inkpot Award, and multiple ALA and YALSA distinctions. He has discussed his work at the United Nations, on MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show, PBS, and CNN. As for his music career, Powell was introduced to the hardcore punk community in 1991, played over 500 shows across North America and Europe in various bands, including underground legends Soophie Nun Squad and Universe, and managed the do-it-yourself label Harlan Records from 1994 to 2010.

Nate Powell is a National Book Award–winning cartoonist who began self-publishing as an Arkansas teenager in 1992. His work includes Save It for Later; civil rights icon John Lewis’s Run: Book One, Come Again, Two Dead, and its follow-up Any Empire; and Swallow Me Whole.
 
Powell’s work has received four Eisner Awards, two Ignatz Awards, the Comic-Con International Inkpot Award, and multiple ALA and YALSA distinctions. He has discussed his work at the United Nations, on MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show, PBS, and CNN. As for his music career, Powell was introduced to the hardcore punk community in 1991, played over 500 shows across North America and Europe in various bands, including underground legends Soophie Nun Squad and Universe, and managed the do-it-yourself label Harlan Records from 1994 to 2010.

Product Details ISBN: 9781419749124
ISBN-10: 1419749129
Publisher: Abrams ComicArts
Publication Date: April 6th, 2021
Pages: 160
Language: English
“While many graphic biographies and historical memoirs can feel inert, his dynamic line and talent for using the grammar of comics to shape drama and emotion, as well as action, are a standout… an absorbing reflection on intergenerational inheritance.”

 
— The New York Times

“This sincere volume carries off parenting inspiration with gravitas.”
— Publishers Weekly STARRED Review

“...much of this work feels like visual poetry…A virtuoso work of artistry with important content that might alienate some but powerfully stir others.”
— Booklist STARRED Review

“[Powell] asks readers not to forget, not to look away, but to remember what we can achieve when we come together. Save it for Later argues for solidarity in family, community, and across the nation now and for the future.” 

 
— PopMatters

Save It For Later explores the space where political life intersects with the personal.”
— The Beat

Save it for Later confronts this political era.”
— The Arkansas Times Magazine

“This is a gorgeously drawn, well articulated and powerful new work that you should all go read as soon as you can.”
— Comic Book Resources

“Urgent and grittily rendered…”

 
— The Minneapolis Star-Tribune