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

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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

This copy was an advanced reader’s copy provided by the publisher and thus is not the same as the final product coming out April 2021. I was a bit dismissive of this book at first glance but once I opened it up and began to read, I felt ashamed of my earlier attitude. 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 through what may be from all views, a regular middle age liberal family, but is in reality the choked voice in all of us wondering at the cruelty of the world and what can we do as parents, sisters, brothers, children, humans to combat this cruelty. How does one come to grips with what 2016 illuminated to many? There were two sections that struck me the hardest. One, Nate Powell examined his own upbringing and generation. How the trajectory of America was presented as slowly but surely somehow moving forward in all aspects. How would it do this without input from his small family growing up in the South? That’s not a question that was examined and that he rightly points out, has led to the confusion about how 2016 came about. The second was when he described college towns and their relation to the wider rural areas about them. How one vacillates between hope and despair, how to feel in control of something and how to fight in this day and age, and ultimately how hope can spring eternal and in the most unlikely places. The only way for that hope to spring is through effort and work though. In the end 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. I can’t wait to see the final book!

— From Alicia

Description


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 trilogy March, 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 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 new, unpublished work, 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 will contextualize 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.
 

About the Author


Nate Powell is a National Book Award–winning cartoonist whose work includes civil rights icon John Lewis’s historic March trilogy, Come Again, Two Dead, Any Empire, Swallow Me Whole, and The Silence of Our Friends. Powell has also received the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, three Eisner Awards, the Michael L. Printz Award, the Comic-Con International Inkpot Award, two Ignatz Awards, and the Walter Dean Myers Award. He has discussed his work at the United Nations, on MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show, PBS, CNN, and Free Speech TV. He lives in Bloomington, Indiana. You can visit him online at seemybrotherdance.org.

Nate Powell is a National Book Award–winning cartoonist whose work includes civil rights icon John Lewis’s historic March trilogy, Come Again, Two Dead, Any Empire, Swallow Me Whole, and The Silence of Our Friends. Powell has also received the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, three Eisner Awards, the Michael L. Printz Award, the Comic-Con International Inkpot Award, two Ignatz Awards, and the Walter Dean Myers Award. He has discussed his work at the United Nations, on MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show, PBS, CNN, and Free Speech TV. He lives in Bloomington, Indiana. You can visit him online at seemybrotherdance.org.

Praise For…


“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


Product Details
ISBN: 9781419749124
ISBN-10: 1419749129
Publisher: Abrams ComicArts
Publication Date: April 6th, 2021
Pages: 160
Language: English