Save It for Later: Promises, Parenthood, and the Urgency of Protest (Hardcover)
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
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 While six of the seven essays are new, unpublished work, Powell has also included “About Face,” a comics essay first published by Popula Online that swiftly went viral and inspired him to expand his work on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.
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.
— 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.”
“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