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148: Militarism, Civil Rights & Inspiring the Next Wave of Revolutionaries feat. Nate Powell

Nate is a creator whose work I've followed for almost 15 years and it was an absolute pleasure to sit down and talk with him about his work and the substance behind it. I first encountered his work in Jeff Lemire's acclaimed Vertigo Comics series Sweet Tooth (still need to check out the Netflix adaptation). His style really spoke to me so I went back and read his debut graphic novel, Swallow Me Whole, which won the Eisner Award for Best Original Graphic Novel, and I was in for pretty much everything he made after that. Most folks know of Nate because of the March trilogy that he did with civil rights advocate and United States Congressman John Lewis and Andrew Aydin. The three graphic novels were massively successful in both critically and commercially but they also have been influential in communicating an important national story and inspiring folks to join the cause and work for a better future. The March books won multiple Eisners (the comic industry equivalent of The Oscars), The Coretta Scott King Award, and made Nate Powell the first cartoonist to win a National Book Award. We talk about the impact of these books on his life and career as well as the themes of militarism and how war and violence can become culturally pervasive (he shares a great story of getting a positive review from G.I. Joe creator Larry Hama on one of his books dealing with this), how we need to take care to always be pursuing justice and sticking up for folks who can't do it for themselves, as well as being intentional in teaching these values to the next generations. We hope you enjoy the episode and if you do, be sure to share it with your friends! Read Martin Luther King and the Montgomery Story Nate's new books: Buy Fall Through Read Fall Through on Hoopla Pre-Order Lies My Teacher Told Me Shoutouts: X-Men comics Holy Food by Christina Ward Half American by Matthew Delmont Alpine Sequences (OK Ikumi album) Love on the Spectrum (TV series) Follow Nate: Website Instagram Twitter Linktree Follow Us: ⁠⁠⁠Instagram⁠⁠⁠⁠ ⁠⁠⁠Twitter ⁠⁠⁠Facebook ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠YouTube Channel⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ Share Your Questions/Suggestions/Feedback With Us: Email: DM on Instagram Support Us: Support the show with an individual donation on CashApp to $TheSubstancePod or become a monthly Patreon supporter at --- Support this podcast:

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