Incognegro by Mat Johnson
Illustrated by Warren Pleece
This graphic novel was originally published in 2008, but had a repackaging for a 10th anniversary edition in 2018, and is even more poignant now. The story follows this idea that Mat had from his childhood. He is a very fair-skinned African American, and he and his friends used to joke that he would be able to go "incognegro" and pass as a white person. Then, later in his life, Mat had twin boys - one who could pass as incognegro, and the other who couldn't. He meshed the two ideas together, and added the historical element of Northern African American journalists traveling to the South before the Civil Rights movement, and passing for white journalists.
So at Comic Con in July, I usually scope out all the publishers to see what YA they're offering in addition to comics in general. I was pleasantly surprised to see a large showing of First Second books this year in conjunction with Fierce Reads. The best part about the Fierce Reads booth is that all titles are half off on Sunday. That means I hit First Second HARD and found some really great books.
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