John Lewis Marches on Comic-Con

(Courtesy Nate Powell)
(Courtesy Nate Powell)
Posted February 12, 2013 at 7:18pm

History-maker John Lewis not only has a graphic novel about his life, “March,” that’s days away from completion, he also stands to become the first sitting congressman to flog his wares at Comic-Con, the iconic comic book/superhero/sci-fi confab in San Diego slated for July 18-21.

The Georgia Democrat’s tale of life in the Deep South and the rise of the civil rights movement has been broken up into a trilogy chronicling the convention-shattering events that closed the book on segregation. The first volume, which Lewis co-authored with staffer Andrew Aydin, is scheduled for release this August. Top Shelf Productions aide Leigh Walton said subsequent volumes are scheduled to be issued in 2014 and 2015.

According to the publisher, the first volume carries readers through Lewis’ youth in Alabama to the headline-grabbing, lunch counter sit-in the then-Fisk University student participated in while in Nashville, Tenn. Volume two picks up in tumultuous 1960.  And volume three blows things wide open with the 1963 bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala.

Walton suggested a book signing could happen in D.C. this September but was much more excited about reuniting Lewis with his fellow lawmaker and civil rights activist-turned-San Diego mayor, Bob Filner, at the annual pop culture fest.

“They’re excited about getting together at the show,” Walton told HOH.

“March (Book One)” hits retailers Aug. 13.