The Be-Bop Barbarians: A Graphic Novel


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Pegasus Books
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8.7 X 0.4 X 11.2 inches | 1.3 pounds
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About the Author

Gary Phillips is the author of The Darker Mask, Bangers, and Violent Spring. Raised in South Central Los Angeles, Phillips draws on his experiences from anti-police abuse community organizing and anti-apartheid activism in his work. He was the chair of the Eleanor Taylor Bland Crime Fiction Writers of Color committee and was a past president of the Private Eye Writers of America. He lives in Los Angeles.

Dale Berry is the author/illustrator of the acclaimed graphic novel series Tales of the Moonlight Cutter, a paranormal suspense story set in medieval China. He lives in San Francisco, California. Find out more by visiting http: //


This graphic novel is for readers who know how to snap their fingers while turning the page.
Gary Phillips's love song to the history of black comics is beautiful and moody, channelling the quiet desperation, simmering anger, and creative intensity of 1950s noir.
Phillips weaves the jazz scene, the civil rights movement, and the Red Scare into a well written and illustrated novel that evokes a conflicted time in U.S. History.
A fascinating, gripping look at life in the 1950s for three African-American artists living in New York City. A vivid and vital account of the hardships and unjust social realities of the day. The various plots are compelling, the characters strong and nuanced, and overall the book is an excellent piece of historical fiction.
Highly recommended. The artwork is bold and handsome, often with very fine design work, all enhanced by the excellent colorist Justin Birch.--Bud's Art Books