Incognegro

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Vertigo/DC Comics, 2008 - Comics & Graphic Novels - 134 pages
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Writer Mat Johnson (HELLBLAZER: PAPA MIDNITE), winner of the prestigious Hurston-Wright Legacy Award for fiction, constructs a fearless graphic novel that is both a page-turning mystery and a disturbing exploration of race and self-image in America, masterfully illustrated with rich period detail by Warren Pleece (THE INVISIBLES, HELLBLAZER). In the early 20th Century, when lynchings were commonplace throughout the American South, a few courageous reporters from the North risked their lives to expose these atrocities. They were African-American men who, due to their light skin color, could pass among the white folks. They called this dangerous assignment going incognegro. Zane Pinchback, a reporter for the New York-based New Holland Herald, barely escapes with his life after his latest incognegro story goes bad. But when he returns to the sanctuary of Harlem, hes sent to investigate the arrest of his own brother, charged with the brutal murder of a white woman in Mississippi. With a lynch mob already swarming, Zane must stay incognegro long enough to uncover the truth behind the murder in order to save his brotherand himself. He finds that the answers are buried beneath layers of shifting identities, forbidden passions and secrets that run far deeper than skin color.

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User Review  - Sullywriter - LibraryThing

The author was inspired to write this story after reading about NAACP leader Walter White posing as a white man and going undercover in the early 20th century to investigate lynchings in the deep south. It's a disturbing, painful, and sometimes funny story. Read full review

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User Review  - kivarson - LibraryThing

Warren Pleece's black and white panels unfold Mat Johnson's compelling story of an undercover African American journalist in the Harlem Renaissance--the Incognegro. Passing for white, Zane Pinchback is able to attend and report on Klan lynchings to try to bring those murderers to justice. Read full review

About the author (2008)

Mat Johnson received his MFA from Columbia University. He returned to his native Philadelphia, with his wife and daughter, after living in Harlem for several years. "Drop" is his first novel.

Life Sucks was written by Jessica Abel and Gabe Soria, with art by Warren Pleece. Jessica Abel is one of the foremost female comics creators in the industry. She and her husband teach courses on creating comics at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, and have co-written the textbook based on their classes, "Drawing Words and Writing Pictures," also out this season from First Second. Gabe Soria is a Brooklyn-based music journalist and has written "Batman Adventures," Warren Pleece is a British comics artist who has worked on numerous projects, including "The Invisibles" and "Hellblazer,

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