My name is Larime Taylor, and I’m a cartoonist. That’s the official, fancy term for someone who writes and illustrates their own comics, as opposed to just writing or penciling or coloring. I do the entire book, from script to finished, lettered pages, at the rate of 2-4…
I don’t think I linked to my Top Shelf panel report on CBR from SDCC. Given that the panel focused heavily on the Congressman John Lewis graphic novel series “March,” which is his personal recollections from the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, it seems particularly timely given everything that’s happening in Ferguson right now.
One of the things that struck me was how people against the Civil Rights Movement at the time did what they could to dehumanize the protestors. Someone on Facebook posted a link to Kevin Sorbo’s aggressively idiotic comments about what was going on in Feguson, in which he called the protestors “animals.” That brought to mind this quote from the book’s co-writer, Andrew Aydin, about Book 2’s first scene:
"… We actually open with a scene in a Krystal Burger — not to spoil it — but they get fumigated. They’re sitting at the lunch counter, and rather than asking them to leave … they simply lock the doors and turn on a fumigator, which is used to kill rodents and pests. It’s a fitting symbol of exactly how some of these people saw the protesters and what they were up against."
Speaking of dehumanizing, artist Nate Powell talked about drawing some of the attacks against the protestors that seems to line up with police behavior in Ferguson:
"There are moments when I’m depicting a lot of over-the-top violence in ‘March’ when I have to be careful not to slip into a visual shorthand that reminds us a little too much of a zombie attack," Powell said. "But what’s interesting about the escalation of violence in the events depicted in March 2 — for example, the Montgomery Greyhound Station Massacre – I stopped avoiding the echoes and references to a zombie attack. It’s like people choosing to leave a degree of their humanity behind is almost virtually indistinguishable from a zombie attack in some cases."
In Ferguson’s case, the zombies are wearing battle armor and carrying badges.