Mark Long & Jim Demonakos with Stan Shaw
The Silence of Our Friends (First Second) is the semi-autobiographical story of two families living in Texas in 1967 during that era’s fight for civil rights. A white family from a racist suburban neighborhood and a Black family living in Houston’s poorest ward endure humiliation, degradation and violence to win the freedom of five Black college student unjustly charged with the murder of a police officer. The story is told in graphic narrative form from the point of view of the son of a reporter covering the story and is co-written by Mark Long and Emerald City Comic Con founder Jim Demonakos and illustrated by Nate Powell (whose work includes March).
"...an engrossing narrative about race in America, while honestly dealing with a host of other real-world issues, including familial relationships, friendship, dependency, "other"-ness, and perhaps most importantly, the search for common ground." —Publisher's Weekly. Tonight’s program is moderated by Stan Shaw.