Mar 30, 2010
C.C. Colbert is the historian and author behind several books on American history. Booth, her first graphic novel, is a powerful reminder that history is complicated and multidimensional. Readers of Booth will learn not only about the notorious man behind the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, but also about his family, his friends, and his enemies.
Just why did John Wilkes Booth assassinate Abraham Lincoln? Colbert provides a scholarly and thoughtful response.
Colbert is also a strong newcomer and supporter of the power of graphic novels and comics to tell scholarly and literary-level stories: “The idea that comic books can only offer a simplistic vision clearly ignores dramatic evidence otherwise. A growing body of historical graphic novels such as [Emmanuel] Guibert’s Alan’s War boasts strong characters, vivid images, and powerful narrative arcs that clearly complicate and improve a story.” Here, she discusses the book and her work with GraphicNovelReporter.