Birth of a Nation

ISBN: 1400083168
ISBN 13: 9781400083169
By: Aaron McGruder Reginald Hudlin Kyle Baker

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Reader's Thoughts

A.D. Carson

"Pretty good book. Easy read, and very entertaining. I think the format of the "Comic Novel" makes this book extremely accessible. Would definitely recommend to fans of The Boondocks comic/cartoon."

Melanie Page

A fantasy rendition of what would happen if a community of black Americans were denied the right to vote by being falsely labeled as "felons" in the government system.The three authors do a smooth job of helping the reader remember the numerous characters and who is speaking. The book doesn't have speech bubbles; instead, you'll read the font below what is mostly pictures within a square space (like a comic strip).I nearly lost it when one citizen of the newly-created "Blackland" yelled, "The Americans are coming! The Americans are coming!"

mika

birth of a nation at first caught my eye because of the white supremacist movie of the same title featuring the KKK in the origination myth of the klan. very funny. I got a little bored of the layout – sometimes the lack of speech-bubbles got tedious. I have to repeat though, very funny! very clever! amazing piece of satire.

Patrick

East St. Louis secedes and renames itself "Blackland." Not as good as "The Boondocks."

Books written by POC

It's a screenplay that could never, ever, ever get made into a movie - yeah, Hollywood's not going to leap right on a movie about East St. Louis seceding from the U.S. - so they made a comic out of it. Not the most feminist comic in the world, but hilarious and awesome anyway.

DW

Funny. Enjoyable. A definite message within.

Joel

kyle baker is pretty funny. why i hate saturn & you are here are great but this takes the cake. south saint louis seceded after the 2000 election & that's just the 1st few pages...

Dan

I think my enjoyment of this graphic novel would have been considerably greater if I was Black or had any knowledge of contemporary African American culture. :/

ayrdaomei

This book was co-written by Aaron McGruder, of The Boondocks fame. It takes place in a parallel reality, if you will, in the aftermath of an American election much like the one in 2000. Some names have been changed, but there are a lot of recognizable players (e.g., President Caldwell is clearly meant to be President Bush). The story centers on a majority-black city in Missouri where many residents are "mistakenly" kept from voting in the election. Unsatisfied by the response of government to their outcry at being disenfranchised during such a close election, the mayor of the city ultimately decides to do something about it: he declares the city will secede from the Union.There's a lot of praise for this book on the back cover: "memorably funny" - "hilarious" - "brilliant" and so on and so forth. I thought it was just alright. The writers try to balance humor and drama unsuccessfully, and it takes away from the book as a whole. I could tell which lines were supposed to read as jokes, but I wasn't much amused by any of them. I missed the cleverness and wit McGruder has put on display in so many strips of The Boondocks. A lot of the "funny" asides were simply dumb exchanges that just interrupted the flow of the story.Ultimately, I also think the format of a graphic novel really doesn't let the authors do this story justice. Things are addressed too briefly, or handled too neatly, and in the end it's just not a very satisfying read.

Cfo

A nearly perfect satirical stampede, occasionally marred by technical remnants of its origins as a Hollywood spec script.I'm glad it eventually manifested as a comic, though. You can never have too many excuses to give Kyle Baker work.

Variaciones Enrojo

Reseña de Andrés Accorsi para su blog:http://365comicsxyear.blogspot.com.ar...Además de Special Forces (de la que ya hablamos), en estos últimos años el incombustible Kyle Baker acumuló muchísimas obras interesantes, entre otras Plastic Man, King David y la impactante Nat Turner. Pero, casi irónicamente, su mejor trabajo es el único en el que el guión no le pertenece. Birth of a Nation (de 2004) es un comic absolutamente bakereano, pero escrito por Aaron McGruder (autor de The Boondocks, una popular tira diaria) y Reginald Hudlin (guionista y director de cine, que llegó al comic para escribir Black Panther).El hecho de que los tres autores sean negros no es ninguna casualidad. De hecho, la nación a la que alude el título no es otra que Blackland, una región de St. Louis con mayoría de población afroamericana, que decide separarse de los EEUU y convertirse en un país independiente. Suena a algo serio (sobre todo a la luz de que hoy EEUU tiene un presidente negro), pero Birth of a Nation es una gran farsa, una joda inteligentísima y con toques de mala leche, que nace de aquella famosa elección presidencial de 2000, la que George W. Bush le birló a Al Gore, legítimo ganador... si todos los votantes hubiesen podido votar, o si los votos se hubiesen contado como corresponde.La historia parece por momentos uno de esos grandes episodios de South Park en los que una boludez cotidiana empieza a crecer tipo bola de nieve, a hacerse cada vez más grossa, hasta que ya se le va de las manos a los propios protagonistas y puede terminar en cualquier cosa. Y sí, tanto el desarrollo como el desenlace de la historia de Blackland están totalmente fuera de cualquier pronóstico, incluso de los lectores más curtidos. La historia se construye con coherencia, de modo accesible y lineal, pero pega volantazos alucinantes en los momentos clave que hacen que nunca puedas predecir qué va a pasar con esta nueva nación. Birth of a Nation es un comic raro, primero porque es político, cosa que no suele suceder con frecuencia, y segundo porque es 100% satírico, y tiene hasta gags verbales y físicos, mientras que en general el comic político suele ser demasiado circunspecto. Pero McGruder y Hudlin hablan de política sin pelos en la lengua, se meten a fondo en los mecanismos del poder y sus consecuencias en la vida cotidiana de la gente, y además le ponen la onda de comedia zarpada y disparatada, esa que Kyle Baker pilotea como los dioses. El trabajo de Baker es definitivamente fundamental para que la novela gráfica prospere. El glorioso creador de Why I Hate Saturn opta por un trazo muy sencillo, con una línea muy austera y un estilo caricaturesco, casi de animación. Y después realza el dibujo a niveles maradonianos con la computadora, para agregar efectos, texturas, brillos volúmenes, y –obviamente- el color y las letras, que a esta altura son rasgos tan propios de Baker como su propia firma. Como en muchas de sus mejores obras, acá Baker trabaja sin globos de diálogo dentro de las viñetas. Los textos se ubican abajo o al costado de los dibujos y siempre se entiende a quién pertenecen. Para que eso suceda, los guionistas recurren a los medios de comunicación como reemplazo del narrador omnisciente, esa figura mediante la cual el autor suele narrarnos en los bloques de texto cosas que los personajes muchas veces desconocen (o deciden no expresar). El resultado es un hermoso contraste entre una presentación de la página limpita, ordenada y más prolija que armario de puto, y unas viñetas en cuyo interior se desatan pandemoniums página por medio, ya sea por pasiones, luchas de poder, intereses económicos, o lógica reacción del perejil oprimido frente al garca opresor.Las 137 páginas de Birth of a Nation son una lectura recomendadísima para los fans de: 1) la política, 2) los movimientos por los derechos de las minorías raciales, 3) Kyle Baker, 4) el humor malalechístico acerca de temas socio-políticos, 5) las novelas gráficas originales y zarpadas que se cagan por completo en los géneros más masivos y en el siempre poderoso Más de lo Mismo. Pulenta de la buena.

Tippy Jackson

One of the best graphic novels I've ever read. How could we let the 2004 election be stolen? That shame is remedied in this story.

Sheehan

Picked this up as it came across my desk at the Library; love the Boondocks and have fond memories of Bebe Kids, so I figured what the hell.The narrative is classic, East St. Louis secedes from the Union, and makes it work, so that was kinda nice.I laughed out loud a few times, and nodded my head a bunch, so it was worth the couple hours it took me to get through it.High school kids would definitely enjoy this...

BrainBackBend

This is a great book, but it is not suitable for middle school students due to language.In addition to the stellar art work, the complex story line mashes political themes, African American culture, disenfranchisement, economics, and more.Here are some links:http://www.thefourthrail.com/reviews/...http://www.amazon.com/Birth-Nation-Co...

Admatha

Just couldn't get into it. Probably didn't help that american politics aren't my favorite subject to begin with.

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