Fights : one boy's triumph over violence

by Gill, Joel Christian,

Format: Print Book 2020
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Summary
Propelled into a world filled with uncertainty anddesperation, young Joel is pushed toward using violence to solve his problems byeverything and everyone around him. But fighting doesn't always yield the bestresults for a confused and sensitive kid who yearns for a better, morefulfilling life than the one he was born into, as Joel learns in a series ofbrutal conflicts that eventually lead him to question everything he has learnedabout what it truly means to fight for one's life.

Fights is the visceral and deeply affecting memoirof artist/author Joel Christian Gill, chronicling his youth and coming of age asa Black child in a chaotic landscape of rough city streets and forebodingbackwoods.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: ""Children are the most perfect sponges . . . sometimes sponges get full and they just can't hold in any more filth." In Gill's relentlessly raw graphic memoir, we see firsthand how a kind and sensitive child slowly soaks up a near-constant stream of racism, abuse, and neglect, ultimately shaping him into a rightfully angry young man whose only ability to deal with the world is through violence. The focus throughout is on the formative relationships, both good and bad, with those who impacted him most strongly as he was growing up. Gill sugarcoats nothing from his childhood, and readers will wonder how he managed to thrive after the abuse and injustice he experienced. He smartly keeps things simple, from the basic sequential-panel layout to the expressive, cartoon figures, allowing the emotional story to hold center stage. Colors are mostly muted but intensify to call attention to strong emotions, of which there are plenty. Powerful and true, this will appeal to readers drawn to memoirs of youth struggling against the odds."
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "An impoverished and violent childhood provides the background to this stirring memoir from Gill (Strange Fruit)--but it's the kindness and strength that he found in those circumstances that makes his story unforgettable. During his fragmented youth, Gill was shuffled through schools, homes, and social cliques as the child of a single mother. Though he found solace where he could (memorably in chess, music, and libraries), the disorder of his life inculcated a violent streak that wore him down as much as it kept him safe from predators. He endures sexual abuse at home, bullying in school, and is ultimately pushed into young manhood with only the barest understanding of human kindness--and yet he manages to discover the joy of art, the tenderness of first love, and ironclad friendship. In the tradition of Geoffrey Canada's Fist Stick Knife Gun, Gill's empathy for his younger self and the children he grew up alongside elevates his singular story into a passionate plea for neglected children everywhere. Gill draws himself and the kids around him as struggling against a rising tide of murky water: some of them learn to swim in this sea of aggression, while some are lost within its depths. His visuals are disarmingly whimsical (they'd be at home on Nickelodeon), with a palette unafraid of bright greens, purples, and oranges that emphasizes his youthful self's vulnerability and capacity for joy. Beyond a recounting of a hardscrabble upbringing, Gill's memoir becomes an ode to claiming peace from the experience of violence--and passing that gift on to others. (Jan.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Gill, Joel Christian -- Childhood and youth -- Comic books, strips, etc.
African Americans -- Social conditions -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Violence -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Autobiographical comics.
Nonfiction comics.
Coming-of-age comics.
Comics (Graphic works)
Graphic novels.
Publisher Portland, OR :2020
Edition First edition.
Audience Suggested for mature readers.
Language English
Description 246 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm
ISBN 9781549303357
154930335X
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