Octavia E. Butler’s ‘Kindred’ Is Now A Graphic Novel

Illustrator and Visual Studies professor, John Jennings will be debuting the graphic novel at the Black Comic Fest at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Jan. 13th and 14th.

Octavia E. Butler, one of the most recognized black science fiction writers of our time will have her most celebrated novel, Kindred available as a graphic novel for sci-fi fans and comic books enthusiasts alike.

“The thing about Octavia, she was speaking of the now - If you read Parable of the Sower, we are not that far away from it. What she was doing was pretty revolutionary”, John Jennings curator, visual studies professor and illustrator of Octavia E. Butler’s Kindred, the graphic novel told me as we talked about Butler and her best-selling book. Kindred has the perfect balance of slave narrative, sci-fi and grim fantasy that has the ability to capture a reader’s undivided attention. Finally, those vivid descriptions of saving slaves from beatings and rape are now brilliantly illustrated for us to time-travel in color.

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Kindred is an emotional book as it takes you from the present to the past without allowing time to sort out your feelings with what you just read and what you will anticipate further on in the book. It centers a black woman that time travels back to slavery to help her ancestors and she watches first-hand slave beatings, rape, and even death.

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