Our pal Seth Hahne, of GoodOKBad fame, came up with this 31 Days of Comics challenge, one of those things where each day of the month you’re given a different category that you then make a choice of a comic to fill that category. I figured it would be a fun bit to do, so here we are! Click here to see each of the categories so far!
We continue with Day 6, which is a Nonfiction Comic You’d Recommend to People Who Don’t Do Nonfiction.
Read on for my pick and then you can share yours!
I’d definitely recommend Fred Van Lente and Ryan Dunlavey’s work, but since it is their most recent project, I’ll specifically recommend Action Presidents #1…
I think it is fair to say that by now Fred Van Lente and Ryan Dunlavey have gotten the “Action” approach down to a science.
Van Lente does a significant amount of research into his subjects and then delivers a whole ton of information to you in just twenty pages. Dunlavey, meanwhile, is brilliant in his ability to take this ton of information and make it appear fresh and vibrant and dynamic instead of just a series of talking heads.
The key to a great Action work, though, is the way that Van Lente doesn’t just resort to simply regurgitating the facts. No, sir, but he attempts to place the historical events of Washington’s life within the context of his times.
In addition, Van Lente does a strong job comparing Washington’s life and times to modern days.
What I am always curious about with any given Action work is seeing what approach Van Lente will take with the subject, in terms of an overall narrative. I was really impressed with the approach he took with Washington. The key angle he worked was the notion of Washington as mythical figure. That’s a really great way to look at Washington. Here’s the striking opening (Dunlavey again is just outstanding here in the page design)….
This is a fun and very smart, thoughtful comic book.
Van Lente and Dunlavey are selling this comic themselves online. You can buy it for just $2 from Comixology here