Now Let Me Fly: A Portrait of Eugene Bullard (Hardcover)
From author Ronald Wimberly, creator of the viral comic Lighten Up, comes a soaring graphic biography that casts new light on the first African-American fighter pilot.
On the eve of World War I, Eugene Bullard was a refugee of the Jim Crow South who was determined to find a place where a Black man would be treated as a fellow human being. His search took him from rural Georgia to the streets of Paris, from the vaudeville stage to the boxing ring, and finally, from the muddy trenches to the open skies. In 1914, Bullard joined the fight to defend France—and made history as the world’s first African American fighter pilot.
In this candid but sensitive portrait of Bullard, author Ronald Wimberly balances the personal and the historical to interrogate concepts of cynicism, idealism, fear, glory, and the pervasiveness of anti-Black racism.
About the Author
Ronald Wimberly is an artist who works primarily in design and story. He is an accomplished illustrator and cartoonist, having designed several graphic novels as well as shorter works for The New Yorker, DC/Vertigo, Nike, Marvel, Hill and Wang, and Darkhorse. His works include Sentences: The Life of MF Grimm and Prince of Cats. Ronald was the 2016 Columbus Comics resident and two time resident cartoonist at Angoulême Maison des Auteurs.
Brahm Revel is an American artist and writer best known for his creator-owned comic series GUERILLAS, published by Oni Press. He has also created comics for Marvel, Boom!, and IDW, where he helped develop the character Jennika for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Universe. This led to a nomination for a 2020 National Cartoonists Society Reuben Award for his work on TMNT - JENNIKA II. Brahm has also worked in the Film and Animation Industries, most notably storyboarding for the animated show THE VENTURE BROS. He currently lives and works in Barcelona, Spain.
A Junior Library Guild selection
"Wimberly’s script navigates haunting scenes of racism and ultimate optimism and triumph. Revel (Guerillas) draws emotive faces and propulsive action, as fluidly rendering a boxing ring as a battlefield... [Now Let Me Fly] carries off the lift of a pulp adventure, while memorializing Bullard’s warrior spirit." —Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Bullard’s life was full of danger, adventure, and opportunities he created, and this fascinating story has very broad appeal. A great first purchase for all libraries."—School Library Journal, starred review