Top Shelf's March Receives Unprecedented Media Coverage

March: Book One ($14.95, 978-1-60309-300-2) has garnered a vast amount of critical praise, including starred reviews in Publishers Weekly - who call the book "Superbly told history" - Booklist, Kirkus, and Library Journal, who add "This version of Lewis's life story belongs in libraries to teach readers about the heroes of America."

"Congressman John Lewis has been a resounding moral voice in the quest for equality for more than 50 years, and I'm so pleased that he is sharing his memories of the Civil Rights Movement with America's young leaders," reads President Clinton's quote. "In March, he brings a whole new generation with him across the Edmund Pettus Bridge, from a past of clenched fists into a future of outstretched hands."

Rep. Lewis engaged in a whirlwind tour this summer in anticipation of the book's release, appearing at Comic-Con International, the ALA Annual Conference, Book Expo America, the National Conference of African American Librarians, among many others.

Rep. Lewis appeared on Comedy Central's The Colbert Report on August 13, the release date for March Book One. This marks the first time a guest has been invited onto the show to promote a specific graphic novel. He also appeared in PBS' Bill Moyers & Company.

Rep. Lewis on Colbert Part 1:

Rep. Lewis on Colbert Part 2:





Lewis was one of the auditorium speakers at the ALA Annual Conference. Clips from Lewis' speeches are featured below:

Lewis appeared at this year's Book Expo America as a featured author and speaker.


BEA has made available video of Rep. Lewis' speech at the BEA Author Breakfast:

Rep. Lewis appeared at San Diego Comic Con, along with co-writer Andrew Aydin and artist Nate Powell, catching the attention of national and local news outlets, including CBS, NBC, CNN, MSNBC, the Huffington Post, the Washington Post, and Publishers Weekly. 

Also during the SDCC event, Sen. Patrick Leahy offered praise for March during a Judiciary Committee hearing on the Voting Rigths Act. "Thank you for the book that you signed to me in March. It will be seen by all five of my grandchildren," Leahy told Rep. Lewis during the proceedings, while holding up a copy of the book.

Below are highlights from the national news coverage of March


 CBS News

NBC Nightly News

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Rep. Lewis' appearance at Comic Con and March were also covered extensively in a variety of media:



WXIA-TV Atlanta

Fox 5 San Diego

Web sites

The Huffington Post

Ain't It Cool News - review of March Book One

Wired - the site posted a photo of Rep. Lewis and Neil Degrasse Tyson from Comic Con

Rolling Out 

Lez Get Real

News One

Color Lines - discusses March and the 1958 comic book Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Montgomery Story, which helped inspire March

MSNBC's The Grio

Bleeding Cool - coverage of Sen. Patrick Leahy's praise of March during a Judiciary Committee hearing on the Voting Rights Act


The Washington Post

Publishers Weekly - coverage in Comic-Con Preview Night

Publishers Weekly - interview with Rep. Lewis (available to subscribers)

The San Diego Union-Tribune - interview with Rep. Lewis, Aydin, and Powell

Atlanta Magazine

East County Magazine -  interview with Rep. Lewis

Atlanta InTown

The CQ Roll Call - a news publication dedicated exclusively to Capitol Hill - featured several postings about March on their Heard on the Hill blog:

Comics Vets Rally Around John Lewis

John Lewis' Arresting Life Advice

John Lewis Receives a Hero's Welcome at Comic-Con

Patrick Leahy Praises John Lewis' New Project.

John Lewis Staffer's Winding Road to Comic-Con


Rep. John Lewis and Andrew Aydin signing at the Top Shelf Productions booth at BEA


To find out more information on March: Book One, read the full press release.