First Man

By Simon Schwartz
Illustrated by Simon Schwartz

This skillfully-drawn work of graphic-novel biography combines accounts of polar exploration with a look at racial inequality in the early twentieth century.

A tribute to the life of Matthew Henson, an African-American explorer. Henson took part in early efforts to reach the North Pole, but he often wasn’t given the same credit as his teammates. Schwartz covers Henson’s accomplishments as an explorer and his struggles as a black man in the early twentieth century. As a fictionalized graphic-novel biography, First Man combines accounts of Henson’s life with elements of Inuit mysticism, exploring Henson’s relationship with both fellow explorers and the native peoples he met during his voyages. Translated from the original German edition.

  • Accessible graphic-novel format
  • Distinctive, compelling illustrations

About the author

Simon Schwartz grew up in Berlin, Germany. Since 2006 he has been working as a freelance illustrator for several magazines, newspapers, agencies and other clients. In 2011 he began teaching illustration as an Adjunct Professor at the Design Department of the Hamburg Universtity of Applied Sciences. Druben! was nominated for the German Youth Literature Prize 2010 and awarded the ICOM Independent Comic Award for Outstanding Scenario 2010.

About the illustrator

Laura Watkinson translates into English, from Dutch, Italian and German. Her literary interests are varied and her projects range from children’s picture books to adult novels and comics. She founded the Dutch chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators in 2008.

ISBN: 9781467781060
Imprint: Graphic Universe – Lerner Publishing Group
Distributor: Walker Australia-HEDS
Binding: Paperback
Release Date: August 1, 2015
Dimensions: 178 x 229mm, 160pp
Stock Status: Out of Print
Australian RRP: $24.99
New Zealand RRP: $27.99
Stock Level: Out Of Stock

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