Dan P. Moore’s new graphic novel Mark Twain Was Right charts the course of the 2001 Cincinnati Riots, the largest urban unrest (the first in the 21th century) since the 1992 LA Riots. Moore’s book is an engaging work of journalism-as-narrative-comic, tracing the riot’s genesis from the senseless police killing of a 19-year-old black man to the man’s funeral six days later. What results is a tumultuous cocktail of nonviolent civil disobedience, frustration fueled looting, and further police violence. Told from a series of varying perspectives—activists, community leaders, bystanders, etc—this is a tale of inner-city community coming together. Here we witness a city boiling over, and all the political grossness, interpersonal rallying, and rampant destruction that entails. At 96 pages, Mark Twain Was Right is an important chapter of American history, a story often overlooked and generally misreported, a piece of our lineage that must not be forgotten.
Comics bring to life and to light the joys and
struggles of life. Moore has successfully continued
that tradition, capturing a moment part of a
continuous movement for world wide justice. I look
forward to his next work.
—Reverend Damon Lynch III
“Mark Twain Was Right depicts 6 days of rioting
in Cincinnati following the police shooting of a
black man. This account of the Black community’s
awakening to its own power and oppression is also
a young man’s awakening to the world around him.
Dan P. Moore has something that many of the
biggest names in comics unfortunately lack—life
experience and something to say about it.”
—Seth Tobocman, Author of dozens of graphic novels including Disaster and Resistance and The Crash