Soaring Penguin Announces ‘Black Bastard’, A Graphic Novel Following A Second Generation Windrush Descendent

by Richard Bruton

Coinciding with October’s Black History Month here in the UK, Soaring Penguin will release Black Bastard by Tobias Taitt and Anthony Smith in September, 2021, telling the autobiographical tale of a second-generation Windrush-descendent through ’80s Britain.

Originally written as a novel, Tobias Taitt has adapted Black Bastard into comics with artist Anthony Smith and Britain’s Soaring Penguin Press have signed the book for a September 2021 release.

Black Bastard recounts how Taitt struggled to grow up in the UK after being abandoned by his Barbadian mother, who had hoped to find a better life there—but failed to find it. Falling into a life of (occasionally violent) crime from the age of 15, Taitt was shunted from children’s homes to reform schools to prisons throughout the ’80s, until he was able to stay out of trouble long enough to start to put his life together.

“We’re really looking forward to seeing the reaction to this powerful and moving book when it comes out”. – Soaring Penguin Press co-publisher John Anderson.

“It addresses a lot of important issues not discussed in comics enough, and is particularly relevant in our Black Lives Matter era.” – Soaring Penguin Press co-publisher Tim Pilcher

Black Bastard was originally appearing in the excellent webcomic anthology curated by David Lloyd, Aces Weekly, with this new print edition providing new, previously unpublished material.

Black Bastard by Tobias Taitt and Anthony Smith is scheduled for publication in the UK in September, 2021, to coincide with October’s Black History Month.

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