The Eisner and Ringo Award winning series Bitter Root by Chuck Brown, David F. Walker, and Sanford Greene will get a special commemorative cover in celebration of Juneteenth. This Bitter Root #14 cover will feature new art by Greene and be in stores this June, just in time for Saturday 19th’s celebratory day.
For anyone not in the know, Junteenth (especially my fellow British readers) – also known as Emancipation Day, Freedom Day or a couple of of other titles – is the day marked to celebrate the emancipation of these who were enslaved in America. The reason June 19th is an important date is because on that day in 1865 the Union Army announced the freedom from slavery in Texas. Texas being the last state to adhere to President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation.
And its as in Galveston, Texas the following year of 1866 that itv as first observed as Jubilee Day. And it’s only grown as a public holiday marked by many African-American communities ever since.
“Team Bitter Root has always been committed to acknowledging a very rich history within the work we do, and this commemorative Juneteenth cover is our way of celebrating an occasion that speaks to the heart and soul of what this series is about and the culture we honor,” – David F. Walker.
The series is being adapted for film with Academy Award winning actress Regina King (director of the DGA Award, NAACP Image Award, and Academy Award nominated One Night in Miami) set to direct and produce.
Bitter Root #14 Cover A by Greene and Bitter Root #14 Cover B “Juneteenth” by Greene will both be available on Wednesday, June 23rd from Image Comics.