Neal Barton just wants to read in peace. Unluckily for him, some local Christian activists are trying to get his favorite fantasy series,  The Chronicles of Apathea Ravenchilde, banned from the Americus public library on grounds of immoral content and heresy. Something has to be done, and it looks like quiet, shy Neal is going to have to do it. With youth services librarian Charlotte Murphy at his back, Neal finds himself leading the charge to defend the mega-bestselling fantasy series that makes his life worth living.

Americus is written by MK Reed and drawn by Jonathan Hill, and is published by First Second Books.

The first chapter of Americus was published in Papercutter #7 in 2008, and was nominated for the Outstanding Short Story Ignatz.

You can download a preview PDF of the first chapter here [note: this link isn't up yet]. Or you can preview a scene on Americus’ homepage on Macmillan’s website here.

MK Reed – TK

Jonathan Hill – is a cartoonist living in Portland, OR. He graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2003. His work has appeared in books by Fantagraphics, Image Comics, and Three Rivers Press. He’s also done work for the Willamette Week, the Portland Mercury, Hollywood Video, and Hyphen Magazine. Americus is his first graphic novel.