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Kent State: Four Dead in Ohio

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From bestselling author Derf Backderf comes the untold story of the Kent State shootings—timed for the 50th anniversary

On May 4, 1970, the Ohio National Guard gunned down unarmed college students protesting the Vietnam War at Kent State University. In a deadly barrage of 67 shots, 4 students were killed and 9 shot and wounded. It was the day America turned guns on its
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Hardcover, 288 pages
Expected publication: April 7th 2020 by Abrams ComicArts
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    Kasia
    Jan 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Absolutely enraging, even though I already largely knew what happened at Kent State. This book does a great job of setting the scene and fleshing out the context. It’s hard not to see parallels between those that enabled these murders and the Trump administration and their supporters today. It’s rather terrifying.
    Daniel
    Dec 27, 2019 rated it liked it
    Got an advanced copy of this through work, and had to give it a read! After My Friend Dahmer, I expected big things from Backderf, but sadly, I was slightly disappointed.
    Perhaps it's difficult following up on something like My Friend Dahmer. That was probably the case, as I had trouble not thinking back to that book as I was reading this one. Kent State lacked the cinematic quality of Backderf's previous work, and read more like a documentary that was cartoonified, rather than an account of an
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    Jake
    Jan 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Holy shit. Alternative comics artist Derf portrays the Kent State shooting in graphic novel form. Some of the stuff I knew, but I spent a lot of time flipping back to the endnotes to learn more ("Holy shit, they really burned down the ROTC building?" "Holy shit, they were really bayonetting people the night before?"). The first three and a half days leading up to the massacre unfold like a slow motion trainwreck, until noon on Monday, May 4th, 1970, when things tragically spiral out of control. ...more
    Wendy Ambrozewicz
    Jan 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    I’ve never said ‘what the fuck’ so many times while reading a book. what the fuck. I knew a lot of the history beforehand, but this is really good.
    Stacey Keller
    Dec 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: just-for-me
    Got this from NCTE this year, graphic novel by the same author who wrote My Friend Dahmer. Love the characters that he designs but I felt like this one was a lot of background information (that was definitely needed) but it read a little more like a textbook then a retelling. Still enjoyed it and I definitely learned a lot. As a graduate of Kent State graduate school, it was chilling to read about but it gave me a lot of perspective into what happened that day and why we still honor those ...more
    Alex Nagler
    Oct 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Read this when it comes out. A well researched take on the events leading up to Four Dead In Oh-hi-oh.
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    John Backderf is a Eisner-award-winning American comics creator, also known as Derf Backderf. He is most famous for his recent graphic novels, especially My Friend Dahmer, the international bestseller which won an Angoulême Prize, and earlier for his comic strip The City, which appeared in a number of alternative newspapers from 1990–2014.

    Derf has been nominated for multiple Eisner, Harvey and
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