The American boxing champion Emile Griffth gained notoriety in 1962 when he brutally defeated the Cuban fighter Benny Paret. Ten days after the fight, Paret, who had directed a homophobic slur at Griffith during the weigh-in, died from his injuries. In Knock Out!, Reinhard Kleist draws a powerful, emotive portrait of a bisexual African American athlete who, facing racism and homophobia in 1960s America, found success in the world of boxing. It’s the story of a fierce and ambitious fighter, and of a knockout blow that ended one life and changed a second forever.
Reinhard Kleist lives and works as a freelance comics artist and illustrator in Berlin. His graphic novel Johnny Cash: I See A Darkness won both the Eisner and Harvey Awards and received the Max und Moritz Prize for Best German-language Comic. With The Boxer, Kleist became the first cartoonist to receive the German Youth Literature Prize.
|Format||Paperback / softback|
|Publication Date||1 October 2020|
|Illustrations||Black and white illustration|