The American boxing champion Emile Griffith 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 black athlete who, facing racism and homophobia in 1960s America, found success in the world of boxing. This is the story of a fierce and ambitious fighter, and of a knock-out 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 was nominated for 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||24 June 2021|
|Illustrations||Black and white illustration|