Lion Forge Launches Joel Christian Gill’s Fast Enough for Black History Month

Bleeding Cool reported on some serious restructuring going on, last night, at Missouri-based publisher Lion Forge. And that there are twelve people now looking for employment, who weren’t the day before.

The news came to us at the same time Lion Forge was announcing its new lineup for 2019.

Including the publication of a new graphic novel by Strange Fruit’s Joel Christian Gill, creator of the #28daysisnotenough hashtag campaign and published for Black History Month.

Fast Enough: Bessie Stringfield’s First Ride is a fun imagined account of a young Bessie Stringfield, a true adventurer and one of the first African-American women to travel solo across the United States on a motorcycle.

“Fast Enough is for anyone who has ever been told that they are not enough. You are enough just as you are and Bessie’s story proves that,” says Joel Christian Gill.

Have you ever been told that you’re not enough? That you’re not strong enough, tall enough, or fast enough? Bessie was told she was not enough.

“I’ve been following Joel’s career with great interest since he published this first Strange Fruit volume with Fulcrum,” says Lion Forge still-Editor-in-Chief Andrea Colvin. “His #28daysarenotenough campaign is just the kind of movement Lion Forge is happy to support. Fast Enough, which introduces a black female motorcyclist—and the concept of forming your own ideas of what you can or can’t do–to children is the first of what we hope are many Joel Christian Gill books to come from Lion Forge.”

Fast Enough combines an imagined story of Bessie Stringfield as a young girl with historical facts about the real Bessie, and an essential read for parents and children alike.

Here’s a look at the rest of the publisher’s Spring 2019 lineup.

Collected Toppi Vol. 1 by Sergio Toppi


The first volume in a career retrospective of the famed Italian comic creator, known for his historical and war comics, whose career dates back to work for 1966’s Il Corriere Dei Piccoli, with work appearing in a number of European publications from that point until his 2012 death. (Jan. 29)

To Eat & To Drink Vol. 1: Tales From a French Kitchen by Guillaume Long

A collection of the work of Swiss cartoonist Guillaume Long, whose twin passions are cooking and comics — a combination that has earned him the Töpffer Prize for his comic The Sardines are Cooked. His work appears regularly online, courtesy of Le Monde. (Jan. 29)

Fast Enough: Bessie Stringfield’s First Ride by Joel Christian Gill

A mixture of fantasy and reality creates this children’s book about Bessie Stringfield, the first African-American woman to travel solo across the U.S. on a motorcycle. (Feb. 5)

Dinosaucers Vol. 1: Reptilon by Michael Uslan and Andrew Pepoy

Earth becomes the focus of an ongoing war amongst aliens resembling dinosaurs with advanced technology. Caught between an army of flesh-eating despots determined to use humanity as its newest food stuff and a group of rebels hoping to stop the carnage, what hope does a team of young hackers have of saving the day? (Feb. 26)

GLINT Book 1: The Cloud Raiders by Samuel Sattin and Ian McGinty

The opening of a fantasy series about Loon, a mine worker with dreams of a better life who gets caught up in a conspiracy that he doesn’t understand but may be the only person with a chance of unraveling. (Mar. 12)

Haphaven Book 1 by Norm Harper and Louie Joyce

In order to save her mother’s life, Alex has to break her superstitious streak to journey to the end of the rainbow and discover Haphaven, a world where all superstitions gain their power. But doing so will reveal a family secret she never suspected. (Mar. 19)

Rise of the Zelphire Book 1: Of Bark and Sap by Karim Friha

When a young boy starts developing a mysterious condition that looks like tree-like features growing on his body, experts can’t explain it — aside from one, who claims that it’s related to the awakening of a supernatural spirit inside his body, provoked by childhood trauma. (Mar. 26)

Stiletto No. 1 by Palle Schmidt

A new English translation of the critically-acclaimed crime story that pits two detectives against a murderer of police officers guarding an important witness — an investigation that will uncover a leak within the police department known only as “Stiletto.” (Mar. 27)

(r)ender; No. 1 by Leah Williams and Lenka Šimečková

A new comic book series in which a photographer can share the last thing people have seen before they die, described by writer Williams as “X-Files, but lesbians and magic.” (Apr. 3)

The Underfoot Vol. 1: The Mighty Deep by Ben Fisher, Emily S. Whitten and Michelle Nguyen

What happens after the disappearance of “the giants-that-were” — and how a group of genetically-modified hamsters can stay alive in the post-apocalyptic landscape they find themselves in, is at the heart of this anthropomorphic fantasy. (Apr. 23)

The Ballad of Yaya Book 1 by Jean-Marie Omont, Zhao Golo and Patrick Marty

An eight-year-old runaway and her friend work to return to the girl’s parents even as the world around them falls into war and they find themselves pursued by a ruthless outlaw determined to use the children for his own benefit. (Apr. 23)


About Rich Johnston

Chief writer and founder of Bleeding Cool. Father of two. Comic book clairvoyant. Political cartoonist.

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