illustrations ©2011 Trevor Von Eeden

illustrations ©2011 Shepherd Hendrix



Alex Simmons ( is a professional freelance writer, teaching artist, and public speaker, as well as an arts and education consultant. Simmons has penned more than seventeen middle school and young adult novels, including the critically acclaimed adventure series, Blackjack, about an African-American soldier of fortune in the 1930s. He received the 2010 Glyph Best Writer Award for his work with Archie Comics. He has penned articles for magazines, two educational documentaries, three biographies, several stage plays, and three movie novelizations. Simmons is the founder of the annual Kids’ Comic Con (a comic book convention for children, families, and educators), and the curator of the Color of Comics art exhibition, representing the portrayal of people of color in comics. This event was chosen to be part of the Fessman International Cultural Arts Festival in Senegal, Africa, in December 2010.

African-American Classics:
Graphic Classics Volume 22

144 pages, color, $15