A New York Times Best Graphic Novel of 2020
YALSA 2021 Great Graphic Novels for Teens
Fights is the visceral and deeply affecting memoir of artist/author Joel Christian Gill, chronicling his youth and coming of age as a Black child in a chaotic landscape of rough city streets and foreboding backwoods.
Propelled into a world filled with uncertainty and desperation, young Joel is pushed toward using violence to solve his problems by everything and everyone around him. But fighting doesn’t always yield the best results for a confused and sensitive kid who yearns for a better, more fulfilling life than the one he was born into, as Joel learns in a series of brutal conflicts that eventually lead him to question everything he has learned about what it truly means to fight for one’s life.
“FIGHTS is somehow brutally raw, funny as hell, deeply sensitive and insightful in each panel.” –– Nate Powell (March trilogy)