Knock Out!: The True Story of Emile Griffith (Graphic Paperback)

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Item: 9781910593868


Knock Out!: The True Story of Emile Griffith (Graphic Paperback)
by Reinhard Kleist

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 illustrates a powerful, emotive portrait of a bisexual Black 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.

The story of Emile Griffith provided the inspiration for Champion, the opera by composer Terence Blanchard and librettist Michael Cristofer.

About the Author
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. With The Boxer, Kleist became the first cartoonist to receive the German Youth Literature Prize.

  • Publisher: SelfMadeHero (July 27, 2021)
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.75” W x 0.75” D x 9.4” H

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