title: Pitch Black: Don’t Be Skerd
author: Youme Landowne and Anthony Horton
date: Cinco Puntos Press, 2008
YALSA Top Ten Great Graphic Novels in 2009
reading level: 3.1
They meet on a subway in New York City and although they have little else in common, Youme and Anthony discover they are both artists. Anthony shares the story of his life with Youme: how he learned to survive in the streets with neither family nor education and how by seeing things most of us ignore. I don’t think we realize how we’re trained to see what we see around us based on our situation in life.
Youme tells Anthony’s story in terse text and black and white drawings that take us six stories beneath the subway system where Anthony lives. There is no judgement or attempt to change Youme’s life, this story is just a slice of who Anthony is, a validation of his existence.
walk beside us,
we think we see
we are scavengers
of hope and find them.
we gather evidence
of resistance to
oppression and despair.