Nelson Mandela’s Life As Graphic Novel

Having been feted with a huge 90th birthday party in London several weeks ago, Nobel Peace Prize winner Nelson Mandela is receiving a new honour: his life story is to become a graphic novel.

What a great way to be immortalized, to share your story, and to raise money for charity.

A comic book series telling the life story of South African leader Nelson Mandela will be published in North America next year.

The graphic novel series was commissioned by the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Johannesburg, with the first issue coming out in South Africa in October 2005.

The latest comic in the eight-part series is being issued in South Africa this year to coincide with Mandela’s 90th birthday.

A group of young black artists was hired to draw the story, which was approved by Mandela and his foundation.

All proceeds from the sale of the comic books go to the foundation’s work, which includes education, health care and other social justice issues.

W. W. Norton & Company has acquired North American publishing rights to Nelson Mandela: The Authorized Comic Book, according to a report in the New York Times. It says it will issue the series in July 2009.

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