The comic follows a Black teen named Jules who, while birdwatching, uses special binoculars that tell the stories of Floyd, Breonna Taylor, who was killed by police on March 13, and Amadou Diallo, who was killed in February 1999.
In a press release about the graphic novel, Cooper said he hopes young people will read the book and be “inspired to keep the focus where it needs to be, which is on those we have lost and how we keep from losing more.”
While Cooper wrote the story for “It’s a Bird,” artist Alitha E. This moment is about the ones we’ve lost, and how we’re going to keep from losing any more. Summary List Placement
A new digital-first graphic novel by Christian Cooper, the Black birdwatcher who filmed a white woman calling the police on him after he asked her to leash her dog, connects that watershed moment to George Floyd’s legacy. “That’s not what this moment is about. As Floyd’s death sparked worldwide protests over racism and police brutality, Cooper’s experience introduced the conversation of how racism can often lead to police involvement.
“It’s a Bird,” Cooper’s chapter of the graphic novel, was released for free online on Wednesday. And if you’re not talking about that, I don’t want to hear it.”
The full chapter is available for free here.
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Video footage of the interaction quickly went viral on social media, leading to Amy Cooper losing her job (and, for a while, her dog) and becoming known by the nickname “Central Park Karen.”
The interaction occurred on the same day that Floyd was killed while in Minneapolis police custody. Martinez, inker Mark Morales, colorist Emilio Lopez, and letterer Rob Clark Jr., collaborated on the project.
“There are people who are invested in distracting us right now, and there are people who want to distract us from their failures on so many other things,” Cooper continued. Cooper, a former comics editor and writer, wrote the first chapter of DC Comics’ graphic novel that centers marginalized voices, called “Represent!”
Cooper was birdwatching on May 25 when he asked Amy Cooper, a white woman who shares his last name despite no relation, to leash her dog in New York’s Central Park.