Showtime at the Apollo The Epic Tale of Harlem’s Legendary Theater
Showtime at the Apollo
The Epic Tale of Harlem’s Legendary Theater
By Ted Fox
Illustrator James Otis Smith
  • Imprint: Abrams ComicArts
  • Publication Date: January 8, 2019
  • Price: $24.99
  • Trim Size: 6 x 9 14
  • ISBN: 978-1-4197-3138-9
  • EAN: 9781419731389
  • Page Count: 240
  • Illustrations: Full-color illustrations throughout
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Rights: World/All
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Writer Ted Fox and artist James Otis Smith bring to life Harlem’s legendary theater in this graphic novel adaptation of Fox’s definitive, critically acclaimed history of the Apollo.

Since its inception as an African-American theater in 1934, the Apollo, and the thousands of entertainers who performed there, have led the way in the presentation of swing, bebop, rhythm and blues, jazz, gospel, soul, funk and hip-hop—along with the latest in dance and comedy. The Apollo has nurtured and featured thousands of artists, many of whom have become legends. The beauty they have given the world—their art—transcends the hatred, ignorance, and intolerance that often made their lives difficult. Today, the Apollo enjoys an almost mythical status. With its breathtaking art, this graphic novel adaptation of Showtime at the Apollo brings to life the theater’s legendary significance in music history, African American history, and to the culture of New York City.

Praise

"This graphic treatment adds a new dimension to a music book that was already hailed as a classic. Most graphic adaptations aim to reach new generations of readers with a work that is flashier but less substantial than the original. This collaboration between Fox (In the Groove: The People Behind the Music, 1986, etc.) and illustrator Smith represents a new experience for readers, one with an immediacy and vitality that text alone might never approach." 
Kirkus Reviews - STARRED review
“Anyone interested in African American music and history and pop culture history will find this a captivating read.”
            —Library Journal
 
Library Journal
“This is a vibrant, exultant, and soulful history.”
Publishers Weekly

About the author

Ted Fox is the author of Showtime at the Apollo: The Story of Harlem’s World Famous Theater—the definitive and only full-scale history of Harlem’s legendary showplace and the source material for this graphic novel adaptation—and In the Groove, a collection of interviews with those who have shaped the music industry. He is also a producer and manager, most notably for four-time Grammy nominee Buckwheat Zydeco. He lives in Manhattan and upstate New York.
 
James Otis Smith is a multitalented artist whose work spans illustration, comics, motion graphics, and video. Formerly a member of the Act-i-vate Comics collective, he designed and illustrated the children’s book Madunia: Stories of the Ancient Lands with writer James McCammon, among other titles. Smith lives in Brooklyn, New York.Showtime at the Apollo is his debut graphic novel.