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Stacey Robinson

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Connection to Illinois: Robinson lives in central Illinois and can be found on Twitter (@ProfSARobinson) and Instagram (@StaceyARobinson).

Biography: Stacey Robinson is an assistant professor of graphic design at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. As part of the collaborative team Black Kirby with artist John Jennings, Robinson creates graphic novels, gallery exhibitions, lectures, and workshops that use strategies to imagine new worlds inspired by design, hip-hop, the arts and sciences, and diasporic African belief systems.

  • ''I am Alfonso Jones'',
  • -- Named to the 2018 Top Ten Great Graphic Novels for Teens list (Young Adult Library Services Association) and the New York Public Library's list of Best Books for Teens.

Primary Literary Genre(s): Illustrator

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers; Children; Young adult readers


Selected Titles

Across the Tracks: Remembering the Tulsa Race Massacre and Black Wall Street
ISBN: 141975517X OCLC: 1224246118

Abrams 2021

In Across the Tracks: Remembering Greenwood, Black Wall Street, and the Tulsa Race Massacre, author Alverne Ball and illustrator Stacey Robinson have crafted a love letter to Greenwood, Oklahoma. Also known as Black Wall Street, Greenwood was a community whose importance is often overshadowed by the atrocious massacre that took place there in 1921. Across the Tracks introduces the reader to the businesses and townsfolk who flourished in this unprecedented time of prosperity for Black Americans. We learn about Greenwood and why it is essential to remember the great achievements of the community as well as the tragedy which nearly erased it. However, Ball is careful to recount the eventual recovery of Greenwood. With additional supplementary materials including a detailed preface, timeline, and historical essay, Across the Tracks offers a thorough examination of the rise, fall, and rebirth of Black Wall

Black Kirby: In Search of the MotherBoxx Connection
ISBN: 1941958117 OCLC: 969436904

Cedar Grove Publishing 2015

Catalog from an exhibition, consisting primarily of works-on-paper, that pays homage to Jewish American comic book artist Jack Kirby and explores the parallels between the experiences of Jewish-American artists like Kirby and African-American stories in comic literature and popular narratives.

I Am Alfonso Jones
ISBN: 1620142635 OCLC: 978795891

Tu Books 2017

The ghost of fifteen-year-old Alfonso Jones travels in a New York subway car full of the living and the dead, watching his family and friends fight for justice after he is killed by an off-duty police officer while buying a suit in a Midtown department store.

Prison Industrial Complex For Beginners
ISBN: 1939994314 OCLC: 958572831

For Beginners 2016

Prison Industrial Complex For Beginners is a graphic narrative project that attempts to distill the fundamental components of what scholars, activists, and artists have identified as the Mass Incarceration movement in the United States. Since the early 1990s, activist critics of the US prison system have marked its emergence as a?complex? in a manner comparable to how President Eisenhower described the Military Industrial Complex. Like its institutional?cousin,? the Prison Industrial Complex features a critical combination of political ideology, far-reaching federal policy, and the neo-liberal directive to privatize institutions traditionally within the purview of the government. The result is that corporations have capital incentives to capture and contain human bodies. The Prison Industrial Complex relies on the?law and order? ideology fomented by President Nixon and developed at least partially in response to the unrest generated through the Civil Rights Movement. It is (and has been) enhanced and emboldened via the US?war on drugs,? a slate of policies that by any account have failed to do anything except normalize the warehousing of nonviolent substance abusers in jails and prisons that serve more as criminal training centers then as redemptive spaces for citizens who might re-enter society successfully. Prison Industrial Complex For Beginners is a primer for how these issues emerged and how our awareness of the systems at work in mass incarceration might be the very first step in reforming an institution responsible for some of our most egregious contemporary civil rights violations.

The Witch Owl Parliament (Clockwork Curandera)
ISBN: 1620145928 OCLC: 1241730369

Tu Books 2021

Resurrected by her brother using a forbidden combination of alchemy and engineering, apprentice curandera Cristina vows to protect the Republic of Santander against the lechuzas terrorizing immigrants and plaguing the country.