Andrew Aydin presenting the Student Stowe Prizes at the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center in Hartford, CT. May 2016

Andrew Aydin presenting the Student Stowe Prizes at the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center in Hartford, CT. May 2016

Rep. John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell at San Diego Comic Con 2016. Photo credit: Brigid Alverson

Rep. John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell at San Diego Comic Con 2016. Photo credit: Brigid Alverson

 

ANDREW AYDIN is creator and co-author of the #1 New York Times best-selling graphic memoir series, MARCH, which chronicles the life of Congressman and civil rights icon John Lewis. Co-authored with Rep. Lewis and illustrated by Nate Powell, MARCH is the first comics work to ever win the National Book Award, and is a recipient of the Will Eisner Comics Industry Award for "Best Reality-Based Work", the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award Special Recognition, and the Coretta Scott King Book Award Author Honor. The Washington Post heralded the completion of the MARCH trilogy, saying, "The closest American peer to Maus has arrived."

An Atlanta native, Andrew was raised by a single mother, and grew up reading and collecting comic books. After college, he took a job with Congressman Lewis where Andrew learned that the civil rights legend had been inspired as a young man by a classic 1950s comic book, Martin Luther King & The Montgomery Story. They discussed the impact that comic books can have on young readers and decided to write a graphic novel together about the civil rights era. Collaborating with artist Nate Powell, the MARCH trilogy was born in 2013.

Today, Andrew serves as Digital Director & Policy Advisor to Congressman Lewis in Washington, D.C. A graduate of Trinity College in Hartford and Georgetown University in Washington, Andrew wrote his master’s thesis on the history and impact of Martin Luther King & The Montgomery Story.  His best-selling graphic novels March: Book OneMarch: Book Two, and March: Book Three are taught in middle schools, high schools, and colleges across the country. Andrew lectures at schools and universities, participates in reading programs with incarcerated youth, serves as a national project advisor to the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) for “The Great Stories Club (GSC): Reading and Discussion for At-Risk Youth”, has taught classes on script writing at the Smithsonian, and has appeared as a guest on the Rachel Maddow Show, Morning Joe, CBS This Morning, NPR, CNN, the BBC and many other outlets. 

Andrew's other works include the 2016 X-Files Annual (IDW), the 2016 CBLDF Annual Liberty (Image), and an upcoming issue of Bitch Planet (Image), as well as articles for the Atlanta alt-weekly Creative Loafing and the Southern Poverty Law Center's Teaching Tolerance Magazine.