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2022 ADC Awards - Illustration

On Tyranny: graphic edition

Agency Nora Krug

Client Ten Speed Press


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ON TYRANNY: TWENTY LESSONS FROM THE TWENTIETH CENTURY (graphic edition) Author: Timothy Snyder Illustrator: Nora Krug Penguin Random House Publication Date: October 5, 2021 128 Pages ISBN-13: 978-1984860392 A graphic edition of Yale historian Timothy Snyder’s bestselling book of lessons for surviving and resisting America’s arc toward authoritarianism, featuring the visual storytelling talents of illustrator Nora Krug. "On Tyranny" was named a "Best Graphic Novel of 2021" by the New York Times. Timothy Snyder’s New York Times bestseller "On Tyranny" uses the darkest moments in twentieth-century history, from Nazism to Communism, to teach twenty lessons on resisting modern-day authoritarianism. Among the twenty include a warning to be aware of how symbols used today could affect tomorrow (“4: Take responsibility for the face of the world”), an urgent reminder to research everything for yourself and to the fullest extent (“11: Investigate”), a point to use personalized and individualized speech rather than cliched phrases for the sake of mass appeal (“9: Be kind to our language”), and more. In this graphic edition, Nora Krug draws from her highly inventive art style in "Belonging" – at once a graphic memoir, collage-style scrapbook, historical narrative, and trove of memories – to breathe new life, color, and power into Snyder’s riveting historical references, turning a quick-read pocket guide of lessons into a visually striking rumination combining her own illustrations with historic images. In a time of great uncertainty and instability, this edition of "On Tyranny" emphasizes the importance of being active, conscious, and deliberate participants in resistance.

2022 Awards

Total Points: 21



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