Democracy opens in Athens in 490 BC, on the moonless eve of the great Battle of Marathon. The hero of the story, Leander, is trying to rouse his comrades for the morrow's battle against a far mightier enemy. Leander begins to recount his own life story and personal struggles, bearing direct witness to the evils of the old tyrannical regimes and to the birth of a new political system. The story that emerges, of the death of the gods and the tortuous birth of democracy, is crammed with extraordinary characters, including the mysterious Cleisthenes, widely considered the 'father' of democracy, Athena, the patron goddess of Athens and Nefert, the old Egyptian slave woman. Through moving and pacey storytelling, we see that democracy was born through a combination of chance and historical contingency - but also through the cunning, courage and wilful action of a group of highly talented and driven individuals. A vivid depiction of turbulent personal and political transition and an epic tale of change and discovery, this important graphic novel is one to watch.
An epic, moving graphic novel set in ancient Athens about the birth and the rise of democracy - from the illustrator behind the bestselling Logicomix
Alecos Papadatos worked as an animator, animation director and storyboarder for major European animation production companies from 1984 to 1994. In 1990, his love for drawing led him to the print media and he now writes and draws comics for two Greek newspapers. He spent 2003 to 2008 drawing the graphic novel Logicomix, which went on to become an international phenomenon. He lives with his family in Athens. Abraham Kawa teaches Cultural Studies at the University of the Aegean and focuses on graphic novels and genre fiction. He also writes paranormal mystery and horror novels and, in his academic capacity, he is the author of Virtual Gazes: Postmodern Narrative in Comic Books, Cinema and Literature, and a contributor to books including The Routledge Companion to Science Fiction. Annie Di Donna has been an animator on many international productions. She works as an art director and colourist for graphic novels.