Congressman John Lewis at Dragon Con in Atlanta

Tom Heintjes is the editor of Hogan’s Alley, a journal that explores the history and influence of comics and cartoonists, and writes articles such as “Crossing the Color Line (in Black and White): Franklin in Peanuts,” and “Flannery O’Connor: Cartoonist.” In other words, he is accustomed to thinking about comic books seriously. But even so, Heintjes said he did not sleep well on Saturday night and got up early Sunday to prepare for his Dragon Con panel featuring Congressman John Lewis, the civil rights icon, whose memoir March is being published as a three-part graphic novel. John Lewis was interviewed by Rachel Maddow at a 2013 Forum.

“I’ve moderated a lot of panels at Dragon Con,” Heintjes told the audience in a ballroom at the Hyatt on Sunday afternoon as he introduced Lewis and his co-author Andrew Aydin. “But this is the first time I’ve moderated a panel featuring a real-life super hero.” – See more at: http://www.atlantamagazine.com/news-culture-articles/rep-john-lewis-dragon-con-real-life-super-hero/