Kyle Baker, the writer/artist of Nat Turner, discusses why he chose to self publish Nat Turner in an this interview.
In the interview he brings up the idea of the black Holocaust and how important it was to him to educate people about it. He also said that he didn’t make it political. He states the images are “visual and human, not political”. I’m not sure that a reader can completely ignore the political aspects of the novel, though. Is it human? of course, but I think there is a political edge too. Maybe Baker didn’t make the novel political on purpose but I believe it is political just the same. After all, having an opinion on any controversy is political in some way.