National Book Award Winner Nate Powell of Bloomington, Indiana to Release Graphic Novel “FALL THROUGH”

Soophie Nun Squad plays an illegal unsanctioned show at Cascades Park in Bloomington on Sunday, May 21, 2006, in Bloomington, Indiana. The police showed up at the end of the show with pepper ball guns threatening that if the bands and the fans didn’t leave at once they’d be arrested for trespassing. Maralie Millholland is the singer, Nate Powell is another singer, Mark Lierly is a drummer, Dustin Clark plays guitar at left, Eli Monster plays guitar at right, wearing a sports team shirt is Tim Scott. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan)

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Bloomington, Indiana – December 11, 2023

Bloomington cartoonist Nate Powell, a National Book Award recipient, is set to unveil his latest creation, “FALL THROUGH,” on February 6, 2024. This new graphic novel is more than a mere story; it’s a heartfelt homage to the 90s indie punk music scene and a captivating exploration of deeper themes.

At first glance, Diamond Mine appears to have emerged as Arkansas’s inaugural punk band in 1979. However, an unexpected revelation surfaces—the quartet is not from the late 1970s but instead consists of interdimensional travelers from 1994. Their path is steered, mostly involuntarily, by the potent enchantment woven into their song “Fall Through,” orchestrated by vocalist Diana. “FALL THROUGH” presents a narrative encapsulating a love story set within the underground Southern punk scene of the 1990s. It delves into the intricate dynamics of creative collaborations and power struggles within a band ensnared in an unending tour, grappling with conflicting ideologies and evolving priorities.

Nate Powell, a National Book Award-winning cartoonist, commenced his journey into self-publishing as an Arkansas teenager back in 1992. His illustrious portfolio includes notable works like “Save It for Later,” contributions to civil rights icon John Lewis’s literary venture “March: Book One, (Two and Three)” “Come Again,” “Any Empire,” and “Swallow Me Whole.” Beyond his literary achievements, Powell’s immersion in the hardcore punk community began in 1991. He performed in numerous bands, tallying over 500 shows across North America and Europe. Notably, he was part of revered underground acts like Soophie Nun Squad and Universe. Powell also steered the DIY label Harlan Records from 1994 to 2010.

Soophie Nun Squad plays an illegal unsanctioned show at Cascades Park in Bloomington on Sunday, May 21, 2006, in Bloomington, Indiana. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan)
Soophie Nun Squad plays an illegal unsanctioned show at Cascades Park in Bloomington on Sunday, May 21, 2006, in Bloomington, Indiana. The police showed up at the end of the show with pepper ball guns threatening that if the bands and the fans didn’t leave at once they’d be arrested for trespassing. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan)

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