Five years in the making, The Carter Family comics bio, Don't Forget This Song, by David Lasky and Frank M Young is finally here – and it's a doozy! A great story well told. The Carter Family – and their times – really come alive on the page. This 192-page, full color graphic biography is beautifully produced, sporting an embossed hardcover and coming complete with a (18-minute) CD of rare Carter Family radio broadcast music. Lasky and Young have taken their time and done it right. This is a deeply researched and deeply felt account of the founders of American country music that sheds some much needed light on the subject and will help those who may feel alienated by most of what passes for "country music" these days gain an understanding of the nature of the core appeal of this musical tradition that grew from the tree planted by this family at the dawn of the age of recorded music. This book will make a great gift for young and old, for Carter Family fans to both give and receive. Recommended!
This recently released chunky hardcover contains 848 pages of mini comics by Copacetic stalwarts Ron Rege, Jr., Marc Bell and John Porcellino along with Leonard Rifas, Justin Green, Gary Arlington, Mark Connery, Jim Siergey, Larry Rippee, Richard Krauss, Bob Vojtko, Par Holman & Clark Dissmeyer, Matt Feazell, Matt Howarth, Steve Willis, Ronald Russell Roach, Edd Vick, Bruce Chrislip, Brad Johnson, Tim Corrigan, Macedonio Garcia, David Miller, Colin Upton, Robert Pasternak, David Lee Ingersoll, Roberta Gregory, Dylan Williams, Eric Reynolds, Molly Keily, Blair Wilson, Jim Blanchard, Chris Cilla, David Lasky & Jim Woodring, Leela Corman, David Heatley, Laura Wady, Fiona Smyth, Karl Wills, Onsmith, Travis Millard, Mark Campos, Nate Beaty, Peter Thompson, Carrie McNinch, Mark Todd, Esther Pearl Watson, Andy Singer, Noah Van Sciver, Kelly Froh, Aaron Norhanian, Max Clotfelter, Marc J. Palm and more!
Published by one of the leading lights of the Left, Verso Books, this anthology is jam-packed full of engaging, entertaining, enjoyable and, especially, educational comics about a wide swath of historical figures – ranging from Walt Whitman to Charlie Parker and including Gertrude Stein, Mabel Dodge, Billie Holiday, Josephine Baker and far too many others to mention here – that have been collected together under the umbrella of "Bohemians." There are some great comics on hand here, by the likes of Sharon Rudahl, Dan Steffan, Sabrina Jones, Matt Howarth, Lance Tooks, David Lasky, Milton Knight, Ellen Lindner, Peter Kuper, Afua Richardson, and the late, great Spain Rodriguez, whose participation here indicates that this has been a long fermenting project. All in all it makes for a great read, and it's a good deal! Laugh and learn, for less. Recommended.