Bluesman – Rob Vollmar

bluesmanBluesman by Rob Vollmar

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Received: Distributor
First Published: August 1st, 2008
Publisher: NMB Publishing
Recommended Age: 14+
Pacing: Slow
Genres & Themes: Graphic Novel, Music, Historical Fiction, Crime, Racism


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Now collected into one stunning hardcover! This story, structured like a traditional twelve bar blues song, with three sections each made of four chapters, follows blues musician Lem Taylor’s harrowing journey across Arkansas of the late twenties, hunted for a crime he didn’t commit. Continue reading

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The Big Kahn: A Sequential Drama

the big kahnThe Big Kahn: A Sequential Drama by Neil Kleid

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Received: Distributor
First Published: September 1st, 2009
Publisher: NMB Publishing
Recommended Age: 14+
Pacing: Normal
Genres & Themes: Graphic Novel, Religion, Family, Grief, Contemporary


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Rabbi David Kahn has lived a forty-year lie: he is not, nor has he ever been, Jewish. When at his funeral, the “rabbi’s” grifter brother reveals the truth, it forces the Kahn family to struggle with grief and betrayal as their congregation examines their every move and question their very faith. His son, Rabbi Avi Kahn, the heir apparent, spirals down in an affair with his rebellious sister Lea’s non-Jewish roommate. Lea rethinks the religion she’s run from, strong enough to alter her father’s life, while Eli — the youngest Kahn —  inherits his father’s long-forgotten legacy. Somehow, with the help of the uncle he never knew and his slowly re-awakening sister, he attempts to return faith and order to his family and community and reinstate his father’s good name. Neil Kleid, Xeric Award winning author of Ninety Candles and NBM’s Brownsville, and illustrator Nicolas Cinquegrani offer a drama about loss, lies, belief and renewal in this dramatic graphic exploration of a family secret so well-hidden, it questions the very nature of faith. Continue reading