Capote in Kansas

Disclaimer: I don’t write good reviews. I don’t have the patience of the passion for it. If you’re looking for good comics reviews, you should check out Randy and Don at The Fourth Rail.

That said, I want to tell you about this book I picked up in San Diego.

In Cold Blood is one of the many books I need to read, but haven’t gotten around to. It’s regarded a classic by many, but how did Truman Capote, author of Breakfast at Tiffany’s, craft such a tale of horific savagery? How did he stumble across the story that would bring about this “non-fiction novel?”

Well, one possibility is told in Capote in Kansas.

Ande Parks and Chris Samnee craft an incredible tale with this story, weaving the threads of Capote’s adventures in Kansas into a stirring story of growth and despair. Parks keeps the dialgue sparse, letting the story unfold naturally. Samnee, an incredible artist if ever I’ve seen one, brings these emotions to a boil with his clear and thoughtful linework. The two work together to deliver the best graphic novel I’ve read in years.

Randy and I had a chance to meet and speak with Ande and Chris at San Diego. The two were complete gentlemen, and Chris especially displays an enthusiasm for his work that I haven’t seen in a long time.

Look. I’m sorry, but I told you this review was gonna suck. There’s nothing more I can say that won’t make this sound like gushing nonsense. Just do yourself a favor. Go to Oni Press, and pick up a copy of Capote in Kansas. You’re gonna love it.