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  Rob Vollmar & Pablo Callejo

Rob Vollmar & Pablo Callejo

The first graphic novel by the best-selling team of “Bluesman.” An emotionally powerful tale, drawn from the fabric of America itself, that follows the adventures of young Tucker Freeman as he is compelled to hop a train to escape from the crippling poverty of his rural existence. Armed with only fifteen cents and the memory of his occasional hobo father’s counsel, Tucker must find his place in this broken America of the Great Depression before the realities of being young, poor, and homeless consume him.
This new NBM/ComicsLit edition of THE CASTAWAYS features a six page conclusion/epilogue not featured in the original release as well as a new two-color look, and will stand as THE definitive edition of a book nominated for an Eisner in the Best Single Issue/One Shot category in 2002. An epic adventure recalling the works of Mark Twain, Jack London, and John Steinbeck.
"A beautiful hardcover. Fans of historical fiction, or classic novels by writers like Mark Twain and John Steinbeck, will find much to love in The Castaways, and graphic-novel buffs who like a little more depth in their comics will be extremely pleased." -School Library Journal
"Recommended" -Library Journal
"An attractive expanded and color-enhanced version. Vollmar's script, based on family reminiscenes, rings true. Callejo's art creates a solid setting in which Tucker's experience can reveal squalor or grace."
-Publishers Weekly
"Beautiful, powerful vision of a different era. Even readers reluctant to pick up a book about American history will be pulled into this adventure of deep longing and honor." -Booklist Starred Review
6x9, 64pp., 2 colors, clothbound jacketed, $17.95
ISBN 978-1-56163-492-7

Trade paperback: 6x9, 64pp., 2 colors trade pb., $11.95
ISBN 978-1-56163-493-4



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.
"A moody masterpiece of fiction that is all the more compelling because every word of it could be true. [Uses] a broad visual palette that matches its dramatic variety of emotions."
-Teacher Librarian
"The stuff of legend blues" -Library Media Connection
"Takes you directly into the world of the traveling bluesmen of that era. The story is thoughtful and engaging, and the art work is amazing."
"In its knowing play of dark words and raw images, Rob Vollmar and Pablo Callejo's earthy graphic novel tells a tale worth hearing – and seeing. Bluesman, in the end, is a cathartic ghost story. Is there a better description of the blues?" -Laurel Maury, NPR
See the complete review
See Vollmar's interview on Newsarama
6x9, 224pp., B&W jacketed hardcover, $24.95
ISBN 978-1-56163-532-0

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