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One book – One community

posted on April 9, 2015

Book One Talk


A week or so ago I was fortunate to be able to participate in a unique event in Alliance, Ohio. The event involves members of the community and high school English classes all taking the month to read the same book, hence the name One Book – One Community. This year the selected book was Lisa’s Story. It was an honor to have Lisa’s Story selected not only for the respect that it showed the work, but also the respect that it showed for medium in which I work. I believe that this was the first graphic novel that OBOC had read and hopefully it has opened the door for others in the future. There’s some marvelous work being done out there that certainly deserves a wider audience. I spoke to members of the community on one night and to the high school classes the next day. I had a great time, I think we all learned something, and I applaud OBOC for what they’re doing.

Lisa’s Story has certainly travelled a long way and it seems like there’s still some road to go. There are some exciting things in the offing regarding Lisa’s Story itself and The Lisa’s Legacy Fund for cancer research. As we get closer to the rollouts, I’ll be posting the news first here in the blog so stay tuned.

Daughter of Sneak Peek

posted on February 14, 2015






Roses cover revised2


As promised, here’s an early look at the cover for Roses in December which will be out in the Spring. The book deals  with the McKenzie sisters, Lucy and Lillian, and Lucy’s diagnosis with Alzheimer’s disease. It collects all of the work from an earlier book, Safe Return Home, which is now out of print, and includes all of the subsequent material that ran in the strip Crankshaft and which brings the story to its conclusion. Every now and then certain work in a comic strip will rise above the rest and stake its claim to being something more enduring. I’m grateful to The Kent State University Press for for collecting such a story in this beautiful book. It will be posted in the book section of this website as soon as it becomes available.



Funky/Tracy Cross 8

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