GRAPHIC NOVELS

Bad Weekend

Image. Jul. 2019. 72p. ISBN 9781534314405. $16.99; ebk. ISBN 9781534315327. crime fiction
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Aging cartoonist Hal Crane is renowned for his body of work and infamous for his bad behavior, so when he’s selected to receive a lifetime achievement award at a large comics convention, the organizers hire Jacob, Crane’s estranged former assistant, to keep him out of trouble. The task proves impossible, as Crane quickly embarks upon a ruthless quest to reclaim original artwork he’s convinced was stolen from him. As he observes his former mentor encountering shady art dealers, indulging old grudges, enduring disrespectful fans, and enlisting the assistance of career criminals, Jacob can’t help but wonder how an artist who once possessed such passion and vision managed to sink so low. Is the comic book industries’ history of forcing creators into unfair work-for-hire contracts and then discarding them once sales decline to blame, or were Crane’s own demons his undoing? More important, can Crane be redeemed, or will helping him drag Jacob down into the same mire of resentment and rage?
VERDICT With this Eisner Award–winning volume, expanding stories first serialized in the “Criminal” series, the incomparable team of Brubaker and Phillips (My Heroes Have Always Been Junkies; The Fade Out) once again prove themselves among the best creators of crime fiction in any genre.

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