The Cavalier Mr. Thompson is a work that I've been writing, planning, sketching and thinking about for the past ten years. That is, until two years ago, when all of the pieces came together and I finally got down to producing this current comic book novel. The Cavalier… is a story loosely based on the life and works of hard-boiled crime writer Jim Thompson, who was raised in West Texas during the 20's and 30's. At the same time, Cavalier's story is very much my own; the cast of characters, their family backgrounds, their motivations, likenesses, personalities--were all my creation. The breakthrough on this project came about when I was reading a biography of Jim Thompson and I discovered how his relationship with his father uncannily mirrored mine with my father. It was this personal connection that spurred me on and got things rolling on Cavalier. The story is set in Big Spring, Texas during a time in America when things were slowly sliding toward what would come to be known as The Great Depression. So, The Cavalier Mr. Thompson is one part American History, one part American Crime Novel. Right now, a 75 page preview (of what will eventually be a 130 page book) is available online for you to check out here: http://richtommaso.com/sam-hill/
This graphic novel will have distribution through Fantagraphics Books, publisher of the world's greatest cartoonists! So you will be able to find it at a local comic shop near you in the U.S. (and Canada). And for comic shop retailers, it will be available for orders through Diamond Comic Distributors. It will also be available in fancy bookstores throughout the country and on Amazon.
So, I want to make sure that I finish the book in time for it's foreign publication deadlines in France & Spain PLUS I want to make sure I can cover the costs for the printing of the U.S. edition, which I will be paying for myself...hopefully, with your help!
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