Another Rave Review for the Nationally Praised Graphic Novel from Seattle Creators Frank Young and David Lasky


by Byron Marshall

"Don't Forget This Song" has been featured in Time Magazine and on as well as many other national periodicals.

This book takes the format of the "Graphic Novel" and makes it sing. It's a wonderful portrait of the famous Carter Family, capturing the feeling of the rural South they came from and the imaginative, sorrowful mood that helped define the early years of commercial country music. And the sense of humor also.

The excellent artwork evokes the newspaper comics of the time. At some point an annotated edition would be fun!

The storytelling is equally top notch, building the story from chapter to chapter, bringing us close to the people and the songs. The storytelling is flexible, using short chapters that provide vignettes of the Carter Family career, the history of early radio, and American culture and history during those years.

I think this is one of the best books of the year, one of the best books I've read in years - graphic novel or any other kind. It uses the power of the image as flexibly as a good movie.

If you have any affection for or interest in the roots of country music you'll want to read this book, and read it over. Plus the book contains a generous amount of background material - and a CD! The edition looks great. Abrams is to be congratulated.

It seems it took a number of years to bring this to print. Yet there is no faltering. This is a powerful and sustained book.

And the ending is just beautiful. It DID make me cry.

Frank Young and David Lasky can be contacted via email: 

Short Run Small Press Fest, Nov 3 2012 at The VERA Project, Seattle

Met lots of wonderful artists at the Short Run Small Press Fest in Seattle today.  Help! I've run out of notes for identifying these pictures. If you see your picture without a name, please contact me and I'll add it! Email me at: trickcoin at gmail dot com (If you don't see your picture here, it's probably because it came out blurry - sorry!)

Press Fest Poster by Pat Moriarity

Breanne Boland demonstrates the fine art of Bitchface

Chelsea Baker

Chelsea Baker and Breanne Boland

Chris C. Cilla

Robyn Jordan

Jesse Reklaw

David Lasky and Greg Stump

Pat Moriarity

Tiny original poster for a shadow show by Erin Tanner

Erin Tanner Shadow Play from James Gill on Vimeo.

Mark Campos

Julia Gfrörer and Suzette Smith

Judah Drury

Willie Fitzgerald

Shadow Show by Erin Tanner

Shadow Show by Erin Tanner

Fiona Avocado

Karissa Sakumoto

Mita Mahato

Paper cut comic by Mita Mahato

Randy Wood

Judah Drury

I stopped by Colleen Frakes' table a couple of times, but she wasn't there! She sent a kind email to tell me she must have been out to lunch. Too bad! I wanted to meet her and take a photo. Also, Peter Bagge was not at his table when I passed it. Maybe he was off drawing pictures...

I'll find the names of everybody as I make my way through my treasure-trove collection of art. Check back to see scans of artwork as well! All in all a very fun day and a charming bunch of people!

More Pictures from Short Run

Amanda Laughtland

E. Lin

Help! I've run out of notes for identifying these pictures. If you see your picture without a name, please contact me and I'll add it! Email me at: trickcoin at gmail dot com