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Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Another Original Graphic Novel, Another Starred Review

James Sturm is a busy, busy man. Most people would consider being the Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Center for Cartoon Studies a full-time job. Most people would consider being the series editor of the line of biographical comics a full time job, not to mention writing a book in said series. Most people would consider co-penning an award-winning how to draw comics book a full time job. James also has a family, again, full time job. So what does a man with this much on his plate set out to do? Well, create an original graphic novel that has been drawing rave advance reviews, of course.

Here is it, everyone, a final copy of the James Sturm's new book, in stores in April, Market Day.

Market Day is classic historical Sturm, with a story that rings relevant in any day and age. I do not want to give away too much, but the story is wonderful, the colors are brilliantly subtle, and altogether makes you marvel and realize that right now is the golden age of graphic novels.

Publishers Weekly gave the book a starred review remarking: Sturm turns in a tightly woven graphic novella.

Booklist raves: The timeless dilemma of balancing artistic integrity and the dictates of the marketplace is addressed with compassion and sensitivity.

The Jewish Press details: Sturm is also a master of suggestion.

The Daily Crosshatch notes: Sturm refuses to tie up unraveled ends. It's not his style. He does, however, offer his character the sunrise of another day.

And well, as usual The Spurge of the Comics Reporter says it best of all with: James Sturm's new graphic novella Market Day did a fair job of breaking my heart.

So the book is in stores in April, and so is Sturm, catch him at one of these fine establishments and be enthralled by his slide show and get him to sign your book. We will be adding more dates!

04/02/10White River Junction, VTCenter for Cartoon Studies
04/08/10NYCThe Strand
04/10/10-04/11/10 NYCMoCCA
04/24/10-04/26/10PortlandStumptown Comics Festival
05/01/10Keene & Peterborough, NHToadstool Books
07/22/10-07/25/10San DiegoComic-Con International Special Guest


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