"The Warren Commission Report: A Graphic Investigation"
(Abrams Comicarts) is an exceptionally creative graphic novel written
by East Lansing author Dan Mishkin.
It's illustrated by highly acclaimed, long-time comic book
veteran Ernie Colon and Ann Arbor comic book artist Jerzy Drozo.
Available in paperback for $17.95 or hardback at $29.95, the
well-illustrated graphic novel deals with a highly controversial
subject - the Warren Commission Report on the assassination of President John
The release is timed for the 50th Anniversary of the report,
which examined evidence related to the fateful event that took place
in Dallas on November 22, 1963.
This is not just a simple oversized comic book - it's a
carefully co-ordinated effort to offer a realistic view of a major
historical event and its treatment by the seven members of the Warren Commission. It
focuses on a variety of different aspects of the Report, including
information later revealed that had never been supplied to the Commission.
Delving into the assassination of the President and the
wounding of Governor John Connelly, the graphic novel opens with a
resounding "P-Kow!", the sound of the gunshot that changed American history.
It examines the role of Lee Harvey Oswald, who's strikingly
represented in a black and white, uncolored, almost ghostly image
throughout the thought-provoking book.
Exploring a wide assortment of conspiracy theories, Mishkin
and the talented crew of artists cover a lot of territory, ranging
from the grassy knoll theory, multiple assassins, FBI cover-ups, medical
misinformation and possible foreign government involvement.
It also offers contextual insights into the societal changes.
A brief forward is provided by biographer Richard Reeves. Mishkin adds
a short afterword and a selected bibliography.
This is a step in a different creative direction of
non-fiction for Mishkin, who has written in the comic book industry
for over 30 years. He scripted "Wonder Woman for three years" and is the co-creator (with
Colon) of the comic book series "Amethyst, Princess of Gemworld."
Colon was the illustrator for the best-selling book "The 9/11
Report: A Graphic Adaptation".
While the full truth about the Kennedy assassination will
never be known, this mesmerizing book offers a remarkably unique
Ray Walsh, owner of East Lansing's Curious Book Shop, has
reviewed books regularly since 1987.
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"The Warren Commission Report: A Graphic Investigation"
Sunday, September 21, 2014
Nora’s attracted to new student Jed Greyson, who’s both handsome and rebellious. Jed is in reality a rookie undercover cop who’s trying to get information about the disappearance of local students.
school. It uses corruption to improve grades, eventually producing wide-reaching effects.
between Nora and Jed, complete with rocky moments and a few kisses, as prom season arrives.
Unfortunately the book suffers from poor editing, as the small independent publisher’s text contains many typographical and grammatical errors. While the storyline is told from varying viewpoints, some are not
clearly defined, adding to the reader’s frustration.
Sunday, September 14, 2014
“Hotelman” by T. Scott Brown (Arbutus Press, $18.95) is an entertaining and unusual book that explores the beginnings and career of a young man who had to overcome a wide variety of challenges to become successful.
His father (identified as Dad) owned the Colonial Inn in Harbor Springs MI, the summer resort area’s only hotel, but wanted his son to become a lawyer. Brown, after graduating from University of Michigan with two
business degrees, got a law degree from Notre Dame.
He was hired by a prestigious Chicago law firm and passed the bar exam. He was unhappy with his job, which primarily involved tedious research.
Brown got a call from his father telling him that Dario, the hotel’s long-time chef had died; his father was going to sell the hotel to a developer.
The historic building, which was built in the 1890’s, was going to be torn down and replaced by condominiums. Brown, who had grown up and worked in the hotel, couldn’t believe it – he quit his job and went home to try to talk his father out of selling it.
He was successful, taking over Dario’s job, but his family relationships were strained. Headstrong Dad still clung to many old-fashioned ideas and was reluctant to change.
Brown was learning the business inside out, continuing as chef; eventually he got into real estate in an unusual way.
While this is a coming-of-age story, it doesn’t focus on the growth of a child, instead examining a wide assortment of relationships that changed an upstart son into an entrepreneur. Brown follows the advice of Mrs. Baldwin, a long-time customer who required a lot of attention.
He has to deal with unscrupulous developers and dissenting wealthy townspeople.
Brown was always trying to prove himself to his highly independent father, who was frustrated because he’d been talked out of selling the hotel.
The paperback memoir examines some of Brown's friendships and personal romantic relationships as well as
pitfalls and problems he faced with different projects.
The well designed paperback includes a tasty recipe for Duckling al’a Orange and a pair of photographs.
It’s great fun, providing a unique and compassionate look at uncommon facets of Michigan history in an exceptionally scenic resort area.
Friday, September 12, 2014
Welcome back, Spartans!
East Lansing is brimming with familiar faces and plenty of new booklovers.
Drama and Theatre
Essays and Memoirs
All Magazines priced $5 or Less
A slew of fabulous recent fiction bestsellers, a bevy of hardcover Stephen Kingnovels sure to make you squirm, plenty of 19th and 20th century American, Russian and European literary classics, and more paperback mysteries than we can fit onto the shelves!
Ray brought in a great collection of Astounding Science Fiction pulps, going back to 1930! High-quality Film Books and Hollywood Histories are also new to the shop.
Significant incoming collections include quality Military History texts, a collection of vintage Charlie Brown / Peanuts books, many international cookbooks, 20th century poetry collections, and a number of novels by fan favorites including Jodi Picoult, John le Carre, Stephen King, Sophie Kinsella, Lee Child, Nora Roberts, Michael Connelly, John Sandford, Ken Follett and more!
Also new are a number of new "Fandom" finds, including the new XKCD book, lots of unusual Neil Gaiman items, a fresh supply of vintage Dr. Who paperbacks, some neatMinecraft manuals, and Star Wars goodies, galore!
Speaking of Star Wars...
We have a limited number of the latest Star Wars novel, Star Wars: A New Dawn -- and they're 20% OFF! This book is in short supply in the Lansing area. The book serves as a prequel to the upcoming TV series, Star Wars Rebels. It's the starting point for a new era of Star Wars fiction, resetting many major canon plot points.
Too. Many. Books.
Please, come help us find homes for them.
We'll be very grateful!
Also, the BIG BOOK SHOW is just a month away.
If you're not sure what we're talking about, start here: http://curiousbookshop.
Literary and Community Events:
The Kerrytown Bookfest is THIS SUNDAY, September 7th, in Ann Arbor! This literary festival is fun for the whole family, and features local authors, bookbinders, publishers, booksellers, librarians and more. More info: http://www.
The 60th Michigan Antiquarian Book & Paper Show
is coming to Lansing on ! Find kindred spirits at this gathering of book and paper enthusiasts, and browse through over one million items from the past few centuries. More info: http://www.
September Literary Birthdays and Events:
Sept. 1: Edgar Rice Burroughs
Sept. 2: Eugene Field
Sept. 3: Sarah Orne Jewett
Sept. 4: Richard Wright
Sept. 7: F. Scott Fitzgerald meets Zelda Sayre at a country club dance, in Alabama in 1918
Sept. 8: Ann Beattie
Sept. 9: Leo Tolstoy
Sept. 11: D.H. Lawrence, O. Henry
Sept. 12: H.L. Mencken
: Roald Dahl, Sherwood Anderson
: James Fenimore Cooper, Agatha Christie
: Mary Stewart, Ken Kesey, William Carlos Williams
: Dr. Samuel Johnson
: Arthur Rackam, William Golding
: Upton Sinclair, Daniel Defoe
: H.G. Wells, Stephen King
: Euripides, Edgar Lee Masters
: F. Scott Fitzgerald
: William Faulkner, bell hooks
: T.S. Eliot
: Kate Douglas Wiggins
: Miguel de Cervantes, Elizabeth Gaskell, Stan Berenstain
: Truman Capote
Sunday, September 7, 2014
leaders is particularly memorable, a huge, hulking giant almost 7 feet tall.
novels. It abounds with crisp dialogue, detailed descriptions and a gripping plot that makes it tough to put down.