Friday, May 09, 2008

New Yorker: Ernie Colon's graphic novels

Thousand Words Dept.: Terror Comix: The Talk of the Town: The New Yorker: "n the fall of 2004, when Ernie Colon was employed as a security guard on Long Island and feeling perturbed because, at seventy-two, he had too much idle time, he got an idea. That summer, the 9/11 Commission Report had been published and become a best-seller. Colon bought a copy and, as he read it, told himself that only a fraction of the book’s buyers would do the same. Unless, that is, it could be rendered more user-friendly, which, conveniently, he was equipped to do. He called a friend in Los Angeles, Sid Jacobson, and told him what he had in mind: the 9/11 Commission Report was in the public domain; why not adapt it as a graphic nonfiction novel? “Holy shit!” Jacobson shouted into the phone."

Ernie is one of the nicest guys in comics. So glad he's getting his due!


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