The Tower of the Comic Book Freaks (Paperback)

The Tower of the Comic Book Freaks By Ron Kasman (Illustrator), Ron Kasman Cover Image
By Ron Kasman (Illustrator), Ron Kasman
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Fourth of July, 1971. Five awkward, young naive men drive to New York City to attend the '71 comic convention in search of love, sex, art, comic books and a glimpse at the city's wicked underbelly. What they encounter changes their lives forever. Visit a pivotal time as comics change from a business to an art form. Meet Allan Caldwell, comic artist, blacklisted since the 1950s for his testimony to the U.S. Congressional Inquiry. And tour the greatest city in America during a period of social disintegration. A remarkable insight into the early years of the comic industry fanboy scene.High praise for 'Tower': "In one word...PHENOMENAL." - Stephen Lipson, historian, consultant to the Overstreet Price Guide. "Ron Kasman is an unsung genius of Canadian comics." - Mark Shainblum, Co-creator of Northguard and Fleur de Lys. "This work is truly novelistic. It's ambitious in terms of setting, rich characterization and it says something about life. He is in heady company. Kubert, Eisner and Miller spring to mind." - R.G.Taylor, Co-creator Wordsmith, Artist Sandman Mystery Theater. "It is utterly wonderful." - Jon Atack, author of Voodoo Child. "No one has a better insight into the angst, the innocence and the absurdity of young comic nerds during the embryonic days of fandom." - James Waley, publisher Orb Magazine, Creator of Northern Light."Great reading for a Sunday afternoon" - Noel Tuazon, New York Times Best Selling Illustrator of Elk's Run.

About the Author

Ron Kasman loves comics. He was one of the four coordinators of Cosmicon, Canada's first major comic convention and the first major convention held at a university. Ron created the first Canadian graphic novel on Canadian history and without government grants at that. It was called William Lyon Mackenzie and the Rebellion of 1837 in Upper Canada. It was displayed at the Market Gallery of the City of Toronto Archives with the mayor of Toronto, Art Eggleton, attending the opening. Back when hand lettering was the only way to do it, he was the foremost letterer in Canada, working for D.C., Image, Eclipse and dozens of small press publishers. His comic lettering was also used in the made for TV movie The Real Superhumans and in the promotion of Comic Book Confidential. Ron wrote and drew stories for Image Comics and many other publishers. And Ron contributed to two characters that appeared on Canadian Postage Stamps. He penciled Captain Canuck as a daily comic strip, and also inked and lettered the comic book. He inked and lettered the first pages featuring Fleur-de-Lys (which are now in the Canadian archives). He later lettered the comic.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781942351832
ISBN-10: 1942351836
Publisher: Caliber Comics
Publication Date: November 5th, 2016
Pages: 226
Language: English