Friday, May 24, 2019

TCCDM Dig and Flip: "Capote In Kansas" (2006)

"Capote In Kansas"

(I stumbled upon a good-sized box filled with a variety of graphic novels at an estate sale. No official count as I've just been pulling from the box when I find time to read one.  Afterward, I post the book and go from there.)

"Capote In Kansas"
by Ande Parks,  Chris Samnee
2006 by Oni Press
128 pages

Once upon a time, Truman Capote had the idea to take a trip to Kansas in hopes of writing a non-fiction “novel.”   It was a ground-breaking idea.  The story was to be about the horrific and unnecessary murders of the entire Clutter Family that took place in Holcomb, KS in 1959.  The story would be called “In Cold Blood”...and go on to become one of the most critically acclaimed books of the 20th century.

However, this graphic novel is not about the hideous murders.  It is an abbreviated telling of Truman Capote, a talented high society New York dandy trying to get his big story.  His experience trying to collect information about the Clutter Family...and the crime...from an understandably mistrusting close-knit community.  It is about being a very strange fish in a very different pond

"Capote In Kansas" (inside)

The story is a fast read.  The author plays around a bit with ideas of what might've been going on in Capote's head during that time.  Interesting, but not a whole lot of substance.  The black and white artwork certainly falls in line with the subject,  Unfortunately, I noticed a couple of panels where the Capote figure wasn't quite on the mark.  I'm quibbling, I know!  Overall, “Capote In Kansas” is not a bad time-kill, but not a must.  If you're going to read it, I would highly recommend reading the outstanding “In Cold Blood” first.

"Don't Talk To Strangers" - Dio / "Holy Diver" (1983)

Good stuff.

Casey Chambers

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