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Here is a site with a long interview about a new graphic novel featuring Lincoln during his Springfield days when he suffered from depression. Samples of the illustrations are included. I am not vouching for accuracy, but the project seems interesting.
The title of the book is "The Hypo: The Melancholic Young Lincoln.
This graphic novel looks interesting. Looking forward to reading it.
Looks interesting!

Thanks a bunch!
I guess I'll be the naysayer. When did comic books become graphic novels?
Remember Classics Illustrated comic books? At least they had reasonably good illustrations.

Can't say I'm to impressed with this. (But I'll agree with you all, it does look interesting - its just not for me)
One more example of Lincoln's cultural presence-for better or for worse. Remember the Lincoln head Chia Pet!
OMG - no! I'm glad that I didn't see that one!!
I haven't purchased the graphic novel yet; has anyone on this Forum? While I was rereading the article and looking at the drawings, I noticed the depiction of Lincoln visiting a prostitute? Is that what I'm seeing? How is that alleged incident related to Lincoln's "hypo?" I probably should just buy the book!
Graphic Novels are an old art form. How much fiction is in them varies. There are some well-drawn by the late Jack Jackson in Texas (Lost Cause about John Wesley Hardin, and Comanche Moon about Quanah Parker) that are pretty good history, right down to the firearms carried, clothes worn, etc.
Bill, how old? I just became aware of them in the past year. How long have they been around?
Are they the same as or similar to "penny dreadfuls?"
I would have to say more or less perhaps so, Roger! Laurie, you're an English major. Would you know?

Penny Dreadfuls were spectacular, usually scandelous yellow covered paperback novels with or without illustrations and most certainly without the "speech balloons" so recognizable in comics and comic books.

" In 1842, "The Adventures of Obadiah Oldbuck" became the first comic book published in the United States. "Obadiah Oldbuck" was a forty page book. Each page had several picture panels with accompanying text underneath. In 1859, German poet and artist, Wilhelm Bush published caricatures in the newspaper Fliegende Bl├Ątter. In 1865, he published a famous comic called "Max und Moritz.

The 1895 "Yellow Kid" created by Richard Outcault has often been cited as being the first comic strip. The reason being is that Outcault was the first artist to use the balloon, an outlined space on the page where what the characters spoke was written. However, comic strips and comic books were published before "Yellow Kid" debuted in the New York City newspaper The World."

I KNOW it's from <ahem!> ""'s still interesting - I did know that The Yellow Kid was amongst the first....

Here's another link:

See You in the Funny Papers!! Smile
The publication of Jack Jackson's John Wesley Hardin is 1998.
I'm not an English major, just a minor who was better at grammar than literature.
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