“This hardcover graphic novel covers the 1920 unsolved murder of author and bridge expert, Joseph Elwell.”

I doubt you will need more encouragement than the above to go RIGHT THIS MINUTE and support Rick Geary’s Kickstarter for THE ELWELL ENIGMA—but just in case, here are five more reasons:

* Rick Geary is one of the best (and most underrated, IMHO) cartoonists of his generation, with more than 30 years of distinctive, disturbing and thought provoking work in his resume.

* Geary’s two Treasuries of Murder—Victorian and 20th Century—both published by NBM, are eerie, fascinating, painstakingly researched accounts of the most notorious crimes of 200 years, from Lizzie Borden and Mary Rogers to Sacco & Vanzetti and William Desmond Taylor. They are non-fiction comics at their best.

* Though NBM has supported Geary’s murder series very well, he’s taking matters into his own hands with this Kickstarter, so you can now support him directly.

* The Elwell murder is a classic “locked room” mystery—he was found inside a locked house, shot in the head. The crime has has never been solved. I confess, as a bit of a “murder buff,” I had never heard of this crime, so I’m looking forward to learning all about it.

* The book is almost finished—all but 20 pages are drawn—so rest assured YOU WILL GET YOUR BOOK and postcards and whatever in a timely fashion.

Bonus! Geary talks about the new Treasury of Victorian Murder Compendium, Volume 1 here:

I always try to find out as much as I can about whatever subject I’ve chosen. This is probably my favorite part of the process because it’s often a journey of discovery in which what I thought I knew about a particular case turns out to be untrue or misleading.

With the more famous cases, I always end up with more information than I would ever need for an 80-page book. In that case, the process becomes one of editing down and searching out the essential elements. With other cases—likeThe Bloody Benders or The Axe-Man of New Orleans—there is relatively little material out there, so it’s more a matter of expanding what I have by means of fewer panels per page, more full-page illustrations, etc.

Of course, with all the books I’ve done, the research process never really ends because I’m constantly acquiring new bits of information and incorporating them into both text and visuals up through the final inking.


  1. I love Rick Geary’s work, almost carnally, and have pretty much everything of his I can get, so I’m going through that link right now to give him as much as I can afford. Thanks for letting us know, and I shall attempt to spread the word as much as I can elsewhere.

  2. Well, THAT was an easy sell…

    Love these unsolved murders and the way Geary tells the tale. Happy to support.

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