Original Gangster indie publisher Slave Labor hasn’t been heard from much recently, aside from putting on the APE festival, but they just announced a new book for August.
Josephine by Kevin Sacco is a wordless graphic novel about a boy growing up on the Upper West Side and learning to confront racial injustice.
” I grew up on Manhattan’s Upper West Side in the 1960’s. My drawings are an attempt to recapture the chaos and magic of this era” noted writer artist Sacco in a statement in describing his approach to Josephine. “The story of Josephine draws on my personal experience with parents who were too busy with their own lives to attend to a young boy. I was often left in the charge of a ‘live-in’-a role now referred to as a nanny. The character of Josephine is a composite of-and tribute to-these loving caretakers.” The artwork in the book, a mostly gray, sketchy black and white style fits the mood of the era. “I decided to tell the story with no words because I wanted readers to see the events as they lived- in the young boy’s mind.” added Sacco.
Sacco’s previous graphic novel, The Plane Story, was published by IDW.
132 p, B&W
Here’s a wee peek: