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
ISBN 978-1-59362-286-2

Here’s a wee peek:

unnamed (1).jpg


  1. Flawless draftsmanship combined with a uniquely personal insight to life.
    I was fortunate to share and witness the seeds of his early growth to the blossoming of his wonderful storytelling vision.
    A good friend, and great inspiration.
    Michael Nakai

Comments are closed.