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Slave Labor to publish Kevin Sacco’s ‘Josephine’ in August


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:


  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

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