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The author of the book: Rick Geary
Edition: NBM Publishing
Date of issue: February 1st 2001
ISBN 13: 9781561632749
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 36.88 MB
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In 1841, the body of beautiful tobacco store employee Mary Rogers was found dead in New York City's East River. It was a murder that captured the popular imagination of the time - even that of Edgar Allan Poe, whose The Mystery of Marie Rogêt would deliver a fictionalized version of the case in 1842, relocating it to Paris.
More than one and a half centuries later, American cartoonist and true crime specialist Rick Geary decided to take yet another look at the murder of Mary Rogers, this time in graphic novel form and from a more sober, historical perspective. The Mystery of Mary Rogers provides a detailed account of the murder case, discusses various theories and opinions on it, but ultimately does not claim to be able to solve the mystery. As a result, readers looking for answers will likely be frustrated with the reading experience.
Instead, The Mystery of Mary Rogers functions as a time capsule of sorts. Both Geary's wording and his illustrations evoke the everyday life and mentality of mid-nineteenth-century New York City, and the reader cannot help but delve into a world marked by hierarchies, values and ways of thinking that differ fundamentally from those of our time. The experience is made all the more fascinating by the unsolved murder case that puts the spotlight on the period's dirty underbelly, providing insights that tend to be neglected in more conventional history books.
The calm, subtle, unimposing, historically accurate comics by Rick Geary provide a stark contrast to the exploitative tendencies of today's mainstream culture, and I'd highly recommend them to fans of alternative comics. If you've never read a graphic novel by Rick Geary before, The Mystery of Mary Rogers would make for a great place to start! 4.5 stars, I'd say.
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Read information about the authorRICK GEARY was born in 1946 in Kansas City, Missouri and grew up in Wichita,
Kansas. He graduated from the University of Kansas in Lawrence, where his first cartoons were published in the University Daily Kansan. He worked as staff artist for two weekly papers in Wichita before moving to San Diego in 1975.
He began work in comics in 1977 and was for thirteen years a contributor to the Funny Pages of National Lampoon. His comic stories have also been published in Heavy Metal, Dark Horse Comics and the DC Comics/Paradox Press Big Books. His early comic work has been collected in Housebound with Rick Geary from Fantagraphics Books.
During a four-year stay in New York, his illustrations appeared regularly in The New York Times Book Review. His illustration work has also been seen in MAD, Spy, Rolling Stone, The Los Angeles Times, The Old Farmer’s Almanac, and American Libraries.
He has written and illustrated three children’s books based on The Mask for Dark Horse and two Spider-Man children's books for Marvel. His children’s comic “Society of Horrors” ran in Disney Adventures magazine. He was the artist for the new series of GUMBY Comics, written by Bob Burden, for which they received the 2007 Eisner Comic Industry Award for Best Publication for a Younger Audience.
His graphic novels include three adaptations for the Classics Illustrated, and the nine-volume series A Treasury of Victorian Murder for NBM Publishing. The new series A Treasury of 20th Century Murder began in 2008 with “The Lindbergh Child.” His other historically-based graphic novels include Cravan, written with Mike Richardson, and J. Edgar Hoover: A Graphic Biography.
Rick has received the Inkpot Award from the San Diego Comic Convention (1980) and the Book and Magazine Illustration Award from the National Cartoonists Society (1994).
He and his wife Deborah can be found every year at their table at San Diego’s Comic Con International. In 2007, they moved to the town of Carrizozo, New Mexico.
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