LEWIS & CLARK GRAPHIC NOVEL

Nick Bertozzi has written and illustrated a few of my favorite comics and graphic novels, including The Salon and Houdini: the Handcuff King (that’s right—a graphic novel about the life of Houdini). His drawings and storytelling are true-to-life portraits of people and events and they always leave me wanting more. Fortunately, we don’t have to wait any longer!

Nick’s book Lewis & Clarkis out today! From the book’s synopsis:

Two of America’s greatest explorers embark on the adventure that made their names—and sealed their fates.

In 1804, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark departed St. Louis, Missouri, for one of the greatest adventures this nation has ever known. Appointed and funded by President Jefferson himself, and led by a cadre of experts (including the famous Sacajawea), the expedition was considered a success almost before it had begun. From the start, the journey was plagued with illness, bad luck, unfriendly Indians, Lewis’s chronic depression, and, to top it all, the shattering surprise of the towering Rocky Mountains and the continental divide. But despite crippling setbacks, overwhelming doubts, and the bare facts of geography itself, Lewis and Clark made it to the Pacific in 1806.

Nick Bertozzi brings the harrowing—and, at times, hilarious—journey to vivid life on the pages of this oversized black-and-white graphic novel. With his passion for history and his knack for characterization, Bertozzi has made an intimate tale of a great American epic.

Nick is a master storyteller and artist, and equally as friendly. This project holds a special place in my heart, as it has a lot in common with something I’ll be working on next year.

A few weeks back, Nick was kind enough to post an informative insight to how he made Lewis & Clark. If you’re at all interested in how to take a story from idea to script to rough drawings and the finished book, I can’t recommend it enough.

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