- Posted by Johanna on October 26, 2010 at 7:52 am
- Category: Graphic Novel News
Orson Welles’ famous “War of the Worlds” broadcast took place on October 30, 1938. To commemorate the anniversary of that event later this week, I have a copy of The Broadcast, signed by writer Eric Hobbs, to give away. Illustrated by Noel Tuazon, the graphic novel takes place on that fateful night. Here’s the description:
A rural Indiana town loses power halfway through Orson Welles’ WAR OF THE WORLDS broadcast having never learned the infamous radio play is a hoax. Now, fearing the worst is upon them, four diverse families band together in an effort to make it through the night. But tensions build as differences surface, and it isn’t long before everyone involved begins to realize they have as much to fear from each other as they do the “alien invasion” heading their way.
I particularly liked one of the plotlines, about an aspiring writer who wants to move to New York and marry against her father’s wishes, but I found the ink wash art didn’t work for my reading as I had hoped. While some of the panels are individually lovely and moody, I sometimes found myself stopping to puzzle out what I was seeing. You can check it out for yourself, since Hobbs has posted a 21-page preview at his website. Here’s a better review at Broken Frontier.
Anyway, to win your very own signed copy, post a comment here telling us your favorite Halloween costume. What did you dress up as previously that was cool or geeky or creative or made you happy? Winner will be picked randomly from all contest entries at 3 PM East Coast time on Thursday, October 28. (U.S. and Canada entries only, please. Winners will be emailed for their physical mailing address. If email is not answered within 24 hours or a valid email address is not provided, a replacement winner will be selected. Your email won’t be used for any other purpose.)