A graphic novel that taps into the pulse
of the male comic book reader.
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Fourth of July, 1971. Five awkward, young men drive to New York City to attend the '71 comic convention in search of love, sex, art, comic books and a glimpse at the city's wicked underbelly. What they encounter changes their lives forever. Visit a pivotal time as comics change from a business to an art form. Meet Allan Caldwell, comic artist, blacklisted since the 1950s for his testimony to the U.S. Congressional Inquiry. Tour the greatest city in America during a period of social disintegration.
A PREMIER COMIC AND GRAPHIC NOVEL PUBLISHER
Ron Kasman loves comics. He was one of the four coordinators of Cosmicon, Canada’s first major comic convention and the first major convention held at a university. Ron created the first Canadian graphic novel on Canadian history and without government grants at that. It was called William Lyon Mackenzie and the Rebellion of 1837 in Upper Canada. It was displayed at the Market Gallery of the City of Toronto Archives with the mayor of Toronto, Art Eggleton, attending the opening. Back when hand lettering was the only way to do it, he was the foremost letterer in Canada, working for D.C., Image, Eclipse and dozens of small press publishers. His comic lettering was also used in the made for TV movie The Real Superhumans and in the promotion of Comic Book Confidential. Ron wrote and drew stories for Image Comics and many other publishers. And Ron contributed to two characters that appeared on Canadian Postage Stamps. He penciled Captain Canuck as a daily comic strip, and also inked and lettered the comic book. He inked and lettered the first pages featuring Fleur-de-Lys (which are now in the Canadian archives). He later lettered the comic book.
Written by: Ron Kasman
Art by: Ron Kasman
Print: Black and White
THE TOWER OF THE COMIC BOOK FREAKS
The Creative Team
“This work however is truly novelistic. It’s ambitious in terms of setting, rich characterization and it says something about life. He is in heady company. Kubert, Eisner and Miller spring to mind.” - R.G.Taylor, Co-creator Wordsmith, Artist Sandman Mystery Theater
"Great reading for a Sunday afternoon". - Noel Tuazon, New York Times Best Selling Illustrator of Elk's Run
"It is utterly wonderful." - Jon Atack, author of Voodoo Child
“'Still, it was nice to think that I could lose my virginity for the price of an X-Men,’ is one of the best lines I've read anywhere in any medium. This comic is great fun." - David Cullen, artist for 'Marvel Comics Presents,’ storyboard artist of the tv series, ‘Haven'
"In one word...PHENOMENAL.” - Stephen Lipson, historian, consultant to the Overstreet Price Guide.
“Ron Kasman is an unsung genius of Canadian comics.” - Mark Shainblum, Co-creator of Northguard and Fleur de Lys
"No one has a better insight into the angst, the innocence and the absurdity of young comic nerds during the embryonic days of fandom.” - James Waley, publisher Orb Magazine, Creator of Northern Light
“TOWER of the COMIC BOOK FREAKS is a very accurate reminder of the days when comic cons barely had 1000 attendees, Golden Age funny animal comics could be had for a quarter, and the only females in sight were somebody's reluctant wife or daughter. Kasman's depiction of '70s era New York City brought back both fond and harrowing memories as well. The "good old days"!” – Peter Bagge (Eisner nominee of Neat Stuff, and Hate)
“Ron Kasman rediscovers boy gets girl and soars up the Amazon charts. Who knew?” – Dave Sim (Eisner and Harvey Award winner, creator of Cerebus)
“Kasman’s book was filled with people I recognized, though the names and details have been changed to protect both the innocent and not-so-innocent. After 46 years, I was extremely happy to spend 224 pages with them again. THE TOWER OF THE COMIC BOOK FREAKS is as close as you’ll ever get to a time machine.” – Scott Edelman (multiple Stoker and Hugo nominee, one-time author of MARVEL Bullpen Bulletin page)
(8 issues & Graphic Novel)