Pitch Black by Youme Landowne and Anthony Horton, Cinco Putos Press 2008
Today was Library Day here in Port Townsend. At least for my family. We dropped off a wheelbarrow full of mostly dinosaur books and picked up a new load. One was for me and it was a lightning quick read with a thunderous affect on my being. The graphic novel, Pitch Black is a long, skinny book, content perfectly matching its subject matter which takes place mostly in NY's subways. If you have not seen this book, you gotta check it out.
The cover grabbed me right away, but within flipping through the first few pages, I closed the book and added it the pile of Elasmosaurs and Dromeosaurids, knowing I would want to read it all in one sitting and not spoil anything by peeking.
The book is about an interaction between two people from different backgrounds and their exchange. It circles around homelessness but goes so much more in depth than I was expecting. And not just homeless, but living under the subways in the pitch black of the tunnels. Some real crazy possibilities. Here are some rules given for living down there:
After reading it I went online for some research about it. I was pleased to find out how the story was, in fact, a true story and that the co-writer was the character in the tale. Though you only get glimpses of the character in this book, it suits the book perfectly, leaving the reader wishing for more.
Pitch Black is a haunting, beautiful, hopeful work that I highly recommend. Respect to Mr. Horton for allowing his story to be turned into art that we, all over the world, can appreciate.
I leave you with an interesting bit about this book from the NY Times: