There are some kids who grab your heart without them even knowing it.
The girl above is just a random kid, but her sunniness reminded me of a slightly younger version of herself at one of my book signings. She came up to me afterward and, without saying a word, slipped her hand into mine and beamed.
I'm excited to announce that, starting in today's Knoxville Mercury for the next nine weeks, I have created a short comics series titled "Ghosts in the Machine" in honor of the upcoming Knoxville Stomp festival in May.
Each week pays tribute to musicians who participated in the sessions. Many, but not all, came out of nowhere, recorded a wonderful record, and then disappeared again as a result of the Great Depression—it was just too difficult for many of them to make a living in music.
Knoxville Stomp is a festival celebrating the re-mastering and release of a newly recovered collection of recordings made at the St. James Hotel in 1929 and 1930 in Knoxville, known as the Knoxville Sessions. The festival will include exhibitions, live music, a record show, and panel discussions which will include the great 78 record collector Joe Bussard and many, many more.
I really loved creating this work that combines my love of 1920s-1930s-era music with comics. It's a good lane to travel.