So you’ve written a best-selling book that has cast an event that everyone in America thought they knew into an entirely new light, but you’d still like to get it in the hands of more readers. What do you do? If you’re Amity Shlaes, the author of the 2007 New York Times bestseller The Forgotten Man, you turn it into a graphic novel. Why not? Lefties have been doing it for years; Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of American Empire is also available in graphic novel format.
Shlaes turned to veteran Batman writer Chuck Dixon to consult on the script, and then brought in artist Paul Rivoch to craft the illustrations. The result is The Forgotten Man Graphic Edition: A New History of the Great Depression, now available from Amazon.com and your local bookstore.
During our nearly half-hour long interview, Amity and Paul will discuss:
● Who was the “Forgotten Man” of the 1930s?
● How was new graphic novel’s visual look created?
● How did Paul research the visual details of the 1920s and 1930s?
● Every comic needs a hero and a villain. Who plays those roles in The Forgotten Man Graphic Edition?
● What is the real story behind Dorothea Lange’s iconic “Migrant Mother” photo from 1936?
And much more.
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Transcript of our interview begins on the following page; click here for our previous interview with Amity on the original edition of The Forgotten Man, and here for our interview last year its “prequel,” Coolidge. For our many previous podcasts with other authors, start here and keep scrolling.