Ascent by Joe Frank and Jason Novak. $25. 218 pages. Black and white, soft cover. Published by Fantagraphics Underground.
Oh man am I excited to have this in the store. Joe Frank is one of my favorite artists of all time...for years, I listened to his incredible monologues over the radio. There is nothing else like the world and tone that Frank expressed over the airwaves. For this book, a great cartoonist Jason Novak worked with Frank (prior to Franks recent passing) to adapt some of his work into comic book form. It's fascinating to read work made by someone who painted visuals with his own voice over the radio do the same in collaboration with Novak. I'm glad this project exists...it's a very particular book, full of interest.