Writer: Harold Schechter
Artist: Eric Powell
Publisher: Albatross Funnybooks
Available: August, 2021 (the Kickstarter signed exclusive closes THURSDAY!)
While we may not be kings of fashion and social etiquette, there’s a few things we Wisconsinites do really well. We’re aces at cheese and cream puffs, and monster at producing and consuming beer. Our motorcycles roar like no other steel horses out there. And our quarterbacks don’t seem to do all that bad, either.
Unfortunately, there seems to be one other thing us Cheeseheads’re real good at growing, too: serial killers.
And Ed Gein was the baddest and serialist of them all.
And now, thanks to true crime author Harold Schechter and Goon and Hillbilly creator Eric Powell, we get the full, unadulterated story of ol’ Eddie in a glorious black and white graphic novel!
“Eric Powell doing a graphic novel about Ed Gein… Some things are so perfect that you just can’t believe it hasn’t already happened. To say I’m excited about this one would be one of the great understatements of the 21st century.”
― Mike Mignola (Creator of Hellboy)
For those of you who like your crime true, your horror, well, horrible, this project is about as good as it gets. Schechter and Powell, having exhaustively researched their subject, present us the harrowing tale of the man who would become the inspiration for Psycho, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Silence of the Lambs, and the truly disturbed family that inspired him.
The fact-based dramatization is due out via Amazon and your wonderful Albatross Funny Book-carrying LCS in early August for the low-low price of $29.99 for the standard hardcover…but you can do better than that.
Until Thursday evening, you can mosey on over to Kickstarter (here) and pick up the extra super special edition of the book, signed by both creators and with an exclusive Kickstarter-only dust jacket. You can even, if’n you want one, order Powell’s Ed Gein sketchbook and/or Gein family portrait prints along with your book (again, also Kickstarter exclusives). Fantastic opportunities to get some seriously cool (if, you know, seriously deranged) swag, and a chance to directly support the two creators. Get thee hence, my peeps!
Get there quick, though—cause the Kickstarter’s almost done (it closes Thursday afternoon)…and after that, you’re stuck with the (incredibly awesome) plain ole regular hardcover…
Review by Andy Patch