From Rick Geary

Below are three preliminary sketches for my new book for NBM “The Terrible Axe-Man of New Orleans.”  I had been reading for years, in various sources, about the bloodthirsty killer (or killers) who dispatched six people, grievously wounded six more,  held the city in a state of fear during the years 1918 and 1919, but was never caught or identified.  Research was daunting since the information exists piecemeal in different articles and anthologies and is often hazy or contradictory. In many respects, the story has passed into the realm of folklore.  No one has yet written a book recounting the entire case.  My script, consequently, is cobbled together from a multitude of sources both in print and online.

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About the Author

Rick Geary
Rick Geary
Rick Geary was born in 1946 in Kansas City, Missouri and grew up in Wichita, Kansas. He graduated from the University of Kansas in Lawrence, where his first cartoons were published in the University Daily Kansan.

He worked as staff artist for two weekly papers in Wichita before moving to San Diego in 1975.

He began work in comics in 1977 and was for thirteen years a contributor to the Funny Pages of National Lampoon. His comic stories have also been published in Heavy Metal, Dark Horse Comics and the DC Comics/Paradox Press Big Books. His early comic work has been collected in Housebound with Rick Geary from Fantagraphics Books.

During a four-year stay in New York, his illustrations appeared regularly in The New York Times Book Review. His illustration work has also been seen in MAD, Spy, Rolling Stone, The Los Angeles Times, and American Libraries.

He has written and illustrated three children’s books based on The Mask for Dark Horse and two Spider-Man children’s books for Marvel. His children’s comic Society of Horrors ran in Disney Adventures magazine from 1999 to 2006. He is currently the artist for the new series of Gumby comics, written by Bob Burden.

His graphic novels include three adaptations for CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED and the continuing series A Treasury of Victorian Murder for NBM Publishing, the latest of which is The Saga of the Bloody Benders. In 2007, he wrote and illustrated J. Edgar Hoover: A Graphic Biography for Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

Rick has received the Inkpot Award from the San Diego Comic Convention (1980) and the Book and Magazine Illustration Award from the National Cartoonists Society (1994).

He and his wife Deborah can be found every year in the Artists Alley at San Diego Comic Con International. In 2007, after more than thirty years in San Diego, they moved to the town of Carrizozo, New Mexico.

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5 Comments on "From Rick Geary"

  1. WoW! I love the pencil work. I’ve never heard of this story either. Looking forward to it! :)

  2. This looks gorgeous. I know very little about this case but I’ve always wondered if it was connected to the Torso Murders in Cleveland a couple of decades later. Another fascinating, unsolved series of murders- which helped put Elliot Ness’ life and career on a sad trajectory. I look forward to seeing this project completed.

  3. Alan Gauthreaux | July 23, 2009 at 9:22 pm |

    Look for “The Axeman of New Orleans,” by Alan Shields, Detective Cases Magazine, Vol. 41, No. 2, April 1991 (New York: Globe Communications), 18-19, 37-40.

  4. It’s sad that people with print disabilities are not able to find an alternative format of your books (especially “The Murder of Abraham Lincoln”)

  5. It would be easy for people to criticise, but I\’m with you on this.

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