FAMILY TIES Review Round Up

Eric Hobbs and Noel Tuazon’s Shakespearean organized crime graphic novel, Family Ties, is their first work together since The Broadcast.  Here’s what the critics have to say.

Family Ties is a single volume graphic novel packed with tension and wrought with emotion, as well as more than a little violence. With all the hallmarks of the best mob movies, alongside the emotions of family dramas, Hobbs has crafted an engaging and original story.”

NJ.com

The best part about Family Ties, and the reason I’d recommend it, is the art, by Noel Tuazon, all black and white. And gray. Lots of gray. His figures and objects are mostly minimalist sketches, and the “coloring” is various shades of gray watercolor, which I, in my non-art history background, associate with traditional Chinese and Japanese nature paintings. Meaning that the story is just automatically moody and exotic-looking. But also, the black and white and gray formatting serves as a metaphor for the story morality: it’s not a world of black/white bad/good, but a whole bunch of people operating somewhere in the middle.”

Comics Bulletin

“A superb graphic novel that should appeal to students of Elizabethan drama and of grandiosely brutal gangster stories.”

Seattle Post Intelligencer

 

 

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About the Author

Stefan Blitz
NBM publicist Stefan Blitz graduated Temple University with a degree in Communications, specifically studying media and English. While in Philadelphia, he served as the College Representative for Warner Bros. Pictures. He has also been the Associate Editor of Comicology Magazine; a writer/assistant editor for an educational dot com start-up; a retail manager on several different occasions; and dressed as a colonial person at the Liberty Bell. Since 2004, Blitz has been professionally active online, first blogging and then organizing and running several different webzines. He is the editor-in-chief of the pop culture site, Forces of Geek. He has two dogs named Harry and Sophie and likes falafel.

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