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Golems Mighty Swing (GN)
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James Sturm
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Golems Mighty Swing (GN)

James Sturm


Drawn and Quarterly

Fantasy » 19th Century;
Media » Graphic Novels;
Award Winners » Harvey Award;
Award Winners » Ignatz Award


112 pages

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Before penning his acclaimed graphic novel Market Day and founding the Center for Cartoon Studies, James Sturm proved his worth as a master cartoonist with the eloquent graphic novel, The Golem s Mighty Swing, one of the first breakout graphic novel hits of the 21st century. Sturm s fascination with the invisible America has been the crux of his comics work, exploring the rarely-told or oft-forgotten bits of history that define a country. By reuniting America s greatest pastime with its hidden history, the graphic novel tells the story of the Stars of David, a barnstorming Jewish baseball team of the depression era. Led by its manager and third baseman, the nomadic team travels from small town to small town providing the thrill of the sport while playing up their religious exoticism as a curio for people to gawk at, heckle, and taunt. When the team s fortunes fall, the players are presented a plan to get people in the stands. But by placing their fortunes in the hands of a promoter, the Stars of David find themselves fanning the flames of ethnic tensions. Sturm s nuanced composition is on full display as he deftly builds the climax of the game against the rising anti-Semitic fervour of the crowd. Baseball, small towns, racial tensions, and the desperate grasp for the American Dream: The Golem s Mighty Swing is a classic American novel.

By:   James Sturm
Imprint:   Drawn and Quarterly
Country of Publication:   Canada
Dimensions:   Height: 203mm,  Width: 152mm,  Spine: 13mm
Weight:   277g
ISBN:   9781770462830
ISBN 10:   177046283X
Pages:   112
Publication Date:   May 2017
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

James Sturm lives in White River Junction, Vermont, with his wife and two daughters, where he helps run a cartooning school that he co-founded, The Center for Cartoon Studies. James books include Market Day, James Sturm s America, Satchel Paige: Striking Out Jim Crow, The Fantastic Four: Unstable Molecules, Denys Wortman s New York, and the popular Adventures in Cartooning series. His comics, writing, and illustrations have appeared in scores of national and regional publications including the Chronicle of Higher Education, the Onion, the New York Times, Slate, and on the cover of the New Yorker. James has taught and exhibited his work throughout the world.

Sturm s prose is as elegantly understated as his line work. <i>Entertainment Weekly</i></p> [<i>Golem s Mighty Swing</i>] ties together sport, art and literature into a grand-slam comic book. <i>Time</i></p> Employing thick lines, minimal detail and simple prose . . . Sturm gracefully summons the seedy, often dangerous baseball world of the 1920s. <i>Washington Post</i></p>

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