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Product Details

  • Paperback: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Oni Press; First Edition edition (August 9, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932664297
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932664294
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,167,579 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

It's 1959 and Truman Capote is looking for a challenging project. A story about an unsolved crime in Kansas sends him and assistant Harper Lee (author of To Kill a Mockingbird) on a transforming journey. This graphic novel gives a fictionalized account of Capote's time in Kansas researching the Clutter family murders for his groundbreaking In Cold Blood. Once at the crime scene, the flamboyant Capote must learn to fit in with the locals and find a way to get inside the crime. Writer Parks's last book, Union Station, was another true crime tale, and he has done his research for this, but he also introduces several unreal elements, including the ghost of 16-year-old murder victim Nancy Clutter, who becomes a confidante for Capote as the tale goes on. The book attempts to deal with the writer's ambivalence over his involvement in the aftermath of the crime, but the sometimes flat script isn't done any favors by the art, which has a good sense of place but a poor grasp of likenesses, making the characters often difficult to identify. Capote was a complicated, colorful figure, but this book only scratches the surface of the demons that drove him. (Aug.)
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From School Library Journal

Grade 10 Up–Cleverly reprising the genre blur that Truman Capote created when he wrote In Cold Blood as a nonfiction novel, Parks and Samnee present and represent the author's fact-gathering trip to the Midwest in the early 1960s, traveling with his soon-to-become-famous friend Harper Lee. There he dealt with locals who found his New York City flair and personal foppishness either silly or offensive, interviewed the Clutter family's murderers, and struggled with memories of his own awkward childhood. Samnee's black-and-white art captures both the internal and external lights and shadows of small-town America–its diner, prison cells, neighborhhoods–and Capote's own psychology–his admiration and jealousy of Lee, his memories of boyhood, his loneliness far from his adult home. In keeping with the more-than-fact angle of this graphic novel, a sweet girl ghost floats through these pages as well, a reminder of the humanity behind the story that increased its author's stature in the world of letters.–Francisca Goldsmith, Berkeley Public Library, CA
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Denny M. Haynes on August 16, 2005
Format: Paperback
Capote in Kansas is a perfect companion piece to In Cold Blood. Ande Park's graphic novel parallels Capote's work providing interesting details and the inner most thoughts of the main character(s) while developing the supporting characters, showing how their lives are touched and how their lives touch the main character, yet carves its own path along the way.

This is a gorgeously illustrated novel with an eye catching cover. How Ande was able to get Chris Samnee is beyond me, I'm thinking he lost big to Ande in a poker match and this was the only way he could pay his debt.

Ande Parks has provided his readers with a hundred and twenty pages of solid writing with no wasted page or panel leaving the reader wanting another hundred and twenty.

I highly recommend Capote in Kansas. This graphic novel and its creators are definitely worthy of an Eisner nomination.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alt on September 4, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Shadowy, dark, brooding artwork sets the mood for the story as Truman Capote, assisted at times by Nelle Harper, researches and writes In Cold Blood. If you've seen the movie Capote, you know the story. Some of Capote in Kansas, in fact, comes across as storyboards for the movie. While both the movie and the graphic novel tell a compelling story about the creation of a compelling book, the movie has significantly greater depth. It showcases the manipulative techniques that Capote used to gain trust, while the graphic novel adds those aspects of Capote's character only at the end, almost as an afterthought.

Capote in Kansas has an abbreviated feel. I'm not sure it balances the material it covers very well, but it would probably need to be a 500 page work to do justice to Capote's meticulous research, his personal struggles, and the time he spent with the two murderers (the most significant part of Capote's research but oddly shortchanged here). This isn't a perfect story, but it's a good introduction to Truman Capote (and to In Cold Blood) for readers who are unfamiliar with the author or his work.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nicola Mansfield on July 25, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I really enjoyed this true crime biography of Capote's experience of entering a small town and how he dealt with writing his classic book "In Cold Blood". I have not read the book but have seen the movie and am familiar with the crime through tele-documentaries. After reading this GN, though, the book is now one of my must reads. Andre Parks doesn't try to retell "In Cold Blood" here but rather he examines what it must have been like for Capote as a writer to gather together the material for this book. And not just any writer's experience but Capote himself, who couldn't have been more alien in this "hick" town. The author takes liberties and fiction is mixed with fact and he presumes what Capote may have felt emotionally. An interesting aspect is the use of magical realism to portray one of the victims, Nancy Culler, as Capote's confidant during his time in Holcomb, Kansas, thus minimizing Harper Lee's true role. I'm fairly certain that my knowledge, limited though it was, of this case enhanced my enjoyment of the book. You don't have to have read Capote's book, but I would recommend knowledge of it and the case before reading this GN though, as it is assumed going in you know what is happening. This is another example where b/w art is essential to the telling of the story. Great art and I think colour would not have been as effective. Good read for true crime fans but the "ghost" element may not be appreciated by all.
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By colliemom on March 28, 2014
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Very well written and with great graphics. I read this on my I-pad and it was a great experience. The authors told the story of the writing of In Cold Blood with detail and emotion.
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