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Johnny Cash: I See a Darkness Paperback – October 1, 2009
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Certainly this graphic novel leaves a lot out, but I think Kleist did a great job capturing what Johnny Cash was like. Of course, I haven't read anything about Johnny Cash before (I've only seen the movie Walk the Line). Still, based on all of the awards it raked in, I would imagine that it is true to the soul of the man.
The illustrations, while not my favorite type of art, fit the subject matter perfectly. Cash is a man of grizzled, rough features; of pain and darkness; of complexity. He could not be pictured in a pretty style; this gritty artwork does the job. The only place that I didn't think it worked was in the brief section on his childhood. Kleist does not seem to be able to draw youthful people; everyone in the book looked at least 35, and a hard-living 35 at that.
Now I really want to go listen to some more Johnny Cash songs, as I have very few (and mostly just the super popular ones that he probably got really sick of). It's amazing that he was able to recover from his addiction and escape the omnipresent darkness.
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A nice addition to any johnny cash lovers collection. my only issue is that the binding is quite loose and ending up coming offPublished 23 months ago by Delma R. Moreno
Cool book, great illustrations. But nothing from mid-1968 to the mid-1990s is covered. Still, it should please Cash fans and art students.Published 23 months ago by colinwoodward
I'll have to admit I'm biased. I'm a Johnny Cash fan, as as soon as I saw the art for this graphic novel, I knew I'd love it. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Rebecca Older
The imagery alone makes this book worth it. (Granted, I am a HUGE Johnny Cash fan). My favorite part is when the songs are depicted throughout (especially A Boy Named Sue, I liked... Read morePublished on January 9, 2014 by Tye Tyson