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Tinsel*Town Volume 1: Ashcan Blues: A Novel of Hollywood in the Great Depression Paperback – April 20, 2013
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FREDER is the also author of Persepone's Torch, a novel, and Méliès' Notebook and Other Stories, a collection. He is is a writer, cartoonist and graphic designer living in a big old house packed with folk art, toys, books and cats. He has had fiction published in The North American Review, Kinesis, broadcast on National Public Radio and nominated for the Pushcart Prize. He is the creator of the online comic strips Quirk and Tinsel*Town, and has written about comics and movie serials for a wide range of trade journals; most recently, he penned an introductory piece on Universal’s Flash Gordon movie serials for the second volume of The Library of American Comics’ “Definitive Flash Gordon and Jungle Jim.”
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Doing my best to put aside my friendship hat and wear only my critic's bowler, I recommend Tinsel*Town for those who enjoy fare such as "Who Killed Roger Rabbit" (like Roger, the star of this story, Eddie Fox, and his animal friends interact with the Human World we know all too well) or for those who have an affection for Old Hollywood. Freder knows a great deal about this era of filmmaking and has a deep and abiding love for it; he's blended that knowledge and emotion with his own well-realized and interesting original characters to create a unique tale that will captivate and move you.
Sometime or another, we have all probably said, "They don't make 'em like that anymore" -- and if Freder hasn't made Tinsel*Town like "that" anymore, he's done something that might be even more difficult. He's captured the essence of "that" and transplanted it into something fresh and affecting and completely his own.