Noah Van Sciver signs at Floating World Comics on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 from 6:00pm until 8:00pm.
The Hypo: The Melancholic Young Lincoln, a documentation of Abraham Lincoln’s crushing cloud of depression by Noah Van Sciver! Reading Noah’s sensitive look at Lincoln’s irrepressible ambition despite his troubled times is even better than one of those sun lamps. The debut graphic novel from Noah Van Sciver follows the twentysomething Abraham Lincoln as he loses everything, long before becoming our most beloved president. Lincoln is a rising Whig in the state’s legislature as he arrives in Springfield, IL to practice law. With all of his possessions under his arms in two saddlebags, he is quickly given a place to stay by a womanizing young bachelor who becomes his friend and close confidant. Lincoln builds a life and begins friendships with the town’s top lawyers and politicians. He attends elegant dances and meets an independent-minded young woman from a high-society Kentucky family, and after a brisk courtship, becomes engaged. But, as time passes and uncertainty creeps in, young Lincoln is forced to battle a dark cloud of depression brought on by a chain of defeats and failures culminating into a nervous breakdown that threatens his life and sanity. This cloud of dark depression Lincoln calls “The Hypo.”
Dense crosshatching and an attention to detail help bring together this completely original telling of a man driven by an irrepressible desire to pull himself up by his bootstraps, overcome all obstacles, and become the person he strives to be. All the while unknowingly laying the foundation of character he would use as one of America’s greatest presidents.
Noah Van Sciver was born in 1984 and raised in a large Mormon family in New Jersey. He first came to comic readers’ attention with his comic book series Blammo, which earned him an Ignatz nomination in 2010. He currently lives in Denver, CO with his cat Getrude among stacks of books.
Floating World Comics
400 NW Couch Street, Portland, OR 97209
Noah Van Sciver (The Hypo) and David Lasky (The Carter Family) appear at Fantagraphics to sign their new books and open an art show on Friday, November 2, 2012 at 6:00pm. Exhibition continues through November 22.
Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery
1201 S. Vale Street (at Airport Way S.), Seattle, WA 98108