On the Ropes

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On the Ropes

By James Vance; Dan E. Burr; Debbie Freiberg (Contribution by)

W. W. Norton & Company, Hardcover, 9780393062205, 247pp.

Publication Date: March 11, 2013

Kings in Disguise was praised by the likes of Art Spiegelman, Neil Gaiman, and Alan Moore. It won two Eisner Awards and has been hailed as one of the ten best graphic novels of all time (Guardian). This highly anticipated sequel tells the story of a young man's coming of age in a world where the capacity to dream may be a fatal flaw. Set in 1937, On the Ropes continues the story of Fred Bloch, now apprenticed to escape artist Gordon Corey, a star attraction in a traveling WPA circus. Though damaged by the Depression and haunted by past mistakes, each man holds the key to the other's salvation but each also harbors a secret that could lead to their mutual destruction. Enacted against a backdrop of violent labor unrest and a nation's faltering recovery, On the Ropes is a breathtaking visual achievement that delivers a powerful, timeless story.

About the Author
James Vance has written scripts for The Crow, The Spirit, and other popular comics. He lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Dan E. Burr is an illustrator and cartoonist who has won several Eisner and Harvey Awards. He created the artwork for "Kings in Disguise" and "On the Ropes", both written by James Vance. He is also the illustrator of "Presidential Misadventures: ""Poems That Poke Fun at the Man in Charge".

On the Ropes


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