The Hunting Accident: A True Story of Crime and Poetry - Atlas Obscura

Chicago, Illinois

The Hunting Accident: A True Story of Crime and Poetry

A private studio tour and conversation with the creators of Chicago’s great graphic novel.

Join us for an intimate afternoon with writer David Carlson and illustrator Landis Blair. We'll explore family secrets, archival sleuthing, the unlikely pairing of notorious killer Nathaniel Loeb with petty criminal Matt Rizzo, and the painstaking process of telling and illustrating an epic tale of murder, poetry and redemption.

Named one of Publishers Weekly's Best Books of 2017, The Hunting Accident is a true story that was originally conceived as a screenplay, but once author Carlson and pen-and-ink artist Blair began the creative collaboration, “It took on a life of its own.” Carlson and Blair will share insights and examples of the multi-layered process of creating a compelling non-fiction graphic novel that was recently described by the Book Industry Guild as “A breathtaking object to behold.” Landis is estimated to have clocked 3,600 hours inking the story, which The New York Times Book Review described as “drawn with graphomaniacal fervor.”

As part of this private gathering, we’ll get to see the original storyboards and concepts for the book, get walked through the “panel to panel” and layering processes, see historic photos and an array of research materials, and enjoy artifacts such as the Perkins Brailler that Matt Rizzo used to type up his poems and essays. We’ll save time at the end for questions and answers.

 Additional Details

  • Signed copies of The Hunting Accident will be available for $35 each.
  • The event will be held inside the Kimball Arts Center, which is located at 1757 N. Kimball Ave. The #82 Kimball-Homan bus stops out front.
  • There is limited parking in the Kimball Arts Center parking lot. Street parking is available on Kimball Ave.
  • The event is ADA accessible, please let us know if you’ll need elevator access.
  • This event is open to all ages.
  • This ticket is not refundable, but you can transfer it to someone else by using this handy Eventbrite tutorial.


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