It’s rare that these two favorites of mine cross paths: graphic novels and jazz. It’s happening now with the forthcoming Jazz: Cool Birth, a jazz club murder mystery, from author/designer Gary Scott Beatty. “I hope to pull readers into the late night clubs of 1957, feeling the music through the visuals,” Beatty explains. “Jazz album typography fascinated me at an early age and album graphics are some of my earliest memories. I always loved the type, hand drawn and typeset, carefully kerned and arranged by hand. My mother still has many beautiful jazz albums and cool jazz was the soundtrack to my young life.”
Check out the preview page at Beatty’s Aazurn Publishing site. It really puts the graphic in graphic novel. This won’t be like any other book in my library.