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Cover of LIFE ON THE MOON by Robert Grossman

"A truly wonderful read!"
--Stephen Schnee, Forces of Geek

“Amazingly inventive! I did my best to follow in Robert Grossman's footsteps.”
–Terry Gilliam

“Grossman has the subtle power to change the way we perceive reality like Chekhov or the best of Hemingway.”
–Pete Hamill

From an artist who reveled in illustrating "the un-illustratable," a historical graphic novel based on the "Great Moon Hoax," the most successful newspaper hoax ever.

In 1835, New York newspaper The Sun published a series of six articles declaring the discovery of life--and even civilization--on the Moon, which the paper attributed to the famous contemporary astronomer Sir John Herschel. According to the Sun, the lunar inhabitants included unicorns, bison, bipedal tail-less beavers, and intelligent humanoids with bat-like wings.

Eisner-nominated Life on the Moon is a full-length graphic novel capturing this mythical world. Creator Robert Grossman said the book is set in a time when "many of the signal achievements of the 19th century still lay well in the future, Andrew Jackson was president, the steamboat was the summit of technology, and news traveled slowly." The unfettered novel includes real historical figures such as P.T. Barnum, Jean Jacques Audubon, Lorenzo Da Ponte, Charles Goodyear, and Edgar Allan Poe.

Grossman stated that, "Life on the Moon is meant to be at least partly funny, and has a rip-roaring sci-fi ending." Grossman concluded, "I read somewhere that William Randolph Hearst insisted that everything he produced had: Tears, laughs, loves, and thrills. Life on the Moon has all that and more."

"Grossman’s writing is very personal and conversational, filled with historical facts and imaginative whimsy [...] There is depth and emotion in his art, and it is worthwhile examining each page as you immerse yourself in the experience." --Stephen Schnee, Forces of Geek


Hardcover: 400 pages
Release date: May 21, 2019
6 x 8.9 inches

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