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Van Jensen, a former crime reporter for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, has written for the graphic-novel series Pinocchio, Vampire Slayer and for DC Comics. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia.
Nate Powell is an illustrator who worked on the graphic-novel trilogy March, for which he became the first cartoonist ever to win the National Book Award. His books also include You Don’t Say, Any Empire, and Swallow Me Whole, and he has won three Eisner Awards, two Ignatz Awards, a Coretta Scott King Author Award, and the Walter Dean Myers Award, among others. He lives in Bloomington, Indiana.
A graphic story from the Fall 2019 issue.
Like many cities, Little Rock is a place of ghosts. The dead hover and haunt, though their stories often go untold. This story is a work of fiction inspired by some of those ghosts, who lived a tale the city tried to forget—of the mob and cops and gamblers, the good and the bad, and the hazy in-between. The violence they knew was real and ugly, with consequences, not a thing to be celebrated or courted. In those days it was impossible to escape. The story begins with a man named Gideon, back home from World War II . . .