The front cover of "Born Under a Dark Star: the Lynn Hansen Story." A work of comics journalism.

“Born Under A Dark Star,” a work of comics journalism

This book is a true-to-life retelling of Lynn Hansen’s life and mysterious death, as recounted to me by his longtime friend (and cartoonist!) Steve Willis. It can be considered both a nonfiction comic and a work of comics journalism.

I met Steve while working on the art exhibition A Life Underground: Exploring WSU’s Alternative Comix Collection. During his time as a WSU librarian, Steve had helped to start a comics collection within the university’s archives. He also helped to establish a second collection made in Lynn’s memory, of Beatles memorabilia and books/comics that Lynn owned. (We pulled from both of these collections during our show.)

You may read the full book here: