Young man with a secret past breaks into the advertising industry in New York. Mad Men? No, it’s the plot behind a new graphic novel, “The Plane Story,” by Bloomfield artist Kevin Sacco and just out from IDW Publishing.
Sacco says he first got the idea after reading “Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic” by Alison Bechdel. “I was galvanized,” he says. “Here was a wonderful artist telling a personal story. I always wanted to tell my personal story and decided to take a shot at a graphic novel.”
When the economic crash hit in 2008, Sacco, a freelance graphic artist, had his chance to work on his own project. “My wife Ronnie calmed me down about finances and encouraged me to ‘just write.'” Sacco says. “Everyday I found myself drawing my father (an adman himself) telling me the story of his life — instead of a product spokesman telling America what to buy. New characters emerged as I wrote and took the story over for themselves.”
The book’s title comes from a story that Sacco’s father tells him about his secret past during a plane ride to London.
When he finished, Sacco sent his manuscript to fellow artist and mentor Neal Adams, who sent the book to the legendary Bob Schreck. After a series of business lunches at Raymond’s and Schreck’s insistent championing, Sacco got his deal with IDW.
Want to win a copy of “The Plane Story”? Sacco has given us one to give away. Just leave a comment naming your favorite graphic novel. At midnight, we’ll select one randomly.
Picture above: The new author autographs his book for the first time.