Angie Bongiolatti - Back cover design, blurbs, and release details
This is the back cover design to the book, which includes some amazing quotes by cartoonists Tom Kaczynski and Eleanor Davis.
Secret Acres distributed a press release earlier this week, and here’s what it said:
Secret Acres is delighted to introduce you to Angie Bongiolatti, the third graphic novel from Mike Dawson. An all-new, all original story, Angie Bongiolatti is Dawson’s most provocative, complex and adult work yet. Following its launch at the 2014 Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art Festival in New York City on April 5th, Angie Bongiolatti will be in stores everywhere April 15th.
Tom Kaczynski, author of Beta Testing the Apocalypse and Trans Terra writes:
"In Angie Bongiolatti we get to follow a group of young New Yorkers as they navigate the slippery slopes between work, play, friendship, sex and politics in a post 9/11 world. Mike Dawson once again demonstrates his enviable ability to create compelling ensemble casts. His new book honestly explores just how personal the political can be."
Set in the same universe as Troop 142, Dawson’s much acclaimed tale of Boy Scouts gone wild, Angie Bongiolatti puts away childish things and moves into the city. Growing up is hard to do in a society overwhelmed by pre-millennium tension, Y2K bugs, endless war and bursting bubble economies. Angie finds herself stretched thin as the common thread between these newly minted adults.
Eleanor Davis, author of Stinky and How to be Happy, says:
"I love Angie Bongiolatti and its swimming cast of characters, even as I cringe to see myself there: sad and stupid, selfish and small, needing a shower. In a world filled with people who struggle to be good despite being - unattractively, uncomfortably, unacceptably - human, Dawson holds up a gentle and forgiving mirror."
Join Mike and us, Friday, March 28th, at Brooklyn’s Bergen Street Comics for for a pre-show beer bash and book signing!
ANGIE BONGIOLATTI by MIKE DAWSON
BOOK DEBUT: Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art Festival, April 5TH and 6TH, 2014, at the 69th Regiment Armory, 68 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010
BOOK RELEASE EVENT: March 28th, 2014, 8pm-10pm, at Bergen Street Comics, 470 Bergen St., Brooklyn, NY 11217
IN STORES APRIL 15th, 2014
So just finished the graphic novel “Angie Bongiolatti” by Mike Dawson. It was actually surprisingly good. Its about a young women, Angie, who is an ISO member in NYC in 2002. The author clearly had some experience or knowledge of the ISO and the left, and he paints a sympathetic picture overall. He also does good work on talking about the climate of fear in NYC in the months after 911 as the Bush war machine was gearing up. I had feared the graphic novel would be one of those “oh I was a young radical, but then I matured and grew out of it” things. But it wasn’t, it actually ended on a strong note of not giving up the fight for a better world. At the same time the author does a decent job of talking about the complexities of being a radical ISO member and trying to maintain non-political relationship, all while trying to be morally righteous in an unjust world. On the negative, its probably not the most original, innovative or best put together story, but in all its pretty good. Socialist Worker should definitely do a review and even interview this guy.
But of course, the coolness factor of having the International Socialist Organization presented in a graphic novel sympathetically is pretty damn awesome, I’d say.