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1st Look: The Amazing, Enlightening and Absolutely True Adventures of Katherine Whaley by Kim Deitch
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Kim DeitchComing Attractions 14 May 2013 5:25 PM

Katherine Whaley

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A century ago in sleepy Lumberton, the moving pictures, with their daring heroines, were the most exciting thing to happen to young Katherine Whaley. When a movie production came to town, her life took a most unexpected turn.

Decades later, Whaley recounted her wild, weird years in the company of the mysterious eccentric Charles Varnay and his uncannily intelligent dog Rousseau. Varnay aimed to produce a movie serial, with Katherine as its destined star, propounding a message about the future of the human race — a message he claimed was recorded on ancient artifacts in the voice of Jesus Christ himself!

The Amazing, Enlightening and Absolutely True Adventures of Katherine Whaley is an intriguing new entry in Kim Deitch's series of graphic-novel alternate histories of early 20th century showbiz. We got our advance copies yesterday and we'll have mail-order copies available in a couple of months -- pre-order and read a 17-page excerpt right here.