Graphic Novel Explores the Life of Controversial Civil War General Patrick Cleburne
“Unless you are a Civil War buff, the average person doesn’t know much about him,” Justin Murphy said. Murphy hopes to change all of that, and possibly even get his life told on the big screen. Cleburne is the subject of a 200 page graphic novel written and illustrated by Murphy.
Readers will learn a lot about the life of Cleburne and Civil War and history enthusiasts should appreciate the accuracy and care he took in telling Cleburne’s story.
“The problem with American culture is we tend to pigeonhole the medium of comic books as strictly for children,” Murphy said. “Graphic novel sounds more adult I guess. But it’s an illustrated novel really is what it is. You would sit down and read it as you would a novel. If you want to call it a comic book, it’s that too because it is in comic book form. It does have speech balloons. It has all those comic conventions. But is an illustrated novel. To me, the medium isn’t what’s important. It’s the story.”