The Castaways by Rob Vollmar and Pablo G. Callejo

The Castaways by Rob Vollmar and Pablo G. Callejo

ComicsLit, NBM Publishing, New York, 2007

A beautifully rendered graphic novel drawn in black, white and gray that tells the story of Tucker Freeman, a boy growing up in Cabool, Missouri during the early 1930’s.

Tucker’s father, a hobo who rides the rails to support his family, has seemingly deserted his family, forcing them to live with their aunt, The Widow.

The Widow tells Tucker it is his duty to leave, that his Father’s desertion has left the family without any means of support and that he is a drain on all of them, that, at thirteen, he is old enough to strike out on his own.  The story follows Tucker on his journey, catching a train, running into railroad bulls and meeting a stranger who offers help.

This is a wonderful book, based on the author’s family history.  It looks at  mid-western America in the Thirties,  the depression, migrant workers, and racism, in ways that are open and honest.  I recommend it to seasoned graphic novel fans as well as those wishing to explore the genre.



Filed under Graphic Novel Challenge 2010, Graphic Novels, Historical Fiction, New Authors 2010

7 responses to “The Castaways by Rob Vollmar and Pablo G. Callejo

  1. This looks fantastic. Is the art on the cover indicative of the art inside (except not in color)?

    • Amanda – The art is basically the same. I should remember to try and find examples of the artwork to post with my reviews!

  2. What a great sounding book Gavin! I love this era and would love to read this…will definitely check it out!

    • Chris – The Castaways is a wonderful book and the first I’ve read from ComicLit. After visiting their website I am just filled with book-lust..

  3. I have a hard time with books set in the Great Depression, but this looks really interesting! Maybe I will be able to find it for the Graphic Novels Challenge – thanks for the recommendation!

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