The Dripping Boat, by Julian LawrenceBooks / Debut Books
The Dripping Boat
Graphic Novel, 7.5×10 inches, 64 pages black and white, trade paper, 9781772620450
Available at The Beguiling
“The final volume of the Drippy the Newsboy series based on the writings of Stephen Crane.
Join Drippy, Harry, Bleeker and Zot in The Dripping Boat, as they battle waves, wind, wits, and wills. Following a shipwreck, the four find themselves stranded on a lifeboat, frantically trying to reach an invisible shore. Rub a dub dub, four men in a tub…but how many will return?
First published in 1897, The Open Boat was based on Crane’s experience of surviving a shipwreck off the coast of Florida while traveling to Cuba to work as a newspaper correspondent. Crane was stranded at sea for thirty hours when his ship, the SS Commodore, sank after hitting a sandbar. He and three other men were forced to navigate their way to shore in a small boat.
Drippy the character emerged in 1999. Lawrence had been working as a comics editor at a Vancouver weekly publication called Terminal City. When the paper folded, Lawrence and a couple of other ex-employees rallied to put together their own monthly newspaper, The Drippy Gazette. The mandate of the monthly publication was to feature artist interviews and events, and keep the Vancouver comics scene together. While the newspaper lasted 12 months, the mascot of the paper lived on in Lawrence’s work.
“The Red Drip of Courage has a retro-comic strip feel like something that might appear alongside the Katzenjammer Kids… One might mistake the Drippy stories for parody, or even irreverence, but Lawrence is doing a great job of taking Crane’s themes and transforming them into something completely modern and different, while still retaining their core and, therefore, their integrity.”
— Comics Beat
About Julian Lawrence
Julian Lawrence is an award-winning cartoonist and educator specializing in comic books. Born in England and raised bilingual English-French in Québec, his work has been published and displayed internationally. Julian lives in Vancouver, Canada and teaches courses in contemporary comics at the Emily Carr University of Art and Design and with ArtStarts in Schools.”