Nobody's Fool: The Life and Times of Schlitzie the Pinhead, by Bill Griffith

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Nobody’s Fool: The Life and Times of Schlitzie the Pinhead,
by Bill Griffith
Published by Abrams ComicArts

Nobody’s Fool follows the story of Schlitzie’s long career—from Coney Island and the Ringling Bros. Circus to small-town carnivals and big-city sideshows—which is one of legend. Today, Schlitzie is most well-known for his appearance in the cult classic Freaks. The making of Freaks and Schlitzie’s role in the film is a centerpiece of the book. In researching Schlitzie’s life (1901–1971), Griffith has tracked down primary sources and archives throughout the country, including conducting interviews with those who worked with him and had intimate knowledge of his personality, his likes and dislikes, how he responded to being a sideshow “freak,” and much more. This graphic novel biography provides never-before-revealed details of his life, offering a unique look into his world and restoring dignity to his life by recognizing his contributions to popular culture.

Nobody’s Fool: The Life and Times of Schlitzie the Pinhead has been decades in the making—since 1963, when I was an art student and saw Tod Browning’s 1932 film about the sideshow, Freaks. Although I derived the name Zippy from another famous sideshow pinhead, ‘Zip the What-Is-It?,’ Zippy’s non-linear personality was largely based on Schlitzie’s appearance in Freaks. From the day Zippy made his first comic book appearance in 1971, Schlitzie has been backstage, quietly waiting. Now, after three years of research and cross-hatching, he’s finally ready for his close-up.” —Bill Griffith

  • Imprint: Abrams ComicArts
  • Publication Date: March 19, 2019
  • Price: $24.99
  • Trim Size: 6 38 x 9 12
  • ISBN: 978-1-4197-3501-1
  • EAN: 9781419735011
  • Page Count: 256
  • Illustrations: Black and white illustrations throughout
  • Format: Hardcover (die-cut cover)

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