The Plane Story

I stopped into my local Pasadena comic book shop, The Comics Factory, on Wednesday to see what was new. While browsing the racks and shelves I spotted a new book with an attractive drawing on the cover: The Plane Story by Kevin Sacco, published by the good folks at IDW.

I perused the contents enough to discover it was a graphic novel that consisted of pretty much (there is a mild qualifier on the title page) true tales about the advertising industry. The interior art was attractive, reminding me of the work of several of the better storyboard artists I know: graphically simple, nicely designed and with enough authentic detail to indicate the author/artist really knows his subject matter. The price ($19.99) was very fair; less than a twenty, and even cheaper than that, actually, with the pro discount the guys at the Comics Factory give me.

In a move reflecting my current mental state of austerity, I put the book back on the shelf. As I did so, a feeling of guilt washed over me. The voice in my head said, “Man, this comic is a true biographical account about the ad biz in a time of which you are somewhat intimately privy (my career in advertising caught the tail end of the period covered in the book). It’s well drawn and fairly priced. If you won’t buy and support this kind of book, then who in the hell will?

I reached up and retrieved The Plane Story, adding it to that week’s purchase pile.

Boy, am I glad I did. Once I got home I thought I’d read a little bit of this new book. Ha! How foolish of me to think I could just peruse a few pages. I got sucked right into the story and couldn’t put it down. Whenever the story lagged in the slightest (rarely) I was propelled on by Kevin Sacco’s crisp, clean art and deceptively simple yet strong visual storytelling. It wasn’t too long before I had read this entire touching tale.

Bravo, Mr. Sacco; this is a wonderful work. I hope you’ve got lots more of these warm, personal stories in you. If so, I’ll be the first to buy them — the next time without any hesitation whatsoever.

One Response to “The Plane Story”

  1. Hi William what a wonderful review of Mr Saccos graphic novel.
    Thanks for supporting such wonderful talent.
    I’ve been a fan of Kevins work for years. Hes one of my favorite draftsmen! Im glad he’s finally getting a chance to move others as deeply as he has moved me.
    Truly~Thomas Fluharty

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