Friday, September 21, 2007

Gunshot survivor writes graphic novel

Central Comics Zone blog features a new graphic novel by Percy Carey (aka MF Grimm) called Sentences, about a main character who is shot and paralyzed by a bullet.

The book is autobiographical . MF Grimm, remembered for appearing on Sesame Street as Percy, survived eleven shootings in 1994 which orginally left him deaf, blind and paralyzed. He regained his sight and hearing but remains paralyzed. The blog says:

"Percy Carey (aka MF Grimm, aka Jet Jaguar) begins the story of his life in the middle of its most intense moment: the day a bullet left him paralyzed from the waist down. It's a scene of incredible violence and chaos that leaves our narrator lying on the snow, bleeding out. And from there we naturally cut to... Sesame Street, where young Percy has an acting gig.

The jump from bloody murder to such innocent surroundings creates a nice bit of cognitive dissonance that sets the tone for the rest of the book. Throughout the rest of Carey's childhood, we see him constantly pulled between "good kid" and
"bad kid". It seems like he could fall either way at any time, and he often does."


An excerpt can be found here.

No comments: