Sunday, March 7, 2010

Introduction to Shadow Bay

Now available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Welcome to the home of Shadow Bay, the noir-crime-blog-visual-novel by writer Donald J. Rothscild & artist William T. Ayton. Please note that you can access the first chapter from the table of contents box directly to the right of these words.

Here is a review of Shadow Bay from Chronogram magazine, March 2012:

Shadow Bay: A Noir Visual Novel
Donald Rothschild, art by William T. Ayton
Epigraph, 2012, $17.95

Rhinebeck’s Rothschild and Ayton invent their own genre for this hard-boiled tale of a sportswriter and an auburn-haired restaurateur who meet at a Gamblers Anonymous meeting and the racetrack, getting over their heads in corruption and murder. The pungent text and evocative black-and-white paintings don’t cohabit frames as in most graphic novels, but deliver the goods side by side, like a shot of whisky and a chaser.


And here is another review from the "Good Stories" section of the Hudson Valley News by Ann La Farge, Feb 8-14, 2012:

How to read a book if you don't understand what it is? I plan to email the author or illustrator, both of whom live in Rhinebeck, and ask them to tell me what a "noir visual novel" is. Meanwhile, I'll simply call it a graphic novel and that it's X-rated, so the kids don't get their hands on it.

"Shadow Bay", written by Donald J. Rothschild with over 300 illustrations by William T. Ayton (Epigraph, $17.95) has, as its anti-hero, David Fisher, a ne'er-do-well sportswriter for the local weekly newspaper — "the skinny little one" — and well-hooked bettor on the horses. He skips his meetings at Gamblers Anonymous, soon hooks up with a married hottie and fellow bettor, gets fired, loses all his money, and...yup, there's a murder. Follow this couple to Florida, where they open a restaurant and...oh, dear. "Life is a bitch with a harelip, and sometimes you gotta pucker up."

More on this one after I've spoken with the authors. Meanwhile, I wonder what other new and puzzling genres I'm missing out on.