BLUESMAN: From Graphic Novel To Video

by Jeff

In time for NBM Publishing’s June 2008 release of the collected hardcover, Bluesman graphic-novel writer Rob Vollmar and Flash animation producer Robert Butler have turned Vollmar’s story and Pablo Callejo’s art into a short video available now on NBM Publishing’s website and YouTube.


Bluesman plunges traveling musicians Lem and Ironwood into Deep South juke joints of the 1920s. When Ironwood tries to stop a white man from attacking his black mistress, all three end up dead. Lem, the sole survivor, finds a racist posse chasing him throughout the South.

The movie rights were optioned in 2007. Attached to the film are Grammy-winning musician Keb’ Mo’ (Suitcase) and producers Jason Koornick (Nicolas Cage’s Next) and Lawrence Blume (whom The Hollywood Reporter has called one of the “Ten Rising Stars of Comedy”).

Vollmar is a comics retailer in Oklahoma. Callejo lives in Spain. Here’s what the critics say.

“There’s enough suspense and atmosphere here to make anyone grip their chair and feel transported.”–Los Angeles Times

“Callejo’s woodcut-like style portrays the magic realist climax and documentary coda particularly brilliantly. Consider Bluesman a worthy shelf mate for such other historical graphic novels.”–Booklist

“Writer Rob Vollmar imagines a place rich in meaning and menace; Pablo G. Callejo’s expressive B&W images give it vibrancy.”–Entertainment Weekly

Bluesman mixes the mythic and dramatic with the nitty-gritty reality of the hard parts of life, just like a good blues song.”–Publishers Weekly

Black-and-white jacketed hardcover, 6” x 9”, 224 pages, $24.95, ISBN 978-1-56163-532-0

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