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“A shining example of the possibilities of the comic medium…” – The New York Journal of Books
Stanford White is one of New York’s most famous architects, having designed many mansions and the first Madison Square Garden. His influence on New York’s look at the turn of the century was pervasive. As he became popular and in demand, he also became quite self-indulgent. He had a taste for budding young showgirls on Broadway, even setting up a private apartment to entertain them in, including a room with… a red velvet swing.
When he meets Evelyn Nesbit, an exquisite young nymph, cover girl, showgirl, inspiration for Charles Dana Gibson’s The Eternal Question and for the later movie The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing, he knows he’s on to something special. However, Evelyn eventually marries a young Pittsburgh decadent heir with a dark side who develops a deep hatred for White and what he may or may not have done to her, setting up the most scandalous murder of the time.
“Geary’s art is amazing in setting the stage in a booming New York City at the beginning of the 20th century. A thought-provoking, wonderfully delineated read.” – Comics Worth Reading
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“It's not an enviable task to make true-crime sell, to make it look good, to make it interesting. But Rick Geary has managed to do both for a long time. His stark, black lines set against a white background grab your attention and put you in the scene. His informative narrative educates and entertains, keeping the reader's fingers and eyes on the page. It is visceral, it is satisfying -- and the most remarkable aspect is that it's non-fiction.”
•Comic book website
“I absolutely love Rick Geary's comics … [his] graphic novels succeed not just because they educate in delightful ways, or because they're tremendously satisfying true-crime stories. They succeed also because in reading them we get an impression of times past, a multi-dimensional vision of a fascinating era that is now in our distant past. Geary's Madison Square Tragedy brings history to life in the sort of documentary form that only he could create.”
•Publishing trade magazine
“A steady and enthralling account of White’s murder which also provides an impressive narrative of Nesbit’s ability to survive in a world of men trying to control her and bend her to their wills.”