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Gone to Amerikay - "Thousands" inspires a graphic novel

PostPosted: Wed Apr 04, 2012 5:34 pm
by Zuzana
"DC COMICS, the publisher of Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman, has launched a graphic novel about Irish immigrants to New York, which draws inspiration from a song by the band The Pogues.

Gone to Amerikay, written by Derek McCulloch and illustrated by Colleen Doran, was inspired by Thousands Are Sailing, a Pogues ballad about generations of Irish emigrants travelling "across the western ocean to a land of opportunity".

The book intertwines the stories of a penniless single mother raising her daughter in the Five Points slum in 1870, a young artist who travels from Ireland in 1960 intent on becoming a Broadway actor, and an Irish billionaire who comes to New York in 2010 in search of the link that ties them all together.

McCulloch, who previously worked with Doran on a comic anthology of songs by Tori Amos, first approached Philip Chevron, guitarist with the Pogues, with an idea for a graphic novel based on the band's entire catalogue. Chevron was enthusiastic, but other members of the band were "non-committal", so he decided to give McCulloch permission to use Thousands Are Sailing, a song he wrote.

"What I think Gone To Amerikay does well is set an interconnecting tale, a sort of ghost story, in three separate eras," said Chevron. "It's a fairly audacious undertaking and I'm delighted to have helped inspire or influence it.""


You can read the whole Sunday Times article HERE.


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Re: Gone to Amerikay - "Thousands" inspires a graphic novel

PostPosted: Wed Apr 04, 2012 5:51 pm
by RoddyRuddy

Re: Gone to Amerikay - "Thousands" inspires a graphic novel

PostPosted: Wed Apr 04, 2012 6:29 pm
by DMcCulloch
Thanks for posting this! Hope some of you will take a look at this book...very grateful to Philip for his kind forbearance of our rummaging through his wonderful song for inspiration.

Re: Gone to Amerikay - "Thousands" inspires a graphic novel

PostPosted: Wed Apr 04, 2012 8:12 pm
by Fr. McGreer
Thanks to you Zuzana for this thread. I rarely read the threads for What book/song/food are you reading/listening to/eating.

This publication deserves more than a throw-away comment by Philip in the book thread.

Re: Gone to Amerikay - "Thousands" inspires a graphic novel

PostPosted: Thu Apr 05, 2012 3:05 pm
by Tal
As a result to Philips post which contained a amazon link to buy the book I have it on order already.