But why a Eric Dolphy comic book?
'My background is in comics. I worked at Marvel Comics in the early eighties and Eric Dolphy is just someone whose music and persona I've always liked and admired. This project to me is a true labor of love. Just something I feel I have to do. " This "labor of love" is a graphic novel about the influential multi-instrumentalist Dolphy, who's known for his work with John Coltrane, Charles Mingus as well as his own brilliant recording efforts as a leader. Through colorful drawings, narrative and dialogue, Brown tells the story of his favorite musical artist. After making the rounds to several publishers, Brown decided to try to go it alone and publish it himself, with the hopes the project will be picked up by a small publishing house in the future.
Brown decided to try Kickstarter.com, a website that helps creative people fund their projects through donations. "What's most important is to it get out there, that people get to see it. I'd especially like young people to get to know Eric. That's why I chose a comic format. There's precious little out there available on him. But mostly, he's an inspiration to keep working hard and following your muse. He's certainly taught me to."
To Donate and see sample images, here's a link: href=http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/keithhenrybrown/jazz-graphic-novel