Kenan Rubenstein is one of my favorite creators, so any time he has a new project I get excited! I first met Rubenstein at Stumptown Comics Fest three or four years ago. He was selling these odd little foldy comics which revealed new story elements as the reader unfolded the paper. Powerful, poignant, and more than a little bittersweet, I was amazed at what he could accomplish with a single sheet of 8.5 x 11 paper.
Then he was kind enough to send me a copy of his book, Tick. The complete opposite of his foldy comics (at least as far as size goes), Tick was wall-calendar sized and told the story of a mechanical creation and his owner over the course of a year’s time.
Since then, Rubenstein’s comic output has been significantly diminished as he works on spot illustrations and non-narrative pieces.
But now all that has changed! Rubenstein has released a new book, Last Train to Old Town. The first few pages of the chapter is available on line and will be serialized there weekly. There is also a print version available if, like me, you cannot wait to get your hands on the entire chapter.
Like his other work, Last Train to Old Town is powerfully compelling. The pages I read on line left me with feelings of guilt, frustration, and more than a little longing. Do yourself a favor and check it out!