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Art & Inspiration The Graphic Novel of Racing: Steve McQueen in Le Mans

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  1. Jive-Bomber
    Joined: Aug 21, 2001
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    The Graphic Novel of Racing: Steve McQueen in Le Mans


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  2. chiro
    Joined: Jun 23, 2008
    Posts: 825


    Nice graphics
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  3. Wow, beautiful illustration! Each frame is compelling with so much detail. That would have been quite an undertaking.
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  4. Steve.JPG Very much like ROAD RACER by Toby Cypress, which is on my desk for inspiration

    Thanks, now I have to find another book for my collection!!
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  5. belair
    Joined: Jul 10, 2006
    Posts: 8,330


    Some pretty cool stuff there. Thanks for sharing. Kind of goes with the recent Ford and Ferrari movie.
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  6. Spooky
    Joined: Mar 3, 2001
    Posts: 1,740


    LOVE that!!
    This has been the vision I have had all along with my short stories. I keep hoping I will have an artist contact me and agree to illustrating to one of my ideas.
    But, now I want this book!
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  7. rooman
    Joined: Sep 20, 2006
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    I got my copy when it was first released a year or so ago. I am with Jive Bomber, do the same with a hot rod or drag race theme and I am in.

    Roo .
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  8. toml24
    Joined: Sep 23, 2009
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    When the movie was released in 1971, a car/comic magazine did a spread about Steve McQueen, his Porsche 917K, and a encounter with 2 "hippies" and their VW microbus van at Le Mans during the race. It was very well written and illustrated. I laughed very hard at the supermarket reading it. It was so perfect for the time.
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  9. Racing is living. The rest is just waiting.
  10. Like Grand Prix and Winning.....saw these when they first came out.....still love to watch and hear the gear changes !
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  11. gnichols
    Joined: Mar 6, 2008
    Posts: 10,651

    from Tampa, FL

    I was at LeMans in 1970, when McQueen & Co. were there filming portions of the race for the movie (which was released the next year), along with three new friends from a nearby campground (2 Brits and a Kiwi). It rained for probably 2/3 of the event and staying dry, fed and / or intoxicated while trying to keep track of the lead cars were our first priorities. Second was keeping an ear out for race reports in English, otherwise you basically had no idea what was going on. But we managed to stay reasonably informed without big screens, cell phones or portable computers. None of the drama (or lack thereof) in either the movie or comic books were self-evident or, really mattered, at that time - when you were ankle deep in mud at times. So, you're going to have to read the post race reports to find out about who was out and why, or what team's strategy helped win, or whatever. But like Indy or Sebring, other huge racing events, you have to be there to see, feel, hear, smell it all. Still, I watched the movie the first week it was out and loved it. But the movie wasn't about the 1970 race, even though McQueen's camera car was filming during the race. And I'm going to try to make it back this year for my own personal 50th Anniversary. Too bad I won't have my cool little, 1970 French blue Alfa Romeo Giulia 1300 GT Junior with me again. It was a pretty comfy place to keep dry and grab a few winks.
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  12. 41 GMC K-18
    Joined: Jun 27, 2019
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    41 GMC K-18

    Aside from how cool Steve McQueen was in regards to his connection with racing and all things mechanical, this book is a fascinating look at a lot of other facets to this complicated man, I think you all will enjoy it, its a great read by Marshall Terrill.

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  13. dirty old man
    Joined: Feb 2, 2008
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    dirty old man

    I too would like to read this book and maybe I'll get it if Barnes & Nobles has it, cause I've got $75 in their gift certificates I need to use.
    But damn, that review in your pic is by a writer for Cosmpolitan Mag. WTF does a writer for a woman's mag know about racing?
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  14. 41 GMC K-18
    Joined: Jun 27, 2019
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    41 GMC K-18

    If you like Steve McQueen, as stated, this book is a great read and you will learn a lot about his life, in my opinion, you will be missing out on a great story if you are swayed by the information seen on the back dust cover!
    " You can't judge a book by looking at the cover " just saying!
  15. barrnone50
    Joined: Oct 24, 2010
    Posts: 533

    from texas

    Here is Pic of the man of the Hour... Steve M.jpg
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  16. Beanscoot
    Joined: May 14, 2008
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    Graphic novels are a really great way to portray historical events, when done properly. Often times the authors spend a huge amount of effort researching the details so the illustrations can be extremely informative.
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