Baby's in Black by Arne Bellstorf

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A fascinating, exhilarating portrait of the Beatles in their early years.

Meet the Beatles . . . right at the beginning of their careers. This gorgeous, high-energy graphic novel is an intimate peek into the early years of the world’s greatest rock band.

The heart of Baby’s In Black is a love story. The “fifth Beatle,” Stuart Sutcliffe, falls in love with the beautiful Astrid Kirchherr when she recruits the Beatles for a sensational (and famous) photography session during their time in Hamburg. When the band returns to the UK, Sutcliffe quits, becomes engaged to Kirchherr, and stays in Hamburg. A year later, his meteoric career as a modern artist is cut short when he dies unexpectedly.

The book ends as it begins, with Astrid, alone and adrift; but with a note of hope: her life is incomparably richer and more directed thanks to her friendship with the Beatles and her love affair with Sutcliffe. This tender story is rendered in lush, romantic black-and-white artwork.

Baby’s In Black is based on a true story.

 

About Arne Bellstorf

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Arne Bellstorf was born in Dannenberg, Germany in 1979. Since 2006 he has been writing and illustrating a monthly comic page for a German newspaper, Der Tagesspiegel. Besides working as an illustrator and comic artist, he also co-edits the annual Orang comic magazine with Sascha Hommer. Together, they founded Kiki Post, a small collective and independent publishing house for comics, in 2004. Baby's In Black garnered unprecedented success in the German market, breaking out of the graphic novel category and finding fans from all walks of life. Arne Bellstorf is currently living in Hamburg, Germany.
 
Published May 8, 2012 by First Second. 208 pages
Genres: Comics & Graphic Novels, Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Publishers Weekly

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Based on the biography of Stuart Sutcliffe, one of the original Beatles, and his relationship with German photographer Astrid Kirchherr, Bellstorf’s tragic love story offers insight into the time the Beatles spent performing together in Germany before they made it big.

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Kirkus Reviews

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By contrast, Baby’s In Black finds Bellstorf using the expressive tools of the medium to make his story smaller, more interior—an intimate love story drawn in the margins of cultural history.

May 14 2012 | Read Full Review of Baby's in Black

Examiner

From his initial catatonia encountering the new sounds he discovers, to his eyes closed in ecstasy as he briefly plays bass with the Beatles, Voorman’s tale adds another layer of story to Baby's In Black.

Apr 23 2012 | Read Full Review of Baby's in Black

Bookmarks Magazine

The “fifth Beatle,” Stuart Sutcliffe, falls in love with the beautiful Astrid Kirchherr when she recruits the Beatles for a sensational (and famous) photography session during their time in Hamburg.

Jul 15 2012 | Read Full Review of Baby's in Black

Graphic Novel Reporter

In fact, if there is one major criticism of Baby's in Black it is that the artwork allows for very little variation in facial construction or rendition, as most of the characters share the same facial structure, hairstyles, eye shapes, mouths and noses.

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The Comics Journal

It’s one of the strangest visual metaphors for sex I’ve ever seen, and its uniqueness made it work all the better somehow, like “Yeah, okay, never thought of it that way before, but sure.” It’s also charmingly demure, which is another strength of the book on a number of levels.

May 09 2012 | Read Full Review of Baby's in Black

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