The Hypo by Noah Van Sciver
The Melancholic Young Lincoln

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This graphic novel is based on Lincoln’s battle with depression.

The debut graphic novel from Noah Van Sciver follows the twentysomething Abraham Lincoln as he loses everything, long before becoming our most beloved president. Lincoln is a rising Whig in the state’s legislature as he arrives in Springfield, IL to practice law. With all of his possessions under his arms in two saddlebags, he is quickly given a place to stay by a womanizing young bachelor who becomes his friend and close confidant. Lincoln builds a life and begins friendships with the town’s top lawyers and politicians. He attends elegant dances and meets an independent-minded young woman from a high-society Kentucky family, and after a brisk courtship, becomes engaged. But, as time passes and uncertainty creeps in, young Lincoln is forced to battle a dark cloud of depression brought on by a chain of defeats and failures culminating into a nervous breakdown that threatens his life and sanity. This cloud of dark depression Lincoln calls “The Hypo.” Dense crosshatching and an attention to detail help bring together this completely original telling of a man driven by an irrepressible desire to pull himself up by his bootstraps, overcome all obstacles, and become the person he strives to be. All the while, unknowingly laying the foundation of character he would use as one of America’s greatest presidents. Yes
 

About Noah Van Sciver

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Noah Van Sciver was born in 1984 and raisedin New Jersey. He first came to comic readers' attention with his comic book seriesBlammo, which earned him an Ignatz nomination in 2010. He currently lives in Denver,CO.
 
Published October 19, 2012 by Fantagraphics. 192 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Comics & Graphic Novels, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Despite success in the Illinois state legislature, Lincoln finds it difficult to adapt to life in Springfield, where he knows few people and struggles to maintain a law office with partner John Stuart, through whom he is introduced to Stuart’s cousin, Mary Todd.

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Bedeviled by social and financial hardship, engaged to a woman he’s sure he does not love, alone in a bleak law office during a harsh Midwestern winter, Lincoln experiences a deep depression—which he calls “The Hypo”—that threatens his sanity and his future.

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Van Sciver makes Lincoln real by picturing one of the hardest times in his younger life. Confronting professional and personal setbacks, Lincoln plu

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