Born in Wisconsin, Jim Knipfel was a staff writer at the now-defunct weekly alternative newspaper New York Press for thirteen years, where wrote the long-running and popular "Slackjaw" column, a cynical, misanthropic look at daily life. He is the author of ten books, including Slackjaw, …
Long Black Veil
5.5"x8.5" 12p, b+w
This comic is much better when read while listening to the song! Thankfully the incredible Jenny Owen Youngs has covered Rotman's favourite murder ballad just for the occasion.
Get it at http://jennyowenyoungs.com/longblackveil/, watch a video of the song and comic together, and maybe throw a few bucks at Jenny to download the mp3!
All text/lyrics from the folk song Long Black Veil, originally written by Danny Dill and Marijohn Wilkin and recorded by Lefty Frizzell in 1959. Since then Long Black Veil has been covered by many artists, including Johnny Cash, Joni Mitchell, and my Nonnie. My favorite part of any family holiday was when three generations of women would gather together to sing murder ballads. These are the times I would feel most connected to my Nonnie, and all it took was a morbid plot, the celebration of death, and four simple chords. So here it is, Rotman's take of a beloved family tradition, adoringly interpreted into an old-timey lesbian witch ballad. The love of music lives on.