Goodreads review for Hank Rally, President 50

Hank Rally on Goodreads  (<- if you click that)

Robert Run on Goodreads

by Robert Run (Goodreads Author), Juan McGowen (Illustrator)

Deborah Blair‘s review
May 14

5 of 5 stars

Read in May, 2013

The episodic graphic novel, Hank Rally – President 50 – Happy Do’Ya’Merica! – Volume 1 – Issue 00 Primer – is a wonderful foundational beginning for what is surely to be a fun and inspirational graphic series that will entertain us as we revision where our country and the world is headed. Written by Robert Run, illustrated by Juan McGowen – this work is a courageous venture that is looking for a well deserved boost with a Kickstarter campaign – you can learn more and become a backer by going to : http://kck.st/17fJoa5. Even though Robert gave me the eBook to review without pledging, after reading it I gladly went to Kickstater and made a pledge!

At a time when our literature, theater, film and lives can become so shallow and predictable – Robert Run has revived political/inspiration art in the spirit of Clifford Odets, “Waiting For Lefty,” – the Living Theater’s Money Tower, and the many works of Peter Schumann’s Bread and Puppet Theater in both inspiring readers and providing a form to help us think and discuss issues that need to be out in the open.

In this first issue we learn that Hank is a disappointed, but ultimately willing “winner” in the 2031 Presidential Lottery that was instituted after the election of 2020. We learn of the subtle but effective changes the citizens of the USA made in terms of energy, corporations, taxes and other areas of life that basically brought sanity to an insane system. Hank hears that he has been chosen in the national Presidential draw – rather like Jury Duty selection – -he chooses to serve as a civic duty. We are given a taste of what we will be learning in future installments.

For some who are not accustomed to this art form – and for those who have passed over the Graphics Novel form –
it may take some getting used to – but after a short learning curve you’ll be glad that you did. And for those who love the Graphic Novel – and want as a nation, and globally to move past an economic, industrial, corporate, political paradigm that is killing us – this Primer issue of Hank Rally will provide many nods of agreement and a humorous form to share with friends.

I welcomed the opportunity that author and creator, Robert Run has given me to preview the Primer issue of the Hank Rally – President 50 series. Senator Joseph McCarthy and his henchmen gutted many of our political thinkers, professors, writers, playwrights, directors and actors during the witch hunts of the fifties. The assassinations of the Kennedy’s, Martin Luther King Jr., and Malcolm X, and corporate and political corruption gutted much of our meaningful literature and performance art forms. Our hearts and dreams have been broken and many don’t even know why – -Our American story needs revitalizing with new, enduring archetypes – – this Graphic work is making a good contribution in the right direction. I highly recommend that you support this venture at Kickstarter — you can help start a story that feeds our hearts and helps us chuckle as we dream a new dream. Http://kck.st/17fJoa5. Even if the funding goal for printing and for subsequent episodes is not met, you will receive an eBook if you pledge.

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