The Hunting Accident

The Hunting Accident

In order to prevent his son from going down the same dark path he did, a blind poet must tell his son about his secret life as a mobster. "The Hunting Accident" is the true life story of a Chicago gangster who is blinded during a shootout and is sent to Stateville Prison where he learns to navigate life under the tutelage of real life thrill killer Nathan Leopold....

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Title:The Hunting Accident
Author:David L. Carlson
Genres:Sequential Art
  • The Hunting Accident: A True Story of Crime and Poetry
  • The Hunting Accident: A True Story of Crime and Poetry
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Chad Jordahl Yes, fine for teens, depending on the person. There are descriptions of the infamous Leopold and Loeb abduction, murder, and mutilation of a…moreYes, fine for teens, depending on the person. There are descriptions of the infamous Leopold and Loeb abduction, murder, and mutilation of a 14-year-old boy. There are other violent scenes, but nothing disturbingly graphic. There are several pages with very literary style writing (including Dante's Inferno) that require more attention than the normal graphic novel, which may be unappealing to younger readers, but again that depends on the reader. (less)
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  • Erica
    Apr 22, 2018
    This fast read graphic novel is the story of a young man who discovers that his father was not blinded in a hunting accident but in a robbery. The father then served time in prison and was the cellmate of Leopold of the Leopold and Loeb crime. Leopold ended up being a friend and mentor...
  • Seth T.
    Dec 15, 2015
    I have always had a good relationship with my dad. I have always felt a care and a closeness and, so far as it matters, an honesty between us. So far as it matters. Certainly there are things about his past that I?m interested in but unwilling to inquire into. He was a mad hip...
  • David Schaafsma
    Oct 26, 2017
    I reread this in the past couple weeks because the book won yet another award, and I am sharing my review again because I just don't think enough people have read it, and it deserves more attention. I think I can name four great comics events in this year of 2017 so far, and this is...
  • Angie
    Jan 25, 2018
    Wow. Biography of a blind man who was taught to read Braille in prison by Leopold, as in Leopold and Loeb. Compassion and education are the keys to rehabilitation. ...
  • Andy
    Sep 19, 2017
    The Hunting Accident is a strong contender for my favorite graphic novel of 2017, although it actually was first published in a limited edition in 2015. Thanks to First Second for giving this book a wider distribution. You can read elsewhere about the story itself, but I can only tell ...
  • Skip
    Jan 04, 2018
    I wasn't as thrilled by this book as others. It's a graphic novel biography of Matt Rizzo, who grew up in Chicago?s Little Italy in the roaring '20s, hung out with the wrong crowd, and found himself blind in Statesville Prison. His cellmate was notorious thrill killer Nathan Leopold,...
  • Ed Erwin
    Aug 25, 2019
    Beautiful B/W cross-hatch art. Fascinating real-life story involving a guy who is re-rehabilitated in prison through the power of art, including the Divine Comedy, taught to him by his roommate, the notorious thrill-killer Nathan Leopold. The fact that Stateville prison is actually des...
  • Jesse
    Sep 21, 2017
    Exquisite and expansive, combining beautiful and mindbendingly intricate cross-hatched images with a surprisingly gripping and moving story. The interplay of Dante's inferno (and Matt Rizzo's original texts) with the narrative flow bring to mind the intertextuality of Alison Bechdel, b...
  • Sharon
    Feb 20, 2019
    Dark, disturbing, introspective, and based on a true story, this graphic novel shines darkly. Themes of hell, poetry, growing up, and being blind in both physical and perceptions play within brilliant crosshatch artwork. Carlson's story is great but it's Blair's art which brings this b...
  • John
    Mar 05, 2019
    This is a great graphic novel with several layers. One story is a teenager who goes to live with his estranged blind father after his mother dies. The second story is his father's experience in prison, as another prisoner reluctantly helps him find a reason to live after his blindness....
  • Kathleen
    Oct 28, 2017
    This is the story of the life of Matt Rizzo, a poet and father who lost his sight while committing a crime, as told to his son when their Chicago neighborhood starts pushing Charlie down a similar path. It is a story of two prisons, and a blind man discovering a life of the mind despit...
  • Shauna Yusko
    Oct 17, 2017
    A hefty size that may limit it finding its way onto library shelves, but WOW. I really liked this one! ...
  • Cheriee Weichel
    Jul 03, 2019
    There are a lot of pages in this graphic novel but I anticipated it would be a relatively easy read. I was wrong. It is so intense that I could only read chunks of it at a time. It's the story of Matt Rizzo, a young blind man who in the 1930s ends up in prison. As much as he wanted to ...
  • Elizabeth A
    Nov 29, 2017
    Book blurb: "The Hunting Accident" is the true life story of a Chicago gangster who is blinded during a shootout and is sent to Stateville Prison where he learns to navigate life under the tutelage of real life thrill killer Nathan Leopold. The True Crime genre has been exploding ov...
  • First Second Books
    Sep 19, 2017
    As a child, Charlie Rizzo had been told that his father lost his vision in a hunting accident. It wasn't until Charlie found himself in a jail cell for his petty crimes that he learned the truth. Matt Rizzo was blinded by a shotgun blast to the face while working for the mob. Just a...
  • Blue
    Jul 31, 2019
    Just the amazing cross hatching is worth a stellar review, but worry not, the story of true crime and punishment, appropriately infused with Dante's Inferno, is also captivating. Charlie Rizzo grows up thinking his dad lost his sight during a hunting accident (which may be true, metaph...
  • Jesse Richards
    Oct 10, 2017
    This had a slow start but really picked up once the prison story started. I can't believe it's actually a true story. This has to be made into a movie at some point - it seems poised to become the next Shawshank Redemption - but true. ...
  • Paul
    Jan 04, 2019
    Drawn with a Blair?s cross-hatching style, this artwork is striking and mesmerizing. Continually returning back to the sounds of poetry, music, and even tap dancing, the metaphorical scenes are always thought-provoking. I enjoyed every page, I whizzed through the plot work, and chall...
  • Bill
    Jan 13, 2018
    This is right up there with My Favorite Thing is Monsters. As the title says, this is a true story. It takes place in Chicago. It?s about a young man and his father, and that father?s story (revealed at last, almost a confession) of his youthful crime and years in prison and his ce...
  • Minh D
    Oct 11, 2017
    Fantastic graphic novel! Loved the artwork and style. It added so much dimension and created exceptional depth to the story telling. A true crime story which I had never heard of before and was fascinated to learn more about. The relationship between the son and his father was complex ...
  • Randall Sutherland
    Sep 06, 2017
    I confess I approached The Hunting Accident with apathy toward the graphic novel genre. I associated post-puberty comic book reading with the failure of public schools to impart literacy. I doubted the genre?s ability to convey noble ideas. The Hunting Accident changed my mind. David...
  • Stephen
    Jan 31, 2018
    This is brilliant! A well-woven story that is tied to history (Leopold and Loeb) and poetry (Dante and others). Richly illustrated. I tried to make it last but..... ...
  • Matthew
    Mar 05, 2019
    This book is the reason I love the graphic novel medium. This was a brilliant way to tell a captivating story. I am not sure that regular prose would have done it justice. Non-Fiction graphic novels are not something you run into that often (at least I haven?t). I recently r...
  • Stewart Tame
    Mar 19, 2018
    The story begins in Chicago, 1959. Charlie?s mother has died, and he's come from California to live with his father, Matt. Matt is blind, and sends much of his time writing epic poems in Braille. He tells Charlie that he lost his sight in a hunting accident when he was young, but the...
  • Mateen Mahboubi
    Nov 03, 2017
    A book which takes the graphic novel to the heights of the medium. Carlson brings to life a mostly unknown true story and provides us a sympathetic view of all characters, despite mistakes that they may have made. The intellectualism on display, even if it sometimes goes over your h...
  • Glen
    Jan 14, 2018
    I won this book in a goodreads drawing. A graphic novel account about a boy learning his grandfather's true story. All his life, the boy thought his grandfather was blinded in a hunting accident, but it turns out his grandfather was a gangster, who went to prison for years. There, h...
  • Secret Stacks
    Feb 08, 2018
    This comic was discussed in The Secret Stacks Episode 42. ...
  • Bianca
    Jun 25, 2017
    A fellow bookseller handed me this book, we were lucky enough to be sent a copy. I wrote a recommendation for the store, but I just had too much else to say. Matt Rizzo was a real person, born on the West Side of Chicago in 1913. Kicked from the house of his parents at 16, he was ar...
  • Jon(athan) Nakapalau
    Jan 16, 2018
    If you told me there was a book that meshed the Divine Comedy with the Panopticon I would have been happy with just that; but this book goes so much deeper in the way truth, lies and redemption are balanced. The most amazing aspect of this story is that you feel the weight of guilt tha...
  • Truman32
    Oct 01, 2017
    The Hunting Accident by David L. Carlson and illustrated by Landis Blair is a factual graphic novel that has a really intriguing premise. Charlie Rizzo is only a teenager, yet he has already been arrested repeatedly for numerous minor crimes. His warmhearted and artistic father who has...