Fayetteville author/artist launches ‘non-fiction graphic novel’ about ‘tragic’ local hotel

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) – Sean Fitzgibbon, a Fayetteville author and artist, has released a “non-fiction graphic novel” about the Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs and its “strange two years as the infamous Baker Hospital.”

According to an email from the author, Fitzgibbon will be at the Community Creative Center’s McCoy Gallery on Friday, July 29 from 5-8 p.m. for a “What Follows Is True: Crescent Hotel” book launch event. Visitors to this event can purchase copies of the book, have them signed by the author, and see the original painted pages of the book on display.

This event is part of “The Great Beyond: Comic Art in the Ozarks” group exhibit and features various artists from the Ozark area. Click here for more information.

The 240-page non-fiction “explores the Crescent Hotel’s strange two years as the infamous Baker Hospital, one of the strangest and most controversial legends in the city of Eureka Springs.” Channeling classic illustration and artistic techniques, “What follows is true” uses sequences of illustrated panels intertwined with full-page painted images to explore the history of the Hotel Crescent’s two years as Baker Hospital, a Depression-era cancer hospital.

More information and images from the book are available here.

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