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The Hypo: The Melancholic Young Lincoln

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  • The Hypo: The Melancholic Young Lincoln
  • The Hypo: The Melancholic Young Lincoln
  • The Hypo: The Melancholic Young Lincoln
  • The Hypo: The Melancholic Young Lincoln
  • The Hypo: The Melancholic Young Lincoln

The Hypo: The Melancholic Young Lincoln

192 pages!

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.

"Noah Van Sciver has brought new soul to this hard, weird time in Lincoln's life. The Hypo is a story of suffering & yearning, artfully told." - Joshua Wolf Shenk, author of Lincoln's Melancholy
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Credits

Written by

Noah Van Sciver

Art by

Noah Van Sciver

Genres

Drama
Historical
Literature
Political

About Comic

Page Count

192 Pages

Print Release Date

September 19 2012

Digital Release Date

October 17 2012

Age Rating

12+ Only

Copyright

2012 Noah Van Sciver/Fantagraphics Books, Inc.