Jump Some Trains & Throw Some Pies In Long Road To Liquor City

by James Ferguson

Filmmaker Macon Blair jumps to comics with an all-new original graphic novel, Long Road to Liquor City this February from Oni Press. Illustrated by Joe Flood, the comic is described as “a Great Depression-era adventure comedy about love, friendship, and the pursuit of happiness.”

Long Road to Liquor City follows jaunty hobos Jed and Thanny as they crisscross the country in search of the fabled Liquor City. They’re pursued relentlessly by the fearsome rail yard sergeant Ronan O’Feathers who wrongly blames them for his wife’s death.
Writer Macon Blair says:

Long Road to Liquor City has been a passion project of ours for ten years, with Joe and I chipping away at it bit by bit in between our day jobs. Hard to believe it’s actually coming out! It began as a ‘hobo comedy adventure,’ but with time I’ve come to see it as a love story. All our train-hopping heroes have in the world is each other, no amount of moonshine or hot dogs can change that, but being road partners is hard stuff and the fun of this book is putting their relationship to the test in increasingly dangerous ways. We always wanted to balance the laughs with heart.

This sounds a bit like Rock Candy Mountain, or maybe I’m just reading too much into it because both are humorous tales starring hobos. There’s plenty to distinguish Long Road to Liquor City from that book though.
Artist Joe Flood adds:

Creating the art for Long Road to Liquor City was a metaphorical road that stretches across most of my career to this point. Macon handed me the script shortly after finishing our first graphic novel project together and I might have bitten off more than I could chew, but the persistence of both myself, Macon, and our editor resulted in a book that I’m not only proud of, but I find is an excellent cross-section of my growth as a comic artist.

Long Road to Liquor City is due out on February 19th, 2019.

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