Stagger Lee at Schlafly Thursday

I saw an eye-catching poster when I walked into Saint Louis Public Library‘s Schlafly Branch earlier this week. It advertised an upcoming visit by the author and the artist behind the recent graphic novel Stagger Lee. This post on their blog covers the upcoming signing. It will happen this Thursday evening at the Schlafly Branch. Star Clipper Comics will host them Saturday. This announcement from Left Bank Books, another sponsor, has more information. I also found the library announcement.

Authors @ Your Library presents Derek McCulloch and Shepherd Hendrix

7:00PM – 8:30PM The St. Louis Public Library is pleased to host Image Comics author Derek McCulloch and artist Shepherd Hendrix for a special presentation and book signing of their new graphic novel Stagger Lee. This event is free and open to the public. Left Bank Books will provide books for purchase. Wear a Stetson hat and win a prize! Stagger Lee tells a forgotten story from St. Louis’ history: how a small-time criminal became the hero of a hundred songs by everyone from blues pioneers like Mississippi John Hurt and Furry Lewis to contemporary rock icons like Nick Cave and Beck. Stagger Lee is a character of American folklore whose story evolved through oral transmission, a transformation of the news of the day into larger than life myth. On Christmas night, 1895, “Stag” Lee Shelton shot Billy Lyons dead in the midst of a heated argument over a Stetson hat, and inadvertently created a story that continues to evolve to this day.

The Post-Dispatch reviewed it earlier this year. It was metioned favorably by Greil Marcus, the man who should mention you if you wrote or sang about Stagger Lee. (I still need to read Mystery Train.)

While I am mostly unfamiliar with graphic novels, I like murder ballads, and Stagger Lee is a favorite legend. Thursday is shaping up fairly well, and I am hopeful that I will make it to see yet another metamorphosis of this legend born in Saint Louis.

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Michael M. on November 8th 2006 in General

One Response to “Stagger Lee at Schlafly Thursday”

  1. Derek McCulloch responded on 11 Nov 2006 at 9:11 pm #

    Hi, me. Thanks for giving our show a little plug. Did you make it to the library? If so, we hope you had a good time. Best, DM

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