“Crane and Decker spin an airy, atmospheric graphic-novel examination of a legacy of guilt . . . All is illustrated with Decker's fine-lined drawings that evoke both the surreal details of the accusations and the pastoral Colonial setting . . . its attempt to understand the effects of the trials on one of its villains is provocative, to say the least. Haunting."
"...stark and affecting graphic novel… Lies in the Dust approaches the familiar history with a unique paradigm by exploring the powerful role words played in the tragedy. “Witch,” “evil,” and “guilty” led to the grave, and “innocence” was rarely understood. "
Chelsey Philpot, The Boston Globe
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"History teachers will appreciate this easy-to-read account, while students who are fans of the witch trials or the European influence on America will appreciate and understand the power of a word such as witch."
School Library Journal
". . . a unique perspective on the Salem witch trials, events propelled by dangerous words . . . it illuminates a dark and fascinating period of the region’s history."
The Portland Press Herald
Accused: Fairfield’s Witchcraft Trials
Jakob Crane will have a graphic art exhibition at the Fairfield Museum in Connecticut that tells the tale of the witch trials that took place in Connecticut, almost a half-century before the Salem trials.
In 17th century New England religious beliefs and folk tradition instilled deep fears of magic, evil, and supernatural powers. How else to explain unnatural events, misfortune and the sudden convulsions and fits of local townspeople? In this exhibition, the fascinating history of Connecticut’s witchcraft trials is illuminated by author and illustrator Jakob Crane. In graphic novel form, powerful depictions of the events and characters are reimagined through storylines and pen and ink drawings.
Sept 25, 2014 - Jan 5, 2015 at the Fairfield Museum and History Center, 370 Beach Road, Fairfield CT. FMI: (203) 259-1598