Long-distance runner bio comes to comics


On 30 May 2015, Matt Crehan Comics will release The Art of Running: The Steve Prefontaine Story, which tells the story of the legendary American distance runner Steve Prefontaine.

The Art of Running details Prefontaine’s extraordinary life in graphic novel form for the very first time, from growing up in Coos Bay and attending the University of Oregon, to his visit to Munich for the 1972 Olympic Games, and his unfortunate and tragic death at the young age of 24.

Publication of the graphic novel was funded by a Kickstarter campaign in 2013 which raised £5,261 and helped to pay for the artwork and printing costs.

The 128-page graphic novel will feature five unique chapter covers each drawn by a different artist, including an original piece by Paul Collicutt, author of The Murder Mile, as well test pencil sketches by the main artist, Sigit Nugroho.

When asked about the Art of Running project, Matthew said: “I wanted to create something that told a great story, but could also fit easily on a bookshelf beside the likes of Marvel, DC or Image, and be a collectible book.”

The Art of Running is Crehan’s first published graphic novel, his previous work included the re-launch of classic British comic character Alf Tupper: The Tough of the Track in the pages of Athletics Weekly, as well as having several short comics published by GrayHaven Comics and Ninth Art Press.

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Lee Lightfoot (President & Publisher) is an artist from East Yorkshire, UK, working predominantly in narrative art. He studied a BA in Fine Art before a three-year part-time MA in Popular Culture, the last two years a specialism in cinema, and a dissertation on body horror cinema. In 2011 he founded Black Ship Books to pursue his interest in narrative. Lee has also worked on concept art for small film production companies, and has provided art for numerous sketch card series, including Cryptozoic’s The Walking Dead series and Upper Deck’s Marvel Premier cards.

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