A magician's case of graphic story books


Chris Byrne's obsessional graphic novel took a decade to realize and another two years to produce. He and designer Scott Newton worked with Paper Hammer Studios to construct an audaciously ambitious bit of publishing magic.

Copies of The Magician are included in the Rare Book and Special Collections Division, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.; Thomas J. Watson Library, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Ryerson and Burnham Libraries, The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago; Portland Art Museum, Portland, Oregon; School of Visual Arts Library, New York; and the Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Columbia University, New York; California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, California; The Magician and Archival Materials 2002-2013, Special Collections and College of Visual Arts, University of North Texas, Denton.