Matt Phelan brings Buster Keaton to "Bluffton"

I've been a fan of Matt Phelan ever since his first graphic "The Storm in the Barn." It was a masterful fable about a young boy growing up in the Dust Bowl. It was his first comic, though he'd been illustrating children's books for many years by that point, but he understood comics. I ended up giving the book to my mother, where it became a favorite of her fourth graders, and won a number of awards including the Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction. We spoke when it came out and it's one of those interviews that I'm immensely proud of.

I was thrilled to talk with him about his new book, "Bluffton." It opens in 1908 and tells the story of Henry Harrison, a young boy growing up in Michigan who befriends another boy his age. Harry's friend turns out to be a gifted vaudevillian named Buster Keaton, who would go on to be one of the great actors and directors in the history of film.

Like Phelan, I'm a huge fan of Buster Keaton, but it's a great story for many reasons (not just because of Buster).

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