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Murder. Not an intricately plotted "whodunit" or fiery passionate fury. But dirty, sad, disturbing actions from real people. That's what Truman Capote decided to use for IN COLD BLOOD—his bold experiment in the realm of the non-fiction "novel." Following in that legacy is CAPOTE IN KANSAS, a fictionalized tale of Capote's time in Middle America researching his classic book ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published March 20th 2006 by Oni Press (first published July 13th 2005)
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Scott
Sep 16, 2020 rated it it was ok
"You know the 'non-fiction novel' I've been aching to do? I think I found a good crime. A family in Kansas was slaughtered in their home. I know it would make for a sensational piece." -- Truman Capote, page 10

Capote in Kansas - uniquely advertised as 'a drawn novel' on the cover - criss-crosses some of the same ground as Capote's influential bestseller In Cold Blood (which revolutionized the true crime genre in America, focusing on two ex-convincts and their shocking murder in 1959 of a respect
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Sam Quixote
Oct 22, 2015 rated it liked it
In November 1959, two ex-convicts, Perry Smith and Dick Hickock, murdered four members of the Clutter family in Holcomb, Kansas, a crime for which they would eventually be executed in 1965. The murders caught the attention of writer Truman Capote who would go on to immortalise the matter in his masterpiece, In Cold Blood.

You might remember a couple of exceptional films that came out 10 years ago - Capote and Infamous (the former was the film that the late, great Philip Seymour Hoffman won the B
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Amanda
Feb 20, 2017 rated it liked it
This was another interesting look at In Cold Blood. I liked the art, which fit well with the tone of the Clutter murder investigation. I also liked how this came at the story from a new perspective, insinuating here that Capote built a bigger relationship with the murdered Nancy than her murderer Perry, which is suggested by In Cold Blood and the movie Capote. I also liked seeing more of Capote's relationship with his partner Jack. It was a nice place to end my recent experiences with In Cold Bl ...more
BellaGBear
Jul 13, 2015 rated it it was ok
Hmm I liked this one, but it was not terribly good. Immedeatly after finishing this novel I wanted to give it more stars, but then I started thinking about the story. My conclusion is that it lacks a lot of information vital to make the comic comprehensive.

The art is beautifull though and I would certainly recommend people interested in writing and journalism to read it. And I am going to add Truman Capote on my to-read shelve.
Ill D
Jan 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Wannabe Gentlemen and Scholars
Ever since Watchmen arrived on the scene and pretty much obliterated all puerile preconceptions of the medium, comics have had something of a rebirth and a backlash all rolled into one. Opening up the thin parameters of the spandex-laded cape to greater imaginative workings, a far greater width of storytelling has been met with an even greater scope of set and setting. However, changing from the traditions that have worked for decades is not necessarily always a good thing. Most of these success ...more
Dave Schaafsma
This is my second read of this book, now read in conjunction with my teaching of In Cold Blood for my Postwar Novels course. I also re-viewed Capote with Philip Seymour Hoffman this past week, and saw the 1967 black and white version of In Cold Blood with Robert Blake as Perry Smith. All three of these are great and have something in common: the inputs to non fiction while fictionalizing elements they don't make clear are fictional. Capote calls his work a "non fiction novel," but what's new abo ...more
Cyndi
Oct 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Original take on a well known tale. Foreknowledge of Mr Capote and his circle makes this quite plausible and very insightful. Nice piece snd a good read.
Jack
Dec 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
What is the cost of great art? That is the theme of this graphic novel, both according to the notes at the end of the book and Ande Parks himself in a couple of talks I've seen. It's a theme that is very important to me, considering that I have spent my entire life chasing one art or another. The book treats the theme pretty subtly, showing changes in Captote's appearance over time and mentioning what the writing is doing to him, but perhaps the biggest sacrifice was Capote's choice to ensure th ...more
Kristen Fiore
May 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
I fist asked the librarian to recommend a crime or mystery book for me to read. I didn't realize the one she recommended was one based off of a true story and the novel about a murder in Kansas. A writer from New York wanted to write a new book, and he needed inspiration. He had two choices for a story, but he chose the one in Kansas. Once in Kansas, he interviewed people that were family of the deceased, police officers, and the man who was actually part of the killing. I was surprised he was a ...more
Matt
Sep 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
I totally picked this one based on the title. Was it some re-telling of 'In Cold Blood'? I had no idea but somehow knew I would like it. I actually loved it. Like watching a great movie loved it. Of course this has a lot to do with the fact that In Cold Blood was one of my favorite novels. And Capote in Kansas tells the story of how Capote was able to gain the trust of a small Midwestern town and write a true classic. It's also about the toll that creating great art takes out of the artist -- it ...more
Richard
May 06, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
I'm not at all sure that this graphic novel would work for a reader unfamiliar with In Cold Blood, Capote's famous true crime novel. But if you have read the book - and I've just finished it, myself - this is a very poignant consideration of what my have happened behind the scenes.

The art is lovely, although the style didn't seem a perfect fit for the material.
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Timothy Volpert
Aug 11, 2016 rated it liked it
well written and beautifully drawn, but ultimately felt redundant since it doesn't really add much to a story that's already been told several times over ...more
Sally Kilpatrick
Interesting after reading In Cold Blood.
Zare
Apr 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
First and foremost this is not retelling of Truman Capote's book about gruesome murder of entire family in 1959. Goal here is to present the Capote, novelist and story writer from New York as he tries to talk with the both police and incarcerated murderers in Kansas to collect the materiel necessary to write one of his most famous books - "In Cold Blood". Capote with his extravagant clothes and big-city attitude was so much out of place in Kansas that it took some time for him to acclimatize and ...more
Paul Spence
Oct 27, 2017 rated it liked it
Shadowy, dark, brooding artwork sets the mood for the story as Truman Capote, assisted at times by Nelle Harper, researches and writes In Cold Blood. If you've seen the movie Capote, you know the story. Some of Capote in Kansas, in fact, comes across as storyboards for the movie. While both the movie and the graphic novel tell a compelling story about the creation of a compelling book, the movie has significantly greater depth. It showcases the manipulative techniques that Capote used to gain tr ...more
Jeremy
Jan 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
While I've been aware of the existence of In Cold Blood for a long time, I've never managed to read it or see any of its adaptations or "making of" stories. When this graphic novel showed up in a Humble Bundle, I figured that, since I enjoy the novelty of non-genre-based comics, this was as good a place as any to start. Turns out I was right -- it's a quick read and an interesting story, using short scenes and sharp black and white art to tell a lengthy story and introduce a large number of char ...more
Hope
Sep 07, 2019 rated it it was ok
Capote's "In Cold Blood" left me mesmerized for months after I read it for the first time in high school and it made me spend a ton of time thinking about the victims, the killers, and everyone involved. Capote was able to make you relate and sympathy with the killers as well as the town and it's victims. I would recommend everyone read it. This drawn novel did not do the book or Capote justice.

Some reasons why:

The art work is compelling but there aren't any transitions so it makes it difficult
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Michael
Mar 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: loeg-archives
To illustrate just how atypical of a comic book fan I am, THIS is exactly what I would LOVE to see more of from comics. History, historical fiction, smalltown America, the growing up of a nation/culture/artform - dramas without a hint of genre to them! (Capote in Kansas has a little of all of these.)

This book concerns the writing of Truman Capote's most famous work, In Cold Blood. It's the story of an author finding his story, researching his characters (all too real, too flawed and too present)
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Paul
Jul 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a wonderful graphic novel about Truman Capote investigating the murders of the Clutter family in Greenway, KS for his book In Cold Blood. Ande Parks does a wonderful job drawing out the key elements in getting characters to connect with each other. This is not a literal dramatization of Capote's time in Kansas, but life is breathed in to the struggle of making connections with an outsider who wants to understand this tragedy.

Chris Samnee's art evokes the noir feel necessary to convey th
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Aalaa Hussein
Dec 01, 2019 rated it liked it
It took me like 2 hours to finish this drawn novel. I was confused at first, but somehow I managed to gather all the information at the middle.

I really like crime novels, however the plot and the actions didn't surprise me.

Capote in Kansas is about a novelist who wants to write a novel about a crime that happened in his city. He keeps going to the jail to question the criminals and somehow he builds a relationship with one of them. It's not gonna last anyway.

I recommend reading this book for l
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HeatherIlene
Apr 30, 2013 rated it it was ok
Recommended to HeatherIlene by: Netgalley.com
This review was originally posted at Classics Without All the Class.

Reviewing Capote in Kansas provided a great excuse to read Truman Capote's In Cold Blood: A True Account of Multiple Murder and Its Consequences. I'd heard of it, but never read it; one of those famous novels that sits in a toppling pile of to-read books. In Cold Blood was artfully crafted -- each line written with care. It's a rare novel that, for an avid reader, compels you to read and savor every word. In Cold Blood was emoti
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Meg
Mar 20, 2017 rated it it was ok
I loved the novel "In Cold Blood" and I know nothing about Truman Capote, so when I saw this book on shelf at the library, I thought this would be a good way to learn about Capote's mindset when he wrote the book.
I have to admit, I was disappointed. I don't think the book dug very deep into Capote's life/style/research or into the Cutters themselves. It touched on certain parts, but barely. The writer seemed super impressed with his idea to have Nancy as a character--- but I was not. I think he
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dejah_thoris
Apr 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Parks does an excellent job of bringing Capote to life in this graphic novel. It's almost a memoir, but not quite. The art is strictly black and white, but it shows lots of depth and lighting effects. I would not recommend reading this graphic novel before reading In Cold Blood. However, it serves as an excellent follow-up once you know the crime story on which it is based. ...more
Kristin
Aug 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic_novels
I've read In Cold Blood but it was so long ago that I found myself getting confused about what really happened compared to fictional-Capote's experiences. Once I realized the ghost was a ghost, I enjoyed it much more. ...more
Joy
Sep 28, 2017 rated it it was ok
Very quick read. It was meh. One of my favorite books is In Cold Blood, so naturally I picked this up. The notes about the story were longer than the story. That's never a good sign. The art is excellent, the dialog is okay. The story rambles and strays. ...more
Katie J
May 28, 2018 rated it liked it
I read this book because In Cold Blood was a masterpiece and I wrote a research paper about it years ago. The author is a fellow Kansan and he portrays Capote and Kansas well. Quick read, and I enjoyed the illustrations and fresh look at this terrible tragedy.
Adrienne Jones
A dreadfully over-simplified retelling of an interesting story.

This is more than condensed, it's inaccurate at points- it's unintentionally ironic that this is a fictionalized history of Capote's prosaic expansion of straight reportage that was still factually accurate (New Journalism).
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Eryn
Jan 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
One of the few, possibly only, graphic novels I’ve ever read. I enjoyed the interpretation of Truman’s time in Kansas. It serves as a great bow to my reading of Party of the Century (about Truman’s infamous black and white ball) and my listening of In Cold Blood.
Mika Schow
Jan 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
I love me a good murder mystery. Capote goes to Kansas to investigate the Clutter family's murder. He visits the prison to interview around when he begins building relationships with some inmates. I binge watch Criminal Minds so this was a pleasant read for me. :) ...more
Matt Sears
Dec 14, 2017 rated it liked it
This did a good job of covering Capote's visit to Kansas and adding an interesting twist or two. A story I'm pretty familiar with despite having never read In Cold Blood. Great art. ...more
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