Book tells the heartfelt journey of Buckley
California, 1991. All his life, people have told Jeff Buckley how much he looks like his father, the famous 60’s folksinger he barely knew. But Jeff believes he has gifts of his own: a rare, octave-spanning voice and a songwriting genius that has only started to show itself. After he falls in love with a mysterious girl in New York, he sets out to make a name for himself outside his father’s shadow.
What follows are six turbulent years of music, heartbreak, hope, and daring – culminating in a tragedy that’s still reverberating in the music world today.
Written by Tiffanie DeBartolo, with art by Pascal Dizin and Lisa Reist, Grace: The Jeff Buckley Story graphic novel tells the heartfelt journey of Buckley – his rise from Sin-é and worldwide acclaim, to his settling in Memphis and accidental death – beautifully illustrated in a warm tone, to highlight his gracious personality juxtaposed with his horrific early end.
“This story is more than just a story about Jeff’s life,” DeBartolo explains. “It’s also a story about the impact his extraordinary talent and his eternal spirit has on everyone who discovers his timeless music.”
The biography uses archival material provided by Buckley’s mother, Mary Guibert, to reveal the young songwriter in the process of becoming a legend.
Tiffanie DeBartolo is the author of How to Kill a Rock Star (2005) and God-Shaped Hole (2002) and the writer and director of the Columbia Tristar movie Dream for an Insomniac (1996). She is the co-founder and CEO of San Francisco Bay Area record label Bright Antenna Records and lives in California’s Marin County with her two Irish wolfhounds, Kazoo and Dipsea, and her husband, Scott Schumaker. As a passionate music fan, DeBartolo became obsessed with Jeff’s music after reading a Chris Cornell interview, where he discussed his biggest influences. She began to feel Buckley everywhere and in everything, and couldn’t shake the heartbreaking fact that he had lived and died before she’d ever known he’d existed.
Pascal Dizin is a comic book artist and illustrator. His first graphic novel, City of Spies, was published by First Second in 2010. His illustrations have appeared in Time Out New York, on the covers of Jack Gantos’s Joey Pigza book series, and more.
Lisa Reist is an illustrator and colorist based in New York City. When she’s not drawing or reading, she’s probably knitting. This is her first graphic novel.