Baby's in Black

Astrid Kirchherr, Stuart Sutcliffe, and The Beatles

Arne Bellstorf

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A fascinating, exhilarating portrait of the Beatles in their early years.

Meet the Beatles . . . right at the beginning of their careers. This gorgeous, high-energy graphic novel is an intimate peek into the early years of the world’s greatest rock band.

The heart of Baby’s In Black is a love story. The “fifth Beatle,” Stuart Sutcliffe, falls in love with the beautiful Astrid Kirchherr when she recruits the Beatles for a sensational (and famous) photography session during their time in Hamburg. When the band returns to the UK, Sutcliffe quits, becomes engaged to Kirchherr, and stays in Hamburg. A year later, his meteoric career as a modern artist is cut short when he dies unexpectedly.

The book ends as it begins, with Astrid, alone and adrift; but with a note of hope: her life is incomparably richer and more directed thanks to her friendship with the Beatles and her love affair with Sutcliffe. This tender story is rendered in lush, romantic black-and-white artwork.

Baby’s In Black is based on a true story.

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Arne Bellstorf

Arne Bellstorf was born in Dannenberg, Germany in 1979. Since 2006 he has been writing and illustrating a monthly comic page for a German newspaper, Der Tagesspiegel. Baby’s In Black garnered unprecedented success in the German market, finding fans from all walks of life. Arne Bellstorf lives in Hamburg, Germany.

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Baby's in Black
Astrid Kirchherr, Stuart Sutcliffe, and The Beatles
Arne Bellstorf

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Hardcover
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May 2012
Hardcover
ISBN: 9781596437715
ISBN10: 1596437715
Graphic Novels
6 x 8 1/2 inches, 208 pages, black and white illustrations throughout
$24.99

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Trade Paperback
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February 2014
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781596439184
ISBN10: 1596439181
Graphic Novels
6 x 8 1/2 inches, 208 pages, black and white illustrations throughout
$15.99
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