Authors on Tap: David L. Carlson & Landis Blair

Event date: 

Monday, October 23, 2017 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Please join us with the author and illustrator duo of the outstanding new true crime graphic novel, The Hunting Accident. They will be joined in conversation with Mark Bazer of WTTW's The Interview Show.

It was a hunting accident—that much Charlie is sure of. That’s how his father, Matt Rizzo—a gentle intellectual who writes epic poems in Braille—had lost his vision. It’s not until Charlie’s troubled teenage years, when he’s facing time for his petty crimes, that he learns the truth.

Matt Rizzo was blinded by a shotgun blast to the face—but it was while participating in an armed robbery.

Newly blind and without hope, Matt began his bleak new life at Stateville Prison. But in this unlikely place, Matt’s life and very soul were saved by one of America’s most notorious killers: Nathan Leopold Jr., of the infamous Leopold and Loeb.

From author David Carlson and illustrator Landis Blair comes the unbelievable true story of a father, a son, and remarkable journey from despair to enlightenment.

David L. Carlson has been a filmmaker, musician, car salesman, experience designer and is the co-founder of Opera-Matic, a non-profit street opera company in Chicago. The Hunting Accident is his first book.

Landis Blair is a pen and ink illustrator, known in the Chicago independent comic scene for his cross-hatched drawings and delightfully morbid picture books. He is currently based out of Oak Park. His books include The Trial: A Choose Your Own Kafka Adventure and The Hunting Accident.

Mark Bazer is the host and creator of The Interview Show on WTTW. The Interview Show, a talk show in a bar, features comedy, music and guests from every walk of life sharing their stories, worldviews and talents in a laid-back, intimate setting. It began airing on WTTW in 2016 and has existed as a live show since 2008. Called one of the "40 Reasons to Love Chicago" by Chicago magazine, The Interview Show is held the first Friday of every month at The Hideout.

A panel from "The Hunting Accident" by Landis Blair


A panel from The Hunting Accident, illustration by Landis Blair


Event address: 

1026 North Blvd.
Oak Park, IL 60301