Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Sunday, July 29, 2012
Here is a recent article from newspaper the Lovely Citizen of Eureka Springs, AR featuring Keith Scales and his rendition of the notorious Baker Cancer Hospital administrator Norman Baker.
Thursday, July 19, 2012
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
By Tina Parker, Carroll County News
EUREKA SPRINGS -- A documentary-style graphic novel that depicts the history of Crescent Hotel and its famous Dr. Baker is gaining some attention as it nears completion.
The novel, "What Follows Is True... Crescent: The Baker Years," tells the life of Norman Baker, the famed "doctor" who turned the Crescent Hotel into a cancer treatment facility in the 1930s.
Using paint and mixed media, illustrator Sean Fitzgibbon, alongside writer Kevin Brown, tell the story of the fraudulent doctor and his dark history in Eureka Springs. While the novel chronicles the life of Baker, the main focus is his time at the hotel.
Baker claimed to have the cure for cancer and lured several patients to the facility on promises of a treatment and healing waters.
"Baker's time in Eureka Springs are the darkest years for the Crescent Hotel," said Fitzgibbon.
Fitzgibbon and Brown first heard of Baker on a ghost tour provided by the Crescent Hotel, during which their fascination about Baker grew.
The next day, Fitzgibbon visited the Carnegie Library in Eureka Springs to find as much as he could about Baker.
"It didn't seem real, so I wanted to research it; come to find out it was real and it made me want to know more about him," explained Fitzgibbon. "Turns out, sometimes the truth is stranger than fiction."
After extensive research, Fitzgibbon and Brown began constructing the graphic novel, which took five years to compile. Though the novel it is not yet complete, the duo is planning for a Spring 2013 release of the book.
Despite the fact that Baker's time at the Crescent Hotel was short-lived, the stories of his time in Eureka Springs, and the lives he claimed, is that of large and storied legend.
The Fayetteville Public Library held an artist's reception on Thursday featuring a sneak peek at pages from Fitzgibbon's novel.
Fitzgibbon exhibits work in galleries and art centers throughout the United States, and he teaches at Northwest Arkansas Community College in Rogers.
In August, Fitzgibbon will teach a graphic illustration class at Eureka Springs School of the Arts.
Monday, July 16, 2012
Just like to thank everyone that made it out to the FPL What Follows Is True sneak peak and reception. Also thanks to the hard working FPL staff for all their help organizing the event. It was a great turnout and I really appreciate it! Also, thanks to 5 News for helping get the word out. -Cheers
Monday, July 9, 2012
New book shows, tells Eureka tales
Monday, July 9, 2012
Carroll County News
Special to Carroll County News
EUREKA SPRINGS -- The Fayetteville Public Library will host an artist's reception to honor artist Sean Fitzgibbon on Thursday, July 12 at 5:30pm in Walker Community Room for a sneak peak at his upcoming graphic novel "What Follows Is True: The Baker Years," a documentary/ graphic novel set at the Crescent Hotel in Eureka Spring in the 1930s.
Fitzgibbon's current project, "What Follows Is True" is a combination of gallery art and narrative storytelling with a local setting. Focusing on the Norman Baker years (1938-1939) of the Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs, the artist has been working with writer Kevin Brown to tell the story of these dark years as a documentary graphic novel.
To read more of this article visit them on the web at carrollconews.com