In bookstores November, 2019
Hands Up, Herbie! is a brilliant work of comic art. In his debut graphic novel, Joey Perr brings us close—maybe a bit too close—to his father, Herb. Herbie is a man at the crossroads, who journeys from a violent beginning in the Jewish, working-class New York of the 1950s, through the SOHO art world of the 1970s, to a reckoning with social responsibility and family life. The story is at times terrifying, at other times uplifting, but always told simply, humbly, and with perfect economy. If you care about comics, or if you don’t care about comics, but you care about human beings, you should read this book.
With deft stylistic economy, Joey Perr unfolds his father Herb’s escape from a childhood of poverty, crime, and brutality on the outermost fringe of Brooklyn, to become an artist, activist, and educator in Greenwich Village. The journey spans four generations, from the author back to his Eastern European–born great-grandfather, examining the multi-generational scars of immigration. The cultural distance Herbie travels from Brooklyn to Manhattan is as profound as that traversed by his old-world grandfather. A highly accessible and lively read, Hands Up, Herbie! is a reﬂection on the tension between our indelible heritage and our potential for self-determination.
— Sabrina Jones
Artist and Author of Our Lady of Birth Control: A Cartoonist’s Encounter with Margaret Sanger