In 1916, the great industrial city of Cleveland desperately needed clean water for its burgeoning population. An incredible plan was conceived. Great tunnels would be dug 200 feet BELOW Lake Erie and miles from shore where water that was still clean and pure could be captured. Working in extreme conditions, hundreds of men, including many immigrant laborers, were maimed or lost their lives to cave ins, deadly gas pockets and tunnel fires, as craven politicians and greedy industrialists drove them on without care for the human cost.
TUNNEL TO HELL -The Lake Erie Tunnel Disasters-Tales of Heroism and Tragedy tells a story based on the deadliest day for the Lake Erie tunnel men, and how the selfless heroism of one man, a brilliant African-American inventor, would change everything.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Scott MacGregor is a recognized and published photographer and writer. He has been writing and publishing graphic stories for over 30 years in collaboration with illustrator Gary Dumm and other artists. MacGregor is the principal writer and publisher of the comic book, Dip Stories. His photographic portfolio study of Ireland have been widely published and can be found in the collection of the Cleveland Museum of Art. In 2012, MacGregor was awarded the prestigious Creative Workforce Fellowship Grant by Northeastern Ohio's Cuyahoga Arts and Culture as the result of his presentation of TUNNEL TO HELL which is his first graphic novel.
ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR Gary Dumm has been drawing (and mainly drawing comics) for around 50 years. His mother used comic books to help teach him to read, and he still loves that singular juxtaposition of words and pictures. In 1976 he met Cleveland’s “master of the mundane,” comic book writer Harvey Pekar and began a 30 year association with him, doing art for his ground-breaking autobiographical comic American Splendor, and later doing promotional materials for the innovative movie of the same name (2003). Other collaborations on comics of diverse subject matters over the years have included Shooty Beagle, Dip Stories, Beyond Plan 9 From Outer Space, The Trespassers, Dan Turner Hollywood Detective, Zombie Moon, Music Makers blues bios and BB Bluesbird (an online comic strip).