Cigar City Magazine is excited to announce a new regular feature to its publication–Blood Is Thicker, a graphic novel by writer Paul Guzzo and illustrator Jon Fisher about life in Ybor City in the early 1940s. The story debuted in Cigar City Magazine this month.
Blood Is Thicker is a fictional story about a love triangle between an Italian gangster trying to overthrow bolita-kingpin Charlie Wall; a Cuban violinist who believes he will never fulfill his potential as a musician; and a Spanish opera starlet performing at a zarzuela show at the Centro Asturiano.
The fictional story of Blood Is Thicker will bring the real 1940s Ybor City to life through its story and illustrations. Readers will learn every aspect of 1940s Ybor City–bolita, the history of Ybor’s most famous buildings, the rise and fall of the cigar industry, the social clubs, the music, the food, the customs, culture and more.
This is the first and only graphic novel that revolves around this famous period in Ybor City’s history. Cigar City Magazine is proud to bring it to our readers and is looking forward to the story unfolding in the months ahead.
Paul Guzzo has written and produced two multi-award winning films on Ybor City–The End Is Blossoming, a short fictional Romeo and Juliet love story that takes place in 1940s Ybor City; and Charlie Wall: The Documentary, the true story of Tampa’s first crime lord.
Jon Fisher was the head illustrator for Charlie Wall: The Documentary.
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Published six times a year, Tampa Bay’s Cigar City Magazine covers the history and heritage of the Tampa Bay area with a special focus on Ybor City and West Tampa. Visit www.cigarcitymagazine.com for more information.
For more information and a look at the first month’s installment of Blood Is Thicker, contact Paul Guzzo at [email protected] or (813) 943-5585; or
Cigar City Magazine Publisher Lisa Figueredo at [email protected] or (813) 373-9988.