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Bluffton by Matt Phelan is a graphic novel inspired by the summers Buster Keaton and his family spent at Bluffton, a former lakeside resort.
Before Buster Keaton moved to Los Angeles to become a silent movie comedian, he was part of a family vaudeville troupe. His youth and the apparent level of danger in the physical gags he performed brought the authorities down on the Keatons more than once.
Buster Keaton's shtick was to take all sorts of prat falls and do all sorts of harrowing stunts with a straight face. Phelan counters Keaton's on stage and on screen persona with the always smiling, baseball loving, prank playing, child that comes to play with the local kids each summer.
Readers don't have to know who Keaton was or have seen any of his films to appreciate the book. After reading it, though, I recommend watching Sherlock Jr, Steamboat Bill Jr, and the General.