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Samuel Abramov - Character Profile

Updated: May 5, 2022

Samuel "Sam" Abramov is the protagonist and narrator of our graphic novel and the player-protagonist of our upcoming indie game/visual novel, "Sam in New York."

Sam's Backstory:

Born on April 6, 1901 in the Lower East Side of New York City, Sam grew up in the shadow of his domineering parents, who had immigrated in the late 1890s from Odessa, Ukraine (then a part of the Russian Empire).

Cheerful, mischievous, and blessed with the gift of gab, Sam grows up idolizing Vaudeville and Yiddish theatre.

A bright student, he is eventually accepted into Ambrose College, a prestigious New York law school, where for the first time in his life, he feels like a fish out of water.

Sam must eventually decide whether to become a lawyer, an actor, or something else...

Links to our graphic novels about Sam are on this page. Our main project currently is the graphic novel version of "Sam in New York."

Throughout the course of the visual novel, Sam can also pursue various love interests and friendships, which can deeply influence his career choices (and vice versa, to some extent).

Learn more about him in these podcasts:

Check out his profiles for "Sam in New York" versus "The Book of Joel":

Themes in Sam's Story:

  • Parental-child relationship - Sam's relationship with his parents isn't always so peachy, to say the least. They are demanding and expect the best of him at all times, which stresses him out to no end. At the same time, Sam deeply loves his parents. They can be very loving when they're not criticizing him and furthermore, they are his only family in the United States.

  • Finding a purpose in life: Sam feels frustrated at the beginning of the visual novel because he does not feel law school is for him. He fundamentally can't see himself as a lawyer, but he also isn't sure what he really wants in life. All he knows is that he loves the theatre. He sees acting as a way of "reinventing [himself] over and over and over again.&q