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Grants for covering translation fees upon publication can be applied for by publishers and theatres. Grants may also be applied for to cover production costs for illustrated works. Deadlines: March 1, 2019 INSTITUT D'ESTUDIS BALEĂ€RICS Grants and funding for translations of Balearic Literature may be applied for by foreign publishers and translators. Grants may also be applied for to cover travel costs, printing costs, and promotional costs for translations of Balearic books recently published abroad. Deadlines: TBA FINNISH LITERATURE EXCHANGE Grants and funding for translations of Finnish literature can be applied for by foreign publishers and translators. Grants may also be applied for to cover travel costs, printing costs, and promotional costs for translations of Finnish books recently published abroad. Deadlines: February 1, 2019 ITALIAN MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION The Foreign Ministry grants two types of financial incentives: 1. Grants for the translation of unpublished Italian work abroad and to the production, dubbing and subtitling of short and feature films and TV series. 2. Awards to Italian works translated abroad. Deadlines: March 31, 2019 SWEDISH ART COUNCIL The Swedish Art Council gives out grants for production, translation, and author's visit to foreign countries. For translation, the applied sum should correspond to the sum agreed with the translator according to the translator contract. A maximum sum of SEK 10 000 can be applied as production support, only for fully illustrated four-colour picture-books, non-fiction or comics and graphic novels. Deadlines: October 1, 2019


HOTLIST BARBARA ALCA Pizza Chica & the Cry Babies

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SIMON HANSELMANN Bad Gateway

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MIKAEL ROSS The Fall

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RØRBÆK & SOMMER Sinjar

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ALBERTO BRECCIA Miscellaneous

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AGNES JAKOBSSON Psycho Girl

NINA BUNJEVAC Benzimena

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MASSIMO MATTIOLI Squeak the Mouse

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NOAH VAN SCIVER One Dirty Three

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FRANCESCO CATTANI Morning Moon

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MARÍA MEDEM Zenith

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LIV STRÖMQUIST

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MARCELO D’SALETE Angola Janga

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VITT MORETTA Sunset at the Sea Breeze

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LIV STRÖMQUIST The Fruit of Knowledge

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DÜRR & HORNEMAN Zenobia

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ALEXIS NOLLA ¡Ah la Aventura!

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TADDEI & ANGELINI Four Old Fuckers

BEA ENRIQUEZ Donde Estas

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FELIPE NUNES Clean Break

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MY PALM The Most Charming Girl...

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MICHEL ESSELBRUGGE Langfinger & Wackelzhan

WAGNER WILLIAN The Passion of Joan Darkside

ANA GALVAÑ Press Enter to Continue

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TOMMI PARRISH An Instrument of Pure Motion

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LORENZO GHETTI Where You Are Not

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ANA PENYAS We Ladies are Ok

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FABIAN GÖRASON The Dream of Europe

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SERGI PUYOL Stranger Blood

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ANNA HAIFISCH Von Spatz

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MOA ROMANOVA Always Fucking Up

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I'm Every Woman


BACKLIST

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NANNA JOHANSSON Natural Beuty

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BERLIAC Sadbøi

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MAICOL & MIRCO The Hunter Gracco

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DARIA BOGDANSKA Wage Slave

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MARTOZ The Hunter Gracco

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NINA BUNJEVAC Heartless

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FELIPE NUNES Dodo

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GUIDO BUZZELLI The Trilogy

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ANDREA PAZIENZA Miscellaneous

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MARCELO D’SALETE Run For It

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GUILHERME PETRECA Ye

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MANUEL FIOR Blackbird Days

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DOTTOR PIRA Superelax

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MANUEL FIOR Icarus

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CRISTINA PORTOLANO I Don’t Know You

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STEVEN GILBERT Colville

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CRISTINA PORTOLANO Nearly Miss

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ELLEN GREIDER Lunchbox

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DAVIDE REVIATI Spit Three Times

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SIMON HANSELMANN Miscellaneous

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LISA WOOL-RIM SJÖBLOM Palimpsest

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CONXITA HERRERO Big Scoop of Ice-cream

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LIV STRÖMQUIST The Feelings of Prince Charles

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MAX BAITINGER Rohner

WAGNER WILLIAN The Coondoctor, The Cuckoo, The Legend

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PIZZA GIRL & THE CRY BABIES BÀRBARA ALCA Sapristi Comics (Spain) | November 2019 | 125 Pages | Color

Foreign sales: Argentina (Hotel de las Ideas) Translation grants available from the Institut Estudis Baleàrics Pizza Girl & The Crybabies, first book by Mallorcan rising star Bàrbara Alca, is a hilariously campy account of Millennial misery, love at the time of online dating, and its endless discontents. Pizza Girl is a pizza-faced 27 year old shop assistant and artist of dubious reputation. Rapidly approaching her thirties and discouraged by the fact that she hasn’t accomplished anything of what her 20 year old self desired, she lives in a sort of limbo where her indecisiveness and emotional neediness make her an easy prey for the worst scumbags Barcelona’s mating market has to offer. She and her besties, Perra 2000 and Princess Bridget—a female dog and a vampyr, respectively—spend their lives roaming sordid nightclubs and swiping on dating apps such as Tinder in search for sexual encounters that, for a brief moment, will do away with their angst about the future. Needless to say, such efforts, at least in Pizza’s case, almost invariably end up disastrously.

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In the course of the book, our heroine falls for Papanazzi, the average, self-involved fuckboy. Papanazzi has the rather implausible quality of revealing how uncaring he is every time he opens in his mouth. He is genetically incapable of regret or sympathy; he will try to mate with every breathing thing in a mile radius, if he gets the chance.

What if Megg, Mogg, & Owl by Simon Hanselmann and Pepi, Luci, Bom & Other Average Girls by Pedro Almodóvar met and had a onenight stand that ended up in an unwanted pregnancy? The offspring of such ungodly fornication would probably look like Pizza Chica & The Cry Babies, first book by Mallorcan Bàrbara Alca

Too bad Pizza won’t listen to his all too sincere caveats. Things won’t get better with Tommy The Wolf, the unexpectedly sound and caring Punk dude Pizza starts dating after “breaking up” with Papanazzi. Only her friends, with their talk of sexual fantasies and dildos and all sorts of trivial pursuits, seem able to soothe Pizza’s hard-wired desperation. Told with an absolutely brilliant humor that is at once merciless and sympathetic, Pizza Girl & The Cry Babies is a great portrait of a generation who has been promised unprecedented freedom to do whatever they wanted, found itself in the grip of economic precarity, and decided to forget about it all in a series of unfulfilling hook-ups.

BÀRBARA ALCA (1990) is a Catalan graphic designer and illustrator. The contributor of many fanzines, she is the author of a coloring book and the illustrator of the volume dedicated to Ella Fitzgerald Pequeña y grande (2017). Her work has appeared in Ruby Star Magazine and The Guardian, too.

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ALBERTO BRECCIA

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Alberto Breccia (Montevideo, 1919 - Buenos Aires, 1993) is one of the undisputed world masters of cartooning. His accomplishments in the comics field are considered unique and highly innovative. Born in Uruguay, he spent most of his life in Buenos Aires, Argentina. During the 1950s he became, along with Francisco Solano Lopéz, an honorary member of the group of Venice that consisted of expatriate Italian artists such as Hugo Pratt, Ido Pavone, Horacio Lalia, Faustinelli and Ongaro. Through Pratt he met Héctor Oesterheld, with whom he co-authored some of the key works of his career, such as Mort Cinder (1962) Che (1968) and their critically acclaimed 1969 re-edition of The Eternaut. Héctor Oesterheld was a superbe comic writer of mainly science fiction and later in his life became also a fervent political activist, joining the guerrilla organization Movimento Peronista Montoneros together with his four daughters; and ultimately being ‘disappeared’ by the regime in 1977 because of his political involvement. The artistic partnership between Breccia and Oesterheld was always characterized by a strong political critique (whether direct or allegorical) of the various dictatorial regimes

that plagued the countries during the XX centurt, with often unpleasant consequences for both authors. Another important partnership of Breccia was the one with Argentine comics writer Carlos Trillo. In their seventies collaborations, Breccia made major graphic innovations in both colors such as Chi ha paura delle favole? and black & white like in Un tal Daneri. Other of Breccia’s staple works include Cthulhu Myths, a Historia grafica del Chile and Perramus, created together with the poet Juan Sasturain, which was awarded a prize by Amnesty International for its stand against dictatorial regimes.

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with HÉCTOR OESTERHELD

THE ETERNAUT (EL ETERNAUTA) 1969 | 64 Pages | B&W

Foreign sales: ; France (Rackham); Germany (avantverlag) Italy (Comma22); Spain (Reservoir Books); World English (Fantagraphics Books) The Eternaut, which originally came out in 1957 with drawings by Francisco Solano López and text by the same Oesterheld, is a seminal science-fiction Argentinean graphic novel. Its main character’s image (much like Che Guevara’s) has become a potent symbol of the endless struggle against oppression; “Juan Salvo” appears on walls and in subways throughout Latin America to this day. Juan Salvo along with his friend Professor Favalli and the tenacious metalworker Franco, face what appears to be a nuclear accident, but quickly turns out to be something

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much bigger than they imagined. Cold War tensions, aliens of all sizes, space—and time travel—this one has it all. In 1969 Oesterheld rewrote the script of El Eternauta, for the Argentinian magazine Gente. Breccia drew the story with a decidedly experimental style, resorting to diverse techniques. The resulting work was anything but conventional and moving away from the commercial. Breccia refused to modify its style, which added to the tone of the script, and was much different from Francisco Solano López original. Together, they managed to create a work that embodied much more political critique than the previous one: a comic book by many considered prophetic because it both managed to allegorically represent the tensions and turmoil of the national left at the end of the 1960s and to anticipate topics and situations that were destined to become all too real with the subsequent Videla’s dictatorship of 1976-1983.

stories, poetry, essays, novels, plays

EVITA (EVITA, VIDA Y OBRA DE EVITA PERÓN) 1970 | 64 Pages | B&W

Foreign sales: Argentina (Doyeditores); France (Delcourt); Spain (Reservoir Books); World English (Fantagraphics Books) Eva Perón is one of the most important women in Argentinean history. The wife of president Perón was a populist icon, venerated by a legion of followers who considered her "a saint.” Evita became—even before her premature death—an icon of Argentine culture and politics of the twentieth century that inspired all kinds of artistic works worldwide:

and movies. Right before the 1955 coup that was going to overthrow his first presidential mandate; President Perón asked Héctor Oesterheld to make a comic script about his life. Oesterheld refused, even though he was undergoing severe financial difficulties at the time, because he was highly skeptical of Perón’s politics, which he considered demagogic. And this is one of the reasons that makes this biography of Perón’s second wife Evita so incredibly interesting. After writing Evita, and having witnessed his country suffering fifteen years of political turmoil and short-lived repressive regimes, Oesterheld found himself changing his mind in regard to Perón.

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During the early seventies, along with his four daughters he joined the Movimiento Peronista Montonero, a leftist guerrilla group that fought for the return of Juan Perón to the presidency. With the rescue of the original script written by Oesterheld, plus the drawings made by Alberto Breccia in 1970, the book was first published in 2002 only in Argentina.

CHE (LA VIDA DEL CHE) 1968 | 80 Pages | B&W

Foreign sales: France (Delcourt); Italy (Rizzoli Lizard); Norway (Minuskel); Portugal (Levoir); Spain (Reservoir Books); World English (Fantagraphics Books) co-drawn with Enrique Breccia In 1968 Breccia was joined by his son, Enrique, in a project to draw the comic biography of Che Guevara, with a script provided by Oesterheld. This comic book is considered among the reasons behind Oesterheld’s disappearance. Immediately after its publication, it caught the regime’s eye. The book was banned, the remaining copies pulped, the original drawings destroyed. The authors started receiving threats. The book then became some sort of cult object, cursed, rare, unattainable, until almost 20 years later, when it was finally republished in Spain.

MORT CINDER 1962 | 224 Pages | B&W | USA release: May 2018

Foreign sales: Argentina (Colihue); Brazil (Figura Editora); France (Rackham); Italy (Comma22); Poland (NonStopComics); Portugal (Levoir); Serbia (Darkwood); World English (Fantagraphics Books); World Spanish excluding Argentina (Astiberri)

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Mort Cinder is considered one of Breccia’s finest achievements. It is a horror story with political overtones. This episodic serial, written and drawn between 1962–1964, follows the wanderings through time and space of a man who rises from the grave each time he is killed. A supernatural being, he has witnessed the darkest side of humanity—from ancient Greece to the mid-20th century. In his very first appearance, Cinder is presented as an assassin who has just been executed. Some mysterious lead-eyed men are awaiting his resurrection from the grave, planning to use his brain for a horrifying experiment. Winston, called by supernatural messages, comes to save him. Cinder has lived since ancient times, and took part in many famous historical episodes including the building of the Tower of Babel, World War I, and the Battle of Thermopylae. His origin, as well as his unearthly skills, are never explained. Interestingly, the face of the immortal Cinder is modeled after Breccia's assistant, Horacio Lalia, and the appearance of his companion, the antique dealer Ezra Winston, is actually Breccia's own. Drawn by Breccia in moody chiaroscuro, these horror-adventure tales are as thrilling, dread-inducing, and accessible as they were half a century ago.

SHERLOCK TIME 1958 | 184 Pages | B&W

Foreign sales: Argentina (Colihue); France (Revival); Italy (Comma22); Spain (Under Offer); World English (Fantagraphics Books) A missing masterpiece straddling science fiction and mystery; with the ever present Breccia-Oesterheld overtone of bitter political criticism, Sherlock Time explores themes of bravery, betrayal, fear, and cowardice. A superb work about the meaning of justice, in Argentina after the 1955 coup it was considered a strong attack on the regime. Published starting 1958 on the weekly “Hora Cero,” Sherlock Time represents a turning point in the collaboration between these two masters and the beginning of a research path that will lead them to the creation of masterpieces like Mort Cinder, the new version of the Eternaut, and Che. Julio Luna, the co-protagonist of this story, buys for a bargain an old mansion in ruins in the San Isidro neighborhood of Buenos Aires, set on refurbishing it and enjoying his retirement there. However, the house hides secrets of cosmic proportions: it is the crossroads of a silent extraterrestrial invasion. Julio will be saved by an enigmatic character, Sherlock Time, who will prevent him from following the same bitter fate of the previous owners of the house. In return, the stranger asks to be able to stay there, in the tower of the mansion, a tower that reveals itself as a spaceship . . . and this is only the beginning!

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with CARLOS TRILLO

A CERTAIN DANERI (UN TAL DANERI) Foreign sales: Argentina (Doyeditores); France (Rackham); Italy (Comma22); World English (Fantagraphics Books) 1974 | 64 Pages | B&W A collection of eight stories starring Daneri, an ex cop whose face has been marked by the trials of life. The story takes place in the Buenos Aires neighborhood of Mataderos (where Breccia grew up). Between little thugs, boxing, and tango, Daneri is called to solve a variety of issues from small personal revenges to matters of the heart. The

name of the hero is a tribute to Carlos Argentino Daneri, the owner of the house in which Borges’ El Aleph takes place (Carlos Argentino Daneri is also an anagram of Dante Alighieri).

WHO IS AFRAID OF FAIRY TALES? (CHI HA PAURA DELLE FIABE?) 1981 | 56 Pages | Full Color

Foreign sales: Argentina (Doyeditores); France (Revival) Italy (Comma22); Sweden (Epix Forlag); World English (Fantagraphics Books) A hidden gem that until now had been only published in Italy during the eighties. In this dark satire of the Brothers Grimm’s most famous tales (Hansel & Gretel, Little Red Riding Hood, Snow White, Cinderella, and Sleeping Beauty). Breccia plays with texture, mixing collage, acrylic and

watercolor. A technique that will be used later in the eighties by AngloSaxons authors such as Bill Sienkiewicz and Dave McKean. One of the very few works by Breccia in colors.

BUSCAVIDAS 1981 | 105 Pages | B&W

Foreign sales: Argentina (Doyeditores); France (Rackham); World English (Fantagraphics Books) Buscavidas centers on a faceless character who travels from town to town telling stories about other people. All in all, the work comprises thirteen stories. Created during the darkest period of the Argentine military dictatorship, Buscavidas is a work apart in the production of Breccia and Trillo. Under the innocuous aspect of the grotesque tale, the two authors draw, through coded sentences and images, an overwhelming observation of the reality that surrounds them.

with JUAN SASTURAIN PERRAMUS

Foreign sales: Argentina (Ediciones de la Flor); Italy (001 Edizioni); Spain (001 Edizioni); World English (Fantagraphics Books)

Perramus is the first magisterial work about the Argentinean dictatorship. Originally published in the magazine Fierro, it was awarded a prize by Amnesty International for its stand against dictatorial regimes. It is a story embedded with poetic yet brutal metaphors of social critique. During a night of full moon, a political dissident is pursued by a group of skeletal-faced military police to a bar called El Aleph. The madam offers him the choice of three women – Rosa for luck; Maria for pleasure; Margarita for forgetting. He chooses forgetfulness to erase the pain of leaving his comrades behind and wakes the following day with no recollection of his name or his life. From that moment, Perramus becomes the story of a man with no name and no past in a hunting search for his own destiny. During the journey he will meet an an Uruguayan man named Canelones and Jorge Luis Borges, just back from Stockholm, where the Swedish Academy has awarded him the awaited Nobel Prize for Literature. Borges, who has just avoided an ambush by the marshals of Santa Maria due to his controversial award speech, joins the wonderings of the two men and together they will witness and experience the most strange situations. The book culminates in Perramus finally regaining his memory, and the consequent struggle to come to terms with his past.

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LITERARY ADAPTATIONS DRACULA, DRACUL, VLAD? BAH 1983 | 80 pages | Full Color

Foreign sales: Argentina (Under Offer); France (Rackham); Italy (Comma22); World English (Fantagraphics Books) Drawn during the darkest years of Videla’s dictatorship, the 5 stories that make up the series of Dracula are one of the most important works in color of Alberto Breccia and at the same time a provocative testimony of one of the darkest pages than the history of his country. At first glance, this Dracula appears way different from the one invented by Bram Stoker: he looks goofy, some sort of a prank to the real deal. And the story, well it doesn't look at all like a horror story either. As many other Breccia’s comics, Dracula is a work of political satire in the guise of divertissement, a work designed to elude the censors to express its biting critique betweeen the lines.

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The whole story is completely devoid of dialogues as if to say that certain things should be kept silent to avoid serious consequences, or as if to underline that the reality is so eloquent that it does not need words. The perspective of the book is that

Dracula’s story could not possibly be scary and horrific, since worst cruelties are now prerogative of everyday life. In the book, a whole scene is devoted to a state butcher shop where only human meat is served. As if to say that the people in Argentina were in such a dramatic situation that they did not realize that the livelihood of the whole country was based on the blood of so many compatriots. A tremendous strum towards a society that was struggling to free itself from the yoke of tyranny. Paradoxically, in this context Dracula is the one that appears to be the most humane of all.

CTHULHU MYTHS (LOS MITOS DE CTHULHU) 1974 | 128 Pages | B&W

Foreign sales: Brazil (Companhia das Letras); France (Rackham); Germany (avantverlag); Italy (Comma22); Serbia (Darkwood); World English (Fantagraphics Books); World Spanish Excluding Argentina (Astiberri)

and experiments implemented by Breccia. More than forty years later, Cthulu Myths, remain one of the brightest examples of comic adaptation of a literary text, probably the best transposition of the work of Lovecraft and one of the summits of the art by Alberto Breccia.

REPORT ABOUT THE BLIND (INFORME SOBRE CIEGOS)

Foreign sales: Argentina (Colihue); Italy (Comma22); Serbia (Darkwood); World Spanish excluding Argentina (Astiberri) 1993 | 64 Pages | B&W This is an adaptation of a chapter of Ernesto Sabato’s novel On Heroes and Tombs. A visionary tale created with collage and black and white ink, it tells Fernaldo Vidal Olmos’ descent to a personal personal version of hell, where his obsessions about the blind secretly conspiring to take control of the world will bring him to his inevitable demise.

with Norberto Buscaglia At the time of its first publication in 1974, Norberto Buscaglia and Alberto Breccia's adaptation of Cthulhu's Myths by H. P. Lovecraft was like a bombshell. Critics unanimously praise Breccia’s tremendous leap forward. What astonished and astonishes them today, by classifying Cthulhu Myths among the masterpieces of comics, is the true medley of graphic solutions

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BRIEFLY NOTED Selected E.A.Poe’s short stories’ adaptations The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar; The Tell Tale Heart; The Mask of the Red Death; The Black Cat (66 pages in total). Foreign Sales: Brazil (Companhia das Letras); Italy (Comma22); France (Rackham); World English (Fantagraphics Books). World Spanish Excluding Argentina (Astiberri)

The Last Visit of the ill Gentleman by Giovanni Papini 1981 | 8 pages All Rights Available excluding: Italy (Comma22); World English (Fantagraphics Books)

The Night of Camberwell by Jean Ray 1981 | 8 pages. All Rights Available excluding: Italy (Comma22); .World English (Fantagraphics Books)

The Terrible Old Man by H.P. Lovecraft 1981 8 pages. All Rights Available excluding: Italy (Comma22) World English (Fantagraphics Books)

Doctor Jekyll & Mr. Hyde by R.L. Stevenson 1981 | 8 Pages. All Rights Available excluding: Italy (Comma22); World English (Fantagraphics Books)

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BENZINEMA NINA BUNJEVAC Fantagraphics Books (US) | Summer 2019 | 224 Pages | B&W

Foreign sales: Brazil (Zarabatana Books); Czech Republic (Argo); Denmark (Forlaget Fahrenheit); France (Ici-Même Editions); Germany (avant-verlag); Italy (Rizzoli Lizard); Serbia; Slovenia (Under Offer); Spain (Reservoir Books); World English (Fantagraphics Books) Part of the Sélection Officielle Angoulême 2019 Winner of the Prix Artémisia 2019 for Best Drawing Nina Bunjevac stuns as a distinctive, innovative voice, adept at hyper detailed cartooning and deliciously disturbing as she probes the darkest depths of desire and despair.—Paul Gravett Her drawing chops are stunning, yet she’s no mere illustrator, as she breathes life into her characters as they are the vessels of her bawdy but bone-dry and pitchblack sense of humor.—Rob Clough, The Comics Journal Taking as a starting point the modern day retelling of the myth of Artemis and Siproites, Bezimena is a piercing psychological exploration of the delusional mind of a sexual offender. In the myth of Artemis and Siproites, a young man is turned into a woman as a punishment for the attempted rape of one of Artemis’ virgin cohort. Acclaimed NY Times and Sunday Times Best Selling author Nina Bunjevac revisits this myth in light of Colin Wilson’s psychological study of perversion The Misfits in an effort to understand the other side, the attacker, and a radical exploration of the misconceptions surrounding rape fantasy. Exquisitely executed and artistically inspired by Jacques Tourneur’s 1942 horror film Cat People, Jean Cocteau’s Orpheus Trilogy and Dennis Potters television play The Singing Detective, this book preannounces itself to be yet another masterpiece from one of the fundamental female voices in comics today.

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NINA BUNJEVAC is one of the most acclaimed women authors in comics and illustration today. Her work has appeared in numerous publications such as The National Post, Le Monde Diplomatique, ArtReview and Best American Comics.

In her last book, Bunjevac shows the horrendous normality with which a sexual perpetrator justifies his actions.

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MORNING MOON FRANCESCO CATTANI

Coconino Press (Italy) | November 2018 | 272 Pages | B&W

Foreign sales: France (Atrabile) Included Best Comics of 2017 charts by La Repubblica, Artribune, Fumettologica, and Internazionale; Winner of the Attilio Micheluzzi Award 2018. Part of the Sélection Officielle Angoulême 2019 Nominated for the Gran Giunigi Award 2018 Morning Moon is one of the best poems presented to Italian comics in 2017. . . . A beautiful and often moving story. Among the best of this year in closing. Applause.—Andrea Urso, Atribune I have always had a weak spot for Francesco Cattani as a cartoonist, since his early short stories. But especially with the revelation of his debut graphic novel Barcazza (2010). And I can’t even complain about his scarce productivity. No, he can take all the time that he needs if then the results are like Morning Moon . . . . Cattani is the perfect orator of social discomfort, with all its breathtaking fears and contradictions.—Andrea Provinciali, Il Mucchio Selvaggio

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Seven years after his award-winning Barcazza (2010), a great Italian cartoonist comes back with a powerful 24 hour tour de force into the ruthlessness of suburbia; a fast-paced, brutal, yet poetic coming of age. Morning Moon is an intimate, acute, and sickly erotic ode to the Italian suburbs, a work whose atmospheres are a mix between Pasolini and Paul Thomas Anderson’s Magnolia.

It’s the hottest winter in the last 100 years. So hot that municipal workers are putting up Christmas lights in shorts. The abnormal weather is inducing madness in the town, emboldening the citizens to become wilder and less afraid. A fast paced 24-hour journey of coming of age in which our protagonist, middle school boy Tommi, will grow up faster than he could have ever anticipated. A suburban lucid dream populated with uncanny, even grotesque characters and places. A Chinese bar with a secret brothel in its basement. A petty criminal with a passion for flavored Grappa trying to score some cash selling outdated XXX DVDs. Teenage girls getting suspended from school for doing heavy petting in the bathrooms. A teacher caught filming a cross-dressing student. A teenage boy lighting a cigarette off the face of another teenage boy. Factory workers striking because the management wants to replace them with robots. All these bizarre events and characters eventually will convert into a dramatic, cathartic end. Intelligent and cutting, one of the most anticipated Italian comics of the year.

FRANCESCO CATTANI was born in Bologna, Italy in 1980. His previous graphic novel, Barcazza, won the Micheluzzi Prize in 2008 and was published both in Italy by Canicola and in France by Atrabile. His drawings and comics have been featured on several national publications such as Internazionale, Rolling Stone, XL Repubblica.

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FRANCESCO CATTANI FRANCESCO CATTANI

LUNA DEL MATTINO

LUNA DEL MATTINO

“ VENTIQUATTRO ORE IN RIVOLTA, IN CUI TUTTO ACCELERA, MUORE E RINASCE. UNA STORIA DI SANGUE, SIGARETTE E FIOCCHI DI NEVE. L'ADRENALINA DEL MATTINO, IL CUORE DELLA NOTTE. ”

FRANCESCO CATTANI € 19,00

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Autore senza compromessi, dal talento grafico innato e con una rara padronanza dello storytelling più spietato, Francesco Cattani è nato a Bologna nel 1980. Nel 2008 ha ricevuto il Premio Micheluzzi per la miglior storia breve e nel 2010 il Premio Nuove strade, entrambi al Comicon di Napoli. Il suo primo romanzo a fumetti, Barcazza, edito in Italia da Canicola, è stato tradotto in Francia e Spagna.

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From the internationally acclaimed Eisner Award winning author of Run For It comes another stunning work that explores Brazil’s dark history.

ANGOLA JANGA MARCELO D’SALETE

Editora Veneta (Brazil) | November 2017 | 430 Pages | B&W

Foreign sales: France (ça et lá); Germany (Bahoe Books); Poland (Timof); Portugal (Polvo Editora); Spain (Flow Press); World English (Fantagraphics Books) Winner of four HQ Mix Awards 2018. Les Inrocks’s Best Books of 2018 People have said of Run For It: Simply put: Run For It is easily one of the most beautifully illustrated comics of the year. But the book isn’t simply gorgeous to look at: D’Salete uses his compelling images to move readers and to inform them, and, overall, the book is an incredibly accomplished work of cartooning.—Av-Club This graphic novel is a beautiful, brutal, and profound work of art that ensures that the legacy of brave men and women who refused to relinquish their humanity will not disappear.—Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Angola Janga, or as history books say, Palmares, was for more than a hundred years a sort of African kingdom within South America. Its capital, Macaco, had a population equivalent to the largest Brazilian cities of the time.Formed in the late sixteenth century in Pernambuco, from the mocambos (villages) created by runaway slaves, Angola Janga grew, thrived, and survived the attacks of the Dutch and Portuguese colonial forces. It became the target of the settlers’ hatred and a symbol of freedom for the enslaved. Its most important leader, Zumbi, turned into a legend and inspired the creation of the Day of the Black Consciousness in Brazil. A great historical graphic novel that talks about Zumbi, and several other complex historical characters: men and women who participated in a defining moment for Brazil. A beautifully crafted work that mixes rigorous historical research with page turning, poetic fiction.

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MARCELO D’SALETE is an illustrator, professor and historical author whose previous works include the internationally acclaimed Cumbe, which was awarded several prizes cambia in its native Brazil con including the Eisner Award for Best US Edition of Foreign Material and was translated into 5 languages.

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Projeto realizado com apoio do Governo do Estado de São Paulo, Secretaria de Cultura e Proac 2016.

D’Salete recupera as relações entre os negros aquilombados e assenzalados, entre o quilombo e seu entorno da época, lembrando que o quilombo não ficava isolado do mundo colonial. O gigantesco drama de Palmares é tirado do silêncio das matas e da distancia do tempo e trazido de volta ao presente. André Toral To address Brazil’s dark and hushed history, d’Salete crafted a searing and personal account of enslaved Bantu peoples, revealed in vivid black-and-white illustrations. Even more radical than the novel’s subject matter is the fact that the story is told through the perspective of the victims, most likely for the very first time. Priscilla Frank, The Huffington Post

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ZENOBIA MORTEN DÜRR & LARS HORNEMAN Cobolt Förlag (Denmark) | 2016 | 100 Pages | Color

Foreign sales: Arabic World (Tamer Institute); Australia & New Zealand (Queensland University Press); Brazil (SesiSP); Bulgaria (Janet 45); Croatia (Sandorf); France (Editions Marabout); Faroe Islands (Bokadeild); Germany; Italy (Mondadori); Japan (Thousand of Books); Korea (Jiyangsa); Macedonia (Templum); Norway (Fontini); Russia (ComFed); Spain (Barbara Fiore Editora); Sweden (Nypon Forlag); Turkey (Palto); US (Seven Stories Press) Animation rights optioned by Kanaki Films Grants available for translation, production, and author’s visits through the Danish Arts Council Zenobia is aimed at children, but it has such a great fortitude that it can be read by everyone, and will work as a facilitator for a deep conversation for all readers.—The Danish Broadcasting Corporation, Per Juul Carlsen. Zenobia is a remarkable book that sends a strong message about one of the world’s most persistent crises. Its power lies in its visual simplicity and a very few poignant words but, above all, it is impossible not to identify with Amina and her parents and uncle. Their story becomes your own; their family, your own family. In short, if any book can be perfect, this is it.—Erich Mayer, Arts Hub Australia Harrowing and instructive.—The New York Times Zenobia is both a comic for children and adults . . . there is a need for books like Zenobia that will insist that no human being is illegal.—Felix Rothstein, Atlas Magazine Zenobia narrates the story of Amina, a Syrian girl who is on the run from the war. Her uncle sends her off on a rickety boat along with other refugees to give her the chance a better life, but because of the withering sea, the girl falls into the water. As Amina sinks into the cold sea, in a long flashback, we see her life in Syria before and during the war that changed her life. MORTEN DÜRR was is the award winning author of 54 books in Danish which have been translated into 9 languages. He lives in Copenhagen.

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LARS HORNEMAN is an award winning illustrator who has authored over 100 between children’s and educational books.

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DONDE ESTAS BEA ENRIQUEZ Salamandra Graphic (Spain) | November 2019 | 224 Pages | Color

Winner of the XI PREMIO INTERNACIONAL NOVELA GRÁFICA FNAC-SALAMANDRA GRAPHIC 2018 Featured on El Cultural’s Best Comics of 2018 A carousel of everyday experiences that excite us for their sincerity and attract us for their simplicity. {...} But there is something more woven between these comics, the ability to provoke reflection, to help us accept and understand life as it is.—El Cultural Thoughts about loneliness, sought after or not, and the complexity of relationships, Donde Estas?Stands out for the narrative and visual freshness with which its author relates these themes.—La Razon In a world in which choices have become infinite and deeper bonds have become rare, people are left wandering around looking for the mirage of a real connection. ¿Dónde estás? is an autobiographical work by Bea Enríquez in which she explores her relationship with solitude, its empty spots, the challenges of being social and the need to be understood. Eight stand alone chapters that intertwine with one another: a warehouse of everyday stories, everyday feelings and thoughts. With simple lines and a great mastering of color, the author conveys a kaleidoscopic portrait of what this life is made of.

BEA ENRIQUZ was born in Madrid in 1982. She studied illustration and plastic arts at the Escuela de Artes y Oficios número diez de Madrid. Ever since she was a child, she loved going to the swimming pool and drawing. In her life she has worked exactly in these two fields: as a swimming teacher and as an illustrator.

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LANGFINGER & WACKELZAHN MICHEL ESSELBRÜGGE Rotopol (Germany) | October 2018 | 172 Pages | B&W

Foreign sales: France (L’Employé Du Moi); Langfinger is a teenager, orphan, and self-appointed master thief. He lives in a vacant factory building near a forest with his dog Wackelzahn. Together with Max, whose parents are about to get divorced, and his stone toad Gunter they roam through fallow industrial areas, adjacent fields and forests, throw stones at people, and destroy the territory of the warring gang “Logbu- ch-Eiche”. In his Coming-of-Age-Story Michel Esselbrügge manages to shape a sociocritical image of adolescent life forms without moralizing. His characters act in a childish world of imagination, consisting of superpowers, banditry and destructive “angryyouth” outcasts. They are looking for affiliation to construct any kind of identity, but they neither become mature nor adult. MICHEL ESSELBRÜGGE was born in 1990 in Bielefeld. He spent his childhood and youth in Steinhagen, 10 kilometers away. Since 2012 he studies visual communication at the Kunsthochschule Kassel. He is co-founder of the Institute for Contemporary Cartooning and part of the artist collective FAN ART. His comics have been featured in international anthologies such as Orang, Kuti Kuti and kuš! and posted on vice.com . Langfinger and Wackelzahn is his first fulllength publication.

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PRESS ENTER TO CONTINUE ANA GALVAÑ Apa Apa Comics (Spain) | March 2018 | 100 Pages | Colour

Foreign sales: France (Revival); World English (Fantagraphics Books) In this comic, Ana Galvañ traces the course of modernity with a path of electric and phosphorescent tiles that direct us to recondite alternative dimensions where her cartoons find new and magnetic interpretations of science-fiction.—Álvaro Pons A disgraced circus doll reminiscent of Blanche Dubois. Mentally controlled people in interstellar camps with liquid crystal access gates. Blackmails by computer viruses that feed from our most unspeakable traumas. Corporate job interviews just out of a Kafka's book. Ana Galvañ's world is a mix of science-fiction and cosmic anger; John Varley and Rod Serling

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ANA GALVAÑ is a Spanish cartoonist and illustrator. She worked in advertising for several years before dedicating herself full-time to comic books and illustration. She has collaborated with Wired, Gestalten, S Moda, Diagonal and Grazia. Her comics have been published by Fantagraphics, Nobrow, Ultrarradio, Vertigo DC, Apa-Apa and Fosfatina. In 2010 she was awarded the Premio Especial del Jurado in the III Certamen Creacómic. Her latest comics are Más allá del arco iris, and Luz Verdadera, a comic included in the series Fosfatina 2000. Furthermore, she has collaborated with several comics and illustration festivals such as GRAF, Grafic-ho, Jornadas de cómic de Valencia, Garabato fest, Entreviñetas and Small Press Expo. Her work was awarded the Premio Gràffica 2016.

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WHERE YOU ARE NOT LORENZO GHETTI Coconino Press (Italy) | 2018 | 174 pages | Color The thing feels so crisp and user friendly, and the storytelling is so sharp.—Scott McCloud on To Be Continued A nerd at heart, Lino divides his time between school, homework, and devising role-playing games for himself and his friends. Indeed, his life wouldn’t be that intriguing if it weren’t for the fact he inhabits an alternate universe where people wear astronaut suits that allow them to teleport anywhere they want. In a way, these suits, which people in Lino’s universe use with total nonchalance, work as a time machine, except through space—you get into one of them, get to your destination, and once you want to return, all you need is to ask someone to switch off the receiving device to be back into your bedroom. Nice and easy.

Half Stranger Things, half Spike Jonze’s Her, a new sci-fi teenage romance by Italian rising star Lorenzo Ghetti that speaks volumes about loneliness in our hyperconnected, social mediadriven contemporary world.

It’s the first day of the school year and there’s a new entry in Lino’s class. Mobi is not actually there, she can’t physically move just yet because the school dorms are at capacity. Until then she will come to school wearing her hermetic astronaut suit without anyone actually knowing how she looks like behind her screened face shield. She might be there only in spirit, as it were, but still Mobi would like someone to show her around town. Lino volunteers himself and thus he becomes Mobi’s chaperon for the next three weeks. The two don’t exactly start off on the right foot, but slowly a weird friendship develops. Lino even invites Mobi to the role-playing game he plays with his closest friends. By the time a spot in the dorms opens, the two are nearly inseparable. And yet, when time comes for Mobi to finally get there, Lino will receive a disappointment. For the first time in his life, however, he won’t retreat to his room and will do whatever it takes to know what happened to her new friend, and why she disappeared so abruptly, and his finding will be shocking to say the least. Drawn in a style indebted to the imagery of Facebook, Instagram, and Skype that might seem misleadingly simple, Where You Are Not with tenderness and subtlety, shows how difficult it is in our day and age to establish meaningful relationships and how easy instead it is to safely withdraw behind a digital identity.

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LORENZO GHETTI is an Italian illustrator and comic book author. Born in Pisa in 1989, he graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna. In the past, he was published with the collective Delebile. He regularly collaborates with the cultural association Hamelin. He is also of the very successful webcomic To Be Continued.

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THE DREAM OF EUROPE FABIAN GÖRASON Galago (Sweden) | Fall 2018 | 225 Pages | Color

Foreign sales: France (Rackham) In the summer of 2017, Fabian Göranson went on a month-long journey through Europe. Together with his traveling companion Daniel Berg, PhD Doctor of Economic History, they searched for answers as to why the continent collapsed under the weight of the migrant crisis, right-wing extremism, economic downfall, and high unemployment. The journey took them from Copenhagen to Athens, from Brussels to Budapest, by train, bus and boat, chasing after the dream of a future in which Europe will be at peace. Everywhere people shared their polyhedric stories. Sicilian farm workers told about cigarette smuggling from Montenegro and Tunisian prisons. The political opposition in Warsaw explained how civilian resistance is the only way against an increasingly paranoid and authoritarian regime. In Nantes, a statue of General Cambronne was said to have given the word “Merde” to the French language. In Athens there were dying beggars outside fancy design cafes. In Hannover, a currency theorist explained how he invented a way to save the world’s economies and abolish all banks. In Belgrade, Tito’s mummy was surrounded by baton sticks, while street art thrived in the alleys. With the pen as a flashlight, Fabian Göranson looked for the core of the European project, but only to find a big and complex hole. The same wear and tear between poverty and gentrification all across a continent with far too much history and far too little future. FABIAN GÖRASON is a cartoonist and one of the partners of Kolik publishing house. His comics has been published by, among others, Ordfront Magasin and Galago. He has previously released the series albums Gaskriget (2005), Kirurgi (2007), Martilo and the saint (2017), and the comic adaptation of August Strindberg’s Inferno (2010).

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VON SPATZ ANNA HAIFISCH Rotopol (Germany) | October 2015 | 68 Pages | Color

Foreign sales: France (Misma); Spain (Reservoir Books); USA/ Canada/UK (Drawn & Quarterly) Nominee for the Max und Moritz-Preis 2016 Deceptively simple... Dreams and hallucinations bleed into the depictions of recovery. With jokes aimed at art-comics insiders, this tongue-in-cheek experimental mishmash asks: are visionaries crazy because they make art, or do they make art to keep the craziness at bay?—Publishers Weekly Absurdist and experimental but also funny and heartwarming.—Barnes & Noble Review A magic-realist examination of the life of Walt Disney. —Matthew Thurber, Artsy In the hills of Santa Monica lies the ‘From Spatz Rehab Center’. A mental hospital for artists and employees of the show business. For the reassur- ance of nerves a bevy of psychiatrists, nurses and caretakers are available. Patients are required to devote themselves fully to their recovery and ar- tistic work at this location. For this purpose, the hospital management provides studio buildings, an art supply store, a gallery, and much more. The clinic manager, Margarete von Spatz, cares lovingly for her fosterlings, one of which is Walt Disney. During the numerous afternoon ac- tivities, such as painting therapy, penguin ser- vice and kneading, Walt muses about his life as an artist. How could the father of a mouse lose his mind? ANNA HAIFISCH was born in 1986 in Leipzig. She studied Illustration there at the Academy of Visual Arts. During her studies, Anna worked for one year at Kayrock Screenprinting Inc. in Brooklyn . In 2013 she founded the comic festival The Millionaires Club with six friends . Together with James Turek , she launched the mini-comic project Tiny Masters in 2014 .

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BAD GATEWAY SIMON HANSELMANN Fantagraphics Books (USA) | Summer 2019 | 156 Pages | Color

Winner of the Fauve D’Or 2018 at Angoulême 2018 for best series Two Times New York Times Best Seller Eisner & Ignatz Awards Nominated Previous Books of the series translated into 15 languages You're a Dummy if You Aren't Paying Attention to Cartoonist Simon Hanselmann . . . he's the best guy making alternative comics in addition to being an online nuisance.—Nick Gazin, Vice Magazine Simon Hanselmann is the real deal, for sure. He captures that stoner stay-at-home life so accurately that I actually find his comics really depressing and thank God I don’t ever have to hang out with anybody like that ever again.—Daniel Clowes The story picks up at the end of Megahex: Owl, fed up with the depraved environment around him, takes off, leaving Megg & Mogg stranded and in dare need of a new roommate. "Luckily," our favorite FILF Werewolf Jones moves in.

Whereas Owl was a responsible man of habit with a steady paycheck, the household is now left solely to the hands of three chronically unemployed and mentally unstable drug addicts. Next month rent is coming up: now what? At the welfare review meeting Booger, Megg’s repressed lesbian crash from the past, makes a comeback leading Megg to question once again her feelings for Mogg. Is their relationship true love or just a toxic, paralyzing co-dependency? If this wasn’t enough, Megg receives a mysterious call from her junkie mother which sparkles a whole trip into memory lane, both physically and mentally. Hanselmann's most profound book to date, Bad Gateway will make you laugh and, at the same time, question the point of being alive.

A s t h e s t o r y p ro g re s s e s , g a y o rg i e s , e x i s t e n t i a l q u e s t i o n s , long lost loves and new c h i l d re n b l e n d i n t o a w o r k t h a t i s t r a s h , s t o n e r, a n d l i t e r a r y fiction in equal parts.

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SIMON HANSELMANN is Australian-born cartoonist living in Seattle, WA, with his wife, a small dog and four goofball rabbits. The offspring of a biker and a heroin addict who relied on petty thefts and social welfare to support her little one, he spent his childhood and adolescence in one of the places with the highest crime rate in Australia. His most known work, Megg, Mogg & Owl has been a New York Times Bestseller for many weeks and has been translated to over ten foreign languages.

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PSYCHO GIRL AGNES JAKOBSSON Kartago (Sweden) | October 2018 | 210 Pages | Color

Grants available for translation, production, and author’s visits through the Swedish Arts Council English sample available Agnes meets a guy, Lillis. She falls hard for him, and so far everything is normal. But Agnes quickly realizes that while she’s investing a lot of time and energy in the relationship, he only seems to have her as Plan B. Instead of running away, as somewhere inside her brain she knows she should, Agnes begins an intense crusade to have him finally see and respect her. However, despite all the efforts to be the perfect girl, Lillis seems to only think she's difficult and upset. Agnes gets more and more obsessed and the negative spiral runs out of control.

Psycho Girl is a graphic novel about that twenty-something mental blurriness and self search. Why does she act like she does, and what is she looking for - really? It is a bit of tragic history, narrated with depth and a lot of humor.

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SQUEAK THE MOUSE MASSIMO MATTIOLI Coconino Press (Italy) | April 2019 | 160 Pages | Color Mattioli goes beyond. But there’’s not nihilism within him. No bitter sarcasm. Like Pazienza, and even more, Mattioli appears to be having so much fun doing what he does.—Daniele Barberi Massimo Mattioli is one of the greatest author that Italy has given to comics in the past two generation, and one of the greatest surreal-humorous cartoonist of all times.—Matteo Stefanelli, Fumettologica For the first time integrally recompiled, the classic 1980s work that has inspired Matt Groening in creating The Simpsons’ notorious Itchy & Scratchy. In this silent cartoon noise is the only sound. It’s a parody of Tom & Jerry in which a cat desperately attempts, but with little luck, to kill a sadistic bloodthirsty mouse. Even when he finally accomplishes his agonized mission, a mysterious duck-scientist brings Squeak back to life. Revenge nows becomes the mouse’ reason to live. The two of them will go through numerous wondrous fights to kill one another. Even though the style is typical of children’s comics, it’s very much an adult comic, with gore, horror, and unnecessary (but necessary) violence. Originally appeared in the legendary Italian magazine Frigidaire, its success was so great that it became one of the reference works of its genre for a whole generation of underground authors. It was translated worldwide. This work now comes back with previously unpublished stories. The two original volumes plus one third of unpublished material. This is the rediscovery of an essential work of comics.

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MASSIMO MATTIOLI was born in Rome on September 25th 1943. His surreal, humorous comic strips debuted for the first time in 1965 for the magazine in Il Vittorioso. He then spent some time in both France and the UK, drawing the adventures of M le magicien for the magazine Pif and collaborating with Mayfair magazine. Back in Italy, he worked with Il Corriere dei Ragazzi, Lupo Alberto and Paese Sera. In 1973 he created the Pinky series on the pages of Il Giornalino, which would go on for over 40 years. The protagonist was a pink bunny working as a photo-reporter that, with apparent candor, made fun of all the clichés of children’s narratives. Along with his children’s work Mattioli continued to put out significant work targeted at adults. In 1977, together with Stefano Tamburini, Andrea Pazienza, Gaetano Liberatore and Filippo Scozzari, he creates the groundbreaking magazine Cannibale, where he published both self-concluding stories and the adventures of humorous mean characters such as Joe Galaxy. From 1980 to 1987 he was both one of the co-creators and regular contributor of the magazine Frigidaire, where he published, among others, the horror-splatter adventures of Squeak the mouse. During his career, he has been awarded several prizes, among which the Phoenix in 1971, the Yellow Kid in 1975 and the Romics d’Oro in 2009.

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ZENITH MARÍA MEDEM Apa Apa Comics (Spain) | November 2018 | 114 Pages | Color

Featured on 6 Best of 2018 lists including EL PAÍS First print run sold out in one and a half months Maria Medem’s drawings in this oneiric story are -in more than one way-  deceptively simple. Its aggressively colored images hide an important ability to translate visual metaphors  Whole pages of text would be needed to transmit what Medem says with just a few comics of her characters having lunch..—ABC With minimalistic aestherics and  saturated colors, we see a daring reflection on emotional mechanics that attempts to reveal the keys behind  human fears and self destructive impulses—El Diario Montañés Under an ever-present orange sun illuminating a desert landscape, two male artists meet every morning for breakfast and chat. One of them sleepwalks and breaks his sculptures into pieces every night—even though he is unable to admit it; the other barely sleeps and frets about getting immediately his work only to spend the rest of the day ruminating about his ever-deepening frustration. Both men evidently have a problem, but as soon as one of them suggests to the other a solution, or at least that he try to face his demons, the other bursts into a rage. The aimless dialogues that ensue illustrate how difficult it is to break a habit once one has acquired it. Both men would rather be crushed by their neurosis than welcome the other’s advise. But to say that Zenith is just that a dialogue between two neurotics would be quite reductive. Time and time again, Medem’s drawings spill into hypnotizing David Lynch-like dream sequences whose exact meaning escapes the viewer, and yet fascinate for their raw power. With a evocative color palette ranging from deep blue to bright orange that will certainly remind one of George O’Keeffe’s paintings of desert, enigmatic landscapes and atmospheres reminiscent of Giorgio De Chirico’s metaphysical paintings, Zenith is a book that gets under one’s skin and gets to the reader on a deeper, not quite rational level.

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MARÍA MEDEM (Seville, 1994) began to self-publish her comics after completing her degree in Fine Arts. She published her first long comic with Terry Bleu, a small Dutch publisher. She has participated in anthologies such as NOW (Fantagraphics) and Cold Cube 004 (Cold Cube Press) and is also a contributor to The New York Times. She has participated in the event The City in Comics in Madrid with a large format mural comic.

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SUNSET AT THE SEA BREEZE VITT MORETTA Coconino Press (Italy) | November 2018 | 184 Pages | B&W Todd, Colby, and Liam are on their way to party at the Sea Breeze, one of those clubs at the seashore where bored celebrities of all kinds gather to dance electronic music, do drugs, and be fabulous. Their driving force is clearing utter boredom and the dreamy perspective of mating. Soon after getting to the club, the three friends split. While Liam, the sensitive type, goes to look for Velvet, a semi-famous actress with a knack for spirituality, with a flower in his hand; Todd and Colby become victims of the weirdos attending the party. Colby, with his oversize cardigan and depressive tendencies a reincarnation of Nirvana’s frontman, gets beaten up by a group of guys offended by his comments about rich people. Todd, for his part, gets picked up by the club’s owner who has the intention to get him terribly drunk and make him his sidekick for the night. The three friends progressively descend into their respective rabbit holes. Colby meets a total misanthrope with whom he spends the rest of the evening smoking pot. Todd ends up in with Diana, a hooker that falls in love with him, while Liam and Velvet little by little yield to Mother Nature’s call. Meanwhile, a group of boy-scouts camping not far away from the club discovers the Sea Breeze. The expedition that follows will set in motion the repressed rage of one of the little scouts who will set the club on fire. Luckily for our heroes, a Delorean-like sport car will come in handy. Sunset at the Sea Breeze is a one of a kind graphic novel that mixes grunge-like nihilism and nostalgia for a lost ingenuity with bittersweet Kurt Vonnegut-like sense of humour. By the end of the book, you will not want its eccentrics to leave you.

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VITTORIA MORETTA is a cartoonist and illustrator from Abruzzo, born in 1990. After attending the Cartoon Academy of Pescara, she spent a few years traveling. Over the years she experimented extensively with the world of self-production. In 2017 she started a collaboration with Coconino Press through the creation of an on-line series with monthly episodes. Sunset at the Seabreeze is her first graphic novel.

Vitt Moretta’s debut is a off-beat love letter to the destructive ennui and post-industrial malaise that grips many Italian provincial cities, especially when summer is over and utter boredom becomes a state of mind.

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¡A LA AVENTURA! ALEXIS NOLLA Apa Apa Comics (Spain) | April 2018 | 130 Pages | Color

Foreign sales: Portugal (Gradiva) Alexis Nolla is the best artist on the planet. In making such an affirmation, I am not exaggerating: what I like most about being alive in the 21st century is knowing that Alexis Nolla is in his room drawing.—Conxita Herrero. In this short story collection, Alexis Nolla tells us of great travelers that really existed—or that are totally invented, Bolaño’s style. In its pages, we encounter the legendary Antarctic explorer Robert Falcon Scott; fathers and sons on a quest to find the Devil’s Island; and monsters with PTSD syndrome. Different genres combine in Nolla’s unique portrayal of dauntless explorers, solitary hunters, melancholic monsters, frozen noses and brave travelers creating a mesmerizing hymn to the beauty of discovery and to the ancestral power of wilderness. With atmospheres out of a Wes Anderson’s movie, ¡Ah la aventura! is a collection of stories, both real and invented, about men in the wilderness from one of the most appraised contemporary Spanish cartoonist of the new generation. ALEXIS NOLLA was born in Barcelona in 1987. Besides the three stories collected in ¡Ah la aventura!, he previously published with Apa-Apa Escondite/ La Isla del Diablo, El Polo Sur, Tre Marineros, as well as Chico del Antifaz with Diminut and Terra Extraña. His work has been featured in fanzines and magazines (Voltio; Perdiz), and collective books (Rubor; Hodoo Vodoo) and he is most internationally appreciated Spanish comic book artist.

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CLEAN BREAK FELIPE NUNES Self-published (Brazil) | Spring 2019 | 220 Pages | B&W

Foreign sales: Poland (Timof) From the most promising young talent in Brazilian comics today, an uncanny yet bitingly funny dystopian tale of anthropomorphic animals that combines Scientology, Blade Runner and classic hard-boiled. After medical studies confirmed the addictive properties and overall harmfulness of sugar, the World Agreement was established between governments and private companies at the international level to ban the sale and distribution of all sugar and saccharin by-products. Consequently, the Aminanima, an innocuous, organic sugar substitute, took over at a global scale, along with a social movement called The Progress, advocating an uncompromisingly healthy lifestyle and rejecting all things connected to the pre-sugar ban. The Progress propelled the creation of a new city, Varva, with perfect standards of life and consumption and the Old Town was then gradually abandoned, with violence, degrade, and poverty taking over as a consequence. A new 8 steps program called Complete Purification, a weird mix of Alcoholic Anonymous and the religious sect Scientology, started gaining popularity through free pamphlets around the city; its 8 steps (like the 8 chapters of the book) were aimed at transforming outcasts, sugar junkies, and other people that couldn’t fit into the new Varva society into purified people.

Alberico DeLucca and Silas Castan are veteran partner agents of the Varva Police Department’s Low Cases Unit (LCU). The LCU is considered low meat in the police rankings, dealing specifically with crime only related to the Old Town. The duo’s performance has been precipitating for a while due to Silas’ secret sugar addiction. Therefore the department decides to hire some extra help: the young and bright Tarsilla Kopff, star pupil of the Varva Police Academy mysteriously removed from her previous unit. The discovery of a body in the back of a sketchy Old Town bar will bring out an investigation that will gradually shed light on the Progress’ social cleaning agenda, one targeted at eliminating specific groups and classes, and also trigger a series of unfortunate events, including the expulsion of Silas from the Varva Police Department and Tarsila’s embrace of the aforementioned 8 steps social program that will lead the story to unexpected turns. Apart from the page turning mystery, the book, by means of focusing on the reality of the Old Town, showcases the effects and downsides of a society constructed under a dictatorship of the mind, which will prove more oppressive and annihilating than a traditional one and might suggest to us similarities with our contemporary western society.

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FELIPE NUNES is a twenty year old cartoonist and illustrator currently studying graphic design. He works at the studio of Fabio Moon and Gabriel Bá in Sao Paulo. Having been making comics since age 15, his first published graphic novel, Klaus, won the HQ MIX Award (most prestigious Brazilian comic prizes) for Best New Talent and was nominated in two more categories.

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THE MOST CHARMING GIRL OF THE PARTY MY PALM Galago (Sweden) | October 2018 | 152 Pages | B&W The Most Charming Girl at the Party is a precise depiction of being 20-something in the 2010s, with precarious jobs and aimless university studies, where everyone is saving up to go backpacking, where the choices are many but still limited to sales quota and temporary contracts, and where everyone else seems suspiciously happy, in love, almost perfect. {…}One of the most beautiful comics of the Fall—National Public Radio (Sveriges Radio) Looked forward to this after reading excerpts in Galago, but my pretty high expectations were surpassed! A very well-written story with unique style and sharpness, both part of a larger trend of contemporary comics and stirring away from it toward other depths. It’s about relationships, self-esteem and adulthood. It’s about jobs that bring you to the verge of a nervous breakdown, that paralyzing stress over have too many choices, but also that friendship that heals like nothing else {…} —Sebastian Lönnlöv, Goodreads

What does it take not to suck at life? Why does going on a date feels more and more like a horror movie? Do you have to lie to people? And why does everything feel so hopeless? This book is about being twenty-something and lost in the process of being alive. You are either hooking up with horrid fuckboys or with no one. You don’t know what you want or what you can accomplish in life, or what you should strive to become. You feel like you are failing at everything. But everyone else looks successful. That feeling - and to some extent the age - is terrible. Maybe hell is being 23 forever? Performance anxiety, day after day, longing for real intimacy that never comes: these are by no means matters of life and death, but they wear you out slowly and painfully nonetheless. My Palm depicts how reality looks to the ever-mocked millennial generation. Born into the '90s and the attendant delusional bright promises about the future, she faces a gloomy reality dating sad guys and working a call center job in public management. It's a fun yet painful book about insecurity, shame, sex and the value friendship, which shows us that even in the darkest times friendship can pull us all through. And this is ultimately what matters. MY PALM (born 1989) was educated at the Malmö Comics School and is part of the collective Sad Kicking Girl Gang with Ester Eriksson, among others. Her comics have been published in the magazine Galago.

As a reader, you are immediately drawn into My Palm’s black and white, seemingly modest but truly expressive style of drawing.—Svenska Dagbladet (from the Best books of the year-list, by Elias Björkman) My Palm checks off all the do’s and don’t’s of adult life in the pursuit of her own life with wonderful timing, personality and sharpness. Another magnificent Swedish comic debut.—Shazam.se

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AN INSTRUMENT OF PURE MOTION TOMMI PARRISH TBD | TBD | Pages In Progress| Color Tommi Parrish’s new book explores the modern emotional landscape. When capitalistic logic is applied to the way human relationships are formed, those in turn become more and more void of any true value….leading people to the most extreme ways to find real intimacy. (IN DISTACCATO) Sasha is weighed down by chronic boredom of an unknown origin. A twentysomething sex worker, she still lives with her parents and balances two opposing worlds. Her work is fueled by creative research, while her earnings are only an afterthought. You already want to kill her, right? Eliza is her polar opposite, a struggling AA single mother who works as a hair dresser. When they meet for the first time, Sasha becomes deeply infatuated with their divergent paths. But her tendency to manipulate and compulsively lie makes it difficult to achieve a healthy connection. Using Eliza’s economic difficulties as leverage, Sasha lures her into participating in a threesome with an elderly client of hers. Initially Eliza is repulsed by the elderly new-age john, but as the narrative progresses something changes within her.

A deeply relevant exploration of how far and how low people are willing to go to achieve an authentic connection in a society that is becoming increasingly unable to offer any real intimacy. TOMMI PARRISH (b. 1989, Melbourne) is a cartoonist, illustrator, and art editor based in Montreal, QC. Parrish has comics in the permanent collection at the Gallery of Western Australia and has had shows, delivered workshops, and given talks throughout Australia, North America, and Argentina. His previous work, The Lie And How We Told It, was nominated for the Ignatz awards, featured in several best of 2018 lists and translated into several countries. Tommi spends his days painting comics at the kitchen table.

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WE LADIES ARE OK ANA PENYAS Salamandra (Spain) | January 2018 | 112 Pages | Color

Foreign sales: France (Cambourakis) Winner of Premio Nacional del Cómic 2018 Winner of Premio Internacional de Novela Gráfica FnacSalamandra Graphic Autor Revelació del Saló Internacional del Còmic de Barcelona de 2018. 5 reprints, over 10,000 copies sold We Ladies Are OK tells about seventy years of quotidian struggles, silences, small and big acts of rebellion and resilience, thereby elegantly portraying the experience of many women. Ana Seyas uses the proximity and the universality of our elders’ experience to talk about who we are today.—Francisc Miró, El diario Maruja and Herminia, Spanish illustrator Ana Penyas’s grandmothers, are two widows well into their eighties. Both of them have spent most of their adult lives indoors, waiting for their husbands to come back from work, preparing food for their children, sweeping up floors, ironing out shirts and skirts, washing dishes so that the following day the rest of the family could go on about their day as usual. Maruja and Herminia are two lonely women whose sons, daughters, nephews, and nices live far away and who rarely visit them. Now that they are old, in need for assistance, and would have all the free time in the world to tell their life stories, nobody seems to be wanting to listen. That’s why Ana sets out to interview them—so that their experience of housewives in Francoist Spain would not be forgotten.

In the course of the interviews, as well as flashbacks that bring back the reader to the villages where Maruja and Herminia grew up and lived, a complex slice of life emerges. The oppressive routine, the claustrophobia of one’s home, the indifference of the children, the abuse of the husbands, the diktats of patriarchy— they are all there to take their toll on Maruja and Herminia. But Penyas’s goal is not to draw sympathy. Rather, to give two secondary characters—two women who, throughout their lives, have been referred to as someone else’s wife, someone else’s mother, someone else’s grandmother—the center stage. Thus, in the book, we discover for example why Maruja is such an obsessive-compulsive cooker; why Herminia, unlike Maruja, had always that way of acting so bohémien; or, how people would have sex in the Spain of the fifties.

A book dedicated to all “those exemplary Penelopes doomed to sewing, keeping quiet and waiting.” ANA PENYAS (1987) is an illustrator with degrees in Industrial Design and Fine Arts from the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia. In the past, she illustrated the book En transición (2017), which talks about the Spain's transition from dictatorship to democracy in the eighties, and Mexique, el nombre del barco (2017), which talks about the “niños de Morelia,” 456 children who left Spain in 1937 at the height of the Spanish Civil War and never came back.

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STRANGER BLOOD SERGI PUYOL Apa Apa Comics (Spain) | February 2019 | 116 Pages | Color Stranger Blood describes the existential boredom of a whole generation, with a narrative form that is fantastic, sparkling and genuine.—Ana Galvañ, illustrator and comics author Sergi Puyol has put all his visual skills into a story that is both gripping and disturbing, in which we can never be sure of what is true and what is false. Only one thing appears to be true beyond the shadow of doubt: obsession can drag us into insanity.—Gerardo Vilches, comics critic and curator Puyol has joyfully given himself to the narrative pleasures of great literature with the tools of a contemporary master, but to fully enjoy his best work so far I recommend reading his gray words with a low and anemic voice, in order to dispel the secret truth that all blood is stranger. And ours, more than any. — Santiago García, author of Las Meninas. National Comic Award, 2015 What exactly does stranger blood stand for? Arnaldo’s life is filled with a pneumatic void. He can’t stand Fridays, can’t stand working, he can’t stand, in general, his sorry postmodern existence. Until one day something random happens. Against his will, his spirit is shaken to the core leading him into an allconsuming obsession.On a seemingly typical Friday afternoon while at his local grocery store, he witnesses an episode that will make him snap out of his own alienated existence. A man trying to decide which whisky to buy suddenly enters into a catatonic trance. He begins to repeat a strange phrase, one that becomes more cryptic over time:An anemic sunrise poured the sickly dawn over the grayish East. Arnaldo grows more and more intrigued by the episode, the phrase, the man behind it all, and goes on a compulsive hunt to find answers. His search will lead him through Russian novels, gallons of beer and into metaphysical questions to finally realize one can escape any place on earth except his mind.

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Stranger Blood is both a mystery thriller and psychological exploration of what triggers obsession into the human mind.

SERGI PUYOL (Barcelona 1989) is a professional letterer, cartoonist and graphic designer. He is the co-owner of the Spanish comics Publisher Apa-Apa comics together with Toni Mascaró since 2011. He has been featured in publications such Panorama, la novela gráfica española hoy (Astiberri 2013), the erotic comics anthology Rubor (La Cúpula, 2015) and the Lithuanian publication Kûs!.

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ALWAYS FUCKING UP MOA ROMANOVA Kartago (Sweden) | Fall 2019 | 184 Pages | Color

Foreign sales: Finland (Sammakko); France (Revival); Russia (ComFed); Spain (Reservoir Books); USA (Fantagraphics Books)

What if you Tinder matched with an older celebrity? Sounds like a joke, right? Well, that’s what happened to Moa, for better or worse. And this is the story of it all.

Moa Romanova not only does have wonderful precision and wonderful characters; she has a well-rounded, complex imagery that freely mixes graphic pastel minimalism, wavy and colorful 80s vibes, and manga. She depicts a state or a mood rather just a linear story.—Dagens Nyheter Kultur. I love her comics, I'm a big fan and incredibly impressed.—Liv Strömquist Every twenty-something woman knows very well that the average match she will match with on Tinder has most likely dubious intentions, dubious life goals and dubious (if not absent) sources of income. The Gods seem to want to prove this basic truth wrong, when Moa—broke, depressed, living with a bunch of homeless on top of a old cold store—matches a very famous Swedish celebrity via Tinder. Not only does the 53 year old man like Moa, he is also the only one able to give her the support, validation, and motivation that not even a 120-euros-an-hour therapist paid with welfare money can give her. The old man seems to genuinely believe in Moa, he even encourages her artistic ambition by even offering himself to support financially her career. However, as Moa progressively discovers that her would-be savior is much more twisted and creepier than she originally thought, things will get weirder and weirder—and that’s an euphemism. Drawing in a idiosyncratic style that mixes De Chirico and '80s visual culture, Romanova takes the genre of comic book Künstlerroman to a whole new level. A thought-provoking debut that is deep, funny and incredibly relatable, Always Fucking Up tells about one of the most indecisive, restless, and self-doubting, and yet so interesting and lovable lead characters to date. MOA ROMANOVA is a Norwegian cartoonist born in 1992. After studying classical painting at the Gothenburg School of Fine Arts and graduating from the Malmö Comic Art School, she decided to switch from painting and blogging as Monkinodraw to the comic book medium. Always Fucking Up is her first graphic novel. Her work has been featured in Dagens Nyheter, Vice, Bang and Galago. 1

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THE FALL MIKAEL ROSS avant-verlag (Germany) | October 2018 | 130 Pages | Color

Foreign sales: France (Sarbacane); Italy (Bao Publishing); Korea (Hanulim Kids); The Netherlands (Scratch); Norway (NoComprendo); Spain (Reservoir Books) A masterpiece {…} Mikael Ross created an amazing comic. Although amazing is not enough. Surprising, too. Incredible at the least, because I know no other comic of the last ten, or twenty years, that given the same unfavorable conditions, had -and has become something so great.— Timur Vermes, Der Spiegel. There’s a village in Germany called Neuerkerode that is completely run by people with mental disability. They run the local restaurant, the local bar, the local supermarket – they are in charge. It’s a beautiful, almost incredible place that really exists and that’s where this story takes place. Noel had lived with his mother in a small apartment in Berlin for many years until one day everything changes. She falls. A stroke, probably, and all of a sudden she’s on the floor, in a big puddle of blood. Noel’s life is shaken to the core. A man with a beard suddenly claims that Noel can no longer stay alone in the old apartment. He has to move, away from Berlin, away from home. In a completely different environment, a care facility for other people with disabilities. For the first time in his life, Noel is on his own. But it's also the first time he's lived with so many other people. Who can he trust? Who does he like? Who loves him?

To write The Fall , Ross spent two years living 3 to 4 days a week in Neuerkerode himself. Entirely told from Noel’s perspective, The Fall is a master work showcasing the highs and lows of a young man with mental disability. It is the first comic to be awarded the "Berlin Comic Scholarship" launched in 2018. The prize, awarded by the cultural administration of the Berlin Senate, is an 8-month work grant amounting to 16,000 euros - and thus the most highly endowed funding for comic art in Germany. MIKAEL ROSS was born in 1984 in Munich. After completing an apprenticeship as a theater tailor at the Bavarian State Opera he moved to Berlin to study at the Kunsthochschule Berlin-Weissensee, which influenced his first longer narrative Herrengedeck, self-published in 2008. He spent a year abroad at the Brussels College for Bande dessinée where he got acquainted with the Belgian comic artist Nicolas Wouters. Together they created the graphic novel Lauter Leben! about the Berlin squatter scene of the eighties. In 2016, Ross released the acclaimed coming-of-age story Totem , which was followed by the second collaboration of Ross and Wouters. Both volumes were first published by French publisher Éditions Sarbacane and then released in German. Even before the publication of Totem Mikael Ross began the research for his next project in the Lower Saxon community of Neuerkerode, where he lived for over one year with hundreds of people with mental disability. The Fall was commissioned by the Evangelische Stiftung Neuerkerode on the occasion of its 150th birthday in September 2018.The book was awarded in early 2018 with the first comic grant of the Berlin Senate. Ross still works as a tailor.

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SINJAR MIKKEL SOMMER & TORE RØRBÆK Forlaens (Denmark) | Summer 2020 | 90 Pages | Color

Translation grants available from the Danish Arts Foundation In 2016, Nadia Murad, the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize, and at least other 3000 women were taken hostage by ISIS and routinely raped. A new graphic novel reminiscent of the Golden Globe winner Valzer with Bashir mixes the memories of two survivors with fly-on-the-wall realism to tell the story of a religious minority’s desperate struggle for survival against the savagery of Daesh militias. Sinjar is the story of the 73rd. Time after time, Yazidis have found refuge on Mount Sinjar, the sacred mountain that in dire straits has saved them from complete annihilation. In the heat of August 2014, more than 50.000 people found themselves stranded on that very mountaintop besieged by an army belonging to ISIS. Unbelievable as it may seem, an horde of religious fanatics who not too long ago had been their peaceful neighbors set out to wipe them out completely from the face of the earth, exterminating the men and making the women slaves of the Islamic caliphate. Narrated through the memories of two cousins who survived the massacre to tell their stories, Asmail and Mazlum, Sinjar follows the Yazidis’ mass exodus from the day they were left behind by the Kurdish Peshmerga in their retreat before ISIS to the day 50.000 Yazidis, half of them women and children, were evacuated by the Kurdish militias PKK and YPG. Sinjar is a fast-paced, gritty fictionalized account of a largely misrepresented, horrendous story. Based on countless testimonies gathered on the ground, Sinjar aims at bring attention on a issue that unfortunately hasn’t had its happy ending yet. To this day, three thousand Yazidis women and young girls are still held captive by ISIS and used as sex slaves. TORE RØRBÆK is a Danish journalist and documentarist. In the past, he has reported from Iraq and Syria for Danish daily newspapers Kristeligt Dagblad and Jyllands-Posten, as well as the Danish Broadcasting Corporation. MIKKEL SOMMER is a Danish artist. Over the years, he has worked on several comics and children's books, as well as animated films and editorial illustrations for The New York Times and The New Yorker. He is based in Berlin and Athens.

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ONE DIRTY TREE NOAH VAN SCIVER Uncivilized Books (US) | Fall 2018 | 128 Pages | Color

Foreign sales: France (Revival); Italy (Oblomov Edizioni) Noah Van Sciver has developed a storytelling style that I find enormously appealing.—Chester Brown There is much to marvel at in the author’s moody imaginings and sharply rendered visual style.—Broken Frontier I have fallen in love with the work of cartoonist Noah Van Sciver. His work not only is wonderfully written, but his artwork works so well with the writing, that it is unbelievable.—Forces of Geek . . . Van Sciver’s tireless work ethic and ever-refining comedic chops made him the cartoonist to beat this year.—Tim O’Neil, The A.V. Club Before winning two Ignatz award, Noah Van Sciver grew up dirty poor in a run down house in Jersey, to this day this house at 133 ____ Street, or as his brothers rechristened it "One Dirty Tree" haunts him and is the site of his formative years in a mormon family of 8 siblings, an artist mother, a bipolar father and a bunch of comic books. Heartbreak, Americana, and the melancholy caused by approaching your thirties old and still having a day job at Panera-bread to support your comics drive and having a girlfriend that half-secretly thinks he is pathetic, all intertwine in this gem of a comic book written with wry wit and humor and drawn in Van Sciver's inimitable style. At once a precise portrait of the human condition and the kind of struggles the American working class has to go through in modern day America, One Dirty Tree confirms Noah Van Sciver as one of the best cartoonists of his generation.

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NOAH VAN SCIVER is an Ignatz award winning and two times Eisner nominated american cartoonist based in Columbus, Ohio. He is the author of several acclaimed graphic novels, such as The Hypo: The Brave Young Lincoln; Saint Cole; and Fante Bukowski; as well as the ongoing Blammo series, which was featured on Best American Comics 2012 and nominated for the Eisner Awards.

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I’M EVERY WOMAN LIV STRÖMQUIST

Galago (Sweden) | Fall 2018 | 112 Pages | B&W + Color

Foreign sales: Denmark (Cobolt); Finland (Sammakko); France (Rackham); Germany (avant-verlag); Italy (Fandango Libri); Spain (Reservoir Books) Grants available for translation, production, and author’s visits through the Swedish Arts Council

In her new book I'm Every Woman, page after page, Liv Strömquist throws her poisoned arrows against the patriarchal order. With her quintessential humor and lightness, she explores every corner of the devices of domination and answers questions such as: Who were the worst boyfriends in history? Why did Ingmar Bergman believe to fertilize all women in Sweden who had artistic ambitions? Why did the archangel Gabriel call women "whores?" Why are children right-wing conservatives? And why do men who defend the traditional family values (like a certain Pope) never live in a traditional family?

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Filled with the most diverse references, from Friends to Simon Sebag Montefiore’s biography on Stalin, Liv Strömquist's book pursues with intelligence and sophistication an uncompromising criticism of the masculine values ​​that dominate contemporary society.

This book is about wives, fiancees and girlfriends. Mrs. Elvis Presley, Mrs. Joseph Stalin, Mrs. Jackson Pollock and many others. All united by one destiny: being with men unable to behave in a normal and reasonable way with their significant others. Who really were these women and how could they let the quest for love ruin their lives?

LIV STRÖMQUIST is one of Sweden’s most established cartoonists and is also a popular radio host. After graduating in political science, she had her comics breakthrough with the very successful Hundred Percent Fat (2005) which was followed by Operation (2006), Einstein’s Wife (2008), Prince Charles’ Feelings (2010), Yes to Life (2011) and Fruit of Knowledge, which was translated into twenty languages and sold tens of thousands of copies worldwide. She is also very devoted to political activism, mainly in the areas of feminist issues and asylum policy.

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THE FRUIT OF KNOWLEDGE LIV STRÖMQUIST Ordfront Galago (Sweden) | 2016 | 144 Pages | B&W + Color

The Guardian's Graphic Novel of the Month, August 2018

The Fruit of Knowledge is a historical analysis of the female sexual organ in comic book form that is not only instructive but also insanely funny.

Foreign sales: Brazil (Companhia das Letras); Bulgaria (Janet 45); Czech Republic (Paseka); Denmark (Cobolt); Croatia (Sandorf); France (Rakham); Finland (Sammakko); Germany (avant-verlag); Korea (Green Knowledge); Italy (Fandango Libri); The Netherlands (Soul Food Comics); Philippines (Anvil Publishing); Poland (Kultura Gniewu); Slovenia (VigeVageKnjige); Spain (Reservoir Books Penguin Random House); Ukraine (Vydavnytstvo); UK (Virago/ Little Brown); US & Canada (Fantagraphics Books), Russia (NoKiddin/ComFed); Japan (Kadensha) Grants available for translation, production, and author’s visits through the Swedish Arts Council Witty, clever and angry’ ‘fantastically acute’ ‘how I loved reading Liv Stromquist’s Fruit of Knowledge. Mostly, this was down to its sheer, punchy brilliance’ … ‘if her strips are clever, angry, funny and righteous, they’re also informative to an eyepopping degree.’— Rachel Cooke, The Guardian Brilliantly drawn, cleverly researched and deeply fun.— Times Literary Supplement The Fruit of Knowledge is about the female sex organ. What is it, exactly? And why mankind has such an extreme love-or-hate-relationship with it? In a colorful mosaic made up of ancient Greeks, stone-age women, Sigmund Freud, Sleeping Beauty, Hindu goddesses, biology books and Stieg Larsson, Liv Strömquist puts together a picture of that part of the female body that Gustave Courbet called the Origin of the World, unveiling centuries of sexual repression and knocking down all sorts of misconceptions. Through an accurate and sharp analysis, unconventional yet effective parallelisms and a very caustic humor, Strömquist paints picture of society’s perception of the female organ through history, and what devastating effects all these theories have had for women’s sexuality.

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LIV STRÖMQUIST is one of Sweden’s most established cartoonists and is also a popular radio host. After graduating in political science, she had her comics breakthrough with Hundred Percent Fat (2005) which was followed by Operation (2006), Einstein’s Wife (2008), Prince Charles’ Feelings (2010), Yes to Life (2011) and Fruit of Knowledge, which was translated into twenty languages and sold tens of thousands of copies worldwide. She is also very devoted to political activism, mainly in the areas of feminist issues and asylum policy.

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FOUR OLD FUCKERS MARCO TADDEI & SIMONE ALGELINI Coconino Press (Italy) | November 2018 | 280 Pages | B&W Marco Taddei and Simone Angelini are without a doubt among the best there are in investigating the rottenness of this world. ’— Matteo Grilli, Esquire With this book Taddei and Angelini reveal themselves to be the most unique creatures of Italian comics— Rolling Stones Magazine Taddei speaks directly to the ear of a powerless generation that isn’t able to cohesively rebel like they did in the 1970s. Along Colt’s story, the book challenges and confronts those who are slaves to their past and those who subconsciously desire to be commanded. There’s a strong battle between a past that won’t let go and a present that is tamed but promises to rebel sooner or later— Manga Forever It’s 2029. The post-capitalistic world is undergoing a miserable decline, with no guide, no ideals, stuck in a grotesque survival mode. This future is actually a past, because the world has undergone a sharp technological decline following the economic collapse. Young people are hopeless, deprived of any sort of future and they focus their hatred toward elderly people, that they consider parasitic and unproductive entities to be eliminated. Colt is an old man. When he was young he used to be the guitarist of a punk band, the Four Fuckers, and now lives of expedients and bitterness. All he wants is to go back to the days in which he played music and lost himself in the noise. But he can do little to fight his destiny, and eventually he ends up in a nursing home. At Villa Doris he finds neither consolation nor peace, but rather mystery, conspiracies and the unfolding of a tremendous secret. The world is going to hell, starts radiate their last light. Colt get his old band back together. Welcome to the first concert of the Four Old Fuckers. MARCO TADDEI (WRITER) & SIMONE ANGELINI (CARTOONIST) As a comics duo they established themselves in 2015 when they conquered critics and fans with Anubi (Grrz edizioni) the story of an Egyptian god that find himself in present times between bars and debaucheries. The work was awarded Best Italian Comic of 2015 at the Naples Comicon and was also awarded the Carlo Boscarato Prize at the Treviso Comic Book Festival for Best Italian Comic of 2016.

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THE PASSION OF JOAN DARKSIDE WAGNER WILLIAN Textugo Editora (Brazil) | 2018 | 151 Pages | B&W What motivated me to adapt or even subvert the original story was the desire to tell a story that triumphs over authority, over a false value of hierarchy, over what is said as political certainty or religious truth, something that can lead us towards a new Inquisition.—Wagner Willian Taking inspiration from Carl Dreyer’s La passion de Jeanne d’Arc , a subversive take to the story of Joan of Arc that is both truthful to the facts, throughout documented and incendiary. A work that really transmits the essence of one of the most controversial and misunderstood women in history. WAGNER WILLIAN quit his job at a bookstore to fully dedicate himself to his art back in 2006 and has been producing wonders as a painter, illustrator and cartoonist ever since. His 2016 graphic novel Bulldogma was a huge success in Brazil, winning all the three main national comic prizes, the Jabuti, HQ Mixand Grampo awards and being reprinted several times. It will be published in Italy by Coconino Press. His following Work, THE CONDUCTOR, THE CUCKOO, THE LEGEND, was translated in France by Casterman and in Portugal by Polvo.

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RÖHNER MAX BAITINGER Rotopol (Germany) | 2016 | 216 Pages | B&W

Foreign sales: France (L’Employé Du Moi); Spain (Fulgencio Pimentel); USA (2D Cloud) Finalist for the Leibinger Stiftung Comicbuchpreis 2016 P. leads a hermit life in an appropriate symbiosis with his busy neighbor. From the preparation of the coffee to the care of the house plants everything runs in time. This rhythm changes with the unexpected arrival of Röhner – an old acquaintance. While Röhner becomes a psychotic imposition, P. imagines various scenarios, how he could get rid of the unloved guest. Only when Röhner begins to build an intimate relationship with the neighbor, P. frees himself from his thoughts and grasps action.

MAX BAITINGER Born in Penzberg, Upper Bavaria in 1982, Max Baitinger has been drawing comics since his apprenticeship as a carpenter. He studied illustration at the Hochschule fur Grafik und Buchkunst in Leipzig. His work is influenced by the Duden Pictorial Dictionary of 1992, Beautiful Living; Stories by Luise Boege, and Alexander Kluge. As described by a critic, he "designs whole worlds with a few lines." His book Heimdall was honorably mentioned at the International Comic Salon Erlangen 2014 (ICOM). The German version of Rohner was a finalist for the comic book award of the Berthold Leibinger Foundation and has been featured on The Geothe Institute website and by It's Nice. Baitinger is an organizer of "The Millionaires Club" comic festival in Leipzig and he and works as a freelance cartoonist, illustrator and animator.

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SADBØI BERLIAC Jippi (Norway) | 2016 | 144 Pages | Two Tints

Foreign sales: France (Revival); Italy (Canicola); Norway (Jippi); Poland (Timof); Russia (ComFed); Spain (Sapristi); Sweden (Lysting) Among the 10 Best Comics published in Spain in 2017 according to Fantastic Mag and Playground Mag If you appreciate alternative, independent comics, this is, for sure, one of the books of the season.—Alita Comics, Spain For its literary as much as its artistic merits, a mandatory reading.—El lector bicefalo, Spain One of the most eagerly awaited graphic novels of the year.—Artribune, Italy What does the refugee crisis has to do with Jean Genet? Sadbøi is a young man that came to Europe as a child in a rickety boat and ended up as the“guinea pig” of a new Social Integration Program for refugees somewhere in the northern part of the continent. Rejection for the sugar-coated hypocrisy of the only superficially pro-immigrant reality around him leads him to cultivate a fascination toward crime which eventually brings him to jail, where the encounter with a famous and eclectic art manager will lead his life to an unexpected twist. Integration, in the way the author explains it to us, is a lobotomy. Sadbøi perceives it as xenofobia masked as paternalist goodness—one in which he is supposed to act as more than a robotic model citizen if he has any hopes of being accepted—and to prove his point he will go to the most interesting lengths. Berliac, piercingly portrays the contemporary European malaise by adding the experience of a refugee to the cringingly void mix of the contemporary art world.

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BERLIAC is an Argentinian cartoonist based in Norway. Known for his style reminiscent of “Gaijin Gekiga,” the Japanese manga style of the ‘50s and ‘60s, and his satires of modern society, consumerism, bourgeoisie, and digitally-induced alienation, he is the author of six graphic novels, several self-published zines, and graphic short stories as well as the creator of the comics series Asian Store Junkies. His latest graphic novel, Sadbøi, was published in Norway, Italy, Spain, Poland, Sweden and Argentina.

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WAGE SLAVES DARIA BODGANSKA Ordfront Galago (Sweden) | 2016 | 200 Pages | B&W

Foreign sales: France (Editions Rackham); Korea (ImageFrame); Poland (Centrala); Spain (Astiberri); Germany (avant-verlag); World English (Conundrum Press) Grants available for translation, production, and author’s visits through the Danish Arts Council Part of the Sélection Officielle Angoulême 2018 Wage Slaves cannot be described as anything but a highly timely and powerful testimony of a world that is invisible to most of us—and at the same time completely inseparable from ours.—Dagens Nyheters Told in a style reminiscent of Julie Doucet and Gabrielle Bell, Wage Slaves unites autobiography and reportage to uncover an overlooked part of the migratory phenomenon—one which happens within the bounds of the European Union, one in which regular European citizens are exploited. Daria has moved from Poland to Sweden in order to go to college and pursue her dream of becoming a cartoonist. When she is there, she finds herself unable to support her studies otherwise and thus forced to find work. Thanks to an acquaintance’s acquaintance, she soon finds a waitress position in an Indian Restaurant. When she asks the owner about her salary he just says, “We’ll talk about it another time.” The paycheck finally comes and it’s meagre. She has been paid on a rate of SEK 50 per hour (roughly the same as five Euros). Together with a journalist and a workers’ union she starts an undercover investigation of employment conditions at her workplace. In the process her life changes dramatically. Wage Slaves is not only a story about a workers’ union struggle, though. It’s also a story about life—about finding love, making new friends, partying, starting a punk band and beginning anew in a stranger country. Most of all, it is a true portrayal of the precarious generation of which the author Daria Bogdanska is part. It tells about a large swath of the European population which approaches thirty and which suddenly realizes that it doesn’t have anything. No money, no skills, no security. DARIA BOGDANSKA was born in 1988 in Warsaw and currently lives in Malmö. Bogdanska moved to Sweden in 2013 and has gone on Myllykylä Series School. She also plays in the punk band War Two and works as a bicycle mechanic.

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Foreign Sales: France (Ici-Même Editions) Conundrum Press (Canada) | 2012 | 166 Pages | B/W Heartless is just amazing! I laughed out loud a lot. It is chock full of great stuff and I’m hard to please! Nina Bunjevac’s art is a pleasure to look at. The writing is seriously demented, but in a totally brilliant, highly entertaining way. It is its own thing, imitating no one.—Kim Deitch The most vitally reinvigorating change in modern comics is the unstoppable rise of women, as creators, as readers, and as characters. In her impressive debut collection, Nina Bunjevac stuns as a distinctive, innovative voice, adept at hyperdetailed cartooning and deliciously disturbing as she probes the darkest depths of desire and despair.—Paul Gravett Nina Bunjevac’s debut is a superb collection of short stories that manage to bring out the poetry from the very sordid. A gallery of absurd female protagonists: tragic, goofy, sensitive and, only apparently, lost. Objectified, often abused, always humiliated, Bunjevac’s women nevertheless manage to make it, to preserve at all time a fiercely erotic allure, to be shaken but not broken and always end up, somehow, winning despite the tortures they endure from the useless men in their lives. Highlight of this collection is the unforgettable character of Zorka Petrovich, a chain-smoking, mildly alcoholic catwoman immigrant from the Balkans that is in love with a male prostitute. From this array of stories, Bunjevac tackles issues of immigration, nationalism, and urban alienation in an offbeat way, exquisitely blending politics and desire under a meticulous pointillist technique reminiscent of Drew Friedman. Page turning yet highly disturbing, this an essential book for understanding the work of one the most important women in comics today. NINA BUNJEVAC is one of the most acclaimed women authors in comics and illustration. Her previous book, Fatherland (Jonathan Cape, 2014), a rendering of the searing history of the Balkans in the twentieth century through the experiences of the author and her family, was a New York Times Best Seller, a Sunday Times Best Seller, and was translated into over 10 languages. She is the recipient of two Doug Wright Spotlight Award, one for Fatherland, one for her first graphic novel, Heartless, which was awarded the best debut in 2012. Her work has appeared in numerous publications such as The National Post, Le Monde Diplomatique, ArtReview and Best American Comics.

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THE TRILOGY GUIDO BUZZELLI Coconino Press (Italy) | May 2017 | 190 Pages | B&W

Foreign sales: Finland (Täysi Käsi Oy); France (Le Cahier dessiné); Spain (Ponent Mon) For the first time available for translation, an Italian masterpiece of the 1970s: La Trilogia (The Trilogy), the most famous work of Guido Buzzelli, one of the main artistic inspiration of masters such as Gipi. Part of the Sélection Patrimonie Angoulēme 2019 [La Trilogia] is a book that every cartoonist should fear and respect and that every reader should have within their hands, so to discover the grace that the comic book medium can achieve when rightly executed.—Gipi, Robinson Buzzelli’s trait, mixing frontal realism with smoky burlesque, has no equivalent in contemporary comics. Simply put, he leaves you speechless.—Arnaud Gonzague, L’Obs Known as the "Michelangelo of Monsters" and the "Italian Goya," in the three stories that make up The Trilogy, Buzzelli comes up with parallel worlds and invented societies that develop in the gap between dream and nightmare.In La Rivolta dei Racchi (The Uprising of the Ugly), the first story of the collection, Buzzelli creates a primitive landscape and imagines a ruthless society in which the beautiful command the ugly, investigating the concept of class struggle from an original point of view. In I Labirinti (The Labyrinths) the setting is post-apocalyptic and hyper-developed and we are presented with extra-terrestrial beings and monstrous surgical experiments. In the third story, Zil Zelub, a peaceful and absolutely plausible society is set on fire by one man, whose uncontrollable body parts have decided to rebel against him. In each of these different settings the true protagonist is always the individual, with all his fears and unspeakable desires. With a masterful trait, able to support the uncontainable symbolism of Buzzelli’s imagination, this great long-forgotten author is finally again available. The Trilogy by Guido Buzzelli is one of the highest expressions ever reached by the comic medium and an absolutely essential read. In this work, the freakish and the dystopian intertwine with sharp humor to create three visionary stories that investigate the darkest vices and weaknesses that hide inside the human soul.

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GUIDO BUZZELLI was an Italian cartoonist, writer, illustrator and painter His story,The Revolt of the Ugly, was published on the magazine Charlie Hebdo. He is considered one of the master of Italian comics.

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RUN FOR IT MARCELO D’SALETE Editora Veneta (Brazil) | 2014 | 180 Pages | B&W

Foreign sales: Austria/Germany (Bahoe Books); Catalan (Tiger de Paper); France (Ça et Lá); Italy (BeccoGiallo Edizioni); Portugal (Polvo); World English (Fantagraphics Books) 2018 Eisner Award Winner: Best U.S. Edition of International Material NPR's Best Graphic Novels of 2017 Simply put: Run For It is easily one of the most beautifully illustrated comics of the year. But the book isn’t simply gorgeous to look at: D’Salete uses his compelling images to move readers and to inform them, and, overall, the book is an incredibly accomplished work of cartooning.—Av-Club This graphic novel is a beautiful, brutal, and profound work of art that ensures that the legacy of brave men and women who refused to relinquish their humanity will not disappear.—Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Run for It—a starkly stunning graphic novel by internationally acclaimed illustrator Marcelo d’Salete—is one of the first literary and artistic efforts to confront Brazil’s hidden history of slavery. Seen through the eyes of its victims, Run for It tells of ordinary slaves who rebel against their masters, while its vivid illustrations and magical realism engage the reader’s poetic imagination through stories of individual suffering caused by the horrors of slavery. Originally published in Brazil—where it was nominated for three of the country’s most prestigious comics awards—Run for It has awed readers worldwide. These intense tales offer a tragic and gripping portrait of one of history’s darkest corners. They leave the reader with the moral imperative of never looking away again. MARCELO D’SALETE is an illustrator, professor and historical author whose previous works include the internationally acclaimed Cumbe, which was awarded several prizes cambia in its native Brazil con including the Eisner Award for Best US Edition of Foreign Material and was translated into 5 languages.

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BLACKBIRD DAYS MANUELE FIOR Coconino Press (Italy) | 2017 | 104 Pages | Color

Foreign sales: France (Ici Même Éditions); Germany (avant-verlag); World English (Fantagraphics Books) Nominated for Ignatz Award 2018

A collection of 10 short stories by the internationally acclaimed Fauve D’Orwinning author of 5000 Km Per Second.

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A collection of never before published short stories created between 2007 and now. Manuele Fior brings us through a kaleidoscope of places and times. French soldiers during WWI, modern day immigrants in European metropolis like Berlin and Paris, and the futuristic Italy like he had imagined in his previous book The Interview. Ten portraits finely chiseled: stories of children and parents, happy and unhappy couples, artists in a crisis, from one of the greatest masters of European comics. MANUELE FIOR was born in Cesena (Italy) in 1975 and currently lives in Paris. After graduating in Architecture in Venice, he moved to Berlin, where he worked until 2005 as an illustrator, cartoonist and architect. Among his works are: Le Variazioni d’Orsay, The Interview, 5000 Km Per Second o (Fauve d’Or – Best Album – Angoulême 2011, Gran Guinigi Award – Solo Author, Lucca 2010), La Signorina Else - from the novel by A. Schnitzler (Prix de la ville de Genève 2009), Rosso Oltremare (Attilio Micheluzzi Award, Best Drawings, Comicon 2006). His illustrations have bene featured on The New Yorker, Le Monde, Vanity Fair, La Repubblica, Internazionale, Rolling Stone.

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ICARUS MANUELE FIOR Coconino (Sweden) | 2016 | 144 Pages | Two Tints

Foreign sales: Argentina (Under Offer); France (Atrabile); Germany (avant-verlag); Norway (Jippi Forlag); World English (Fantagraphics Books) Icarus transports us into two parallel worlds: the universes of Daedalus and Icarus, prisoners of the labyrinth, and that of Silvia and Fausto, architect prisoner of his inner torments. As Dedalus seeks to save his son, soo, too, does Silvia with his lover. An ambitious and visually stunning work combiningmythology and psychology, that showcases a unique facet of the talent of Manuele Fior. MANUELE FIOR was born in Cesena (Italy) in 1975 and currently lives in Paris. After graduating in Architecture in Venice, he moved to Berlin, where he worked until 2005 as an illustrator, cartoonist and architect. Among his works are Le Variazioni d’Orsay, The Interview, 5000 Km Per Second (Fauve d’Or – Best Album – Angoulême 2011, Gran Guinigi Award – Solo Author, Lucca 2010), La Signorina Else, from the novel by A. Schnitzler (Prix de la ville de Genève 2009), Rosso Oltremare (Attilio Micheluzzi Award, Best Drawings, Comicon 2006). His illustrations have bene featured on The New Yorker, Le Monde, Vanity Fair, La Repubblica, Internazionale, Rolling Stone.

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COLVILLE STEVEN GILBERT Coconino (Italy) | November 2017 | 172 pages | B&W

Foreign sales: France (Revival) Even the bleakest horror and crime comics are seldom so black.—The Comics Journal Brain-shots, garroting, ejaculation, flesh tearing—all have a visceral impact on page.—The Comics Journal For the first time available for translation, a classic of underground comics—a book equal part legendary and cursed, a perverse mix of Alice Munro, David Lynch, and snuff porn—returns after fifteen years of silence in a new, expanded edition with an extra hundred pages of shocking material inspired by the true story of Paul Bernardo: Cananda’s most infamous serial killer. In 1997, a clerk of a comic book shop in suburban Ontario published a short graphic novel, 64 pages in total. Hearsay tells that he did it entirely on his own, photocopying the few circulating copies with a regular printer, slowly, one after the other. He would give them out to conferences and conventions; and the reception was good, the remarks encouraging. Despite this, the clerk stopped making comics altogether. Who knows, perhaps his silence, which lasted more than fifteen years, was helpful in the long run . . . Soon the short graphic novel turned into an object of cult, a phantasmatic work which everybody heard about, but only an handful had the privilege to read firsthand. Influential critics like Frank Santoro would talk about it, lamenting the fact that they were so stupid to give their copy away, and that its talented author had decided to stop drawing and vanished instead. Now that graphic novel is finally available once again. What’s more, it comes with two additional chapters which showcase a psychopath and rapist inspired by the Canadian most infamous yuppie-turned-serial killer Paul Bernardo and plunge ever deeper in the rot and scum that lurks behind the veneer of too many respectable suburbs. Reminiscent of such staples of American thriller as Blue Velvet, Twin Peaks, and Fargo, Colville is a classic of the genre. It is exceptionally perverse and yet so masterfully is it told that you cannot put it down. Page after page it gets more and more depraved, the horror and violence relentlessly escalating. And yet, you cannot stop reading. It’s like a vortex, it sucks you in no matter what.

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LUNCHBOX ELLEN GREIDER Galago (Sweden) | April 2018 | 85 Pages | B&W A coming of age graphic novel about sexual predators and teenage alienation; depicted in a striking black and white style. "I’m starting 7th grade today in a new school," Ellen says nervously. "Now is your chance to become exactly who you want to be," says Manson, Ellen's imaginary friend. "I wish I was you,"she sighs. "I want to be a boy with make up." "A girl with make up is just… a girl." In Lunchbox we follow Ellen during her first semester in 7th grade. She is a loner, hates school and spends most of her time sex-chatting on webcam with older men. Her only friend is singer Marilyn Manson, with whom she talks about life and feelings every night. Manson gives her helpful advice as to how to make friends and pushes Ellen out of her shell. Eventually Ellen makes new real friends, her own age, and only seldomly reverts to Marilyn Manson for emotional support. One night at a party she gets a text from a man she had previously undressed for in front of the webcam. He threatens to publish all her nude pics online unless she continues to undress for him. Ellen panics and now risks falling into the abyss again. ELLEN GREIDER lives in Stockholm where she has attended the well-known comic school in Malmö. Lunchbox is her first graphic novel.

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ONE MORE YEAR, MEGG & MOGG IN AMSTERDAM, MEGAHEX SIMON HANSELMANN Foreign sales:Argentina (Locorabia/Hotel de las Ideas); Colombia (Rey Naranjo); Denmark (Forlaens); Finland (Kumjorava); France (Misma); Germany (avant-verlag); Greece (Kormoranos); Italy (Coconino Press); Norway (No Comprendo); Poland (Timof); Portugal (ChiliComCarne); Spain (Fulgencio Pimentel); Russia (Komilfo); World English (Fantagraphics Books) Winner of the Fauve d’or at Angoulême 2018. Simon Hanselmann is the real deal, for sure. He captures that stoner stay-at-home life so accurately that I actually find his comics really depressing and thank God I don’t ever have to hang out with anybody like that ever again.—Daniel Clowes One of my favorite cartoonists in the world right now.—Dylan Horrocks These are some of the best comics being made in the world right now, I really think so.—James Kochalka Hanselmann’s team of bitchy fuck-ups possesses such a well-unbalanced chemistry of neurosis, aggression and nonchalance you just can’t turn away.— Edie Fake It’s the range of these characters’ emotional register, and the beauty of Hanselmann’s renderings of same, that make his work sting and stick. Watching these themes emerge from a funny-animal gag strip with weed jokes is a bit like seeing the Locas saga spring forth from the brow of Jaime Hernandez’s old sci-fi stuff.—Sean T. Collins Simon has the deadly combination of talent and work ethic. He has a sneaky awareness of the language of comics and a pitch perfect sense of dialogue and humor. He is almost too good to be true. The first Megg & Mogg strips I read were so effortlessly funny and fully realized that I almost couldn’t believe he wasn’t a pseudonym for someone more established.—Eric Reynolds, Associate Publisher at Fantagraphics Megg, Mogg and Owl is a dark cartoon comedy set in suburban Australia about a depressed, drug-addicted witch and her stoner layabout animal friends. Initially published on the author’s online blog (http://girlmountain.tumblr.com/), it soon became a viral phenomenon. In May 2014 it was picked up by VICE Magazine (US). Shortly after legendary U.S. publisher Fantagraphics released

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the first extensive collection of this work under the title “Megahex” to much critical acclaim and commercial success. Several foreign editions followed, and a second book with Fantagraphics, Megg & Mogg in Amsterdam & Other Stories, was released in the Spring of 2016 and became an instant NY Times Best Seller. Megg the Witch shares a flat with her boyfriend Mogg, a cat, and Owl, an anthropomorphic owl that works in a call center. These characters let their lives go by without too much worry. They are glued to their TV set, smoking weed and hanging out with friends of their kind, such as Werewolf Jones, a man-wolf obsessed with being the life of the party and the terrible terrible father of two, the necromancer Mike, and the transsexual boogeyman monster Booger. What at first glance reads like an episodic stoner comedy soon unfolds to reveal a crisp character study of suburban life that rivals the work of Matt Groening or Richard Ford. Behind the stoner jokes and the depression, Hanselmann creates characters with very complex personalities that deeply connect with the readers, touching on contemporary issues such as mental illness, drug abuse, hawk eyes and much existential void. In the words of Fantagraphics, “Part Ernest Hemingway, part Johnny Ryan, Simon Hanselmann will make people laugh, cry, and then take a shower.” SIMON HANSELMANN is Australian-born cartoonist living in Seattle, WA, with his wife, a small dog and four goofball rabbits. The offspring of a biker and an heroin addict who relied on petty thefts and social welfare to support her little one, he spent his childhood and adolescence in one of the places with the highest crime rate in Australia. His most known work, Megg, Mogg & Owl has been a New York Times Bestseller for many weeks and has been translated to over ten foreign languages.

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BIG SCOOP OF ICE-CREAM CONXITA HERRERO Apa Apa Comics (Spain) | 2016 | 144 Pages | Color

Foreign Sales: France (Rackham), Italy (Hoppípolla) Elected one of the Best 25 Comics of the XXI Century by El Paìs Featured in Fantagraphics’ NOW Anthology Winner of the Premios Graf 2017 Nominated for the FIC Comic Prize (Best Debut) at the Salon Internacional de Comic de Barcelona To say that Conxita Herrero is a promising author is almost like diminishing her, considering that she is one of the brightest and most original cartoonists of the contemporary scene . . . . I’m crazy about Herrero’s drawings, but above all I am crazy about her restless spirit, her poetry and her extraordinary sensitivity in dealing with everyday situations: the way she takes any conventional slice of life and gives it a twist. Or five. Conxita Herrero is only 23 years old, but she is already among the best.—Gerardo Viches, Entrecomics Freeing herself from autobiography’s tyrannical“concern for truth,” in Big Scoop of Ice-Cream, Conxita Herrero draws 17 graphic short stories that create a kaleidoscopic view of of the daily struggles of a twenty-something girl floating between Barcelona a Madrid. Drawn in the wake of Giorgio de Chirico’s metaphysical painting, but rendered in bright, beatiful colors, these stories follow giant, static, faceless figures—often turned away from the viewer—,more often than not in complete silence, going about in eerily empty cities, parks, bars and homes. And, indeed, like De Chirico's paintings before, they perfectly capture the absurd dimension of everyday physical world. CONXITA HERRERO was born in Barcelona in 1993. She draws, edits fanzines and writes poems and songs. She worked for VICE and El País Tentaciones. In 2015, she participated in the CITI project of the Sala de Arte Joven in Madrid and made three interventions in the city. Big Scoop of Ice-cream is her first book.

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NATURAL BEAUTY NANNA JOHANSSON Galago (Sweden) | 2017 | 156 Pages | Color

Foreign sales: Germany (avant-verlag) People have said of How to Cure of a Feminist: Nanna Johansson is a sharp satirist—she even uses the social humor herself—and of Sweden's funniest.—Bella Stenberg, Gothenburg Post The fifth in a series by humorist Nanna Johansson, Natural Beauty is a self-help book packed with tips and advice that may not help you that much in day-to-day but that is nevertheless hilarious. The book, as well as constisting of instructions on how to live a not that much healthier life, contains a endless of punchy lines, quirky illustrations, and sui generis jokes that will make you look at the misery of your own life with a newly found lightness, and even sympathy. NANNA JOHANSSON is a Swedish cartoonist living in Malmö. With Galago, she has also published Welcome to Your Psychos (2012) and How to Cure a Feminist (2013). The author of several novels, she is the anchor of the satirical radio programs Pang Prego and Tankesmedjan. She is also among the founders of the podcast Little Drive.

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What if— simply put— your life sucked? A new book tells you how to do live every day as if it were your last— with tons of humor.

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THE ARCANOIDS MAICOL & MIRCO Coconino Press (Italy) | March 2018 | 80 pages | Color maicol & mirco’s success is based on sharp, empathic, brilliant writing and on fierce graphic synthesis.—Fumettologica maicol & mirco’s books are full of poetry and philosophical conjectures. Pure stories, or adults as well as children.—Artribune Distinctive and minimalistic comics, capable of striking the lens with a truly rare depth and sensitivity.—Lo Spazio Bianco In the comics of maicol & mirco comedy and tragedy, pleasure and pain, innocence and cynicism, simplicity and complexity, violence and poetry co-exist at all time.—Pixart Thinking Cruel like Lars von Trier, tender like the Barbapapa, the Arcanoids live on a comfortable and quiet planet. They are peaceful people. But don’t worry, something awful always happens. From the authors of the hugely popular strip Gli Scarabocchi di maicol&mirco (maicol&mirco’s scribbles), a daily drama followed by over 110,000 readers on FaceBook, The Arcanoids is an odyssey set on a parallel planet populated by only 6 weird being and a few bushes. Following the death, one by one, of most of his friends, the poor character BRAIN ends end up having to face his own ghost and the threat of extinction for his own people. MAICOL & MIRCO are the authors of Gli Scarabocchi. A daily drama that you find on Facebook (their page has more than 110,000 followers). Several books related to Gli Scarabocchi by maicol & mirco have been published: the last one is called The Pope of God (Bao Publishing, January 2017). They also made a children’s book entitled Red Ball and Blue Ball (Bao Publishing, June 2016). They regularly publish for Smemoranda and Linus. For Coconino Press they published the first graphic pink novel in the world: Hanchi Pinchi and Panchi (Coconino Press, 2009). Maicol & mirco do comics from middle schools. They are best friends forever. Envious people say that mirco does not exist. But they do not know that comics make anything exist.

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THE HUNTER GRACCHUS MARTOZ Coconino (IT) | November 2017 | 408 Pages | Color

Foreign sales: France (l’An 2, Actes Sud) One of the most interesting artists in Italy today.—La Repubblica There are many high-quality experimental comics out there, but something like this had never been seen before.—Francesco Bolle, Internazionale Taking inspiration from the homonymous unfinished short story by Franz Kafka, this stunning work narrates of the most formidable hunter in the Black Forest, Gracchus, who miserably finds death chasing after a white chamois. Because of a mistaken turn of the wheel, the ship that ferries him to the Afterlife gets lost and takes him back to the mainland, presenting him a chance to redeem his honor. As Gracchus starts his obsessive hunt against the chamois that caused his death, his fury is so intense that he doesn’t realize that he has become himself a pray: the presence of a dead man in the world of the livings is a great violation to the established order of things and nature activates a defense mechanism against him: he has become an anomaly that needs to be eradicated. An ambitious and mature work of astonishing visuals, embed with mythological and allegorical references, and enriched with an irresistible sense of humor, The Hunter Gracchus is a compelling hunt filled with the same obsessions that torment the heart and mind of every man.

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MARTOZ was born in Assisi, Italy in 1990. Considered by many to be the most exciting new voice of the Italian comics scene. In 2017 he was awarded the Nuove Strade Award at the Naples ComiCon and the Andrea Pazienza Award for Best Solo Artist at the Festival of Cosenza. Apart from being a cartoonist, he is also illustrator and street artist, famous for his stunning mural paintings. His work has been exhibited in Rome, Los Angeles, Paris, New York and Moscow.

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DODO FELIPE NUNES Mino (Brazil) | 2016 | 80 Pages | Color

Foreign sales: France (Paquet); Poland (Timof Comics); Portugal (Kingpin Books); World English (Boom! Studios) The arrangement of the tables is inventive, the pages have a beautiful design and the drawings are gorgeous. Employee of the studio of brothers Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá, Nunes proves to be a great learner of the art of contrasts in black and white, which the twins do best. His impressive mastery of of several tools and techniques of the comic language would be enough to make his second work worthy of notice. However, this album’s real edge is anchored in large characters, in a very good story and in extremely effective expression of various emotions.—Vitralizado.com Felipe Nunes is the wunderkid of Brazilian comics.—Revista O Grito Dodo tells the story of Laila, a six year old with that has been taken out of school following her parents divorce. In one of her wondrous and lonely play adventures, she befriends a mysterious bird, a dodo named Rafuco, living in the municipal park near her house. The story of Laila and Rafuco’s friendship develops on the background of the bigger issue of the separation of Laila’s parents. In this graphic novel, Felipe uses the children’s universe to approach delicate topics such as abandon, distance between members of the same family and anticonformism. The story has some cultural issues that should be explained. For example, in Brazil parents can take their kids out of school as they please and it’s not illegal. Laila’s mother takes her out of school when she separates from her husband because she has to start working full time and in Brazil is cheaper to hire a full time maid/babysitter than paying for schooling. FELIPE NUNES is a 20 year old cartoonist and illustrator currently studying graphic design. He works at the studio of Fabio Moon and Gabriel Bá in Sao Paulo. Having been making comics since age 15, his first published graphic novel, Klaus, won the HQ MIX Award (most prestigious Brazilian comic prizes) for Best New Talent and was nominated in two more categories.

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ANDREA PAZIENZA A true visionary, with a fluid line and an uncanny sense of color and composition, Andrea Pazienza’s innovative graphic style served up stories that were iconoclastic, outrageous, humorous, and deeply personal, often based on himself and his microcosm of friends and collaborators. Pazienza was a revolutionary cartoonist who ushered an underground sensibility to Italian and European comics, breaking from the more staid tradition of genteel

THE LAST DAYS OF POMPEO adult (and children’s) graphic albums Black & white illustrations with some color. Born in 1956 in San Benedetto del Tronto and died of a heroin overdose in 1988 when he was only 32, he is a cultural hero of Italian counterculture: His stories and his characters are impressed in the imagination of young people to this very day while numerous streets, boardwalks and squares, are named after him.

Foreign sales: Brazil (Editora Veneta); France (Revival); Spain and Latin America (Fulgencio Pimentel) Fandango Libri (Italy) | 125 Pages | B+W I often say to myself that if he hadn’t done what he did, in both storytelling and illustration, I’d have never made a single line.—Gipi He was the James Joyce of comics. He managed to represent the fate, pipe dreams, madness, genius, misery, and desperation of a generation that only for the sake of expediency, perfunctorily, do we call the Bolognese generation of ’77. Of that movement Andrea Pazienza was perhaps the greatest bard, poet, artist.—Pier Vittorio Tondelli

A missing piece in international comics history! Over 25,000 copies sold in Italy in 2016 alone! The Last Days of Pompeo was Pazienza’s last work and in a way, both a testament and a self-fulfilling prophecy. It recounts the slow downfall of Pompeo, a heroin addict and comics artist in 1980s Bologna who dies of an overdose, which in fact happened to Pazienza himself only 3 years later. A raw, lyrical and often genius work that recounts the visceral relationship with heroin of a whole generation.

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ZANARDI Foreign sales: Spain and Latin America (Fulgencio Pimentel); USA (Fantagraphics Books); France (Ici-Même Editions). Fandango Libri (Italy) | 264 pages | B+W & Colors Void is Zanardi’s main characteristic. The absolute void that permeates his every action.—Andrea Pazienza It’s exactly this which Andrea’s death ruthlessly makes clear to me: the negative side of a generation and a culture which never really believed in anything except in its own damnation. Success, balance, love notwithstanding, Andrea is dead— most likely of an overdose—as many of his peers, as one of those who he himself understood and represented better than anyone else.—Pier Vittorio Tondelli We used to talk about him a lot with Fellini. He was one of our favorites, one of our loves, one of our topics. . . He really was the founder of a school without students as he was just beyond imitation, a talent so pure to be impossible to replicate.— Roberto Benigni

Over 25,000 copies sold in Italy in 2016 alone! Pazienza’s most famous ch aracter— the cruel and immoral

high school boy Massimo Zanardi— can be resumed with three essential characteristics: beak nose, hawk eyes and much existential void.

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Originally featured in the magazine Frigidaire, in the first episode, “Scholastic Mystery,” Zanardi manages to talk the class’s overachiever into murdering the school principal. In “Motherly Heart,” together with two school mates, herapes a friend’s mother after showing her pictures of her daughter having intercourse, threatening the lady to distribute these pictures if she didn’t comply to their desires. In “Cinderella” 1987, for revenge, he involuntarily makes a brother and sister have anal intercourse. An eloquent and paradoxical representation of those years that can be both the best and the worst of a lifetime.

PENTOTHAL Fandango Libri (Italy) | 143 pages | B+W An earthshaking debut for its talent, genius intuitions, expressive freedom and constant dialectics amongst violence and parody . . . Pentothal is the outrageous and charming beginning of an immense author.— Fumettologica Pentothal holds the title of best experimental work in the history of Italian comics.—Paolo Barcucci, ArtsLife

Over 30,000 copies sold in Italy in 2016 alone! Pazienza’s debut, which he began writing in 1977 at 21 years of age, Pentothal is the alter-ego of

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Pazienza and through his eyes we are immersed into 1970s university life of Bologna, in the midst of the Years of Lead and of the most radical period of the Student Movement. Mixing hyperrealism with oneiric vision and drawing influences from Robert Crumb, Gilbert Shelton and Moebius, Pentothal is a work infused with anarchy, onomatopoeias and neologisms: a lucid madness that made its author an icon.

PAZEROTICUS Fandango Libri (Italy) | 63 Pages | B+W & Colors

Preface by Milo Manara A collection of erotic drawings by Andrea Pazienza: a real art book characterized by a very sui generis eroticism—humorist, goofy, beyond outrageous.

ASTARTE Fandango Libri (Italy) | 105 pages | B+W

Preface by Roberto Saviano Andrea Pazienza’s last book, which remains unfinished narrates the life of one special puppy: the chief of Hannibal’s war dogs, Astarte. Pazienza narrates his birth, his first years, the war training, the fights, and his special friendship with Hannibal. We see Astarte follow Carthage’s army through the Punic wars. When we get to the first confrontation with the Romans the story abruptly ends because of the premature death of Pazienza.

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YE GUILHERME PETRECA Editora Veneta (Brazil) | 2016 | 176 Pages | B&W

Foreign sales: France (Paquet); Poland (Mandioca); Spain (Under Offer); US (Top Shelf) Winner of the HQ Mix Award for Best Artist 2017 Petreca is today one of the most talented Brazilian cartoonists of his generation.—Revista O Grito! Beautiful and unique . . . Ye delicately portrays how difficult it is to find oneself in the world and, more importantly, how to control our insecurities.—Conexão Comix Ye is the name of our main character. Ye is also the only syllable he can pronounce. He is otherwise mute. His voice was stolen by the “colorless king,” the source of all sickness and sadness in the World—unrelenting, unforgiving, terrifying, all-taking and never-giving.Ye has no choice but to go ahead and face him in order to reclaim his voice, and his own self.Tag along on a perilous journey through rocky paths of self-discovery in company of a witch, a drunk clown, and many other vagabonds and misfits, each carrying their own personal vendetta against the colorless king. GUILHERME PETRECA is a Brazilian cartoonist, as well as artist and illustrator. He self-published his first graphic novel Galho Seco in 2013. In 2015, he published the illustrated book O Carnaval de Meus Demônios, which was a

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An illustrated fable for all ageswith echoes of The Little Prince and The Never Ending Story that poetically depicts the transition from adolescence into adulthood.

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SUPER RELAX DOTTOR PIRA Coconino Press (Italy) | June 2018 | 220 Pages | Color Super Relax is about the search of higher levels of well-being – the product of the author’s own research of relaxation. It has been compared to the journey of the Odyssey, with Silvestre the Cat, the protagonist, in the role of Ulysses, searching for a condition of inner peace. Dr. Pira has also put a bunch of Dragon Ball quotes in to make the journey easier. Together with Silvestre the Cat, the reader is invited to go through different stages of relaxation, beginning with the world of Stress (that we all know so well and where we all struggle to survive in), slowly ascending to the most ecstatic of sensations:

“This book has been entirely thought of and designed on beaches, mountains and hot tubs.”

Super Relaxation. Each stage of relaxation also has its own color code—the more the relaxation, the richer the colours and scenarios. It’s not as easy as it sounds, though: relax must be conquered. Along the way we encounter struggles and dangers, spiteful birds, talking dolphins, magical spheres and even a famous actor. Chunks of Super Relax were initially published online, and after that Dr. Pira also self-published 250 copies. As soon as the copies were available online, the book went sold-out in the span of a few hours, which convinced him to expand the comic. His collaboration with Coconino led to this new redesigned edition. DOTTOR PIRA, nom de plume of Maurizio Pieracciani, is an Italian cartoonist, writer, television critic as well as the creator of the videos and graphics for the bands Uoki Toki and Elio e le Storie Tese. His Fumetti della Gleba is one of the first and longest-running Italian webcomics series.

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I DON’T KNOW YOU CRISTINA PORTOLANO Rizzoli Lizard (Italy) | November 2017 | 208 Pages | Two Tints

Foreign sales: France (Rackham); Spain (Ponent Mon) Second most sold graphic novel in January 2018 according to Amazon, Italy

Forget the corny and “only a tad” misogynistic comics about online dating. This is the story a contemporary woman that is not afraid to go after what she wants, i.e. pleasure.

Cristina is one of Italy’s most appraised young illustrators. She downloads Tinder for the first time in 2015 while living in Bologna. After a 5 year relationship with a woman, she reverts to online dating looking for male toys to calm her pain and solitude. Using Tinder all across Italy she meets the weirdest characters and collects a series of romantic experiences that one would think impossible if only they weren’t true.I Don’t Know You is a mosaic of romantic encounters that together convey a picture of the mechanics behind romantic relationship in our liquid and hyperconnected society. A feminist and psychologically shaded exploration of one of the most (ab)used and talked about apps of present times. CRISTINA PORTOLANO is an Italian cartoonist and illustration originally from Naples. She studied illustration and comics at the Art Academy of Bologna and EnsAD in Paris. Her debut graphic novel Nearly Miss (TopiPittori, 2016) was reprinted and received raving reviews. It was selected as one of the best comics of 2017 by Fumettologica, Lo Spazio Bianco, Panorama, and Vanity Fair, and was the recipient of the Premio Boscarato for Best New Author. Also, In 2017 she was one of the contributing artists for the international best selling book Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls 2. Cristina lives and works in Bologna.

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NEARLY MISS CRISTINA PORTOLANO Topi Pittori (Italy) | 2016 | 165 Pages | Two Tints

Foreign sales: US (One Percent Press) A profound and moving story . . . that showcases an authentic, ever-exciting Naples.—ilsole24ore Nearly Miss is a juicy, vibrant and unique debut in which the frenzy of Naples contributes to the eclectic and unpredictable illustrated world of Cristina Portolano,which showcases an extraordinary ability to mix and rework in an original way the most diverse cues.—Lo Spazio Bianco It’s the end of the 1980s, and between the Camorra, nuclear accidents, earthquakes, and slightly sadistic nuns life could seem quite a challenge. On top of that, there’s the pressure of complying to traditional gender expectations that don’t reflect at all who she really is. Adults wants her to be sweet and gentle and dress cute, even though the pretty dresses itch and long hair is not really her thing. Luckily for her, the one and only Diego Armando Maradona often comes to rescue as her imaginary friend. Not to mention that her intense correspondence with Barbie’s magazine also allows for a nice chance to decompress. A hilariously accurate portrait of the cruelty and challenges of childhood and a piercing depiction of universal family dynamic against the irresistible funky backdrop of Southern Italy in the 80s. CRISTINA PORTOLANO is an Italian cartoonist and illustration originally from Naples. She studied illustration and comics at the Art Academy of Bologna and EnsAD in Paris. Her debut graphic novel Quasi Signorina Nearly Miss (TopiPittori, 2016) was reprinted and received raving reviews. It was selected as one of the best comics of 2017 by Fumettologica, Lo Spazio Bianco, Panorama e Vanity Fair, and was the recipient of the Premio Boscarato for Best New Author. Cristina lives and works in Bologna.

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SPIT THREE TIMES DAVIDE REVIATI Coconino Press (Italy) | 2016 | 562 Pages | B&W

Foreign sales: France (Ici-Même Editions); Germany (avant-verlag); World English (Seven Stories Press) Part of the Sélection Officielle Angoulême 2018 A small group of teenagers fascinated by a young, savage girl. In Davide Reviati’s Italian graphic novel violence and vulnerability magnificently coexists.—Le Monde A masterpiece in black and white.—L’Humanité Integration, drugs, secrets, ignorance, wisdom, rural depression, dreams, threats, coming of age: this and much more is summoned by Reviati’s imaginific poetry. You’ll find your eyes glistening once again.—Andrea Provinciali, Il Mucchio Selvaggio

the communist regime of marshal Tito and settled there just following the end World War II. This rough coming of age, among atmospheres that remind us of Pier Paolo Pasolini and Cesare Pavese, explores the peripheries’ perception and understanding of the outsider, giving us a merciless portrait of the challenges and brutality of cultural integration. A moving story about disenfranchised youth and the Romani people that never ringspathetic or hypocritical, Sputa Tre Volte is an unforgiving look at provincial life. DAVIDE REVIATI is an Italian cartoonist leading a double career of illustrator and cartoonist in publishing and the press (Il Manifesto, La Stampa, L’Unità), while collaborating in the screenwriting of movies. Morti di sonno, his graphic novel published in Italian by Coconino Press in 2009, was awarded the best album prize at the 2010 Napoli Comic Con. The French edition (published by Casterman) won the award for the best book in translation in 2011. Seven years after the success of Morti di Sonno, in 2016 Reviati released a new book Sputa Tre Volte (Spit Thrice) with Coconino Press. In just a few months, the book has already sold in German, Portuguese and French, has won two prizes and underwent a reprint.

More than 500 pages and they read like they were less half as many. Thanks to the impressive fluidity of the montage and the lightness of the writing.— Francesco Boille, Internazionale A searing coming-of-age graphic novel with reminiscences of Richard Ford’s short stories. A tale of integration, or lack thereof, between a small rural community and a Romani family and an elegy devoid of nostalgia, Sputa Tre Volte tells the coming of age of Guido, the son of rural folks, who finds himself growing up amidst the moral nihilism and boredom of the Italian eighties. Guido and his pals Moreno aka Il Grisù and Katango are rebels without a cause living in a provincial town of the Po Valley, a forsaken corner of the Italian countryside which has turned peripheral wasteland. Supposed students of the local vocational high school, they spend their days playing pools, hitting bars, stirring brawls, wandering around in their cars, smoking hashish and drinking beer. There was a time when Guido and his friends used to enjoy being country boys. Not too long ago, when they were children, they liked to stroll around the tilled fields, impatient to learn the secrets of peasant wisdom, anxious to become like their grandparents. However, they now much prefer to drive to the near Riviera Romagnola, check out its flashy dance clubs and end up drugged on its shores. Near Guido and his friends live the Stancic, a family of Romani who escaped who

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PALIMPSEST LISA WOOL RIM SJÖBLOM Ordfront Galago (Sweden) | 2016 | 144 Pages | Color

Foreign sales: Mexico (La Cifra); South Korea; World English (Drawn & Quarterly); World Spanish except Mexico and Colombia (Barbara Fiore Editora) This is a terrific book where Sljöbom stands up for the rights of all those who were adopted. A complex issue, to say the least. The book’s beige 70s style is a beauty to behold.—Sala Allehanda I really got a lump in my stomach. And good reasons to question how children and parents, rich and poor, are treated in the world.—Dagensbok.com Lisa is Swedish, she has been adopted when she was only a toddler by a Swedish family, but her unknown biological parents are Korean. For the longest time Lisa has been wondering about her parents, what they will do, what they will be like, but the question has become especially pressing now that her own kids have grown up and are starting to ask questions about the “other” grandparents. It is around this time that Lisa finds a document which contains her biological parents’ names as well as another which tells that she is an orphan without any background. That’s the first hint that, perhaps, something wrong happened in her own adoption process. Lisa thus begins to dig deeper and deeper into her own history, and finds that’s much more tortuous than the one she has been told. This quest for origins and digging investigative work eventually takes her back to Korea and her orphanage. There, she will learn that adoption, with all its positive connotations of generous deed, is in fact a much more shady business than what meets the eye. Palimpsest is a powerful indictment against the corrupt practices of a corrupted adoption industry. It is also a powerful memoir in which trauma and personal rejections are vividly brought to life. At once a touching memoir and a piece of investigative journalism, Palimpsest is amagisterial exploration of the world of illegal adoptions. LISA WOOL RIM SJÖBLOM is a writer, illustrator, and adoption activist living in Lund, Sweden. An author of successful children’s books such as Find the Children and Locate the Flea, she has just published her first graphic novel for Galago.

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THE FEELINGS OF PRINCE CHARLES LIV STRÖMQUIST Galago (Sweden) | 2010 | 136 Pages | B&W

Foreign sales: Finland: (Sammakko); France (Rackham); Germany (avant-verlag); Italy (Fandango Libri); Spain (Reservoir Books) 10,000 copies sold in Germany in just 6 months! Grants available for translation, production, and author’s visits through the Swedish Arts Council

In The Feelings of Prince Charles, Liv Strömquist moves away from the provocations of her bestselling graphic novel The Fruit of Knowledge to answer the fundamental question, "What is love?" and reflect on the hows and whys of romantic relationships. However, as tabloids' front pages of a few years later would show, Diana and Charles indeed did have two different ideas of what that word meant. Flipping through those same magazines, one could also wonder why Whitney Huston had fallen in love with such a guy as Bobby Brown and realize that, when it comes to love, one's happiness does not necessarily imply the other's. Charles and Diana, Huston and Bobby Brown, as well as philosophers, writers, and politicians are the characters of these pages where daily life and official history mingle to show that in love roles and behaviors are far from immutable laws set into stone. By treating these romantic liaisons as much as the result of social and cultural norms and pressures, Strömquist invites us to look at romantic relationships differently, outside the straitjacket of heteronormativity. A rigorous and documented comic, The Feelings of Prince Charles above all makes a case for self-determination and the liberation of body and conscience. After reading The Feelings of Prince Charles, you will no longer look at couple life the same way.

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Shortly after his engagement to Diana, at a press conference, Prince Charles was asked if he was in love. He replied after a little hesitation,"Yes, whatever the meaning of the word "love" is."

LIV STRÖMQUIST is one of Sweden’s most established cartoonists and is also a popular radio host. After graduating in political science, she had her comics breakthrough with the very successful Hundred Percent Fat (2005) which was followed by Operation (2006), Einstein’s Wife (2008), Prince Charles’ Feelings (2010), Yes to Life (2011) and Fruit of Knowledge, which was translated into twenty languages and sold tens of thousands of copies worldwide. She is also very devoted to political activism, mainly in the areas of feminist issues and asylum policy.

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THE CONDUCTOR, THE CUCKOO, THE LEGEND WAGNER WILLIAN Originally self-published (BR) | November 2017 | 216 pages | B/W

Foreign sales: France (Casterman); Portugal (Polvo Editora) Wagner WIllian’s way of visual narration is by presenting one surprise after the other.—Laerte, acclaimed artist and cartoonist His way of writing, with such sincerity and credibility, is something that very few can accomplish.—Ramon Vitral, Vitralizado Magazine The death of his grandfather brings an accomplished sound engineer living in Europe back to the Brazilian farm where he grew up. It had been 15 years since he had left . . . His grandfather was a famous and eclectic orchestra conductor, and the protagonist is back at the farm to arrange the disposal of the family belongings. However, circumstances invite him to postpone this task to undertake a journey into the places of his childhood. Uncannily, nothing seems to have changed, not even Kauane, his dearest childhood friend. As he notices this fact, he realizes he is himself becoming a child again. Memories he had buried a long time ago, come back, more alive than ever. An old trauma from his past—a painful family secret—resurfaces, and this time he decides to set off and face it. So a mystical journey begins, a journey that explores the protagonist’s relationship with his grandfather, a lot darker than what surfaces, and of his grandfather with the cuckoo—the most diabolical of all birds. The cuckoo is a fascinating and dark creature. Some varieties do not nest, but rather engage in what is scientifically referred to as “brood parasitism.” They approach other birds’ nests, removes one of their eggs and have those birds thinking they are nesting their own eggs while they are actually nesting the cuckoo’s. The cuckoo’s egg hatches faster than the host’s and when the cuckoo chick is born, it evicts the other eggs out of the nest. At the end of the story the protagonist will uncover the truth behind the legend that his grandfather always told him; one regarding a terrible mutual curse between a musician and a cuckoo, and come to terms with a shocking revelation.

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WAGNER WILLIAN quit his job at a bookstore to fully dedicate himself to his art back in 2006 and has been producing wonders as a painter, illustrator and cartoonist ever since. His 2016 graphic novel Bulldogma was a huge success in Brazil, winning all the three main national comic prizes, the Jabuti, HQ Mixand Grampo awards and being reprinted several times.

An accomplished sound engineer returns from Europe to his native Brazil to take care of his grandfather’s recent death. Fifteen years have passed since he had last been at the ranch, but nothing seemed to have really changed. Reminescent of the Posthumous Memoirs of Bras Cubas and Pedro Páramo, The Conductor, The Cuckoo,The Legend is Willian’s masterpiece.

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