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SelfMadeHero Essential Graphic Novels Spring / Summer 2013

Our mission at SelfMadeHero is simple: to publish works that “provoke, entertain, inspire, and inform through the medium of the graphic novel”. In the six years since its inception, SelfMadeHero has become a leading light of the graphic novel renaissance and the most successful publisher of “literary and non-fiction comics” in Britain. In 2012 we launched our first vinyl toy FROGSLEGS, a special tie-in with our bestselling title of 2012, The Nao of Brown. Spring 2013 sees the launch of The Murder Mile, a pacy mystery by Paul Collicut set in the world of long-distance running; a new series, Art Masters, with a beautiful graphic biography, Rembrandt, from Dutch artist Typex; a new Eye Classic in the form of The Man Who Laughs, adapted by David Hine and illustrated by Mark Stafford; the hilarious second part of Rob Davis’s acclaimed Don Quixote; a return to H.P. Lovecraft for I.N.J. Culbard as he adapts and illustrates The Shadow Out of Time; and an atmospheric adaptation of Kafka’s The Castle, by David Zane Mairowitz and Czech artist Jaromír 99. In other news, as of 1 January 2013 our sales force at Abrams & Chronicle Books will move all order processing, customer services, credit control, and warehousing functions to Littlehampton Book Services Ltd. For contact details, please see p. 28. We love to hear from our readers, so be sure to let us know what you think @selfmadehero

David Zane Mairowitz & JaromÍr 99

The Castle Kafka’s seminal work on isolation, alienation, and bureaucracy The protagonist, known only as K., arrives in a mountain village buried under deep snows in the middle of winter, dominated by a looming castle above it, shrouded in mist. Attempting to gain contact with the inhabitants of the castle, the officials who run the bureaucracy governing the village, K. repeatedly finds himself misunderstanding and transgressing the multitude of confusing and contradictory rules and regulations that dictate the daily life of the villagers. Kafka’s atmospheric and brooding tale of extreme bureaucracy explores themes of solitude, isolation, loss, and companionship.

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£12.99 144pp black & white illustrations throughout 241mm x 165mm Paperback w/ flaps Graphic novel, Literary June 2013 World (Distributed in the US/CAN by Abrams)

David Zane Mairowitz is an author, playwright, radio director, and translator. As a professional freelance writer for 40 years, his published works include: Introducing Kafka (with Robert Crumb), Introducing Camus, and Wilhelm Reich for Beginners. He previously adapted Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment and Kafka’s The Trial for SelfMadeHero. Jaromír 99 is a Czech singer, songwriter, and artist who is best known for his work with Jaroslav Rudis on the comics trilogy Alois Nebel. Alois Nebel was turned into an animated feature of the same title that premiered to great acclaim at the Venice Film Festival, and was selected as the Czech entry for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 2011, and has won Best Animated Feature Film in the European Film Academy’s awards. 1

I.N.J. Culbard

The Shadow Out of Time A tale of creeping horror where reality defies logic Nathaniel Wingate Peaslee is a professor of political economy at Miskatonic University. Following a fainting spell in 1908, he returns to his senses in 1913 with no recollection of the last five years of his life. As he endeavours to discover the truth about his lost years, he becomes increasingly tormented by vivid and disturbing dreams; dreams that will lead him on a journey through time and space to unlock the secrets of the universe. I.N.J. Culbard is an award-winning artist (British Fantasy awards – Best comic/Graphic novel 2011) and has collaborated on a critically acclaimed Sherlock Holmes series with Ian Edginton, as well as adapting At The Mountains of Madness and The Case of Charles Dexter Ward for SelfMadeHero. He is also the illustrator on the zombie mini-series for Vertigo called The Deadwardians with Dan Abnett. His most recent graphic novel was Deadbeats, with Chris Lackey and Chad Fifer, for SelfMadeHero.

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Rob Davis

Don Quixote: Volume II The deluded Don Quixote battles cats, puppets, and the famous Knight of the Mirrors Both darker and deeper than the first, the second volume of Don Quixote picks up the story where Volume I left off and takes us to Don Quixote’s death. Quixote plunges head first into the legendary Cave of Montesinos and seeks to disenchant his illusory beloved Dulcinea del Toboso, who is imprisoned there. Meanwhile Sancho Panza is finally given an island to rule over by the Duke and Duchess who, like many characters Quixote and Sancho meet here in Volume II, have already read Vol I. But what will become of our knight-errant and poor Sancho? £14.99 | Extent: 136pp colour illustrations throughout 241mm x 165mm | Paperback with flaps | Graphic novel, Literary May 2013 | World

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Rob Davis is best known for reinventing Roy of the Rovers and for drawing Judge Dredd (Rebellion). He has written and illustrated Doctor Who (Panini) and recently adapted H.P. Lovecraft’s “The Dunwich Horror”, as well editing the Eisner-nominated collaborative comic anthology Nelson, winner of the British Comic Awards 2012.


Don Quixote: Volume I

The adventures of Don Quixote and his faithful squire Sancho Panza Shortlisted for the British Comic Awards 2012

“A thoroughly loyal adaptation, full of enthusiasm for stories and storytelling, and for that precious ‘place between reader and book… where Don Quixote tilts his lance’.” The Guardian £14.99 | 152pp colour illustrations throughout | 241mm x 165mm Paperback with flaps | Graphic novel, Literary | September 2011 | World ISBN 9781906838317


david hine & mark Stafford

The Man Who Laughs A grisly tale of love, death, and feudalism Victor Hugo’s scathing indictment of the injustice and inequality within Britain’s political system tells a story of abduction, mutilation, loss, and prejudice. The narrative follows Gwynplaine, the two-yearold heir to a rebel lord, who is abducted upon the orders of a vindictive monarch, who has him mutilated (to produce a permanent, grisly smile), then abandoned. After years of living frugally he is re-introduced to the aristocratic life, and resolves to become the voice of the voiceless, whether he is heard or not.

David Hine has worked in comics since the 1980s, and has written for DC (Batman: Detective Comics, Arkham Unhinged; Deathstroke: Faces of Evil), Marvel (Spider-man Noir, X-Men, Silent War), 2000 AD (Tao De Moto). It was during his work on Batman that he discovered that the original appearance of the Joker was based upon Gwynplaine’s likeness in the 1928 film adaptation of The Man Who Laughs. Mark Stafford is a cartoonist-in-residence at the Cartoon Museum. He has collaborated with Bryan Talbot on the second Cherubs! graphic novel, painting dead hillbillies and writing about cinema for Electric Sheep magazine. Stafford previously collaborated with Hine on “The Colour Out of Space” for SelfMadeHero’s critically acclaimed Lovecraft Anthology Vol. I. 4

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£14.99 160pp colour illustrations throughout 241mm x 165mm Paperback w/ flaps Graphic novel, Literary April 2013 World (Distributed in the US/CAN by Abrams)


Rembrandt A biography of the world’s greatest portrait artist Follow the entire painting career of Rembrandt, one of the greatest painters and printmakers in European art history. This is the story about one man’s artistic vocation and the work it demands, about life and death, love and bereavement, fame and loss. This graphic novel aims at authenticity, and where there is an absence of facts, the author has drawn inspiration from the wealth of anecdotes surrounding Rembrandt’s life. This unique collaborative enterprise between the author, Typex, The Netherlands foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture, and the Rijksmuseum, home of the world’s largest and most important Rembrandt collection, guarantees a spectacular result – a stunning and surprising graphic novel about the life of a genius. ISBN 9781906838690


Typex is a graduate of the Amsterdam College for the Arts. His work appears in many Dutch newspapers and magazines. He illustrates children’s books and has published some of his own. He is also an author of numerous comic books.

240pp colour illustrations throughout 260mm x 190mm Paperback Graphic novel, Non-fiction April 2013 World

Gerrit de Jager and Gert Jan Pos wrote the concept for Rembrandt. Gert Jan Pos is a journalist and translator. He has curated several comic-related art shows. He works as a trustee of comics for The Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture. 5

Paul Collicut

The Murder Mile Detective Daniel Stone tackles the curious case of “The Phoenix Flyer” 1954, Arizona – Runner Todd “The Phoenix Flyer” Naylor is found dead in mysterious circumstances. P.I. Daniel Stone hopes for an “open and shut” case, but finds that Naylor’s death is part of a tangled web of conspiracies, cartels, and – worse still – Communists. As international runners Roger Bannister, John Landy, and Wes Santee edge closer to the fourminute barrier, P.I. Stone faces his own race against time to track down Naylor’s killer before they too are killed. When the stakes are this high, what is the price of victory?

Paul Collicutt studied Illustration at Brighton College of Art. He won the Parents’ Choice Gold Award in America for This Train. The Murder Mile is his first graphic novel for adult readers. It combines his love of painting with his keen interest in track and field. Paul is a club runner, a qualified athletics coach, and Chairman of Phoenix Athletics Club.

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£14.99 112pp colour illustrations throughout 240mm x 170mm Paperback Graphic novel, Original Fiction February 2013 World


Chad Fifer, Chris Lackey, & I.N.J. Culbard

Deadbeats A Jazz Age Zombie tale – with tentacles On the run from the mob, a trio of 1920s Chicago jazz musicians take a job from an elderly reverend, playing for what they think is his wife’s funeral in the backwoods of Illinois. Unfortunately, the funeral is actually an elaborate cult ritual to raise the spirit of an evil sorcerer who swiftly begins raising the dead and terrorizing the innocent townsfolk. With monsters, moonshiners and mobsters on their trail, the friends must draw upon their various talents to stop this evil, save the townspeople and escape with their lives.

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£14.99 128pp colour illustrations throughout 240mm x 170mm Paperback Graphic novel, Original Fiction

Chad Fifer (writer) co-hosts the H.P. Lovecraft literary podcast, and is the author of the coming-of-age novel Children in Heat. Chris Lackey (writer) co-hosts the H.P. Lovecraft literary podcast, and is an animation and film director. I.N.J. Culbard (illustrator) is an award-winning graphic novelist who regularly collaborates with Ian Edginton (Dark Horse, Marvel, 2000 AD) and has adapted H.P. Lovecraft’s At The Mountains of Madness and The Case of Charles Dexter Ward for SelfMadeHero. He is the illustrator on the Zombie mini-series The New Deadwardians with Dan Abnett (Vertigo).

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Jérémie Dres, TRanslated by Edward Gauvin

We Won’t See Auschwitz A journey through Poland to discover what it means to be Jewish When his grandmother dies, Jérémie and his elder brother wanted to learn more about their family’s Polish roots. But Jérémie is less interested in finding out about how the Holocaust affected his family, and more interested to understand what it means to be Jewish and Polish today. They decide not to do the Holocaust trail... they won’t see Auschwitz. Through their journey, they discover a country that is still affected by its past. The brothers talk to lots of people, including progressive rabbis and young Jewish Orthodox artists. Using their grandmother’s stories, they piece together the threads of their family history. This semi-autobiographical work grew out of a search for identity; what emerged from it were a profound sense of optimism and a lust for life. ISBN 9781906838638

Jérémie Dres lives in Paris. This is his first graphic novel.

“It reminds me strongly of the brilliant travelogues of Guy Delisle: a bit of history; a bit of politics; the occasional joke.” — Rachel Cooke, Graphic Novel of the Month, The Observer

£14.99 208pp black & white illustrations throughout 240mm x 170mm Paperback Graphic novel, Non-fiction October 2012 World (Distributed in the US/CAN by Abrams)


Frederik Peeters, TRanslated by Edward Gauvin

Pachyderme A modern masterpiece of surreal graphic fiction Our heroine, Carice, is visiting her husband – she has something important to tell him. He’s a diplomat, who’s lying in hospital following a car accident. Stuck in a traffic jam on her way to the hospital, she abandons her car and sets off on foot on a journey that turns into a surreal trip. Imagine a David Lynch film co-written by Chuck Palahniuk, Jean-Paul Sartre, and Milan Kundera. This edition of Pachyderme has a foreword written by Moebius. £14.99 | 88pp colour illustrations throughout | 240mm x 170mm Hardback | Graphic novel, Original Fiction October 2012 | World (Distributed in the US/CAN by Abrams)

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Frederik Peeters has been nominated at Angoulême in the best book category five times. The publication and success of Blue Pills established him as one of the world’s most important graphic novel authors tackling difficult topics with sensitivity. He lives with his wife and daughter in Geneva. “Pachyderme is the perfect example of a vivid and poetic graphic novel that succeeds in conveying a sense of the unconscious, of true mystery.” — Moebius, Casemate


Sandcastle translated by Nora Mahony

“A case of the mood and emotions of all concerned being documented, with a quiet, restrained perfection by writer and artist” – Richard Bruton, Forbidden Planet International blog £14.99 | Extent: 112pp black & white illustrations throughout | 240mm x 170mm Hardback | Graphic novel, Original Fiction | November 2011 World (Distributed in the US/CAN by Abrams) ISBN 9781906838386


Leopold Maurer, TRanslated by Helen MacFarlane

Miller & Pynchon An odd couple discuss the meaning of life, love, and werewolves What begins with such seemingly achievable tasks as drawing a line of demarcation becomes something far greater for our two comical heroes, Miller and Pynchon. They embark on a more ambitious task – accurately measuring the Transit of Venus, through which the distance between the Earth and the Sun is calculated. As the magnitude of this new task dawns on them, so too does a creeping sense of their own insignificance. With each new measurement, the pair become increasingly interested in the direction their lives are taking. While the melancholic Pynchon ponders the death of his beloved wife, the more pragmatic Miller seems hell-bent on a course of escapism through sexual debauchery.

Leopold Maurer was born in Vienna in 1969. He studied sociology at the University of Vienna and then went on to study illustration at the Academy of Arts and Design, Vienna. Since 1998 he has worked in a wide range of media, including animation, illustration, and comics. He lives and works in Vienna.

ISBN 9781906838591

ÂŁ12.99 176pp black & white illustrations throughout 205mm x 145mm Paperback Graphic novel, Humour September 2012 World excl. USA & Canada


Glyn Dillon

The Nao of Brown A young woman’s struggle with love, life, and murderous thoughts Nao Brown suffers from OCD, but not the handwashing, overly tidy type that people often jokingly refer to. Nao suffers from violent morbid obsessions, while her compulsions take the form of unseen mental rituals. Working part-time in a “designer” vinyl toy shop, while struggling to get her own illustration career off the ground, she’s still searching for that elusive love – the perfect love. And in meeting the man of her dreams, she realizes… dreams can be quite weird. Nao’s meditation practice is an attempt to quieten her mind and open her heart, and it’s through this that she comes to understand that things aren’t so black and white after all. In fact, they’re much more... brown.

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£16.99 208pp colour illustrations throughout 260mm x 190mm

Glyn Dillon was born in 1971, the youngest of a family in which both his father and older brother are also artists. Glyn’s wide-ranging career started out in comics but moved on to mainly storyboard and concept design work for both film and television. He lives in North West London with his wife and two boys.

“The intensity and vibrancy of Moebius is there, along with the dark storytelling tendancies of Miyazaki.” — The Comics Journal

Hardback Graphic novel, Original Fiction September 2012 World (Distributed in the US/CAN by Abrams)


Li Kunwu & Philippe Otié, translated by Edward Gauvin

A Chinese Life A visionary account of life in the People’s Republic of China This remarkable book traces a personal journey through modern history, from the creation of the People’s Republic of China in 1949 to the present day. Working in close collaboration with writer Philippe Ôtié, artist Li Kunwu has created a timely and compelling memoir of state and self that is at once epic and intimate, comic and tragic, in scope. Already a modern classic, this distinctively stylish masterpiece of design chronicles the rise and legacy of Chairman Mao Zedong and his sweeping, often cataclysmic vision for the most populous country on the planet. Li Kunwu witnessed this extraordinary period at first hand, and here intertwines the experiences of his family and neighbours, his friends and rivals, his colleagues and compatriots, in a visionary account of “interesting times”.

Li Kunwu (co-writer, illustrator) has had over 30 comics works published as a State artist in China.

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Philippe Ôtié (co-writer) is a French diplomat, living and working in China. This is his first graphic novel.

“Yes, this book is a memoir. Yes, it is one man’s life. But A Chinese Life is an enormous story – as big as China itself.” — Daniel Elke, Comics Bulletin

£16.99 704pp black & white illustrations throughout 240mm x 170mm Paperback with flaps Graphic novel, Non-fiction July 2012 World (Distributed in the US/CAN by Abrams)


David Prudhomme, translated by Nora Mahony

Rebetiko A day in the life of the persecuted Rebetiko musicians Athens, 1936. General Metaxas is cracking down on rebetis and their way of life. A small group of friends – Rebetiko musicians – wind their way through the Athenian backstreets, ouzeris and market squares, dodging the police while settling disputes over hashish and women. With music at its heart, the narrative builds to a joyous party at its climax in this multi-awardwinning graphic novel.

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£14.99 104pp colour illustrations throughout

David Prudhomme was born in 1969 and lives in Bordeaux, France. He is a graduate of the Arts School of Angoulême and an award-winning graphic novelist.

“Rebetiko is a fine piece of mythologizing.” — James Stuart, The Guardian

240mm x 166mm Hardback Graphic novel, Original Fiction July 2012 World (Distributed in the US/CAN by Abrams)


André Diniz and Maurício Hora, translated by Jethro Soutar

Picture a Favela A stark, yet life-affirming portrait of a Brazilian favela photographer André Diniz tells the extraordinary real-life story of Maurício Hora, who lives in one of the most notorious slums (favelas) in Rio, Brazil. Despite overwhelming odds, Hora has made an international name for himself as a celebrated photographer. We are led from his challenging childhood, living with his drug-dealer father, via the early inspirations of his art, to the modern portrait of Rio life his pictures immortalize.

André Diniz (co-writer, illustrator) is a comics writer and illustrator. Born in Rio de Janeiro in 1975, he has had more than 20 comic books published since 2000. Diniz has won 14 national awards, including four as a comic writer.

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Maurício Hora (co-writer) is an internationally exhibited photographer. “It goes above and beyond a stylishly drawn life history, as when Diniz takes us beyond the Hora family, to the extended family dynamic of the streets of the favela.” — Richard Bruton, The Forbidden Planet International blog

£14.99 120pp black and white illustrations Includes 10 pages full colour photography 240mm x 170mm Hardback Graphic novel, Non-fiction June 2012 World excl. USA & Canada


I.N.J. Culbard

The Case of Charles Dexter Ward H.P. Lovecraft’s psychological thriller of alchemy and resurrection Providence, Rhode Island, 1928. A dangerous inmate disappears from a private hospital for the insane, his method of escape baffling the authorities. Only the patient’s final visitor, family physician Dr. Marinus Bicknell Willett, holds the key to unlocking the strange case of Charles Dexter Ward. Written around 1927–8, the original novel was among the most ambitious tales that H.P. Lovecraft ever committed to paper. It has come to be regarded as one his most successful attempts at cumulative horror fiction. £14.99 | 128pp colour illustrations throughout | 241mm x 165mm Paperback with flaps | Graphic novel, Sci-fi & Horror | May 2012 World (Distributed in the US/CAN by Abrams) ISBN 9781906838355

I.N.J. Culbard (illustrator) is an award-winning graphic novelist who regularly collaborates with Ian Edginton (Dark Horse, Marvel, 2000 AD). He is the illustrator of Deadbeats, an original Lovecraftian fiction by Chad Fifer and Chris Lackey.


At the Mountains of Madness

“Using a bold brush line, Culbard stylizes faces, propelling the growing tension across each dynamically composed spread.” Paul Gravett, Times Literary Review £14.99 | 128pp colour illustrations throughout | 241mm x 165mm Paperback with flaps | Graphic novel, Sci-fi & Horror | October 2011 World excl. USA & Canada ISBN 9781906838126


Cally Law, with illustrations by Tove Jansson

The Moomin Adventure Book A guide to the great outdoors for little adventurers Moomintroll (with a little help from his friends and family) shows us how to explore the world beyond our doorstep, inventing games, making toys, eating good food, and having fun – Moomin-style! This handy manual, written by Cally Law, features Tove Jansson’s original strip cartoons, illustrations, and words of wisdom from her Moomin novels, so there will always be something to do, even on rainy days. £12.99 | 96pp colour illustrations throughout | 215mm x 185mm


Paperback | Children’s Novelty, Gift Book | May 2012 World excl. USA & Canada ISBN 9781906838560 ISBN 978-1-906838-56-0

Cally Law (writer) is a Sunday Times journalist who has worked for national newspapers in London and New York for many years. She lives in London and Cornwall and has an insatiable passion for outdoor living.

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Tove Jansson (extracts and illustrations), who died in 2001, is the world famous creator of The Moomins. Additional line illustrations have been provided by Merlin Evans.


The Moomins Cookbook

“Moomin marvellous, a new children’s cookbook is popularizing Finnish cuisine with some help from some childhood favourites” – The Financial Times Jacket

£12.99 | 136pp colour illustrations throughout | 215mm x 215mm Hardback | Children’s novelty, Cookery | May 2010 | World ISBN 9781906838164


Jean-Pierre Filiu and David B., translated by Edward Gauvin

Best of Enemies A graphic history of US and Middle East Relations 1783–1953 It was an American who first described the “Barbary” lands of the Mediterranean basin as “the Middle East” – a region by which America, ever since its own revolutionary foundation, has always measured its power. Acclaimed historian JeanPierre Filiu and award-winning artist David B. here tell the story of the blockades, broadsides, and betrayals of this foreign affair – a wary co-dependency that, from the Epic of Gilgamesh to the Eisenhower era, and from gold to oil, has continued to define our modern world. £14.99 | 120pp black and white illustrations throughout 240mm x 170mm | Hardback | Graphic novel, Non-fiction May 2012 | World (Distributed in the US/CAN by Abrams)

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Jean-Pierre Filiu (co-writer) is a world-renowned expert on the Middle East and the author of Mitterrand and Palestine, The Apocalypse in Islam, The Boundaries of Islam, and The Nine Lives of Al Qaeda. David B. (co-writer, illustrator) is the Eisner Award-nominated artist behind Epileptic. His many prizes include the Prix de Cheverny, the Ignatz Award for Outstanding Artist, and the top prizes for Comics Writing and Best Comic Book at the Angoulême Festival.


Black Paths

David B., translated by Nora Mahony

“The colourful panels look beautiful, and are reminiscent of B.’s masterful Epileptic in their vibrant savagery” – James Smart, The Guardian £14.99 | 128pp colour illustrations throughout | 240mm x 170mm | Hardback Graphic novel, Original Fiction | July 2011 World (Distributed in the US/CAN by Abrams) ISBN 9781906838331


Judith Vanistendael, TRanslated by Nora Mahony

When David Lost His Voice A heartfelt portrayal of a family preparing for life after David The moment his granddaughter Louise is born, David learns that he has cancer. But words were never his forte, and he’d rather keep quiet about his illness, the pain, and the end that awaits him – much to the frustration of the women in his life. They wait, powerless, for the silent but inexorable end. £16.99 | 280pp colour illustrations throughout 240mm x 170mm | Hardback | Graphic novel, Original Fiction April 2012 | World (Distributed in the US/CAN by Abrams)

Judith Vanistendael studied comic art at the Sint-Lukas art school in Brussels, where she still lives. Her first graphic novel Dance by the Light of the Moon was nominated for the prestigious Angoulême Grand Prix.

“A book full of unexpected solaces, and a worthy addition to the canon of graphic gems” – Michel Faber, The Guardian

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“The final moments are big, bleak, brilliant and stark.” — The Economist


Dance By the Light of the Moon

judith vanistendael, translated by ina rilke

“A refreshing counterpoint to the hot air that gusts up whenever immigration is mentioned” – James Smart, The Guardian £14.99 | 152pp black & white illustrations throughout | 240mm x 170mm Paperback with flaps | Graphic novel, Original Fiction | October 2010 | World ISBN 9781906838171


Peter Sís

The Conference of the Birds An inspirational story about the pain and the beauty of the human journey The epic poem by the twelfth-century Persian mystic and poet Attar of Nishapur, is here re-told by the acclaimed author and illustrator Peter Sís in a dazzlingly new graphic form. Part allegorical quest, part spiritual meditation, Sís’s sumptuously re-imagined adaptation traces the adventures of a flock of birds, led by the hoopoe, their different species reflecting the range of human character. Disillusioned by the troubles of the world, they journey to the mountain of Kaf in search of their true king, Simorgh.

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£16.99 160pp colour illustrations throughout

Peter Sís was born in Brno. He studied at the Royal College of Art, London. His film work is now in the permanent collection of MoMA, New York. He has received the Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis, Italy’s Bologna Ragazzi Award (twice), the Caldecott Honor (three times), and The New York Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year (seven times). He is a MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Fellow, and in 2012 he received the Hans Christian Andersen Award, the highest international recognition for illustration.

“A moving and spectacular book for all ages.” — The Huffington Post

254mm x 178mm Hardback Graphic novel, literary adaptation, Poetry April 2012 World excl. USA & Canada


Margaux Motin, translated by Edward Gauvin

But I Really Wanted To Be An Anthropologist The highs and lows of life as an illustrator, mother, blogger, and shoe-fanatic. Meet Margaux: thirty-something mother, selfconfessed geek, style-goddess, and red-wine drinker. We follow her real life, collected from her illustrated blog, as she makes her way as a freelance illustrator in Paris. Anyone who has ever worn inappropriate shoes to the supermarket or danced around the house in their underwear will be charmed by Motin’s irreverent humour.

Margaux Motin is an illustrator and blogger living in Paris. She draws regularly for Elle France, Cosmopolitan France and Fluide Glamour magazine, as well as drawing for advertising and on her blog. She illustrated the covers for the French editions of Bridget Jones’ Diary. But I Really Wanted To Be An Anthropologist, originally titled J’aurais adoré être Ethnologue, was her first published book, and was an instant bestseller in France.

“Imagine a dirty-minded, potty-mouth, thongflaunting Parisian version of Posy Simmonds and you’re halfway there.” —The Herald Scotland

ISBN 9781906838461 ISBN 978-1-906838-46-1

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£14.99 176pp colour illustrations throughout 240mm x 170mm Hardback Graphic novel, Humour April 2012 World (Distributed in the US/CAN by Abrams)



The Lovecraft Anthology: Vol II Nine nightmarish tales of terror from the master of the macabre This collection reveals the nightmare worlds of Lovecraft’s imagination, exploring themes of forbidden knowledge and insanity in tale after tale of unsettling horror. Building on the success of the first volume, it showcases the talents of a new roster of writers and artists, including Pat Mills and Attila Futaki (“The Nameless City”), Ben Dickson and Mick McMahon (“The Picture in the House”), and Jamie Delano and Steve Pugh (“Pickman’s Model”). £14.99 | 128pp colour illustrations throughout | 241mm x 165mm Paperback with flaps | Graphic novel, Sci-fi & Horror | March 2012 World (Distributed in the US/CAN by Abrams)

ISBN 9781906838430 ISBN 978-1-906838-43-0


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Contributors Jamie Delano | Steve Pugh | Chris Lackey | Adrian Salmon David Camus | Nicolas Fructus | Dwight L. MacPherson | Paul Peart-Smith | Chad Fifer | Bryan Baugh | Pat Mills | Attila Futaki | Benjamin Dickson | Mick McMahon | Simon Spurrier | Matt Timson | Dan Lockwood | Warwick Johnson Cadwell

The Lovecraft Anthology: Vol I

“An admirable, non-fawning homage to Lovecraft’s extraordinary oeuvre – vivid, variegated and, where appropriate, vile” – China Miéville Ian Edginton | D’Israeli | Dan Lockwood | Shane Ivan Oakley | Rob Davis I.N.J. Culbard | David Hine | Mark Stafford | Leah Moore | John Reppion Leigh Gallagher | David Hartman | Alice Duke £12.99 | 120pp colour illustrations throughout | 241mm x 165mm ISBN 9781906838287

Paperback with flaps | Graphic novel, Sci-fi & Horror | April 2011 World (Distributed in the US/CAN by Abrams)


Edited by Oscar Zarate

It’s Dark in London Cult authors and artists tackle London’s sordid underbelly It’s Dark in London features the stories of cult authors such as Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman, and David McKean, along with London-based writers ,including Iain Sinclair, Tony Grisoni, and Stella Duffy. This fusion produces a portrait of London that captures the city’s fundamental essence as an exquisite mixture of lofty towers and gutter sleaze, of suburban gentility and urban depravity, of private vices and public philanthropy. Concise graphic tales are interspersed with short pieces of poetry and prose in a concentrated take on the darker side of London life. The collection is edited by Oscar Zarate, a graphic novelist best known for his collaboration with Alan Moore on A Small Killing. Contributors Josh Appignanesi | Steve Bell | Dix | Stella Duffy Jonathan Edwards | Carl Flint | Neil Gaiman Melinda Gebbie | Graeme Gordon | Tony Grisoni Chris Hogg | Stewart Home | Ilya | Garry Marshall Dave McKean| Alan Moore | Christopher Petit Woodrow Phoenix | Warren Pleece | Alexei Sayle Iain Sinclair | Yana Stajno | Carol Swain | Chris Webster | Oscar Zarate “The mix of illustrators is so good... The book succeeds in making the reader look at the city with fresh eyes.” — Time Out

ISBN 9781906838447 ISBN 978-1-906838-44-7

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£14.99 136pp black and white illustrations and prose 240mm x 165mm Paperback with flaps Graphic novel, Short Stories March 2012 World


Richard Appignanesi and SŁava Harasymowicz

The Wolf Man The life of a tortured aristocrat – and Freud’s most famous case history Vienna 1910. Russian aristocrat Sergei Pankejeff asks for Sigmund Freud’s help. During analysis, Freud focuses on Pankejeff’s dream of a walnut tree full of white wolves. His interpretation of this dream would earn Pankejeff the enduring sobriquet “the Wolf Man”. We follow Pankejeff’s life as Freud and other analysts attempt to unravel the source of his crippling neurosis.

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Richard Appignanesi (writer) is the author of Freud for Beginners, and the adapter of the Manga Shakespeare series. Słava Harasymowicz (artist) is featured regularly in The Guardian Weekend Magazine and the Independent on Sunday. She recently exhibited at London’s Freud Museum

£14.99 176pp duo-tone illustrations throughout

“A dark, inky, trippy adaptation of Freud’s most famous case study” — The Times

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