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Our mission at SelfMadeHero is simple: to publish ground-breaking and beautiful graphic novels by authors and artists from across the globe, from the quirky and humorous to the political and profound. The leading graphic novel publisher at home, SelfMadeHero is at the heart of the independent British comics scene that is currently gaining such popularity in the United States and Canada. Since launching in North America in 2012, SelfMadeHero’s books have won favor not only with readers and reviewers but awards judges: last year A Chinese Life and Chico & Rita received Eisner nominations, while Hair Shirt and When David Lost His Voice were shortlisted for Ignatz Awards. Highlights from 2014 include The Cigar that Fell in Love with a Pipe, a collaboration between French novelist David Camus and Nick Abadzis, the Eisner-winning author of Laika; Abel Lanzac and Christophe Blain’s bestselling political satire, Weapons of Mass Diplomacy, winner of the ‘Best Graphic Novel’ award at Angoulême in 2013; and The Boxer by Reinhard Kleist, a moving biography of Holocaust survivor and champion prizefighter Harry Haft. There’s also work from some of Britain’s finest creators, including Lovecraft adaptor I. N. J. Culbard’s first original graphic novel, Celeste; Rob Davis’s darkly original story of teenage life, The Motherless Oven; and Ricky Rouse Has A Gun by Jörg Tittel and John Aggs, an inventive action comedy set in a knockoff Disney theme park. We love to hear from our readers, so be sure to let us know what you think @selfmadehero


2. The Invisible Throng

■ ■ By f r e d e r i k p e e t e r s . t r a n slat e d by e d wa r d gau v i n

The second volume of Peeters’ award-winning sci-fi epic s e lling points ■■ Beautiful and compelling science

Praise for Volume 1: “A fresh tale that’s both suspenseful and elegiac” –SFX

fiction that comments sharply on contemporary society ■■ An action-packed graphic novel for science fiction fans, as well as fans of movies and comics ■■ Frederik Peeters won the ‘Best Series’ award at Angoulême for the first two volumes of Aama ■■ Bestselling and critically acclaimed author with a fast-growing English-language fanbase

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erloc Nim has travelled with his brother

Conrad to the desert planet Ona(ji) to

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recover the mysterious biorobotic experiment

aama. The planet is home to an abandoned group of scientists, who have been left to their fate. In the second volume of Frederik Peeters’ science fiction series, Conrad sets up an expedition to find the professor who has taken aama to another


part of the planet. With the assistance of their robot-ape Churchill, Verloc and Conrad embark on a journey that brings spectacular discoveries and unsettling encounters. Frederik Peeters is one of the world’s most important graphic novelists. He has received

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five nominations in the ‘Best Book’ category at

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Angoulême. In 2013, he won the ‘Best Series’

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prize at the same event for the first two volumes of Aama. He is also the author of Blue Pills, Pachyderme and Sandcastle (with Pierre-Oscar Lévy). He lives in Geneva, Switzerland.

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The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kaddath ■ ■ By H . P. Lov e c r a f t  ■  A dap t e d a n d illu s t r at e d by I . N . J . C u lba r d s e lling points ■■ I. N. J. Culbard has a fast-growing reputation in the US for his

A journey beyond the walls of sleep that will delight Lovecraft and sci-fi fans

Lovecraft adaptations, as well as for his work on The New Deadwardians (Vertigo) ■■ H. P. Lovecraft, who has a large cult following, was one of the most influential horror writers of the 20th century, an inspiration to modern masters like Stephen King and Alan Moore. ■■ Weaves elements of horror and fantasy into an epic tale that explores the spectacular world of dreams

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Science fiction • Horror hree times Randolph Carter dreamed of the marvelous city, and three times was

he snatched away while still he paused on the

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high terrace above it.” In a world beyond the walls

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of sleep, Randolph Carter goes in search of an opulent and mysterious sunset city. First, he must go to Kadath, home of the Gods, where he hopes to be guided to the city of his dreams. No one has ever been to Kadath, and no one even knows how to get there–but that won’t stop Carter from trying. In this masterful adaptation of Lovecraft’s classic novella,


I. N. J. Culbard captures Carter’s journey through the dangerous and spectacular Dreamlands in beautiful, gripping detail. H. P. Lovecraft (1890–1937) was one of the most influential horror writers of the 20th century. I. N. J. Culbard is an award-winning artist. He has adapted several classics for SelfMadeHero and illustrates

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The New Deadwardians for Vertigo. His first original graphic novel, Celeste, was published in 2014 (SelfMadeHero). He lives in Nottinghamshire, UK.

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The Motherless Oven ■ ■ Rob Dav is

A darkly compelling and imaginative story of teenage life s e lling points ■■ An edgy and surreal tale of teenagers adrift in a parallel universe that explores the cruelty and fragility of humankind ■■ A hugely imaginative story that tackles dark themes and will appeal to young adults as well as more mature readers ■■ Rob Davis has received awards and critical acclaim for his previous work, including the Eisner-nominated anthology Nelson and his YALSA-nominated adaptation of Don Quixote

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n Scarper Lee’s world, parents don’t make children

–children make parents. Scarper’s father is his pride

and joy, a wind-powered brass construction with a billowing sail. His mother is a Bakelite hairdryer. In

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this world it rains knives, and household appliances

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have souls. There are also no birthdays–only deathdays. Scarper’s deathday is just three weeks away, and he clings to the mundane repetition of his life at home and high school for comfort. Rob Davis’s dark graphic novel is an odyssey through a bizarre, distorted teenage landscape. When Scarper’s


father mysteriously disappears, he sets off with Vera Pike (the new girl at school) and Castro Smith (the weirdest kid in town) to find him. Facing home truths and knife storms at every turn, will Scarper even survive until his deathday? Rob Davis is one of Britain’s best-known graphic

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novelists. He is the author of the YALSA-nominated The Complete Don Quixote and editor of the Eisnerwinning anthology Nelson. He has also drawn Judge Dredd and Doctor Who, and works as an

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illustrator for newspapers and children’s publishers. He lives in Dorset, England.

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Best of Enemies A history of U S and M iddle E ast relations , Part two : 1 9 5 3 – 1 9 8 4 ■ ■ By J e a n - P i e r r e Fili u a n d Dav i d B .

Volume two of David B. and Jean-Pierre Filiu’s accalimed graphic history of US-Middle East relations s e lling points ■■ Eagerly awaited second book

Praise for Volume 1: “A riveting read to many aficionados, teens and up, of Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis and others interested in Middle East issues” —Library Journal

in David B. and Jean-Pierre Filiu’s intelligent but accessible three-volume history of US and Middle East relations ■■ Christiane Amanpour’s January 2013 interview with Jean-Pierre Filiu about the first volume of Best of Enemies reflects the sequel’s media potential ■■ David B.’s Epileptic is a classic of the graphic novel medium, and his other books are international bestsellers

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and David B.’s graphic novel history of


US–Middle East relations begins in the 1950s with the Eisenhower Doctrine and ends with the Lebanese War of 1982. A perceptive and

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authoritative account of this turbulent historical

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period, Best of Enemies documents the Six-Day War between Israel and the neighboring states of Egypt, Jordan, and Syria; the Iranian Revolution of 1979; the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan; and other Middle Eastern conflicts in which the United States became embroiled. Intelligent, accessible


and beautifully drawn, Best of Enemies brings to life a period of history that is of great relevance to international relations today. Jean-Pierre Filiu is a world-renowned expert on the Middle East. The author of numerous

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books, he has advised the French Minister for the Interior, and regularly lectures at Harvard

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and MIT. He lives in Paris. David B. is an Eisner–

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nominated artist and a founding member of the independent French publisher L’Association. He




lives in Paris, France.

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The Man Who Laughs ■ ■ By Vi c to r h u go  ■   A dap t e d by Dav i d H i n e  ■  illu s t r at e d by M a r k S ta f f o r d

s e lling points ■■ Recent film adaptations of The Man Who Laughs and Les

Victor Hugo’s tragic tale of love, death, and feudalism

Misérables have heightened interest in Victor Hugo ■■ The story that inspired Batman’s greatest villain, The Joker ■■ Shortlisted in the ‘Best Book’ category at the British Comic Awards 2013

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he Man Who Laughs (first published in 1869) is Victor Hugo’s scathing indictment of the injustice and

inequality within Britain’s political system. It is the story of

Gwynplaine, the two-year-old 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 in poverty, Gwynplaine is reintroduced to the aristocratic life and resolves to


become the voice of the voiceless—whether he is heard or not. Author David Hine and artist Mark Stafford introduce Hugo’s classic to a new generation in this stunning graphic novel adaptation. Victor Hugo (1802–1885) was one of the most prominent French writers and political figures of the 19th century.

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David Hine has worked in comics since the 1980s, and has written Batman for DC Comics, as well as Spider-Man and X-Men for Marvel Comics. He lives in London. Mark Stafford is a cartoonist-in-residence at the Cartoon

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Museum in London. He has collaborated with Costa award– winning Bryan Talbot on Cherubs! He lives in London.

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Ricky Rouse Has A Gun ■ ■ By J ö r g Ti t t e l . illu s t r at e d by J oh n Aggs

An inventive and action-packed thriller, infused with social and political satire s e lling points ■■ A rare blend of humor, action, and social and political satire ■■ Explores contemporary topics, such as intellectual property law and US-China relations ■■ Foreword by Christopher Sprigman, Professor of Law at New York University and author of the critically acclaimed The Knockoff Economy: How Imitation Sparks Innovation (OUP, 2012) ■■ A graphic novel for fans of genre fiction, cinema, and pop culture

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ick Rouse is a US Army deserter who, after running away to China, gets a job at Fengxian Amusement

Park–a family destination heavily “inspired” by Western

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culture, featuring Rambi (the deer with a red headband), Ratman (the caped crusader with a rat’s tail), Bumbo (small ears and a big behind), and other original characters. The park’s general manager is convinced that Rick was destined to greet Fengxian customers dressed as none other than Ricky Rouse. This original graphic novel is a relentless action comedy, a satire of US–China relations, a parody of Western entertainment, and a curious look at China–a country that, once we look past its often outrageous copyright infringements, is a culture ripe with innovation and a unique, courageous spirit. Jörg Tittel writes, produces, and directs plays, films, and video games. His passion and long-term mission is to create beautifully crafted stories and character-driven projects that transcend media. He lives in London. John Aggs is a comic-book artist whose work for adults and for children has been published by The Guardian, Random House, Hachette, and many others. He lives in London.

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WINNER Best Graphic Novel Award

Weapons of Mass Diplomacy ■ ■ By A b e l L a n z ac . illu s t r at e d by Ch r is toph e B lai n ■ ■ T r a n slat e d by E d wa r d G au v i n

Bestselling satire of Franco-American relations in the lead-up to the Iraq War s e lling points ■■ Winner of the ‘Best Graphic Novel’ award at Angoulême in 2013 ■■ A bestseller in Europe, with more than 400,000 copies sold in France alone ■■ Based on Abel Lanzac’s experience as the speechwriter for former French Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin ■■ A movie adaptation of Weapons of Mass Diplomacy was released in March 2014 (as The French Minister)

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“A hilariously acerbic but accurate portrait of life in the French foreign ministry” — Daily Telegraph

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ollowing 9/11, President Bush’s “War on Terror” erupted into a cultural clash between French reluctance and

American assurance over the case for “Weapons of Mass

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Destruction.” In Weapons of Mass Diplomacy, diplomat

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Abel Lanzac reveals a French insider’s point of view, with


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Readers follow Lanzac’s fictionalized self, Arthur Vlaminck, a speechwriter for the French Foreign Minister. As part of a team of flamboyant ministerial advisors, he has been tasked with drafting France’s response to the growing international crisis in the Middle East, which is then delivered before the United Nations Security Council. Weapons of Mass Diplomacy–a bestseller in Europe–provides a revelatory account of a period that saw French fries become “freedom fries” and an alternative perspective on the decisions leading up to the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq. Abel Lanzac, a pseudonym for Antonin Baudry, is a diplomat and former advisor to French Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin. Christophe Blain is an awardwinning artist and writer best known for the series

Gus, as well as Isaac the Pirate and In the Kitchen with Alain Passard.

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Celeste ■ ■ By I . N . J . C u lba r d

Lovecraft adaptor I. N. J. Culbard’s gripping new graphic novel about the choices we make and the courage it takes to make them s e lling points ■■ Culbard has won awards and widespread acclaim for The Shadow Out of Time (SelfMadeHero) and The New Deadwardians (Vertigo) ■■ Culbard has worked on several SelfMadeHero titles, including The Case of Charles Dexter Ward and The Lovecraft Anthology, Volume 1, and has a fan base for his comics work. ■■ A filmic and globe-spanning story that appeals to science fiction and fantasy fans, as well as film lovers

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Graphic Novel n London, the moment two commuters, Aaron and Lilly, lay eyes on each other on a packed Monday morning

tube train, everyone else around them vanishes. In Los

Angeles, Ray is sitting in gridlock on the 405 Freeway

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when he receives a call from an LAPD officer about his wife.

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Ray fears the worst. But just as the officer is about to give Ray the news, he is cut off. The caller has disappeared,

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and so has everyone else around him. Everyone except for a badly beaten man tied up in the trunk of another car. In Japan, comic artist Yoshi has come to the demonhaunted Aokigahara Forest to die, but the spirits of the forest have other ideas. Taking us through the deserted streets of London, the empty freeways of Los Angeles, and the dream world of the Aokigahara Forest, Celeste is a compelling and profound graphic novel about the choices we make and the courage it takes to make them. I. N. J. Culbard is an author, artist and animator whose work has appeared in several comics anthologies, including Dark Horse Presents, Judge Dredd Megazine, and 2000 AD. He has adapted several classics for SelfMadeHero and illustrates The New Deadwardians for Vertigo.

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The Boxer T he T rue S tory of H olocaust S urvivor H arry H aft ■ ■ By R e i n ha r d Kl e is t. t r a n slat e d by mi c ha e l waal e r

A biography of death camp escapee and champion boxer Harry Haft s e lling points ■■ Perfect for readers with an interest in history and boxing ■■ Reinhard Kleist is an acclaimed artist, best known for his biographical graphic novels, including the Eisner-nominated Johnny Cash: I See a Darkness ■■ The Boxer won the ‘Best German Book’ award at the Munich Comic Festival 2013, the Grand Prix de Lyon at the Lyon BD Festival, and the German Children’s Literature Award 2013

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oland, 1941. Sixteen-year-old Harry Haft is sent to

Auschwitz. When he is forced to fight against other

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inmates for the amusement of the SS officers, Haft shows

extraordinary strength and courage, and a determination to survive. As the Soviet Army advances in April 1945, he makes a daring escape from the Nazis. After negotiating the turmoil of postwar Poland, Haft emmigrates to the United States and establishes himself as a professional prizefighter, remaining undefeated until he faces heavyweight champion Rocky Marciano in 1949. In The Boxer, Reinhard Kleist reveals another side to the steely Harry Haft: a man struggling to escape the memories of the fiancée he left behind in Poland. This is a powerful and moving graphic novel about love and the will to survive. Reinhard Kleist has written a number of critically acclaimed graphic novels, among them the award-winning biographies Johnny Cash: I See a Darkness, and Castro. Kleist lives in Berlin, Germany.

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The Park ■ ■ By os c a r z a r at e

An impulsive reaction sets off a chain of events that challenges our perception of right and wrong s e lling points ■■ Oscar Zarate is an acclaimed graphic novelist best known for his Eisner-winning collaboration with Alan Moore, A Small Killing ■■ A compelling and philosophical

“A wry and likeable tale” — The Guardian

story that appeals to comics fans and readers of literary fiction ■■ Beautiful watercolor artwork

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ISBN 978-1-906838-47-8 n a beautiful Sunday afternoon, an incident

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takes place in a North London park. Chris

is accidentally bitten by an excited dog and aims a

defensive kick at it. The owner, well-known polemicist Ian Grubb, takes to his blog to express his outrage, spinning the story to sit happily within his own narrative. When Ivan and Chris relate the event to their children, they are surprised and confused by the strength of feeling their


reactions provoke. The Park is a delicate examination of how anger, repression, and powerlessness can overwhelm even the most logical and well-intentioned person amid the confusion of the modern world. Oscar Zarate is a prize-winning author and illustrator

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whose work includes A Small Killing (with Alan Moore),

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Geoffrey the Tube Train and the Fat Comedian, and an

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adaptation of Marlowe’s Dr Faustus. Zarate worked with Carlos Sampayo on Trois Artist à Paris, Fly Blues, and La

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Faille. He lives in London.

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The Cigar that Fell in Love with a Pipe F eaturing O rson W elles and R ita H ayworth ■ ■ By Dav i d Cam u s . illu s t r at e d by Ni c k A ba dz is s e lling points ■■ A unique collaboration between Eisner-winning artist Nick Abadzis and acclaimed novelist David Camus

A tragicomic tale of love, heartbreak and tobacco

■■ Appeals to the cult followings of Orson Welles and Rita Hayworth ■■ Appeals to film fans and lovers of old Hollywood

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n the eve of the release of his latest movie, The Lady From Shanghai, Orson

Welles receives a gift: an admirer has sent him a box of cigars. Rich and full bodied, they are

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the finest he’s ever tasted. But then these are no ordinary cigars: they’ve been assembled by the most famous cigar roller in Cuba, Conchita Marquez. It is an exquisite gift, though one not


appreciated by Welles’ wife, Rita Hayworth. As he smokes these most coveted of cigars, he daydreams about the plump genius Conchita Marquez, whose story of triumph, despair, and love unfolds within the pages of this stunning and imaginative graphic novel.


David Camus is an award-winning writer. His

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work Knights of the Kingdom won the Prix Relay

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for best adventure/fantasy novel. He lives in Paris, France. Nick Abadzis is an artist, writer and editor. He won an Eisner Award in 2008 for his graphic novel Laika. He lives in New York.

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1. The Smell of Warm Dust

WINNER Best Series

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An award-winning, futuristic graphic novel by acclaimed artist Frederik Peeters

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n the distant future, Verloc Nim wakes up in the middle of nowhere suffering from complete amnesia. He remembers


nothing of his former life. But when Verloc is handed his


diary by a robot-ape called Churchill, he is able to revisit his

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past. His life, he discovers, has been a miserable one. He lost his business, his family, and his friends, mainly because he refused the technological advancements of society. He was astray in a society he deeply resented – that is, until his brother, Conrad, took him to another planet to retrieve a

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mysterious substance called aama. Full of action, adventure,

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and strange characters, Aama is a unique exploration of society’s dangerous relationship with technology. Frederik Peeters is one of the world’s most important graphic novelists and the author of the highly acclaimed Blue Pills. He has received five nominations in the ‘Best Book’ category

“A fresh tale that’s both suspenseful and elegiac” — SFX

at Angoulême; in 2013 he won the ‘Best series’ prize at the same event for the first two volumes of Aama. He lives with his wife and daughter in Geneva, Switzerland.

The Castle ■ ■ By F r a n z Ka f k a  ■   A dap t e d by Dav i d Za n e M ai r o w i t z 

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144 pages, 6½ x 9½ Paperback with flaps hen a land surveyor, known only as “K.”, is summoned to the Village, he is forced to

negotiate an obscure hierarchy–among assistants






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masters and… mistresses. But how is he to receive his instructions from the Castle when no one knows what his employer looks like, telephones ring unanswered, and there is anyway no land to survey? This is a faithful and intelligent adaptation of Kafka’s final masterpiece, which ends–much like life itself–mid-sentence. Franz Kafka (1883–1924) is one of the most important writers of the early 20th century. David Zane Mairowitz is an author, playwright, radio director, and translator. He lives in France. Jaromír 99 (a.k.a. Jaromír Švejdík) is

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“A powerful interpretation of Kafka’s timeless themes” — Publishers Weekly

an artist, musician, and animator. He won the European Academy Award for his animated film Alois Nebel, which is also a graphic novel. He lives in the Czech Republic.

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The Shadow Out of Time ■ ■ By H . P. Lov e c r a f t  s pecifications Color illustrations throughout 120 pages, 6½ x 9½

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A disturbing tale for H. P. Lovecraft fans of all ages


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n 1908, Nathaniel Wingate Peaslee experiences an unfortunate fainting spell. Five years later, he finally

returns to his senses, but has no recollection of these

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lost years of his life. As he attempts to discover what


happened during this time, he becomes increasingly tormented by vivid, disturbing dreams—dreams that will lead him on a journey through space and time to unlock the secrets of his past and of the universe.

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Culbard is an award-winning artist. He has adapted a number of classics for SelfMadeHero, including At the

“Watching Culbard’s fussy gents go stark raving nuts is always a blast, and this one may be his best yet.” —Booklist

Mountains of Madness and The Case of Charles Dexter Ward. He also illustrates The New Deadwardians for Vertigo. He lives in Nottingham, England.

The (True!) History of Art ■ ■ By S y lvai n Coissa r d a n d A l e x is L e moi n e s pecifications Color illustrations throughout 48 pages, 9½ x 6½

A humorous gift book unveiling the mysteries behind the world’s greatest paintings




his small book contains big revelations. It unveils the mysteries behind the

world’s great paintings. Or it might not. The

(True!) History of Art takes an outrageously speculative look at the stories behind the works of Monet, Rembrandt, and other masters

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of art. In a series of hilarious parodies, Sylvain

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Coissard and Alexis Lemoine answer the nagging questions of art history: what caused Munch’s subject to scream? Why is Van Gogh’s

“Smart, funny, imaginative... a magical little book.” — Anna Gavalda, Elle France

Sylvain Coissard is a literary agent specializing in

Yellow Bedroom so suspiciously tidy? Why is

children’s books and graphic novels. He lives in

Cézanne wearing a bandage in his famous

Nîmes, France. This is his first book. Alexis Lemoine

self-portrait? The (True!) History of Art is for

studied at the Estienne art school in Paris and, in

anyone who wants to know what happened

1997, became a professional illustrator. He works

before the Mona Lisa smiled. Or, rather, what

for the French press (notably Libération). He lives in

might have happened.

Paris, France.

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Pachyderme ■ ■ By f r e d e r i k p e e t e r s . t r a n slat e d by e d wa r d gau v i n s pecifications

A modern masterpiece of surreal graphic fiction


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his cinematic tale opens on a surreal note: with a traffic jam caused by a wounded

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elephant. Our heroine, Carice, abandons her car

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and walks trancelike through a wood to visit her

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husband in hospital. Along the way she meets a


few odd characters, including a blind pig keeper and an alien-looking baby. The surreal encounters do not stop there. The hospital is eerie and foreboding. When Carice’s whistling wakes up an apparently dead body in the morgue, she soon

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realizes that the aged cadaver she’s talking to is her future self. Frederik Peeters has received five nominations in the ‘Best Book’ category at Angoulême International Comics Festival; in 2013 he won the ‘Best Series’ prize at the same event for the first two volumes of Aama. He lives in Geneva, Switzerland.

“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

We Won’t See Auschwitz ■ ■ By J é r é mi e D r e s . t r a n slat e d by e d wa r d gau v i n

An uplifting semi-autobiographical work about the search for identity


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fter their grandmother’s death, Jérémie


and his brother attempt to learn more


about their family’s Jewish-Polish roots. They


decide not to do the Holocaust trail—they won’t

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go to Auschwitz—but instead go to Żelechów, the village where their grandfather was born; Warsaw, their grandmother’s hometown; and Kraków, the city that hosts Europe’s largest festival of Jewish culture. In their quest to understand what it means

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to be Jewish and Polish in today’s world, they

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gradually put together the pieces of their family history, while at the same time discovering a country still affected by its past and a culture greater than themselves. Jérémie Dres lives in Paris, France. This is his first graphic novel.

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“A beautifully illustrated document of two Jewish brothers who visit Poland seeking their cultural heritage.” — Shelf Awareness

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Rebetiko ■ ■ By Dav i d p r u d homm e . t r a n slat e d by n o r a maho n y s pecifications Color illustrations throughout

A day in the life of the persecuted Rebetiko musicians

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thens, 1936. General Metaxas is cracking down on rebetis and their way of life. A

small group of friends–Rebetiko musicians–

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wind their way through the Athenian backstreets,

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ouzeris and market squares, dodging the police while settling disputes over hashish and women. This multi-award-winning graphic novel builds to a

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joyous party at its climax.

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in Bordeaux, France. He is a graduate of the

“Prudhomme re-creates the music deftly, using small panels that echo the darkness, the closeness, of the cafés while also filling them with movement” — LA Times

Arts School of Angoulême and an award-winning graphic novelist.

The Complete Don Quixote ■ ■ By M ig u e l d e C e r va n t e s  s pecifications

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ore than 400 years ago, Spanish author Miguel de Cervantes sent his irrepressible

optimist of a hero out to tilt at windmills—and Don

Quixote and his philosophical squire, Sancho Panza, still remain among the world’s most popular and entertaining figures. In this critically acclaimed

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adaptation, Rob Davis uses innovative paneling

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and a dynamic color palette to bring the Knight-


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art at its finest, as we follow Don Quixote on his search for adventure and chivalrous quests. Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616) was a celebrated Spanish

“A delightful iteration, taking nothing away from Cervantes’ story” — The Daily Beast

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novelist. Rob Davis is an award-winning artist. He has drawn Judge Dredd and Dr. Who comics, and co-edited the Eisner-nominated anthology, Nelson. He lives in Dorset, England.

Sandcastle ■ ■ W r i t t e n by P i e r r e O s c a r L é v y  ■  illu s t r at e d by F r e d e r i k P e e t e r s

A day at the beach turns deadly in this gripping sci-fi graphic novel

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104 pages, 6 ½ × 9 ½" t’s a perfect beach day, or so thought the fam-


ily, young couple, a few tourists, and a refugee

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who all end up in the same secluded, idyllic cove.

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But this utopia hides a dark secret. First there is

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the dead body of a woman found floating in the crystal-clear water. Then there is the odd fact that all the children are aging rapidly. Soon everybody

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is growing older—every half hour—and there doesn’t seem to be any way out. Levy’s dramatic

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storytelling works seamlessly with Peeters’ sinister art to create a profoundly disturbing and fantastical mystery.

“Maximally eerie, unsettling.” —Booklist

Pierre Oscar Lévy is an award-winning documentary filmmaker. He lives in France. Frederik Peeters is an acclaimed artist best known for his graphic novels Blue Pills and the award-winning sci-fi series Aama.

The Case of Charles Dexter Ward ■ ■ By H . P. Lov e c r a f t. A dap t e d a n d illu s t r at e d by I .  N .  J . C u lba r d s pecifications

H.P. Lovecraft’s thriller of alchemy and resurrection


Color illustrations throughout 144 pages, 6 ½ × 9 ½”

rovidence, Rhode Island, 1928. A dangerous inmate disappears from a private hospital

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for the insane, his method of escape baffling the

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authorities. Only the patient’s final visitor, family

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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 of his most successful attempts at cumulative horror fiction.

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I.N.J. Culbard is an award-winning graphic novelist. He is the artist for Deadbeats, an original Lovecraftian fiction by Chad Fifer and Chris Lackey, and The New Deadwardians (with Dan Abnett) for Vertigo. He adapted H.P. Lovecraft’s The Shadow Out of Time for SelfMadeHero. His original graphic novel, Celeste, is

“Masterfully executed[...] this is really the best way to enjoy Lovecraft.” — Boing Boing

published by SelfMadeHero.

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Black Paths ■ ■ By Dav i d B . s pecifications Color illustrations throughout 128 pages, 6½ × 9½"

David B. tells a surreal tale inspired by a true story set in WWI–era Europe


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fter World War I, control of the port of Fiume (now Rieka, Croatia) was hotly

disputed. Enter “Pirate King” Gabriele d’Annunzio,

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an Italian poet who stormed the city with 3,000 Italian nationalists, declared Fiume a free republic

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and himself commander. Instead of a Utopia,

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Fiume quickly became a surreal center of violence and decadence. David B. seamlessly weaves

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history, hysteria, and highly stylized art into the tragic love story of a beautiful singer and a young

“David B. draws with the chaotic, high-contrast style he used in his bestknown work, Epileptic, to capture the distressed, surreal mood of artists struggling to run the world.” — Publishers Weekly

soldier haunted by the horrors of trench warfare. David B. (Pierre-François Beauchard) is a French comics artist whose graphic memoir, Epileptic, was nominated for an Eisner, won an Ignatz Award, and was celebrated at Angoulême International Comics Festival. He is also the illustrator of Best of Enemies: A History of U.S. and Middle East Relations. He lives in Paris, France.

When David Lost His Voice ■ ■ By J u d i t h Va n is t e n da e l s pecifications Color illustrations throughout 280 pages, 6½ × 9½" Hardcover RIGHTS: North America PUB MONTH: MARCH 2013 Graphic Novel

A powerful graphic novel in the tradition of David Small’s #1 New York Times bestseller, Stitches


he doctor’s report is final: David has cancer. Now the whole family is under the

same terrible verdict. David’s wife becomes

progressively consumed by the looming shadow of death while his daughters struggle to be as

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helpful as possible. Meanwhile, David soldiers on,

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grow up. Vanistendael’s extraordinary art and sensitive text provide a powerful portrayal of a family preparing for life after unimaginable loss. Judith Vanistendael holds several art degrees. Her semi-autobiographical book, Dance by the Light of the Moon, was also published by SelfMadeHero and was nominated for two awards at Angoulême, including the grand prize. She lives in Brussels, Belgium.

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Hair Shirt ■ ■ By Pat r i c k M c Eo w n

A bold debut graphic novel from an Eisner Award–winning comics artist


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ohn and Naomi were childhood sweethearts— and then they grew up. Life took them on

very different paths, but accidents will happen. When their two lives intersect again, they decide

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to have another go at love. But this is no simple romantic rekindling: Both John and Naomi are wearing the hairshirts of miserable memories

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and dark nightmares, which may be too painful to shed, even if they hold each other tight again.

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Their terrible struggle is powerfully represented in beautifully nuanced art that reflects a soulless city, troubled love, and tense aimlessness.

Nominated for an Ignatz Award in 2013

Patrick McEown is an Eisner Award–winning artist whose credits include the popular comics series Grendel: War Child and collaborations with Mike Mignola, creator of Hellboy. He lives in Montreal, Canada.

“A bleak yet honest story, which reveals the toll one’s past can have on both oneself and close friends” — Publisher’s Weekly

Hellraisers ■ ■ By Rob e r t S e ll e r s a n d JA Ke

So Richard Burton, Richard Harris, Peter O’Toole, and Oliver Reed walk into a bar . . .


aise a glass to the story of four of the greatest actors of all time: Richard Burton, Richard

Harris, Peter O’Toole, and Oliver Reed. This

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inventive graphic work seamlessly weaves their

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four biographies into one fast-paced adventure

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of drunken binges, orgies, parties, and fun. The story is told through the eyes of Martin, a wannabe

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hellraiser. Burton, Harris, Reed, and O’Toole take

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Martin on tours of their tumultuous childhoods, rises to stardom, and chaotic personal lives. Robert Sellers is the author of several celebrity biographies, including the original hardcover Hellraisers. He lives in St. Albans, England. JAKe is an artist whose work has appeared in Esquire and Time Out; he also works for LucasFilm on Star Wars. Recently he illustrated the book How to Speak Wookiee. He lives in London, England.

“The story is perectly rendered... hallucinatory, like a severe case of the DTs, with scenes from movies dissolving into boozed and drugged reality” — Boing Boing

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