December is the most magical time of the year: the perfect time to curl up with a fairy tale graphic novel. This December, NBM is bringing back THE FAIRY TALES OF OSCAR WILDE! The fifth installment, “The Happy Prince” has been out of stock for some time now. We are reprinting the hardcover and now offering a new paperback format! This all-ages series retells fairy tales penned by Oscar Wilde himself, with art by comic master P. Craig Russell, acclaimed artist of Hellboy, Sandman, and Coraline fame. After its first printing, Comics Waiting Room said, ” An outstanding piece of work, well worth your time and money, whether you’re a Wilde fan, a Russell fan, or just want to try something new.”
The Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde
Vol.5: The Happy Prince
P. Craig Russell
The Happy Prince is arguably the most famous and well loved of Oscar Wilde’s nine fairy tales, rivaled only by The Selfish Giant. The Happy Prince has died young and his soul inhabits a beautiful ruby encrusted statue covered all over in gold leaf. From his perch high above the city he is witness to all the poverty, misery, and hopelessness in which his people have been living. When a small barn swallow in flight to the warm south ahead of the approaching winter stops to rest upon the statue the Happy Prince prevails upon him to delay his travels in order to remove his gold leaf a piece at a time and shower it upon the poor citizens. Out of love for the Happy Prince the swallow does his bidding. As the days pass the Prince’s beauty is stripped away and as winter sets in the bird’s fate is sealed. In the spring the townspeople finding only a dull statue with a broken lead heart and a dead bird consign the worthless objects to the ash heap. Only an emissary of God recognizes them as the most valuable treasures of the city and brings them to the gardens of heaven.
8 ½ x 11, 32pp., full color trade pb., $8.99
Diamond Order Code: OCT151547
8 ½ x 11, 32pp., full color jacket hc: $16.99,
Diamond Order Code: FEB121098
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Be sure to order today from your favorite comic book store in October’s Diamond Previews Magazine.