Here are upcoming titles, now being solicited in comic stores through Diamond Previews for an August 2022 release.
“In its knowing play of dark words and raw images, Rob Vollmar and Pablo Callejo’s earthy graphic novel tells a tale worth hearing – and seeing. Bluesman, in the end, is a cathartic ghost story. Is there a better description of the blues?”
Now, for the first time, collected into one stunning paperback!
This story, structured like a traditional twelve bar blues song, with three sections each made of four chapters, follows blues musician Lem Taylor’s harrowing journey starting from juke joints he appears in to across Arkansas of the late twenties, a black man hunted down for a crime he didn’t commit. A racially intense story presenting a significant aspect of black history, its music, its social injustice.
6×9, 224pp., B&W trade pb., $19.99; ISBN 978-1-68112-300-4, ebook: $9.99, ISBN 978-1-68112-301-1; DIAMOND CODE: JUN221729
In the middle of a depressing youth in a ghetto of Kingston, Jamaica, Robert Nesta Marley sees only one way out: music. And that music will be what Jamaica made of rock and pop locally that had hardly been heard anywhere else: reggae! It is Marley who brings the unmistakable beat of reggae to the entire world.
From small stages in Jamaica, his partners of the Wailers accompany him all the way to the most fabulous world tours and adulation. Beyond a rocketing musical career, the most famous rasta wants to shake things up and proclaim all over his humanitarian and egalitarian values.
7 ½ x10,176pp., full color HC: US $27.99; HC ISBN: 9781681122449652799; DIAMOND CODE: JUN221730
Django Reinhardt is a legend. But Django -which may have meant “I awake”- was twice born. A first time in the snow, during the winter of 1910 in a nomadic gypsy family stationed in Liberchies, Belgium. The second in Saint-Ouen, near Paris, in the fall of 1928, when a fire in his caravan mutilated his left hand.
Writer Salva Rubio and artist Efa have already produced together a remarkable biopic on Monet, paying tribute to the painter’s obsession with light. Likewise, this biopic devoted to the youth of the prodigy musician features the passion and determination of the man who has always considered himself the greatest guitarist in the world. In this story-score, by laying out the panels like chords, the artist brings to life his passion in vibrating watercolor to better accompany the musical and technical development of the inventor of gypsy jazz. From musette to jazz, from violin to banjo then to guitar, Django’s destiny is that of his ‘hand on fire’, possessed by the supernatural spirit of the “duende” which burns in the soul of each gypsy musician.
That of a miracle who is reborn from his ashes, more dazzling than ever. Cue the music!
9×12, 88pp., full color hardcover, 19.99, ISBN 9781681122878; DIAMOND CODE: JUN221731
One of the greatest artists of all time, as well as a genius inventor, Da Vinci was arrestingly tall and handsome. This comics bio shows the process of his work and his inventions, his persecution as a gay man and how the changing politics of his country and ebbs and flows of those in power affected him and his career. A turbulent story on an exceptional man. Complemented with back matter on his chronology, list of his oeuvres, etc…
6 ½ x9, 144pp., full color HC, $19.99, ebooks $13.99 (9781681122601).
ISBN 9781681122595; DIAMOND CODE: JUN221732