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“Giant is a stunning saga of uncommon folk in perilous times and one no lover of grand stories could possibly resist.” – Now Read This
From French Canadian cartoonist Mikaël, Giant tells the story of the immigrants who built Rockefeller Center during the Great Depression in 1932.
The lead character is an Irish immigrant nicknamed “Giant”, working high above the New York skyline, who engages in a letter exchange with the wife of colleague who fell to his death, posing as him and sending money as he doesn’t have the courage to tell her the truth.
9×12, 120pp., full color HC, $24.99, ISBN 9781681122533, e: 9781681122540, $16.99
The Louvre Presents: Red Mother With Child
By Christian Lax
“An action-packed and splendidly drawn narrative.” – Publishers Weekly
In Mali in Africa, a red Mother with Child, a 14th century African sculpture, is saved from the destructive madness of Islamists by Alou, a young honey hunter.
In the company of other migrants, sisters and brothers of misfortune, Alou goes all out to reach Europe. His goal and his obsession: entrust the precious statuette to the Louvre Museum!
An epic adventure, touching upon the burning worldwide issue of refugees and immigration, in the ever-expanding Louvre collection commissioning graphic novels from leading world artists to spin tales around the famous museum.
9×12, 144pp, full color HC, $27.99 US / $36.50 CAN; HC ISBN: 978168112257152799
Willie Nelson: A Graphic History
By T.J. Kirsch & Various
“A diverse crew of illustrators pool their talents on behalf of a singular artist.” – Kirkus Reviews
Country music icon Willie Nelson is recognized all over the world for his music, philanthropy, and unmistakable look.
Since he was a child in Hill County, Texas, he has been writing and performing for adoring crowds. Though his mainstream success did not come until later in his life, he has been determined to take his unique sound and voice to the people even before he was a household name.
There have been tragedies, missteps, IRS troubles, good times and bad along the way, but Willie continues to shine his positive outlook and project his humble voice out into the world. In this graphic novel biography, all the chapters represent a different era of his life and struggles – each illustrated by a unique indie comics talent.
7 ½ x10, 88pp., B&W, HC, $16.99; ISBN 9781681122625; ebook: $11.99, ISBN 9781681122632
The Louvre Collection: Leonardo 2
By Stéphane Levallois
“Bold and brilliantly realised blend of historic recreation and futuristic imagination.” – Slings and Arrows
Planet Earth, engaged in an intergalactic conflict, owes its salvation to the clone of Leonardo da Vinci and to the rebirth of his genius.
Author Stéphane Levallois has created the fantastic universes of many of the big Hollywood blockbusters (Alien, King Kong: Skull Island, Harry Potter and many others). The result of two years of elaboration and work, this space opera exemplifies his talent in two areas that he masters to perfection: the universe of science fiction and art.
To build his story and compose his boards, Levallois draws from the painted and drawn work of the Renaissance master, selecting a large number of drawings and paintings by Leonardo to represent the characters, vessels or even the architectures in his story. The grand scale result is stupefying as Leonardo’s everlasting visions are successfully projected into a stunning futuristic setting. A visual experience not to be missed, in a large format hardcover.
10×14, 96pp., color HC, $29.99 ISBN 9781681122649; ebook: $16.99, ISBN 9781681122656
The Rock & Roll Set
Here is a set of 3 tomes on great rock and roll bands! The bestselling comics bios of the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and Bob Marley are collected into one attractively banded set. Includes:
THE BEATLES IN COMIC
“A graphic adaptation of a story so well known that one’s first reaction is probably, ‘Does this need to exist?’ The answer is, yes, it does! Pithy commentary effectively condensing the band’s history, and trivia that should amuse even hardcore fans. A satisfying snack for children as well as adults.” – Huffington Post
Here’s the complete illustrated story of the Beatles from their formation, through the Beatlemania phenom all the way through their breakup. We see how they evolved along with and amplifying the uproar of the sixties, became politically and socially active and have achieved a lasting impact unparalleled in pop music. Chapters combine text and comics for complete information presented in a fun way.
THE ROLLING STONES IN COMICS
“Works nicely as a pocket history of Rock & Roll’s key band, but its narrative quirks and far-out art are what make it special.” – Psychobabble
When the Rolling Stones hit the scene in the 60’s, it was to play Rhythm & Blues, nothing more. They are far from imagining that they are not just going to change music but also become the mouthpiece of a changing world. Sticking their tongue out at the establishment with their brilliant music and hard-hitting lyrics, they achieve planetary-wide success.
With Mick Jagger and Keith Richards in the lead, these rebels have become, over fifty years, not just music, but a whole attitude!
Through twenty-one stories in comics accompanied by biographical texts and a rich iconography, this book makes you relive, in a totally new way, the incredible epic of one of the biggest rock bands ever.
BOB MARLEY IN COMICS
“Without any doubt Bob Marley and comics fans will be very pleased.” – Reggae Vibes
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.
ISBN 9781681122618, $74.99; DIAMOND CODE: JUN201207
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