Here are upcoming titles, now being solicited in comics stores through Diamond Previews for an August 2019 release.
Albert Einstein: The Poetry of Real
By Manuel Garcia Iglesias and Marwan Kahil
When he’s five years old, Albert Einstein’s father offers him a compass that triggers in him an irrepressible need to understand the laws of the universe. At first a simple employee of the Swiss Patent Office in Bern, the young Einstein published in 1905 a series of scientific articles that question everything that was thought to be known in the world of physics. His theory, summed up by the formula E = mc2, opens to humanity the doors of the power of the atom… Legendary Genius, but also a great humanist, he lives through the first half of the 20th century, with all its horrors and contradictions, in the service of science, but distraught by what man’s madness is capable of doing with it.
7×10¼, 128pp. , Black and White Hardcover, $19.99, ISBN: 978168112202151999; DIAMOND CODE: JUN191832
Release Date: August 14th, 2019
Philip K. Dick: A Comics Biography
By Laurent Queyssi and Mauro Marchesi
One of the greatest writers in SF history, Philip K. Dick is mostly remembered for works that inspired Blade Runner, Minority Report and Total Recall. His dark fascinating work centered on alternate universes and shifting realities in worlds often governed by monopolistic corporations and authoritarian governments.
His own life story seems a tussle with reality, going through five wives and becoming increasingly disjointed with fits of paranoia and hallucinations fueled by abuse of drugs meant to stabilize him. His dramatic story is presented unvarnished in this biography.
7×10¼, 144pp., full color hardcover, US $24.99; ISBN: 978168112191852499; DIAMOND CODE: JUN191836
Ghetto Brother – Warrior to Peacemaker
By Julian Voloj and Claudia Ahlering
Introduction by Jeff Chang, author of Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: A History of the Hip Hop Generation
An engrossing and counter view of one of the most dangerous elements of American urban history, this graphic novel tells the true story of Benjy Melendez, son of Puerto-Rican immigrants, who founded, at the end of the 1960s, the notorious Ghetto Brothers gang. From the seemingly bombed-out ravages of his neighborhood, wracked by drugs, poverty, and violence, he managed to extract an incredibly positive energy from this riot ridden era: his multiracial gang promoted peace rather than violence.
After initiating a gang truce, the Ghetto Brothers held weekly concerts on the streets or in abandoned buildings, which fostered the emergence of hip-hop. Melendez also began to reclaim his Jewish roots after learning about his family’s dramatic crypto-Jewish background.
6×9, 128pp., Black and White Trade paperback., US $12.99; ISBN: 978156163948951299; DIAMOND CODE: JUN191833
Niki de Saint Phalle: The Garden of Secrets
By Dominique Osuch and Sandrine Martin
Niki de Saint Phalle knew art could save the world because art saved her… from madness, from violence. Even from herself. A comics biography of the famous and controversial contemporary pop-style artist.
8”x10”, 186pp., Full Color Hard Cover, US $29.99, ISBN: 978168112158152999; DIAMOND CODE: JUN191835
Monet: Itinerant of Light
Illustrated by Efa, Written by Salva Rubio
The life of the great French painter, one of the founders of Impressionism, is narrated in lush comic art reminiscent of his style.
From the Salon des Refuses (“Salon of the Rejected”) and many struggling years without recognition, money and yet a family to raise, all the way to great success, critically and financially, Monet pursued insistently one vision: catching the light in painting, refusing to compromise on this ethereal pursuit.
It cost him dearly but he was a beacon for his contemporaries. We discover in this comics biography how he came to this vision as well as his turbulent life pursuing it.
9” x 12”, 112pp., Full Color Hardcover, $24.99, ISBN: 978168112139052499; DIAMOND CODE: JUN191834