Here are upcoming titles, now being solicited in comic stores through Diamond Previews for November 2022 release.
By Damian Bradfield and David Sánchez
Your phone reminds you all day long that you were interested in buying those shoes. Your device knows the places where you go, the books you like and your friends’ faces.
The world’s most valuable resource is no longer oil, but data. The more they know about you, the better you can be targeted, and then, monetized.
The British businessman Damian Bradfield, co-founder of WeTransfer, and the Spanish comics author David Sánchez build an ironic dystopic world, disturbingly similar to ours, to explore the addictive effects of social media, the stealthy invasion of privacy and the dangers of data misuse. With a wry acidic sense of humor, they blur the boundaries between the online and offline worlds and spin disturbingly recognizable tales about our overconnected society.
7 ½ x 10 ½, 80pp. color HC, $17.99, ISBN 9781681123066; Ebook, $7.99, ISBN 9781681123073; DIAMOND CODE: SEP221817
By Abraham Martínez
2051.The world’s largest company, The Company, has seized power on a planetary scale and runs the world as if it were a business.
In a plutocracy, the richer one is, the more powerful one is. The elections have been replaced by general shareholders’ meetings where the votes are linked to the number of shares owned by citizens. Government is made up of those who own the most shares and it is the laws of the market that govern everything, creating a strange political system.
In this context, an anonymous citizen becomes compelled to uncover how the world came to this situation, without paying any attention to the official version. Without knowing very well why, several members of the government end up encouraging him to carry out this investigation which apparently goes against their interests, by giving him access to all the information. From then on, he decides to pursue two objectives: to discover the true history of The Company and to try to understand what are the various interests that are trying to influence his investigation. The truth behind this power and uncovering it can be frightening but he is determined and has little to lose.
At a time when it seems more and more natural that wealthy people such as Silvio Berlusconi or Donald Trump come to political power, this graphic novel envisions the possibility that, in the near future, the world will be governed by a plutocratic system in which it will go without saying that politics and wealth go hand in hand.
6×9, 144pp., full color HC, $24.99, ISBN 9781681122687; ebook: $16.99, ISBN 9781681122694 ; DIAMOND CODE: SEP221818
By Ted Rall and Pablo Callejo
Suffering from budget cuts, layoffs and a growing suspicion that his search for the truth has become obsolete, veteran war correspondent Mark Scribner is about to throw in the towel on journalism when he discovers that his hard-earned knowledge can save his career and make him wealthy and famous. All he has to do is pivot to social media and -with a few cynical twists- abandon everything he cares about most.
A paean to when fact-based journalism mattered, The Stringer, set at an important turning point a few years ago, is a globe-trotting action-packed timely statement about how a society without a vibrant independent culture of reporting can degenerate into chaos and a warning of the dangers of sophisticated new technologies that enable the manufacture and modification of ‘truths’ with no basis in fact.
8 ½ x 11, 152pp, full color HC, $24.99, ISBN 9781681122724; Ebook: 9781681122731, $16.99; DIAMOND CODE: SEP221819