Here are upcoming titles, now being solicited in comics stores through Diamond Previews for a June 2018 release.
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A Tale of a Thousand and One Nights: Hasib & the Queen of Serpents
by David B.
Heir to the wise Daniel, Hâsib is a young woodcutter promised to a great future. When his greedy companions abandon him in the middle of the forest, he meets the Queen of the serpents. She then tells her story, a fabulous adventure filled with gods and demons, princes and prophets. We find Prince Janshah madly in love with Shamsa, the bird woman of King Solomon. Love and perjury, epic battles and giant spiders ensue…
From Kabul to Cairo, journeys intertwine with intrigues and spiritual quests while the fabulous nights follow one another. An enchanting and intricately designed interpretation of the story of Hâsib Karîm ad-Dîm, through which fragment of the giant tale David B. opens us the gates of the Thousand and One Nights. For mature readers.
9” x 12″, Full-color hardcover, 96 pp, $24.99 HC ISBN: 978168112162852499
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Rohan at the Louvre
By Hirohiko Araki
After Glacial Period and The Sky Over the Louvre comes another completely original story with stunning art by a leading mangaka, bestselling author of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure.
Rohan, a young mangaka, meets a beautiful mysterious young woman with a dramatic story. Seeing him draw, she tells him of a cursed 200 year old painting using the blackest ink ever known from a 1000 year old tree the painter had brought down without approval from the Emperor who had him executed for doing so. The painting meanwhile had been saved from destruction by a curator of the Louvre. Rohan forgets this story as he becomes famous but ten years later, visiting Paris, he takes the occasion to try and locate the painting. Little does he know how violently powerful the curse of it is until he has the museum unearth it from deep within its archival bowels…
7 1/4”x10 3/8”, Full-color hardcover, 128 pp, $19.99 ISBN: 978-1-56163-615-051999
Guardians of the Louvre
By Jirô Taniguchi
Acclaimed manga artist Jiro Taniguchi provides the latest entry in the Louvre collection of graphic novels. After a group trip to Europe, a Japanese artist stops in Paris alone, intent on visiting the museums of the capital. But, bedridden in his hotel room with fever, he faces the absolute solitude of one suffering in a foreign land, deprived of any immediate or familiar recourse.
When the fever breaks somewhat, he sets out on his visit and promptly gets lost in the crowded halls of the Louvre. Very soon, he discovers many unsuspected facets to this world in a museum in a journey oscillating between feverish hallucination and reality, actually able to speak with famous painters from various periods of history, led to crossroads between human and personal history by… the Guardians of the Louvre.
8 ” x 11”, Full-color hardcover, 136 pp, $24.99 US
HC ISBN: 978168112034852499
By Takashi Murakami
A moving inspiring manga that is a major best-seller in Japan, selling over 500,000 copies and being made into a movie. Daddy is down and out. Life has conspired against him, everything coming undone. Fed up, he sets out with his car to just get away from it all to nowhere in particular. All people around him have abandoned him in indifference but as we discover along with him, the one companion he can count on utterly and completely is his dog who follows him blindly, faithfully and completely, to the end.
“Perhaps the best compliment I can pay Murakami is to acknowledge just how much Stargazing Dog moved me.”
6” x 9”, B&W trade paperback, 128 pp, $11.99 US
HC ISBN: 978-1-56163-612-951199
The Story of Lee Vol. 1
By Sean Michael Wilson & Chie Kutsuwada
Lee, living in Hong Kong, meets Matt, a fine young Scot. Their relationship becomes stronger by the day, despite their deep cultural differences. But there is Lee’s Dad to contend with who views this affair very suspiciously. And there is another contender for Lee’s heart, a Chinese young man, whose jealousy takes on twinges of xenophobia.
Will Lee and Matt’s relationship successfully cross the cultural divide and overcome the negative odds? Two worlds collide creating good sparks… and bad ones.
5 x 7 1/2, 160pp., B&W, trade pb.: $11.99, ISBN 978156163594851199
The Story of Lee Vol. 2
By Sean Michael Wilson and Nami Tamura
Finally Lee’s dream comes true, as she moves from her native Hong Kong to her dream location: the UK. And with her dream handsome guy: Matt. Exciting! But of course, then comes the reality of being in a new country, of actually living together, and that might not be so easy, especially as Matt’s best friend, Richard, seems more than a little jealous.
And once again, wise Uncle Jun turns up to offer his advice. With art by Nami Tamura, a Japanese artist published by Kodansha.
A comics biography of the famous and controversial contemporary pop-style artist.
5 x 7 1/2, 160pp., B&W, trade pb.: $11.99, ISBN 9781561639731
Breaking The Ten Vol. 2
By Sean Michael Wilson and Michiru Morikawa
David becomes increasingly more desperate, with his extreme behaviour causing fights with everyone who cares for him: with the devilish Mr Black and the saintly Mr White and even with his loving parents. But his quest goes on, driving him to break the rest of the 10 commandments in order to draw out the elusive divinity to face a grief stricken man.
Until, finally, he is faced with the most serious commandment all: ‘Thou shalt not kill.
Will he do it? Or will God stop him?
6×9, 128pp., B&W trade pb., $12.99, ISBN 97816811211785199,
Breaking The Ten Vol. 1
By Sean Michael Wilson and Michiru Morikawa
When David loses his wife and child in a tragic car accident he decides, in anger at the cruelty of the event, to turn against God. He sets out to systematically break each of the Ten Commandments in order to both spite God and to get his attention! But will he go all the way, and break the commandment ‘Thou shalt not kill’?
Two mysterious figures, Mr White and Mr Black, try to win David over to their side: the religious or the humanistic. Deeply sad in parts and comical in others, this modern story explores age old questions: Is there a God? And if there is, does that God care about us?
6×9, 112pp., B&W trade pb., $12.99, ISBN 97816811202185199