Here are upcoming titles, now being solicited in comic stores through Diamond Previews for a January 2022 release.
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: NOV211565
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.
9×12, 112pp., full color hardcover, $24.99, ISBN 97816811213905; DIAMOND CODE: NOV211566
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, Hardcover, US $19.99; HC ISBN: 97816811226255; DIAMOND CODE: NOV211571
Well beyond his passing in 2009, Michael Jackson remains one of the most adulated and mysterious stars in the world. Incredible singer, brilliant musician, amazing performer, he was just as talented as he was eccentric, adored as well as reviled with sordid accusations, sadly caught between a stolen childhood and a suffocating star system.
Discover in this biography mixing comics and documentary chapters, how the youngest of the Jackson 5 was propelled to the front of the stage and then onto one of the most extraordinary solo careers in music.
7.5” x10”, 192pp., full color HC, US $26.99; HC ISBN 97816811222815; DIAMOND CODE: NOV211569
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: NOV211568
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.
7×10,192pp., full color Hardcover: US $26.99; HC ISBN: 978168112198752699; DIAMOND CODE: NOV211570
THE BEATLES IN COMICS!
By Various authors, Michels Mabel
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.
7 ½ x 10, 232pp., full color HC, $29.99; HC ISBN: 978168112187152999; DIAMOND CODE: NOV211567