The book is in! One of our most beautiful productions. A quarter-bound (with cloth around the spine) hardcover with raised titles and spot lamination which hopefully this photo shows you…
We received a few advance copies for press via air freight. The full stock comes into our distributor IPG’s warehouse in a month.
We are busy setting up quite a launch for this, with Kinokuniya NYC involved and lots more… details to come! Meantime, the Wall St. Journal has just put up a piece on the growing involvement of women in comics and this is well represented in it. From the looks of the interest we’re getting from the press, working with DIOR US as well, this should only be the beginning…
See more about the book.
Read more about Jesse Lonergan’s latest book JOE & AZAT in a piece on the Wall Street Journal online:
“The story follows the unlikely friendship of an American and a Turkmen as they trade cultural gaffes and tolerate life in a totalitarian regime. (Azat’s brother, for example, claims that he is the Turkmen version of Chuck Norris.)
Cartoonists have long tackled travel writing in a variety of ways. For Lonergan, who was inspired by the short stories of W. Somerset Maugham, he hoped to inject some humanity into a country that’s known mostly for its eccentric dictator.
“You only read about the crazy politics and it doesn’t give a sense of reality. I wanted to focus on what life was like for people there rather than the dictator who names January after himself,” says Lonergan. This is a real place and that can be lost in the stories I read.”
Of course, not everything Lonergan experienced made its way into the book. “I hated the food,” he says. “But that doesn’t need to be commented on.”