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Behind the Curtain Launches at the RCA

Behind the Curtain, Andrzej Klimowski and Danusia Schejbal’s much anticipated collaborative autobiography, launches at the Royal College of Art on Monday 27th April. The event takes place at 6.30pm in the Senior Common Room, Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2EU – and everyone is welcome! If you’d like to come, RSVP here.

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Andrzej Klimowski and Danusia Schejbal’s previous collaborations include adaptations of The Master and Margarita and Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde for SelfMadeHero. In Behind the Curtain, Klimowski and Schejbal’s unique styles combine to create a beautiful and intriguing portrait of their formative years as artists in Poland.

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During the 1970s, many East European citizens dreamed of going West. Behind the Curtain is an autobiographical account of two young art students who travelled the other way. Studying and working in Poland, they found themselves part of a vibrant community producing visionary work across the arts – even as prices rocketed, trade unions drove social unrest and, finally, tanks appeared in the streets .

A unique collaboration interweaving two distinctive styles, Behind the Curtain combines life, art and politics to reveal the cultural environment that flourished despite the harsh realities of the Communist state. When toilet paper is worth its weight in gold, what price do you put on expression?

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Can’t make the launch? Never fear: Behind the Curtain is available now in all good book shops!

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This Saturday: Martin Rowson’s Satirical Battle Bus Stops At Somerset House

This Saturday, Political Book Award-winner and Guardian cartoonist Martin Rowson will visit Somerset House to discuss the history and function of visual satire over the last 32,000 years. The event, which forms part of Pick Me Up Festival‘s “Points of Contention” programme, takes place at 11.30am. Festival passes are available here.

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Later, Rowson’s satirical battle bus travels south of the river to the Hill Station in New Cross, where an evening of election entertainment awaits the venue’s politically engaged punters. Organised by Lewisham’s finest, People Before Profit, the event kicks off at 8pm. Full details are available here.

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So, if you’re in London this weekend, join us in laughing at the powerful incompetents currently working so hard to win our vote. You never know, we may not have the adorable Cameron and Clegg to amuse us for very much longer!

“Rowson is a master of inky invective.” Ralph Steadman

“Martin Rowson’s cartoons aren’t just all sorts of comic genius – their exposure of the wrongdoings of those with power make you want to have a revolution and thus pose a mortal danger to the status quo.” Owen Jones

“Sending excoriating Exocets straight down at our current leaders, Martin Rowson is a great draughtsman and a sharply well-informed political critic.” Polly Toynbee

The Coalition Book, SelfMadeHero’s collection of Martin Rowson’s cartoons from the era of Cameron and Clegg, is available now from all good book shops.

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Barbara Stok brings Vincent to New York

This month, SelfMadeHero’s Art Masters series launches in North America with the release of Julie Birmant and Clément Oubrerie’s Pablo and Barbara Stok’s Vincent. The series has already won praise from the New York Observer, and this weekend Barbara Stok will be speaking at one of the USA’s most esteemed artistic institutions.

This Friday, 10th April, Barbara Stok will visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York to discuss her acclaimed graphic novel biography of Van Gogh. The event, which takes place at 6.30pm in the Bonnie J. Sacerdote Lecture Hall, will see Stok talk about her background as an artist and the process of researching and creating Vincent. It’s completely free but registration is required (more details here).

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If that’s not enough, Barbara Stok will also be making a guest appearance at the Society of Illustrators’ MoCCA Arts Festival on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th April. The Festival takes place at Center548 on West 22nd Street, from 11am to 6pm both days. As well as signing on SelfMadeHero’s stand (tables 309-310) throughout the weekend, Stok will take part in a discussion of biographical graphic novels with Annie Goetzinger (Girl in Dior) and James Romberger and Marguerite Van Cook (7 Miles a Second). The panel, which is chaired by Jillian Steinhauer, Senior Editor at Hyperallergic, takes place in the The Rusack Room of the High Line Hotel at 12.30pm on Sunday. Full details are available here.

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SelfMadeHero will be at MoCCA Arts Festival throughout the weekend (tables 309-310). There’ll be exclusive discounts on all our books, signed book plates and more. It’s going to be a fun weekend. Do stop by!

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Pablo: Julie Birmant & Clément Oubrerie visit the Institut Français, London

On Wednesday 15th April, Julie Birmant and Clément Oubrerie will visit The Institut Français to discuss their award-winning graphic novel biography of Picasso.

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Pablo follows the artist’s career from his origins in penury to the advent of modern art. Taking in Picasso’s early life among the bohemians of Montmartre and his turbulent relationship with Fernande, this stunning graphic biography shows how the artist’s style developed in response to his friendships and rivalries.

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Writer Julie Birmant and artist Clément Oubrerie will be joined at the French Cultural Institute in South Kensington by comics journalist and historian Paul Gravett. Together they will explore the themes and obsessions – among them, sex, death and his great nemesis, Henri Matisse – that drove Picasso to express himself.

The event kicks off at 7pm at the Institut Français Library, 17 Queensberry Place, London, SW7 2DT. It’s completely free, but you should reserve a place by emailing box.office@institutfrancais.org.uk.

The event, which is co-hosted by SelfMadeHero, The London Book and Screen Week and COMICA Festival, will be followed by a book signing.

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“Why the Graphic Novel”: A London Book Fair Panel

Earlier on in the day, from 4-5pm, Julie Birmant and Clément Oubrerie will join Karrie Fransman (Death of the Artist) and Paul B Rainey (There’s No Time Like the Present) at the London Book Fair to discuss what graphic novels can do that other forms can’t. The event, which is chaired by Paul Gravett, takes place in the Club Room in Olympia’s National Hall Gallery. Full details are available here.

Pablo is now available from all good book shops (paperback, £16.99/$27.50).

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BitTorrent Release: Ricky Rouse Has A Gun

Ricky Rouse Has A Gun, Jörg Tittel and John Aggs’ acclaimed graphic novel, today becomes the first ebook to be sold through BitTorrent Bundle. You can now download the entire book for just $5 here.

Apart from allowing you to download one of the Boston Globe’s Best Graphic Books of 2015, $5 will give you access to exclusive making-of files – pages that give a behind-the-scenes insight into Aggs’ and Tittel’s creative process. Want to try before you buy? You can download the first 33 pages for nothing.

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BitTorrent’s brand new paygated Bundle scheme was trialled at the end of last year with the release of Thom Yorke’s latest album, Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes - and, well, if it’s good enough for Thom Yorke, it’s good enough for SelfMadeHero. Combined, Yorke’s free and paid-for Bundles have been downloaded 4.5M times. We’ll settle for a million.

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Described by more than one reviewer as “Die Hard in Disney Land”, Ricky Rouse Has A Gun tells the story of a US army deserter who fights a group of neocon terrorists in a knock-off theme park near Shanghai. It’s an irreverent action comedy that’s as bonkers as it is brilliant. But don’t take our word for it:

“I loved Ricky Rouse Has A Gun, a comic filled with deaths and yet full of life.” —Alejandro Jodorowsky

“A thrilling love letter to the remix culture disguised as an action movie from the ’80s… Dum dee dum, delightful.” —Markus “Notch” Persson, Creator of Minecraft

“A story as thrilling as it is bizarre… A true original.” —The Huffington Post

Ricky Rouse Has A Gun is also available in paperback from Amazon US and UK and other quality booksellers. An enhanced digital edition is available on the SEQUENTIAL for iPad App.

The BitTorrent Bundle is available here.

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Scott McCloud: Tour of England

To celebrate the release of The Sculptor, his first graphic novel in nearly a decade, Scott McCloud will embark on a tour of England that will take in talks at the University of Cambridge, the British Library and Leeds Town Hall, as well as signings at Waterstones’ flagship Piccadilly branch and some the finest comic shops across the land: Orbital Comics (London), Page 45 (Nottingham), OK Comics (Leeds) and Nostalgia and Comics (Birmingham).

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Here’s what’s happening in early March:

THURSDAY 5TH MARCH

Scott McCloud in Conversation with John Lennard, a Q&A at the University of Cambridge, Room G06/07, Faculty of English, 9 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DP. Time: 18.00-19.30. This event is free to attend and open to students and the public alike.

FRIDAY 6TH MARCH

“Scott McCloud: The Sculptor”, a talk at The British Library, 96 Euston Road, London, NW1 2DB. Time: 18.30-20.00. Includes a Q&A with Paul Gravett. Tickets available here. (Book now to avoid disappointment: they’re selling fast!) This event coincides with the birthday of comics legend Will Eisner and is a part of Will Eisner Week, a worldwide series of events celebrating Eisner’s legacy. Visit www.WillEisner.com.

SATURDAY 7TH MARCH

“Meet: Scott McCloud”, a signing at Waterstones Piccadilly, 203-206 Piccadilly, London, W1J 9HD. Time: 14.00-16.00.

Signing: Orbital Comics, 8 Great Newport Street, London WC2H 7JA. Time: 19.00-21.00

SUNDAY 8TH MARCH

Signing: Page 45, 9 Market Street, City Centre, Nottingham NG1 6HY. Time: 14.00-16.00. More info here. Interesting fact: Page 45 was named after the 45th page of McCloud’s Understanding Comics. That was twenty years ago.

MONDAY 9TH MARCH

Signing: OK Comics, 19 Thornton’s Arcade, Briggate, Leeds LS1 6LQ. Time: 16.00-17.30.

“An Evening with Scott McCloud”, a Q&A at Leeds Town Hall, The Headrow, Leeds, LS1 3AD. Time: 18.30-19.30. Followed by a book signing. Tickets are free but must be booked in advance here. This event is co-hosted by Travelling Man and Thought Bubble.

TUESDAY 10TH MARCH

Signing: Nostalgia & Comics (Forbidden Planet International), 14-16 Smallbrook Queensway, Birmingham, B5 4EN. Time: 17.00-18.00.

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ABOUT THE SCULPTOR

The Sculptor, the first full-length fictional graphic novel by the author of Understanding Comics, has been hailed as “an instant classic” by Cory Doctorow, and Neil Gaiman has said of the book, “The Sculptor is the best graphic novel I’ve read in years. It’s about art and love and why we keep on trying. It will break your heart.” It follows the story of a young sculptor who, after making a deal with Death, is given the ability to sculpt anything he can imagine with his bare hands. The catch: he is given just 200 days left to live. McCloud wrote the book on how comics work; now, he’s vaulted into breathtaking, funny and unforgettable fiction. Here’s a selection of the spectacular early review coverage:

“A masterclass in graphic storytelling. If Understanding Comics was the research, The Sculptor is the finished thesis – far more than the sum of its parts, and a wonderful testament to the power of comics.” The Independent

“What a brilliant and gripping book. As absorbing as a Victorian novel.” The Observer (Graphic Novel of the Month)

“Everything in these delicate monochrome panels has been considered; every angle calculated, every expression caught… There’s a master at work here, and you can feel it on every page.” The Telegraph

 

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New Release: The Sculptor by Scott McCloud

That’s right, folks: Scott McCloud’s first graphic novel in nearly ten years, The Sculptor, is out now!

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Released today (Feb 3), the book has already been lauded by early readers and reviewers. Here’s a selection:

“What a brilliant and gripping book. As absorbing as a Victorian novel.” The Observer (Graphic Novel of the Month)

“A masterclass in graphic storytelling. If Understanding Comics was the research, The Sculptor is the finished thesis – far more than the sum of its parts, and a wonderful testament to the power of comics.” The Independent on Sunday

The Sculptor is the best graphic novel I’ve read in years. It’s about art and love and why we keep on trying. It will break your heart.” Neil Gaiman

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The first full-length fictional graphic novel from the creator of Understanding ComicsThe Sculptor is a breathtaking urban fable about the price of art, the value of life, and a desperate love. It follows the story of a young sculptor who, after making a deal with Death, is given the ability to sculpt anything he can imagine with his bare hands. But with just 200 days to live, deciding what to create is harder than he thought. And discovering the love of his life at the eleventh hour doesn’t make it any easier.

So, it’s brilliant. But you knew it would be, right? After all, this is Scott McCloud – the guy who wrote the book on comics. His vault into superbly crafted fiction will surprise no one, but the emotional depth and resonance of that fiction will leave you speechless. You should buy it immediately, from Amazon (here), Waterstones (here), Foyles (here), or from any fine bricks-and-mortar book shop across the land.

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Political Book Award win for Martin Rowson

The Coalition Book, SelfMadeHero’s collection of Martin Rowson’s finest cartoons from the era of Cameron and Clegg, last night scooped the prize for the Best Humour and Satire Book of the Year at the Political Book Awards.

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The award was judged by Andrew Pierce, Shelagh Fogarty, Peter Brookes, Katy Guest and Hugo Rifkind, with competition including John Crace’s I Never Promised You A Rose Garden and Tim Benson’s collection of 2014′s best political cartoons.

Fittingly, it was the French Ambassador who appeared onstage to present the award, and in a gesture of solidarity with his colleagues across the channel, Martin Rowson delivered an acceptance speech filled with biting satirical humour – entirely in French. Needless to say, if there were an award for the best on-stage moment, he’d be a shoe-in.

The Coalition Book is available now from all good book shops!

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First Look: The Sculptor by Scott McCloud

That’s right, folks: The SculptorScott McCloud‘s first graphic novel in nearly a decade, has arrived! Released on 3rd February, this 496-page graphic novel marks a triumphant return to fiction for the creator of Understanding ComicsMaking ComicsZot! and many other fine creations.

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What’s it about? Well…

David Smith is giving his life for his art – literally. Thanks to a deal with Death, the young sculptor gets his childhood wish: to sculpt anything he can imagine with his bare hands. But now that he only has 200 days to live, deciding what to create is harder than he thought, and discovering the love of his life at the eleventh hour isn’t making it any easier.

This is a story of desire taken to the edge of reason and beyond; of the frantic, clumsy dance steps of young love; and a gorgeous, street-level portrait of New York City. It’s about the small, warm, human moments of everyday life…and the great surging forces that lie just under the surface. Scott McCloud wrote the book on how comics work; now he vaults into breathtaking, funny, and unforgettable fiction.

Neil Gaiman has said of the book, “The Sculptor is the best graphic novel I’ve read in years. It’s about art and love and why we keep on trying. It will break your heart.”

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Stay tuned for news of some very exciting promotional activities! In the meantime, you can pre-order the book from all the usual places: Amazon (here), Foyles (here) and Waterstones (here).

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Coming to Sequential this Christmas: Ricky Rouse Has A Gun by Jörg Tittel and John Aggs

“If you’re into crazily satirical graphic novels, stick Ricky Rouse Has a Gun on your Christmas list” — Tom Watson MP

An enhanced digital edition of Jörg Tittel and John Aggs’ brilliantly bizarre graphic novel, Ricky Rouse Has A Gun, will be available on Sequential for iPad from Monday 22nd December.

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The Sequential edition will feature loads of exclusive bonus features: page-by-page audio commentary, initial sketches and roughs, character research and inked pages, and an amazing video sketch. Aside from enjoying one of the best graphic novels of 2014, readers will be given a unique insight into Tittel and Aggs’ creative process.

Described by more than one reviewer as “Die Hard meets Disney”, Ricky Rouse Has A Gun is at once a relentless action comedy, a satire of US-China relations, and a curious look at China – a country that, once we look past its often outrageous copyright infringements, is a culture ripe with innovation and a unique, courageous spirit. For a flavour of the incredible reviews the book’s been receiving, watch the trailer:

Even @notch loves it:

“Either a thrilling love letter to the remix culture disguised as an action movie from the 80s, or the other way around, Ricky Rouse Has A Gun is balanced and violent on multiple levels, and is easy to read too much into. Dum dee dum, delightful!” — Markus “Notch” Persson, Creator of Minecraft

The Sequential edition of Ricky Rouse Has A Gun will be available from Monday 22nd December, priced £9.99. You can download the indispensable Sequential graphic novel app here. The first 33 pages of the book will be freely available to download from the store.

Prefer ink and paper? The paperback is available now in all good book stores. Do as Tom Watson suggests and put it on your Christmas list. (He’s an MP: you can trust him.)

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