Spring 2012

Welcome to the bright new world of 2012! Would you like to see what we have in store for Spring? Of course you would! Read on…

Are you sitting comfortably? Then we’ll begin…

March 2012

The Wolf Man (by Richard Appignanesi and Slawa Harasymowicz)

Freud’s most famous case history explores the life of a tortured Russian aristocrat

Vienna 1910. Russian aristocrat Sergei Pankejeff asks for Sigmund Freud’s help. During analysis, Freud focuses on Pankejeff’s dream of a walnut tree full of white wolves. His interpretation of this dream would earn Pankejeff the enduring sobriquet ‘the Wolf Man’. We follow Pankejeff’s life as Freud and other analysts attempt to unravel the source of his crippling neurosis.

> We’re currently making a short documentary about this wonderful adaptation, which has been four years in the making. Four?! Analyze that!

It’s Dark In London (by Josh Appignanesi, Stella Duffy, Neil Gaiman, Tony Grisoni, Stewart Home, Alan Moore, Chris Petit, Alexei Sayle, Iain Sinclair, Yana Stajno, Steve Bell, Dix, Jonathan Edwards, Carl Flint, Melinda Gebbie, Chris Hogg, Ilya, Garry Marshall, Dave McKean, Woodrow Phoenix, Warren Pleece, Carol Swain, Oscar Zarate)

Cult authors and artists tackle London’s dark underbelly

It’s Dark in London features the stories of cult creators such as Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman and David McKean along with London-based writers such as Iain Sinclair, Tony Grisoni and Stella Duffy. This fusion produces a portrait of London that captures the city’s fundamental essence as an exquisite mixture of lofty towers and gutter sleaze, of suburban gentility and urban depravity, of private vices and public philanthropy.

> First published in the mid-ninties and out of print ever since, this beautiful SelfMadeHero edition benefits from a fresh layout and new introductions from many of the contributors.

The Lovecraft Anthology vol II (by Jamie Delano, Steve Pugh, Simon Spurrier, Matt Timson, Ben Dickson, Mick McMahon, David Camus, Nicolas Fructus, Attila Futaki, Pat Mills, Attila Futaki, Dwight L. MacPherson, Paul Peart-Smith, Chris Lackey, Ade Salmon Bryan, Baugh Chad Fifer, Warwick Johnson Cadwell.)

The follow-up to the bestselling H.P. Lovecraft anthology with a dazzling roster of writers and artists

This collection reveals the nightmare worlds of Lovecraft’s imagination, exploring themes of forbidden knowledge and insanity in tale after tale of unsettling horror. Building on the success of the first volume, it showcases the talents of a new roster of writers and artists including Pat Mills and Attila Futaki (The Nameless City), Ben Dickson and Mick McMahon (The Picture in the House), Jamie Delano and Steve Pugh (Pickman’s Model).

> Once again edited by the bearded wunderkind Dan Lockwood, …volume II is eagerly anticipated by readers from Innsmouth to Inverness. The creators are currently detained in padded cells at a certain asylum in Massachusetts for their own safety but will be released to share their tall tales in March.

April 2012

But I Really Wanted to Be an Anthropologist (by Margaux Motin, translated by Edward Gauvin)

The highs and lows of life as an illustrator, mother, blogger and shoe-fanatic

Meet Margaux: thirty-something mother, self-confessed geek, style-goddess and red wine drinker. We follow her real life, collected from her illustrated blog, as she makes her way as a freelance illustrator in Paris. Anyone who has ever worn inappropriate shoes to the supermarket or danced around the house in their underwear will be charmed by Motin’s irreverent humour.

> And now for something completely different! Margaux Motin is amazing. You will come to understand this as 2012 rolls on. Keep your eyes peeled for her brand new blog and stick it on your RSS feed list for a regular dose of funny. You don’t need to work freelance or wear a bra to enjoy this sweary madam’s cartooning… but some say, it helps.

The Conference of the Birds (by Peter Sís)

An inspirational story about the pain, and the beauty, of the human journey

Peter Sís’s deeply felt adaptation tells the story of a flock of birds who fly through seven valleys – quest, love, understanding, friendship, unity, amazement and death – to discover which one of them should be crowned king. When they find the legendary Simorgh, the true king, they finally find the answer, in this inspirational story of love, faith and the meaning of it all.

> Have you heard of Peter Sís? He’s big in the States. He’s won the New York Times ‘Best Illustrated Book of the Year’ seven times. That bad, eh? We hope you’ll get a chance to meet him when he comes to the UK in April.

When David Lost His Voice (by Judith Vanistendael translated Nora Mahony)

A heartfelt portrayal of a family preparing for life after David

The doctor’s verdict is final: David has cancer. There is still a possibility of remission, but it is small. And if the tumour kills him, David won’t have a chance to see his baby granddaughter Louise grow up. We see his wife become progressively consumed by the looming shadow of death, in Judith Vanistendael’s sensitive portrayal of a family battling cancer.

> We published Judith’s beautiful, debut graphic novel Dance By the Light of the Moon in 2010 and we can’t express how thrilled with her latest comic book. Those of you who read Dance… you’ll be surprised to see David… is illustrated in vibrant watercolour with fine pen line work.

May 2012

Best of Enemies (by Prof. Jean Pierre Filiu and David. B. translated by Edward Gauvin)

The first volume of a ground-breaking graphic novel series on US–Middle East relations

David B. and Filiu draw striking parallels between ancient and contemporary political history in this look at US–Middle East relations. The reader is transported to the pirate-choked Mediterranean sea, where Christians and Muslims continue the crusades, only this time on water. As the centuries pass, the traditional targets of the Muslim pirates — the British, French and Spanish — become empire-building powers whose sights lie beyond the Mediterranean.

> Hooray for more David B! This is the first of three volumes on America’s chequered history with the countries of the Middle East and the Levant. This first volume picks a path across a vast swathe of pirate-infested history from American Independence in 1783 until 1953, when President Truman announced that America had developed the world’s first atomic bomb. Expect cannonballs, gunboat diplomacy, mythical beasts, special agents, oily politicians, principled pashas and slippery sheiks.

The Moomin Adventure Book (by Cally Law with illustrations by Tove Jansson)

A Moomins-themed children’s guidebook to having fun outdoors and learning about nature

A guide to the great outdoors for little adventurers. Moomintroll (with a little help from his friends and family) shows us how to explore the world beyond our doorstep, inventing games, making toys, eating good food and having fun – Moomin-style! This handy manual features Tove Jansson’s strip cartoons, illustrations and words of wisdom from her Moomin novels, so there will always be something to do, even on rainy days.

> So we helped you to master Finnish cuisine with the help of The Moomins Cookbook, but there is more to life than eating and drinking! This is a practical, humorous guide to getting out and about in the great outdoors. Keep your eyes peeled for the Moomin Adventure Book tent at festivals this year for you chance to win prizes.

The Case of Charles Dexter Ward (by I.N.J. Culbard)

A psychological mystery from H.P. Lovecraft in which a man experiments with alchemy and resurrection

When the young Charles Dexter Ward becomes fascinated by the history of his wizard ancestor Joseph Curwen, who gained notoriety for haunting graveyards, he attempts to duplicate Curwen’s cabbalistic and alchemical feats. It is Ward’s doctor who bears witness to the full horror of Ward’s results as Lovecraft’s psychological mystery unfolds before him.

> We’re all very excited about The Case of Charles Dexter Ward here at HQ. INJ Culbard is currently slaving away, Shoggoth-style, on this adaptation and what we’ve seen so far has got us hopping from one foot to the other with glee (tinged with impending doom and creeping terror, naturally). The story is told through the eyes of Ward’s doctor – who bears witness to the full horror of Ward’s experiments. You need this comic in your life.

June 2012

Picture a Favela (by André Diniz)

A Brazilian photographer battles against his family’s criminal background and dedicates his life to art

André Diniz tells the extraordinary story of Maurício Hora, who lives in one of the most dangerous slums (favelas) in Rio, Brazil. In spite of the odds, Hora has made a name for himself internationally as a photographer. We are led from his challenging childhood living with his drug dealer father up to the present day.

> Two facts for you fact-fans: although unknown in the UK, André Diniz has had more than 20 comic books published and won 14 national writing awards in his native Brazil, including four for his comic writing. Not bad, eh?

Rebetiko (by David Prudhomme)

Celebrating the lives and culture of Greece’s once persecuted blues musicians

Athens, 1936. General Metaxas is cracking down on rebetis and their way of life. A small group of friends – Rebetiko musicians – wind their way through the Athenian backstreets, ouzeris and market squares dodging the police while settling disputes over hashish and women. With music at its heart, the narrative builds to a joyous party at its climax in this multi-award winning graphic novel.

> David Prudhomme’s Rebetiko will become ‘that comic’, which you tell your non-comics reading friends about. It will be ‘the one’ they should read. The one that demonstrates that comics do more than capes and tights. Not only is David a master storyteller, but he’s is one of the leading artists of his generation, capable of conveying character and sentiment with just a few lines and able to evoke an atmosphere with a splash of colour here and a shadow cast there. We’ll be letting you know about Rebetiko gigs and events soon.

July 2012

A Chinese Life (by Philipe Ôtié and Li Kunwu)

An intimate portrayal of China as depicted by a Communist Party artist

A completely original look at Chinese society told in a staggering work of graphic autobiography by Chinese artist, Li Kunwu, in collaboration with the writer Philippe Ôtié. Li Kunwu’s story is a personal one that is inextricably linked to his three decades as a propaganda artist for the Communist Party. We’re taken on a journey from 1949, through the Cultural Revolution, to the present day.

> From Mao to now (well almost)!  Li Kunwu has an incredible story to tell of a life in which he played a small but significant part in China’s Great Cultural Revolution. You’ll learn a lot about modern Chinese history (without even realising) while being treated to Otie’s fluid storytelling and Li Kunwu’s distinctive brushwork. We can’t wait!

We’ll be announcing our Autumn titles in a little while, but you’ve got plenty to keep you going till then. Enjoy!

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