You’ll know I. N. J. Culbard from his masterful adaptations of Lovecraft and other classics, as well as his work on The New Deadwardians (Vertigo). Celeste is the first original graphic novel that Culbard has both written and drawn, and he’s put his imagination and craft to incredible use. Here’s the blurb:
In London, the moment two commuters, Aaron and Lilly, lay eyes on each other on a packed Monday morning tube train, everyone else around them vanishes. In Los Angeles, Ray is sitting in gridlock on the 405 Freeway when he receives a call from an LAPD officer with news about his wife. Ray fears the worst. But just as the officer is about to give Ray the news, he is cut off. The caller has disappeared, and so has everyone else around him. Everyone except for a badly beaten man tied up in the trunk of another car.
In Japan, comic artist Yoshi has come to the demon-haunted Aokigahara Forest to die, but the spirits of the forest have other ideas. Taking us through the deserted streets of London, the empty freeways of Los Angeles, and the dream world of the Aokigahara Forest, Celeste is a compelling and profound graphic novel about the choices we make and the courage it takes to make them.
And here’s what the reviewers are saying:
“It’s a book that will keep you thinking long after you’ve closed it, and you’ll want to return to its images afterwards.” SFX Magazine
“As intriguing a debut as any in recent memory.” Your Days Are Numbered
At the launch, there’ll be signing and sketching, free beer and sparkling wine, not mention amazing company. Plus, you’ll be able to get your hands on one of these three limited edition book plates:
Celeste launches on Friday 25th April, 7-9pm, at Gosh! Comics, 1 Berwick Street, Soho, London, W1F 0DR. We look forward to seeing you there!