SelfMadeHero is a leading British graphic novel publisher, based in London's Upper Wimpole Street, which is just a few moments walk from 221B Baker Street. Conan Doyle also has a strong connection with Upper Wimpole Street. It was here that he first considered "slaying Holmes ... and winding him up for good and all". He achieved this in 1915 with the publication of "The Final Problem" in London's "The Strand" magazine two years later. Following a public outcry, Conan Doyle was forced to bring Holmes back in "The Adventure of the Empty House", critical - SelfMadeHero was named UK Young Publisher of the Year in 2008 as part of the British Book Industry Awards.



I. N. J. Culbard is an artist and writer. In 2006, he surpassed thousands of other writers and had his work published in Dark Horse Comics’ New Recruits anthology. He has since appeared in the anthology series Dark Horse Presents, the Judge Dredd Megazine and 2000AD. Culbard is an acclaimed animation director with considerable experience in directing commercials, developing projects for television, and producing and directing short films. This is his second full-length graphic novel as an artist, having collaborated on The Picture of Dorian Gray with Ian Edginton.


Ian Edginton, one of Britain’s best-known writers, has had a tremendous impact on the world of comics. In his illustrious career he has worked for Lucasfilm, Paramount Pictures, and 20th Century Fox to adapt Star Wars, Star Trek, Alien, Predator and Terminator properties, as well as with the H.G. Wells estate to adapt War of the Worlds for Dark Horse. He owes his success to good collaborations with other artists from the industry, most famously D’Israeli (Scarlet Traces) and Steve Yeowell (The Red Seas). He recently adapted Edgar Allan Poe’s The Murders in the Rue Morgue (illustrated by D’Israeli) for SelfMadeHero’s graphic anthology Nevermore. In 2007, his graphic novel Scarlet Traces: The Great Game was nominated for Best Limited Series and Best Writer at the prestigious Eisner Awards.


In later life, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859–1930) revealed that the main inspiration for Sherlock Holmes (the greatest detective never to have lived) was Joseph Bell, his old teacher at Edinburgh University’s medical faculty, whose methods of minute deduction and objective analysis informed Dr. Conan Doyle’s own career as (among other things) an “eye specialist.” A surgeon named Watson, as warm-hearted as Bell was austere, supplied the template for Holmes’ loyal friend Dr. Watson. In Conan Doyle’s parallel career as a writer, though, begun as a student, he repeatedly probed what a later collection called “Tales of Twilight and the Unseen.” His earliest surviving story was about a “Haunted Grange” (1878), while his final works from the 1920s include a series of tracts promoting Spiritualism and the existence of Elves and Fairies...


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