Jill Thompson’s all ages storybooks featuring the diminutive versions of the Endless, (siblings Delirium, Despair’s Dream, Destruction, Desire, Destiny and Death) from Neil Gaiman’s THE SANDMAN mythos, are brought to life through her whimsical prose and gorgeous watercolors.
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If you’re unfamiliar with this fabulous all ages book based on the diminutive versions of the Endless from Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman, here's a peek inside:
Where: DELIRIUM’S PARTY (shh! It’s a surprise for Despair)
Host: Multiple Eisner award-winning writer/artist Jill Thompson
(Sandman, The Little Endless Storybook, Wonder Woman).
Join: The diminutive versions of the Endless (Delirium and Despair’s siblings
Dream, Destruction, Desire, Destiny and Death) from Neil Gaiman’s
SANDMAN for a celebration of well, endless possibilities.
Bring: Presents and cake to make the personification of sorrow smile.
When: Today, comic stores, May 10, 2011 book stores
Details: DELIRIUM’S PARTY: A LITTLE ENDLESS STORYBOOK
an original graphic novel with whimsical prose illustrated with gorgeous watercolor paintings for all ages.
RSVP: Everywhere books are sold
This landmark fiftieth issue features two special stories, one detailing the long bloody history of scalping and scalphunters, and the other spotlighting the founding of the Prairie Rose rez as seen through the eyes of Dash Bad Horse’s ancestor, His Many Bad Horses.
Don’t Miss this all-star celebration of all things SCALPED, written by Jason Aaron and featuring art by R.M. Guera, Dean Haspiel, Denys Cowan, Igor Kordey, Jill Thompson, Timothy Truman and a cover by Jock.
SCALPED #50 hits stores June 29.
Vertigo has lots of wonderful graphic novels slated for 2011 and we're going to make some publishing news today. We've got the announcement of a memoir, the unveiling of a terrific blurb and an exclusive first look at an interior piece of art from one. Enjoy.
So you’ve read Persepolis, Palestine, and CUBA: My Revolution among others. What’s next to curb your appetite for smart, personal, and poignant graphic novels? Well, we’ve got it. Get ready for MARZI to be published this Fall.
Told from a young girl’s perspective of innocence and curiosity, MARZI is Marzena Sowa’s account of growing up in 1980s Communist Poland. Sowa weaves stories of her childhood shaped by politics to form a compelling and powerful narrative. Drawn by Sylvain Savoia, MARZI is an incredibly fresh and honest portrait of growing up behind the Iron Curtain.
MARZI could not be more different than AARON & AHMED, the eagerly awaited graphic novel by McArthur Prize Fellow and novelist Jay Cantor and acclaimed artist James Romberger. We've just got the first blurb in for the book, from acclaimed novelist Darin Strauss. Check it out:.
“AARON & AHMED is our smartest writer's most deeply-felt, fun book. What's important here isn't that Jay Cantor somehow concocted a story that digs into 9/11, Gitmo, radical Islamism, meme theory, and American political smarm; it's that he taps depths of feeling not often encountered outside Melville, Drieser, or Shakespeare. Rich in emotional truths, timely, poignant, acute, a real thrill, even funny -- what a read!” –Darin Strauss, author of Chang and Eng
We'll have lots more about AARON & AHMED on GRAPHIC CONTENT in coming months, so for now we'll leave you with that blurb and the promise of more to come...
Meanwhile this May, get ready to celebrate with DELIRIUM’S PARTY: A LITTLE ENDLESS STORYBOOK. The diminutive versions of the Endless, from Neil Gaiman's SANDMAN mythos, join together to rid Despair of her unhappiness and the festivities turn as outrageous and unpredictable as Little Delirium's haircolor.
Brought to life through whimsical prose and watercolors as vibrant and unforgettable as its author/artist, Jill Thompson, how can you resist?
We can’t wait for you to read them and the many other terrific books we’ll be publishing this year. Each book is distinctive and bold and could not be anymore different from the other. It's just a taste of what Vertigo has to offer this year.
The Witch Queen seems to think that Fig is very important, but the more time they spend together, the more the Witch Queen has her doubts in House of Mystery #28 written by Matt Sturges and artist by Luca Rossi. Plus, this month's short story is illustrated by cover artist Esao Andrews (FABLES: 1001 NIGHTS OF SNOWFALL) and stars the dearly departed Poet.
And for those of you who haven't heard yet, the line-up of this October's HOUSE OF MYSTERY HALLOWEEN ANNUAL was announced at the FABLES panel at San Diego Comic Con. Get ready for an amazing collection of stories. To start it off, Matt Sturges and Luca Rossi introduce a group of eternal trick-or-treaters who will make there way through new Lucifer story by Mike Carey and artist Peter Gross, Madame Xanadu by Matt Wagner and artist Jill Thompson, izombie by Chris Roberson and artist Mike Allred, and Hellblazer by Peter Milligan and artist Guiseppe Cumoncoli.
What a treat!
Over on THE SOURCE, The DCU is celebrating 75 years of DC Comics by revealing a bunch of amazing variant covers. But these aren’t just any variant covers, they are of some of the most classic and iconic images from DC’s illustrious history re-imagined by some of the biggest names in the industry.
Well, GRAPHIC CONTENT couldn’t just sit back, so, along with THE SOURCE and THE BLEED, we’re all taking a look back today. We’ve asked some of our current writers and artists to pick their favorite DC COMICS cover, be it from the DCU, Vertigo or Wildstorm and tell us what it means to them.
So, without further ado, let’s read what they have to say!
My favorite cover would be ANIMAL MAN #5. Grant Morrison's early Vertigo work blew my mind in a way no comic ever had. And this issue of ANIMAL MAN, and this cover in particular, are perfect examples of the craziness and irreverence that inspired me to wanna write comics of my own. –Jason Aaron, writer SCALPED
Ronin Book One - Frank Miller. The comic shop was small and dark, located in the mall's basement, and this book, high up on the wall in the back, kept calling out to my 10-year-old brain. The color and design promised something strange and new, and when my older brother finally bought it, it didn't disappoint. For me, comics couldn't just be about superheroes any more. --Cliff Chiang, artist NEIL YOUNG’S GREENDALE
My fave is this or any other Basil Wolverton cover for PLOP Magazine from the 1970s (though Sergio Aragones designed the boarder images). I bought every issue of this title JUST for the cover, with no regard to what was inside -- the ONLY time I bought something regularly for the cover alone! --Peter Bagge, OTHER LIVES
I'm going to go for GREEN LANTERN #70, which I think dates from 1968. The cover, which was by Gil Kane, showed a tall, slender, subtly inhuman alien standing over the body of Green Lantern, and lamenting "But I only wanted to make him laugh... not die!!" The cover itself, which I saw long before I ever got to read the story, suggested in itself some terrible cosmic irony, and it preyed on my mind to the point where I must have gone through a couple of dozen scenarios in my head before I got to read the actual issue. That was what reading comics was like for me as a kid: an explosion of ideas vivid enough to derail reality. My mind was psychotically focused to the point where the actual story was sometimes frustrating because it killed a million possible alternatives. And cover artists played shamelessly to my demographic by producing images which were sometimes only tangentially relevant to content... --Mike Carey, co-creator and writer, THE UNWRITTEN
So many covers to choose from. Really impossible to choose a definitive favorite. There are so many contemporaries who light me up today, and so as not to alienate any of them I'll dig into the farthest deepest corners of my little kid memories to the Rose Elementary School carnival where I threw a fishing line over a wall and pulled back a rolled up copy of TEEN TITANS no.17 with a very psychedelic trippy character called the Mad Mod. Like a british and ghostly King Kong he loomed over London with Wonder Girl, Robin, Kid Flash, and Aqualad in his gigantic grip. It blew my mind Daddy-O! And continues to resonate in my fevered brain today. --Mike Allred, co-creator and artist I,ZOMBIE
KAMANDI #28 APRIL 1975 Art by JACK KIRBY
I missed all Jack’s DC comics in the 70's. DC imports were hard to find in the UK and I was only 8 when this came out. However in the late eighties, whilst I was at college and working on small press strips in my spare time, my friend/collaborator Chris Ski gave me a bunch of Kirby's DC comics. KAMANDI #28 was one of them. I fell in love immediately with it's style, dynamics and the vast cast of animal characters. This comic has been a treasured possession ever since. It frequently influences my work, most obviously in FABLES : THE GOOD PRINCE. As I write this it is still sat atop a pile of comics next to my desk. –Mark Buckingham, artist FABLES
SHADE THE CHANGING MAN #1 drawn by Brendan McCarthy. I know it’s terribly self-indulgent, but I’m going to choose a cover of one of my own books, by the inimitable Brendan McCarthy. It’s number one of Shade The Changing man and it brings back so many memories, not least of travelling across America looking for the “madness” of the country. I remember Brendan telling me he was putting in some Twin Peaks style picket-fences, representing the surface normality that the book so feverishly ripped apart. I don’t think he’d even seen the show at the time… --Peter Milligan, writer HELLBLAZER and THE BRONX KILL
ANIMAL MAN #5: The Coyote Gospel
Not just because of the amazing Bolland imagery that launched the most well-known meta-story arc in comics, but also because The Coyote Gospel is one of the most important single issues in my development as a creative person. This comic book still speaks truth directly to my soul. –Josh Dysart, writer UNKNOWN SOLDIER and NEIL YOUNG’S GREENDALE
SUPERMAN RED SON 3. I can’t tell if it’s my favorite DC cover ever, cause, well... I haven’t seen them all, but I saw this one a long long time ago, and it’s still fresh in my mind, even after all those years. Dave Johnson is a complete master on the cover art craft, and the way he uses design, colors, and comic language here, is just too phenomenal. –Rafael Albuquerque, artist AMERICAN VAMPIRE
Favorite cover? It's a tie- Dave Johnson's 100 BULLETS cover for the Once Upon a Crime trade paperback and issue #98 of 100 Bullets! Graphic, incredible and iconic! Dave Johnson is the best cover artist out in comicsland!” –Jill Thompson, DELIRIUM’S PARTY: A Little Endless Storybook
This one--not because it showed the "shocking truth about drugs!" but because when I was a young kid reading comics, Neal Adams was the first artist that really blew me away and made me realize there were actually real artists with names who drew these books. I devoured everything I could find by Adams and my goal of being a comic artist was set! –Peter Gross, co-creator and artist THE UNWRITTEN
My favorite is BATMAN #205. This included everything essential on the cover but completely broke the mold of the covers that came before and after. Totally stands out, even today. –Matt Kindt, REVOLVER
My favorite DC Comics cover was Joe Kubert's first DC Tarzan cover. I'd always been an Edgar Rice Burroughs fan and to see his greatest character realized so wonderfully in the comics format was just a special moment for me. And this issue was contemporary with a terrific DC Renaissance. Neal Adams and Denny O'Neal were doing their run on Green Lantern and Green Arrow. Jack Kirby had just come over to DC to do his Fourth World. It was a magic moment for DC in particular and comics in general. --Bill Willingham, writer FABLES
If you didn’t see the announcements last week, Vertigo will be publishing DELIRIUM’S PARTY: A Little Endless Storybook by Jill Thompson, and for Vertigo Crime, RAT CATCHER by Andy Diggle and artist Victor Ibanez, and NOCHE ROJA by Simon Oliver and artist Jason Latour. Then there’s the original graphic novel AARON & AHMED by Jay Cantor and artist James Romberger. We’ll also be collecting two of our hottest mini-series in hardcover as well as the first volume of the new series iZOMBIE!
Check out the details below:
JOE THE BARBARIAN DELUXE EDITION HC
Writer: Grant Morrison
Artist: Sean Murphy
Collects: JOE THE BARBARIAN #1-8
$29.99 US, 224 pages
Writers: Gabriel Bá and Fábio Moon
Artists: Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá
Collects: DAYTRIPPER #1-10
$29.99 US, 256 pages
iZOMBIE: DEAD TO THE WORLD TP
Writer: Chris Roberson
Artist: Michael Allred
Collects: iZOMBIE #1-5
price TK, pages TK
DELIRIUM’S PARTY: A LITTLE ENDLESS STORYBOOK HC
Writer/Artist: Jill Thompson
An original graphic novel
$14.99 US, 64 pages
RAT CATCHER HC
Writer: Andy Diggle
Artist: Victor Ibañez
An original Vertigo Crime graphic novel
$19.99 US, 184 pages
AARON AND AHMED HC
Writer: Jay Cantor
Artist: James Romberger
An original graphic novel
$24.99 US, 144 pages
NOCHE ROJA HC
Writer: Simon Oliver
Artist: Jason Latour
An original Vertigo Crime graphic novel
$19.99 US, 184 pages
The popular Endless characters from Neil Gaiman’s THE SANDMAN are back as children in the highly anticipated follow-up to The Little Endless Storybook written and painted by mulitple Eisner-Award winner Jill Thompson (Scary Godmother, Magic Trixie and others).
DELIRIUM’S PARTY: A Little Endless Storybook brings all the Endless siblings (Dream, Delirium, Destruction, Death, Destiny, Desire and Despair) together in an effort to break Despair of her unhappiness. In a touching and whimsical story, beautifully drawn and water-colored by Thompson, DELIRIUM’S PARTY is an extravaganza that will delight readers of all ages.
I spoke to Jill about her return to the Little Endless and here's what she had to say, "I'm so pleased to be able to play in the Sandman playground again. I love the Endless and I really enjoy being able to tell quirky and cute stories with them in their 'Little Endless' form! They are such a fan favorite that I always want to create something that lives up to everyone's expectations, mine included-because first and foremost, I am a fan of these characters! I think Delirium's Party will be a nice follow up to the first Little Endless storybook! Despair is the best 'straight man' for comedy ever! Well, after Neil and Sandman, of course...!"