IGN announced AMERICAN VAMPIRE: Survival of the Fittest as the Best Mini Series of 2011 and Scott Snyder as Best Writer of 2011. THE TORONTO STAR includes JOE THE BARBARIAN in their list of Top 10 Graphic Novels of 2011 and they ran a rave review of MARZI calling it “a series of elegant vignettes that beautifully blend many familiar childhood moments with scenes of a maturing nation. Author Marzena Sowa, along with her partner, artist Sylvain Savoia, perfectly captures the emotion of this pivotal time in world history through the eyes of a child in a story that is deeply affecting.” VILLAGE VOICE picked SPACEMAN as one of 2011’s Best Comics and Graphic Novels. LARGEHEARTED BOY posted artist Rebecca Guay’s Book Notes playlist for A FLIGHT OF ANGELS. And CBR/Robot 6, EATER.com and FOODBEAST picked up the cover of GET JIRO! by Langdon Foss, which you can see below.
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Looking for the perfect book to get your friends and loved ones? Check out these holiday gift guide recommendations:
USA TODAY’s Gift Ideas for the Comic Book Fan includes 100 BULLETS Deluxe Edition and Graphic Novels To Get You in the Holiday Spirit includes A FLIGHT OF ANGELS.
CNN/Geek Out includes AMERICAN VAMPIRE in their Holiday Gift Guide.
And CAMPUS CIRCLE’s Holiday Gift Ideas include A FLIGHT OF ANGELS, MARZI, JOE THE BARBARIAN, NEW YORK FIVE, RETURN TO PERDITION and THE UNWRITTEN Vol. 4.
Over the next several days we'll be publishing posts about some of the short stories and their creative teams included in STRANGE ADVENTURES #1. I asked Senior VP, Executive Editor Karen Berger to start us off and here's what she has to say:
Make sure you check out STRANGE ADVENTURES #1, on sale today-- It’s a great and weird anthology as only Vertigo can produce!
This 80 page comic showcases an awesome mix of some of your favorite V writers and artists, plus it debuts a bunch of new and original talent.
Editing the book has been a joint effort by many of us who reside along the dark, undulating halls of Vertigo way, and this week we’re each going to blog a bit about the stories we edited.
First up: Me!
Our lead story is CASE 21: A gripping tale set far in the future, but in a familiar place called New Brooklyn (the best borough ever!)
It’s about an underground society whose citizens strive to soar to the towering elite in the skies above, and where ubiquitous tattoos are more than what they seem. It’s brought to you by Selwyn Seyfu Hinds, an acclaimed music journalist, author, documentary producer and dazzling djay and illustrated by Denys Cowan, artist extraordinaire of THE QUESTION, and one of the founders and artists of Milestone Media, who draws the best skyscraper perspectives around. Bound to really give you vertigo...!
These guys totally deliver the goods in this kick-off story, so stay tuned for more from them at Vertigo in the VERY near future.
PARTNERS: A dark and sensitive tale (just like the writer :) about two friends and their odd relationship. Written by the one and only Peter Milligan, and making his American comics debut Belgian artist, Sylvain Savoia. Sylvain is also the artist of MARZI, an incredible memoir written by Marzena Sowa about growing up behind the Iron Curtain, which we’ll be publishing this fall. Sylvain is a consummate storyteller, and a terrific artist, and we’re so pleased to be showing off his work here at Vertigo.
Tomorrow: More inside scoop on some very strange stories.
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.