SelfMadeHero’s Autumn 2016 Revealed: Motherless Oven follow up by Rob Davis out in November

The Can Opener's Daughter by Rob Davis

A graphic history of Tetris, Rob Davis‘ eagerly-awaited follow up to his utterly brilliant The Motherless Oven and a superb-looking biography of Salvador Dalí by Edmond Baudoin are just some of the treats in store from SelfMadeHero this autumn.

September 2016

The Trial of Roger Casement by Fionnuala Doran

The publisher’s Autumn lineup kicks off with the release of a graphic biography by Fionnuala Doran, The Trial of Roger Casement on 1st September.

Doran, who won the British Library’s “Comics Unmasked” competition in 2014, has chosen as the subject of her debut graphic novel the extraordinary life of Roger Casement, who was knighted for his humanitarian work in 1911 – but five years later, was hanged for treason.

The Trial of Roger Casement traces the astonishing downfall of an Irishman once feted for his compassion but later condemned both as a revolutionary and as a homosexual.

One Year Wiser
Mike Medaglia follows his bestselling collection of illustrated meditations with One Year Wiser: A Gratitude Journal. Filled with uplifting quotes and guidance, this beautifully produced journal will help you keep a lasting record of the small moments that reflect the richness and variety of life. Keep it on your bedside table – and start living the grateful life.

Return of the Honey Buzzard by Aimée de Jongh
Return of the Honey Buzzard by Aimée de Jongh, also out in October, tells the story of Simon, the third-generation owner of the struggling Antoinisse Book Shop. When he witnesses a suicide, old memories intrude, guilt bubbles up and his grip on reality loosens.

Haunted by the past, Simon struggles to face the future. It is only in the tender, ethereal presence of Regina that he is able to open up – and, finally, to look ahead.

Powerful, perceptive and beautifully drawn, The Return of the Honey Buzzard is a compelling graphic novel about grief, love, our actions and their consequences.
Stardust Nation by Deborah Levy and Andrzej Klimowski

Originally slated for June this year, Stardust Nation by Deborah Levy and Andrzej Klimowski will now hit the shelves in September – and it’s worth the wait.

Adapted from one of the centrepieces of Levy’s short story collection Black Vodka, Stardust Nation follows the story of Nikos Gazidis, a man suffering from a strange psychiatric condition: he seems to have unwittingly crashed into the consciousness of his boss.

Written by the Booker-shortlisted author of Swimming Home, Stardust Nation is an absurdly funny, unsettling and unforgettable graphic novel about memory, empathy and how we are, all of us, connected.

October 2016

Tetris: The Games People Play by Box Brown

October also sees the release of Tetris: The Games People Play by Box Brown. This hotly anticipated – and, we can confirm, brilliant – graphic novel is a dramatic and surprising history of the most ubiquitous and addictive video game of all time. It follows the story of Tetris’s Russian creator Alexey Pajitnov, who created the game in his spare time, and spotlights the innumerable businessmen who were desperate to monetise it.

Box Brown untangles Tetris’s complex history – the bidding wars, clandestine trips to Moscow, backroom deals and miscommunications – and while doing so delves deep into the role games play in art, culture and commerce.
Dalí by Edmond Baudoin

The latest addition to SelfMadeHero’s stunning Art Masters series Hoyt’s also hits the stands in October: Dalí by Edmond Baudoin, which will be launched at the Lakes International Comic Art Festival where the author will be appearing alongside Craig Thompson.

The veteran French comics artist asks, who was Salvador Dalí? A madman? A genius? An exhibitionist? There is no shortage of labels for the Surrealist painter, who was as well known for his acts of public bravado as for his extraordinary work.

Commissioned by the Pompidou Centre, Dalí is a rigorously researched and absorbing portrait of a singular artist and an enigmatic man.
Ghost Stories of an Antiquary, Volume 1 SelfMadeHero celebrate Hallowe’en with the release of Ghost Stories of an Antiquary, Volume 1, which collects graphic retellings of four spine-chilling tales by the renowned medievalist and writer M.R. James.

Adapted by Leah Moore and John Reppion, and illustrated by four outstanding comics artists, Ghost Stories gives a new lease of life to some of James’s best-known works: ”Canon Alberic’s Scrap-book” (illustrated by Aneke), “Lost Hearts” (illustrated by Kit Buss), ”The Mezzotint” (illustrated by Fouad Mezher) and ”The Ash-tree” (illustrated by Alisdair Wood). Vanishing children, spectral works of art, vengeance from beyond the grave: these tales have it all.

November 2016

The Can Opener's Daughter Art by Rob Davis
Art from The Can Opener’s Daughter by Rob Davis

Finally, November brings us a brand new graphic novel from the insanely-talented Rob Davis. Are you ready for Knife O’Clock once more?

In his British Comic Award-winning The Motherless Oven, Scarper Lee asked: “Who the hell is Vera Pike?” In the second part of Rob Davis’ trilogy, The Can Opener’s Daughter , we get a chance to find out.

This is Vera’s story.Grave Acre is a cruel world of opportunity and control. Vera’s mother is the Weather Clock, the omnipotent and megalomaniacal Prime Minister of Chance. Her father is a can opener. Charting Vera’s unsettling childhood, the book takes us from her home in Parliament to suicide school, and from the Bear Park to the black woods that lie beyond. In the present day, Vera and Castro Smith are determined to see their friend Scarper again – but is he still alive? And if so, can they save him? Can anyone outlive their deathday?

Both a sequel and a darkly inventive standalone graphic novel, The Can Opener’s Daughter answers many of the questions posed in The Motherless Oven, while asking plenty more of its own.

Well, I’m not sure if I can wait that long – I’ll burst! The Motherless Oven simply blew me away on its release and I’m really looking forward to seeing this new volume – but, as usual, SelfMadeHero have plenty of great stuff to keep us entertained before this!

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John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John describes himself as is a "freelance comics operative", currently working as a freelance editor for TITAN COMICS, as Creative Consultant on the new DAN DARE audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the LAKES INTERNATIONAL COMIC ART FESTIVAL and LANCASTER COMICS DAY. John has worked in British comics publishing for over 30 years, starting out at Marvel UK, where he edited a number of the Genesis 1992 books with Paul Neary. His numerous credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine at Marvel and Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine at Titan Magazines, where he was Managing Editor. He also edited STRIP Magazine and worked as an editor on several audio comics for ROK Comics, including TEAM M.O.B.I.L.E. and THE BEATLES STORY. Most recently he is writing CRUCIBLE as a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and DEATH DUTY and SKOW DOGS with Dave Hailwood for the digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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