Titan Comics to re-publish Glenat’s Elric series

Elric Cover

 

Hot on the heels of the phenomenal runaway success of Snowpiercer, Titan Comics is continuing in its bold mission of presenting the highest quality European graphic novels to a brand-new audience, joining publishers Humanoides and Cinebook in bringing more bande dessines to British readers.

Just announced is the upcoming hardcover publication of  Elric: The Ruby Throne & Void in September, the first in a series of graphic adaptations of legendary fantasy author Michael Moorcock’s signature creation Elric. Written by Julien Blondel and beautifully illustrated by Robin Recht, Didier Poli and Jean Bastide, this new comic adaptation of the Elric of Melniboné novels, published in France by Glenat, has been produced with the full and enthusiastic endorsement of Moorcock himself, who provides an exclusive introduction to this edition.

“The best graphic adaptation of the story,” writes Moorcock, “has to be the current one by Julien Blondel and his team. This is perhaps the first graphic version of Elric fully to capture the sense of utter decadence I tried to convey in the books.”

Here are some sample pages from the French edition: note that the French edition includes some nudity – at this point we don’t know if Titan will publish the title in the dame format or, like Cinebook, amend the art for its English edition.

Elric: The Ruby Throne (Glenat Edition)

Elric: The Ruby Throne (Glenat Edition)

Elric: The Ruby Throne (Glenat Edition)

Elric: The Ruby Throne (Glenat Edition)

Elric: The Ruby Throne (Glenat Edition)

 

Also in the works is the English edition of the gripping science-fiction thriller Void, illustrated by superstar artist Sean Phillips (Fatale, Criminal, Sleeper) and written by Herik Hanna (Bad Ass). Centring on the sole survivor of an interstellar prison ship, this tense and atmospheric graphic novel is Phillips’ first venture into science fiction.

“We’re very excited to be launching a range of European graphic novels, spear-headed by Mike Moorcock’s Elric and Sean & Herik’s Void,” said Nick Landau, Titan publisher.

From late 2014, Titan Comics will follow Elric: The Ruby Throne and VOID with a host of new projects including best-selling medieval thriller The Third Testament; The Chronicles of Legion, which is the prequel to Fabien Nury and John Cassaday’s I Am Legion, and The Rage; a shocking horror about zombie children.

• Void will hit comic and book stores from 2nd September 2014

• Elric: The Ruby Throne will hit comic and book stores from 16th September 2014

• Void and Elric: The Ruby Throne will also be available to read on the iPad, iPhone, Web, Android and Kindle Fire, exclusively through the comiXology app and comiXology.com

• Titan Comics is at www.titan-comics.com  and they’re also on Facebook or follow @comicstitan on Twitter.

Elric © 2013 Michael et Linda Moorcock – Elric by Blondel, Poli, Recht and Bastide © Glénat 2013

 

John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John describes himself as is a "freelance comics operative", working as an editor, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. John has worked in British comics publishing for over 30 years. His credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine at Marvel UK and Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine at Titan Magazines. He also edited STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics, including Team M.O.B.I.L.E. and The Beatles Story. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare” for Tian Books. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.