Demand for ‘Snowpiercer’ graphic novel prompts immediate second printing

Snowpiercer Volume 1Originally released in January to widespread critical acclaim, Titan Comics Snowpiercer Volume 1: The Escape has gone to a second printing, just 48 hour after publication date, due to exceptionally high demand.

Titan Comics says that fans eager to read the story ahead of the worldwide release of the upcoming new movie adaptation starring Captain America’s Chris Evans have snapped up copies of Snowpiercer Volume One as fast as stores get them.

Volume 2: The Explorers is due to be released 25th February 2014.

In a harsh, uncompromisingly cold future where Earth has succumbed to treacherously low temperatures, the last remaining members of humanity travel on a train while the outside world remains encased in ice.

The surviving community are not without a social hierarchy; those that travel at the front of the train live in relative luxury, whilst those unfortunate enough to be at the rear remain clustered like cattle in claustrophobic darkness. Yet, things are about to change aboard the train, as passengers become disgruntled…

Written by the late Jacques Lob, winner of the Grand Prix de la ville d’Angoulême, and Benjamin Legrand, the author of numerous thriller novels, screenplays, and comic scripts, Snowpiercer is illustrated by Jean-Marc Rochette, who has worked across a variety of projects and genres, from science fiction comics to children’s cartoons – including adaptations of Voltaire’s Candide and Homer’s Odyssey.

Snowpiercer was translated into English by Virginie Sélavy, who is dues to be feature on Britain’s only regular comic radio show, Panel Borders, later today (see news story).

In The Escape, we’re introduced to a dangerous train travelling across a snowbound land. From fearsome engine to final car, all surviving human life is here: a complete hierarchy of the society we lost.

The elite, as ever, travel in luxury at the front of the train – but for those in the rear coaches, life is squalid, miserable and short.

Proloff is a refugee from the tail, determined never to go back. In his journey forward through the train, he hopes to reach the mythical engine and, perhaps, find some hope for the future…

The story has been adapted into a new film directed by Joon-ho Bong (The Host), starring Chris Evans (Captain America), Tilda Swinton (The Chronicles of Narnia), Jamie Bell (Billy Elliott), Ed Harris (The Abyss) and John Hurt (Alien), and distributed by The Weinstein Company, and due for release in 2014.

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Snowpiercer Volume 1: The Escape is on sale now

Snowpiercer Volume 2: The Explorers, in which a second train also travels through the snow on the same track, its inhabitants living in constant fear of crashing into the first Snowpiercer, is on sale from 25th February 2014

The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Explorer (previously known as Star Trek Magazine) and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of "Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies" for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.



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