In case you haven’t heard, Soaring Penguin Press is holding a launch party for its latest book, Little Death, the creation of Thomas Kriebaum.
Originally published in Germany and Austria as kleiner Tod, the book has sold well and is described as “a small man in a black suit who has a distinct dissatisfaction for his vocation.”
“The image of ‘Little Death’ is not absolutely new,” says Kriebaum in an interview for Spiele Magazine earlier this year. “A couple of years ago I had a contribution with the title Death in Venice for a Slovenian comics magazine. In the story, ‘Little Death’ is spending his well-deserved vacation in Venice with shorts, a colourful shirt, a cap and all the madness of Venice in the high season, including tourist masses, inflated prices… and there, he has to deal with more worldly problems.
“At the same time, I came across Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman. Because I really enjoyed the ‘Little Death’ character, I transformed my Death in Venice to a Salesman who dealt with death. Very classic as the typical sales representative from an old American movie, he wore a suit and a hat, and carried a briefcase – and was just as popular and successful.
“Now and them I would draw other stories for a magazine or an anthology, or just for my own amusement. Over the years, I produced so many short stories of ‘Little Death’ (and there will be more in the future) that I had a real collection of them in my drawer. After my first comic book Life, the publisher watned to continue my work, so I suggested a book of ‘Little Death’.”
The book was solicited in Diamond Comics June 2012 Previews, under Soaring Penguin Press. The 96-page, two colour book (DCD Code JUN121284) will retail for £9.99/$14.99.
The launch takes place on 21st August at 7.00pm at the Battersea Mess and Music Hall (http://
“We have the books, we have the book plates, signed and numbered by Thomas Kriebaum and limited to only 150,” says publisher John Anderson.
– For further details about the book, go to www.littledeathcomic.com
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. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 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.