Top independent publisher SelfMadeHero, whose recent titles include the simply brilliant The Motherless Oven by Rob Davis and the stunning AAMA saga by Frederik Peeters (the second volume is out now), have just announced their Spring 2015 slate.
February sees the release of The Sculptor by Scott McCloud. The best selling author of Understanding Comics returns with a spellbinding urban fable about the price of art and the value of life.
Thanks to a deal with Death, David Smith is given the power to sculpt anything with his bare hands. But with just 200 days left to live, deciding what to create is harder than he imagined. And discovering the love of his life at the eleventh hour isn’t making it any easier…
Neil Gaiman has said of The Sculptor, “It’s the best graphic novel I’ve read in years. It’s about art and love and why we keep on trying. It will break your heart.”
The latest collaboration between Andrzej Klimowski and Danusia Schejbal (The Master and Margarita, Robot), a brand new autobiographical graphic novel, Behind the Curtain, debuts in March. It weaves together two distinctive styles to create a portrait of the cultural environment that flourished in Warsaw amid the harsh realities of the communist state.
Behind the Curtain pictures a community of artists who, at a time when toilet paper was worth its weight in gold, were producing visionary theatrical productions, films, posters and exhibitions.
As Verloc moves closer to the source of aama, navigating a landscape inhabited by deadly biorobotic creatures and plants, the mystery surrounding the experiment – and Verloc’s place in it – begins to unravel. If the artwork is as breathtaking as Volume Two, and the story as intriguing, it should be a treat.
In April, the company’s list of European graphic novels in translations continue with the publication of Pablo by Julie Birmant and Clément Oubrerie, a stunning graphic biography of Picasso.
This authoritative account of Picasso’s life among the bohemians of Montmartre won the Grand Prix at France’s RTL Graphic Novel Awards – and it is beautiful.
The stories that make up this classic piece of weird fiction are tied together by a play that brings madness to all who read it: The King in Yellow. It is a book that draws readers in with an irresistible yet innocent opening act, then drives them insane with the poisonous words of Act 2.
One of the most influential works of American supernatural fiction, The King in Yellow is also a central literary reference in the hit HBO show True Detective. Culbard brings to life this thrilling tale of horror that will make you laugh and cry and tremble fright.
SelFMadeHero’s initial titles for 2015 round off with a collection of album review illustrations by the artist and animator Run Wrake. Edited and introduced by journalist and broadcaster Andrew Collins, End of a Century: Nineties Album Reviews in Pictures brings together the best of Wrake’s illustrations for the NME. It pictures musicians, good and bad, from one of the most exciting periods in pop music history, from guitar-driven grunge and BritPop acts to ageing folk musicians and manufactured pop stars.
• The new SelfMadeHero catalogue is available here in all its glory
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.