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.
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.
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, 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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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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.