British publisher SelfMadeHero has confirmed its publishing plans for the first few months of 2014. They include a biography of painter Vincent van Gogh by Dutch artist Barbara Stok, a political satire set during the Iraq War by Abel Lanzac and Christophe Blain, the true story of boxer Hertzko Haft, who survived Auschwitz to become a heavyweight prize-fighter, and a collaboration between David Camus and Nick Abadzis (Laika, Hugo Tate) that involves Orson Welles and a Cuban cigar-roller.
Terra Australis Written by LF Bollée, drawn by Philippe Nicloux
Based on the real-life voyage of discovery of Admiral Arthur Phillip, who became the first Governor of New South Wales and founder of Sydney, this dramatic historical account traces the First Fleet’s journey from London to establishing the initial settlements.
The book is being published to coincide with Admiral Phillip’s bicentenary, this is a 500-page epic bringing history to life.
Written and drawn by Barbara Stok
Vincent Van Gogh is arguably one of the world’s most popular artists and a man who led a turbulent, tragic life in pursuit of his dreams. During his short stay in Arles, Provence, he had one of his most intense, creative periods which is the focus of this biography from Dutch creator Barbara Stok.
The title is the second in SelfMadeHero’s Art Masters series.
Written and drawn by Reinhard Kleist
16-year old Hertzko Haft is sent to Auschwitz where his formidable fighting skills help him to survive. Fleeing to America after escaping the death march, he becomes a heavyweight prize-fighter, and is later inaugurated in the Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.
A remarkable and gripping true story of heroism and the human spirit. Creator Reinhard Kleist’s past credits include Johnny Cash – I See A Darkness.
Written and drawn by I. N. J. Culbard
A compelling piece of science-fiction about the choices we make and the courage it takes to make them. Three tales follow the lives of a lovestruck couple on the London underground, a suicidal comic artist in a demon-haunted Japanese forest, and two strangers stranded on a gridlocked LA freeway. A futuristic meditation that appeals to both fans of movies and graphic novels and the first original full-length story from I. N. J. Culbard, best known for his H. P. Lovecraft adaptations.
Weapons of Mass Diplomacy
Written by Abel Lanzac and drawn by Christophe Blain
Award-winning political satire based on the life of former PM and Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin.
Set during the Iraq conflict of 2002-3, Alexandre Taillard de Vorms loves making poetic speeches and cosying up to the elite. Familiar world leaders are amongst the large cast but they are all given fictional names.
Written by Abel Lanzac, a former speechwriter for De Villepin, the comic has recently been adapted into a critical-praised film under its original French title, Quai D’Orsay.
The Cigar That Fell In Love With A Pipe
Written by David Camus and drawn by Nick Abadzis
Orson Welles’ latest movie, The Lady From Shanghai, starring his wife Rita Hayworth, is about to be released when he receives a box of his favourite cigars. He loses himself in daydreams of the person who made them, Cuba’s most famous cigar roller Conchita Marquez, whose colourful story unfolds in the plumed smoke.
David Camus is the best-selling author of Knights of the Kingdom, while Nick Abadzis’s many comic tales include Hugo Tate and Laika.
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.