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COMING IN FEBRUARY

Nina Simone in Comics

Sophie Adriansen, various artists

This is the story of an emancipation, that of a young black
and poor woman living in an America marked by segregation.

This is the story of a fierce battle, that of a musician
involved in the civil rights movement.

This is the story of a long career, that of a pianist and
singer as talented as determined.

This is the story of Nina Simone, a unique artist, role
model, and inspiration for generations to come.

Genius pianist, fabulous singer and committed artist, Nina
Simone remains an inspiration for generations.

7 ½ x 10, 160pp., full color HC, $27.99
ISBN 9781681123264

ebook $16.99
ISBN 9781681123271

PUBLICATION DATE: February 13, 2024

COMING IN MARCH

DEGAS & CASSATT

A Solitary Dance

Salva Rubio (writer), Efa (artist)

One of the founders of the Impressionist movement while also one of its most ruthless critics, too bohemian for the bourgeois and too bourgeois for the artists, Edgar Degas was a man of paradoxes. A loner, he only loved one woman without ever courting her, the American painter Mary Cassatt whom we follow closely as well. And it is in the company of the latter that at the twilight of his life, Efa and Rubio open the pages of Degas's notebooks to try to unravel the mystery of this genius steeped in contradictions.

9x12, 96pp, full color hardcover, $24.99
ISBN 9781681123240

Buy the ebook: $14.99
ISBN 9781681123257

PUBLICATION DATE: March 12, 2024

COMING IN APRIL

HARLEM

Mikaël

Harlem, 1931. In the heart of the Great Depression, invention is the mother of necessity to make ends meet.

Stéphanie St. Clair, known as ‘Queenie’, had already understood this when she landed in New York almost twenty years before. Inventiveness when you are a woman and you are black is much more than a necessity. It's a question of survival.

In a few years, this young immigrant West Indian servant freed herself from the weight of ancestral servitude. Even better, she created her own American dream: the underground Harlem numbers game.

Hers is an ascent that makes people cringe, both with the local authorities and the white mafia. Dutch Schultz, aka. the Dutchman, an unscrupulous mafioso, intends to take control of the kingdom of the "Frenchy." But that's without taking into account the determination and impetuosity of Queenie, whose heavy past continues to guide her steps...

After the critically acclaimed Giant and Bootblack, Mikaël takes us to the Harlem of the prohibition for the final chapter of his New York triptych in sumptuous chiaroscuro, to meet a woman as strong as she is enigmatic.

9x12, 128 pp., full color hardcover, $27.99
ISBN 9781681123288

ebook, $16.99
ISBN 9781681123295

PUBLICATION DATE: April 16, 2024

COMING IN MAY

GOOD

From the Amazon Jungle to Suburbia and Back

FLuX & David Good

This is the story of the incredible journey of David Good, the son of an American anthropologist father, and indigenous Yanomami mother who calls the Amazon rainforest her home. Overlapping the story of what David’s mother’s early years
were like being raised in the rainforest, the book follows David from childhood to adulthood as he searches for identity, love, acceptance, and the one thing
truly missing from his life, his mother.

Growing up in a predominantly white population of the US without a mother or a deeper connection to his South American roots, David struggles with issues of identity
and relationships. His and his mother’s stories intertwine in a heartbreakingly beautiful climax when they are reunited in the
jungle.

Beautifully illustrated and co-authored by award winning artist and storyteller, FLuX, Good is a vivid and breathtaking visualization of a highly unusual life’s journey.

6 ½ x 9 ½, 216pp,
HC, part color, part B&W, $24.99
ISBN 9781681123301

e-book: 19.99
ISBN 9781681123318

PUBLICATION DATE: May 14, 2024

COMING IN JUNE

PROXY MOM

My Experience with Postpartum Depression

Sophie Adriansen (writer) & Mathou (art)

A graphic novel that explores postpartum depression. A story of reconstruction and resilience.

Marietta and Chuck, madly in love, are expecting a baby. But childbirth marks the end of the fairy tale. Zoe's birth didn't go as Marietta imagined, and the maternal instinct is slow to manifest itself. While she no longer recognizes her body, Marietta feels herself losing her footing in the face of this vulnerable baby for whom she is now responsible.

Will she manage to feel like a mother? to love her baby? to stop thinking that a proxy mom would do better than her?

A humorful but realist viewpoint on a problem experienced by a significant number of new mothers, with an insight on how to overcome it.

6.5 x 9, 152pp., full color trade pb., $19.99
ISBN 9781681123349

ebook: $9.99
ISBN 9781681123356

PUBLICATION DATE: June 18

RECENT PUBLICATIONS

ZOMBILLENIUM, vols. 5 & 6

Black Friday / Sabbath Grand Derby

Arthur de Pins

The day after "Black Friday" at Zombillenium, the employees have carte blanche to devour the visitors, encouraged by management who intends to profit from these gains in new souls. To thwart Charlotte and Aurelian's sinister plans with her resistance network, Gretchen must first settle accounts with her past.

And in the last culminating episode, The Zombillenium amusement park, which still keeps dozens of visitors prisoner, is coveted by many demons, each eager to become a majority shareholder. The only method of arbitration accepted by all: the Sabbath Grand Derby, a sporting event as violent as it is inventive in which five witches compete against each other and will be fed to visitors to the park...
Among the candidates, a certain Gretchen, determined to play her best since she cannot count on the help of Aurelian-Baphomet... The spectators of the Sabbath Grand Derby, broadcast like an ordinary reality TV program, will get an eyeful! As for Gretchen, she's facing a handful!

The most spectacular of the Zombillenium volumes awaits you, for an apotheosis of a finale, where the action takes nothing away from the emotion or the social criticism.

This series won the Angouleme Best Comics for Youth Prize in 2012. A bestselling series in France with over a quarter million copies sold.

9x12, 96pp., color hardcover, $24.99
ISBN 9781681123172

Buy the e-book: $9.99
ISBN 9781681123189

PUBLICATION DATE: December 12, 2023

RED HARVEST

A Graphic Novel of The Terror Famine in 1930's Soviet Ukraine

Michael Cherkas

Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin waged a brutal war against the Soviet peasantry leading to the Holodomor, the terror-famine that killed at least 4 million Ukrainians during the fall and winter of 1932-33. This previous Russian aggression in Ukraine is lamentably relevant as we witness the horrors unfold in the current Ukrainian war. 

Red Harvest is based on the tragic events that took place in Soviet Ukraine and other parts of the Soviet Union from 1929 to 1933. Stalin and the ruling Communist Party began their program of forced large-scale collectivization of individual farms and farmers, including the seizure of livestock, farm implements, crops, seed stock, and other property.

Red Harvest is the fictional story, based on true stories as related to the Ukranian-Canadian author, of Mykola Kovalenko, a Ukrainian immigrant to Canada, who was the only member of his family to have survived the famine. Through his memories, we witness the horrors of what happened to his family and fellow villagers in the "breadbasket of Europe" as they struggled—not only to make sense of the war that was being waged against them—but, ultimately, to survive.

Featured in Publishers Weekly's TOP TEN FALL 2023 ADULT COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS!

6x9, 144pp, B&W hardcover, $19.99.
ISBN 9781681123202

Ebook, $9.99
ISBN 9781681123233

PUBLICATION DATE: November 14, 2023

DUNGEON: Zenith, vol. 5

Fog & Tears

Lewis TrondheimJoann SfarBoulet

The valiant duck Herbert and Isis, his beautiful and belligerent Kochaque companion's son is born. As much as the young parents are delighted with this new arrival, tensions are not long in rising. Isis wants to submit her baby to the traditional Kochaque rite of passage. Herbert, judging it far too dangerous, tries to dissuade her. Unable to convince her, he finally decides to kidnap the infant.

In the second story, the fight to recover the Dungeon from the hands of the big bad Delacourt still keeps our heroes busy... While Horus has been trying for days to hypnotize the spirits of Terra Amata freed from the Vault of Souls by Delacourt, the Guardian calls on Marvin to come to the thaumaturge's aid. But to get there, he will have to, willy-nilly, make an alliance with a former classmate of his new wife.

8 ½ x 11, 96pp., full-color trade paperback. $17.99
ISBN 9781681123165

PUBLICATION DATE: October 17, 2023

PRINCE in Comics

Tony Lourenco, Nicolas Finet

Prince Rogers Nelson aka Prince was a complete artist, all at once author, composer, performer, multi-instrumentalist and producer.

A real showman on stage, songs like "1999" or "Purple Rain," made him an international star. With his tormented life, sulfurous relationships, sex and drugs, he was above all a genius artist with a very distinctive original style who sold more than 80 million records around the world.

Here is his extraordinary destiny in a mix of colorfully illustrated articles and comics!

168pp., 7 ½ x 10", full-color hardcover, $27.99
ISBN 9781681123219

Ebook, $16.99; ISBN 9781681123226

PUBLICATION DATE: September 12, 2023

Mingus

Squaz, Flavio Massarutto

"I play what I am. I play Mingus." This comics biography tells the troubled life, the battles against racism, the brilliant music of a master who has left an indelible mark on the jazz scene and beyond.

From his beginnings in Los Angeles in the 1940s to his heartbreaking end in Mexico, the story of a man of indomitable and rebellious talent who crossed styles while always remaining himself, in perpetual struggle against a society that wanted him marginalized and subordinated.

Bass player and pianist, composer and band leader, Charles Mingus is universally recognized as one of the greatest musicians in the history of jazz. An overflowing talent, who experienced the last fires of the swing age, the Be Bop revolution, the experimental seasons of Third Stream and Jazz Poetry up to Free Jazz. But he was also a tormented and angry soul, a man who, due to his mestizo origins, always had to deal with the hostility of American society.

Journalist Flavio Massarutto and artist Squaz (Pasquale Todisco) retrace the stages of Mingus's journey, giving life to a non-canonical biography, which proceeds in paginated episodes like a succession of passages that form a musical suite: fragments of existence told by fishing from interviews, writings, testimonies and historical facts. The portrait of a musician who is the mirror of an era comes out, of a brilliant composer who was also one of the most clearly committed artists in denouncing racism, with real manifesto pieces such as the famous Fable of Faubus denouncing the segregationist governor of Arkansas.

In the words of Massarutto and in the evocative art of Squaz, which also reinterpret some of the famous covers of Mingus records, we relive the burning parable of a restless man, always in search of perfection, in constant struggle with himself and with the world: a master capable of leaving an indelible mark on the musical and cultural panorama of the twentieth century.

7x10, 160pp., full color HC, $29.99, ISBN 9781681123097

e-book: $19.99, ISBN 9781681123103

PUBLICATION DATE: August 22, 2023

Darkly She Goes

Hubert, Vincent Mallié

Once upon a time there was a fallen knight, who believed that saving a princess would allow him to atone for his crimes. Once upon a time there was a dark princess, who believed that it was up to her to atone for the crimes of her parents...

Banished for a fault that forever taints his reputation, Arzhur wanders from tavern to field of battle in search of the next contract which will fill his purse. One night, three mysterious old women offer him to regain honor and fortune if he frees the daughter of a neighboring king, held captive in the ruins of an abandoned castle. But Islen is not the damsel in distress that he expected to save...

Magnified by the virtuoso art of Vincent Mallié, Hubert questions the weight of family heritage and delivers, under the finery of a tale, an intimate reflection on our inner monsters.

Darkly She Goes is an ode to redemption where determinism and free will clash, carried by two masters of the fantasy genre.

9x12, 160 pp. full color HC, $29.99, ISBN 9781681123134

e-book $19.99, ISBN 9781681123141

PUBLICATION DATE: July 4, 2023

Now in Paperback!

Beauty

Hubert, Kerascoët

When the repulsively ugly Coddie unintentionally saves a fairy from a spell, she does not understand the poisonous nature of the wish granted her by the fairy.

The village folk no longer see her as repulsive and stinking of fish—they now perceive her as magnetically beautiful—which does not help her in her village. A young local lord saves her, but it soon becomes apparent that Coddie's destiny may be far greater than anyone ever imagined.

Caustic and flamboyant, this fairy tale offers grownups an engrossing take on the nature and corrupting power of beauty, in our age of obsession with it.

8 ½ x 11, 152pp. full color pb, $19.9
ISBN 9781681123158

PUBLICATION DATE: July 4, 2023

QUEEN in Comics

Emmanuel Marie (writer) Sophie Blitman (art)

Brian May, Roger Taylor and Freddie Mercury form one of the greatest rock bands in the world.

Under the leadership of its charismatic singer, Queen is a planetary success for each hit with its decadent shows, inimitable aesthetics and style.

"Bohemian Rhapsody", "We Are the Champions", "Don't Stop Me Now" or even "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" are just some of the hits! Discover the great stories and little secrets surrounding the legend!

7 ½ x 10, 160pp., full color HC, $27.99, ISBN 9781681123110

e-book: $16.99 ISBN 978168112312

PUBLICATION DATE (general trade): May 2, 2023

FISTS RAISED: 10 Stories of Sports Star Activists

Karim Nedjari (writing) Chloé Célérien (art)

What does Muhammad Ali, the greatest boxer of all time, have in common with Megan Rapinoe, the badass pink-haired female soccer player? They achieved perfection, won medals, and lived the glory. But it is above all their raised fists, when, at a time of their envied existence, they dared to sacrifice their privileges to defend a cause greater than their status of adulated champion.

Rich in authentic anecdotes, this book tells the fate of those who paved the way. That of women and men who have written the political, social or cultural history of sport by taking a stand.

Fists Raised: when sports collide with social activism!

7 ½ x 10", 192pp. Color HC, $26.99
ISBN: 9781681123035

Buy the e-book $14.99
ISBN: 9781681123042

Algorithmic Reality

Damian Bradfield (writing) David Sánchez (art)

Your phone reminds you all day long that you were interested in buying those shoes. Your device knows the places where you go, the books you like and your friends' faces. The world's most valuable resource is no longer oil, but data. The more they know about you, the better you can be targeted, and then, monetized.

The British businessman Damian Bradfield, co-founder of WeTransfer, and the Spanish comics author David Sánchez build an ironic dystopic world, disturbingly similar to ours, to explore the addictive effects of social media, the stealthy invasion of privacy and the dangers of data misuse. With a wry acidic sense of humor, they blur the boundaries between the online and offline worlds and spin disturbingly recognizable tales about our overconnected society.

7 ½x 10 ½, 80pp. Color HC, $17.99
ISBN: 9781681123066

Buy the e-book, $7.99
ISBN: 9781681123073

Big Scoop of Ice Cream

Conxita Herrero Delfa

It's about life in our time, about being a young adult woman in the early twenty first century.

Conxita, in her twenties, the latest representative of a whole generation, lost her heart somewhere between Madrid and Barcelona. A 'real spitfire' according to her mother, she faces everyday events with great courage. A former student of Fine Arts, she draws her every adventure, from her apartment that she shares with a girl who's her mirror image, her household, her computer, her dreams to elsewhere, her escapes to the beach, her telephone conversations with friends, to her more or less happy dates. In this autobiographical tale in seventeen short tableaux, Conxita Herrero shakes up preconceived ideas about the transition to adulthood. In a minimalist and rigorous style, she plays with antagonisms and mixes inertia and movement, silent panels and intimate, mysterious dialogues, bare lines and pure colors. Freeing herself from the "concern for truth" specific to the autobiography, the author sheds any sentimentality and provides her sets and her characters with sketchy features a strange and fascinating dimension oscillating between reality and dream.

6.5x9.5 full color trade pb with flaps, 144pp., $17.99.
ISBN: 978-1-68112-294-6

Buy the e-book: $9.99; 978-1-68112-295-3