While prowling around Corto Maltese’s old haunts in Venice this week, my wife Lorraine Turner and I stopped at the city’s one and only comics shop: ZAZÀ, and spent some time visiting with our new friends Giacomo Vella and Tommaso Listo. They’re great guys, who graciously put up with our (very) limited Italian and showed us some of their favorite Italian comics. The “fumetteria” carries an exceptional variety of comics for all age groups and tastes. For those who plan a trip to Venice, don’t miss ZAZÀ, Calle dell’Olio o del Cafetier, Sao Polo, 2424 – Venezia, and tell them Dean sent you!
A single advance copy of THE REPRIEVE by the incredible Jean-Pierre Gibrat just arrived at the offices. Here’s a photo with the companion volume FLIGHT OF THE RAVEN. “Repreive” will be on sale in a few weeks!
I’m often asked why we decided to start the EuroComics imprint—considering how busy we are producing all the Library of American Comics titles. The answer is pretty simple:
Great comics are great comics, regardless of when or where they were created. The Library of American Comics, in reprinting classic newspaper strips of the past, takes care of the “when;” EuroComics takes care of the “where.”
One of the most exciting aspects about editing and publishing comics is discovering something new. Sometimes it’s a young comics creator coming into his or her own—as when in 1984 I published Zot!, a series from an unknown cartoonist named Scott McCloud. Sometimes it’s being able to finally read the work of a master artist such as Claire Wendling, whose masterpiece Lights of the Amalou, written by Christophe Gibelin, has been unavailable to those of us who can only read English.
Whether they’re new or old, originally written in English or another language, great comics are great comics. I’m as excited as anyone at the opportunity to read them…and think you will be too.
We’re creating previews in English for most books in our catalogue, so please browse through the listings and take a look.
JT Lindroos at Euro Comics Roundup reviews two recent EuroComics titles:
“Alack Sinner: Age of Innocence” from IDW’s EuroComics is a contender for the best book of the year.” — JT Lindroos, Euro Comics Roundup
At the Official Comic-Con Blog, Steve Lieber reviews our first ALACK SINNER book:
“Munoz’s influence can be felt throughout today’s comics, but there’s no other work like this out there. No one else puts so much emotion on the page, or tells stories with this much rage and empathy and pain. I hope you’ll take a look at Alack Sinner, because it’s an absolutely spectacular example of what comics can be.”
The Slings & Arrows Graphic Novel Guide has published a rave review of Carlos’ Giménez’s seminal book: “Paracuellos is a prime example of the power comics can have in their apparent simplicity…Despite the seemingly cartoon like style of the stories and the dark humour throughout, the comic achieves what [Scott] McCloud refers to as ‘amplification through simplification.’”
Here’s a fantastic interview with Jose Muñoz from Alex Dueben at the Comics Journal.
And here’s the cover to the second Alack Sinner collection, which is on the publishing schedule for May 2018.
We received an advance copy of Fable of Venice from the printer. For fans who remember the 1981 NBM edition (the only English version available until now), you should be thrilled at how much better our new edition looks. Here’s a comparison so you can see how much art was actually missing in the old version!