Paracuellos is “Best of 2016”

It’s pretty amazing that nearly thirty years after Carlos Giménez first published PARACUELLOS in Spain (in 1977), the first English-language edition, which we published under our EuroComics imprint, has made two Best Comics of 2016 lists:

In the Beat’s “Best of 2016″ list, Alex Deuben writes:

“This book by Carlos Gimenez is something of a legend in his native Spain and elsewhere but this year this book was finally published in the US. The story of a child growing up in a state run home in the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War, it begins as the story of one child – Gimenez himself – but becomes something bigger. The story of a generation growing up in a fascist state, run by adults that don’t care whether the children live. This look at childhood in fascist Spain is more than just a great memoir, but an important historical document and one of the powerful and haunting graphic novels I have ever read.”

At Comic Book Resources, Michael Lorah says:

“Gimenez tells the stories of his time in the “Social Aid Homes” for war orphans after Franco won the Spanish Civil War. Every page is designed to break your heart. Masterful cartooning, a little childhood whimsy and a whole lot of human tragedy make for an unforgettable reading experience.”

Flight of the Raven!

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We’re proud to announce another gorgeous book and another Angoulême winner! Jean-Pierre Gibrat received the Best Artist Award for his lushly colored “Flight of the Raven,” which we’ll release in January 2017.

It’s one of the most stunningly beautiful comics of the 21st Century. The story takes place in Paris during the German Occupation and stars a memorable heroine—the French Resistance fighter named Jeanne. With the help of an apolitical cat burglar named François, she tries to save her comrades, including her missing sister Cécile, from a double-agent and the Gestapo. They walk in the places between shadows, as Gibrat uses the evocative Paris rooftops and river barges on the Seine almost as separate characters. The book also includes a portfolio of pin-ups featuring its heroine and features a new translation by Brandon Kander and Diana Schutz.

 

Corto in Portugal

Simone Castaldi, co-translator of our Corto Maltese series (not to mention Associate Professor of Romance Languages and Literature at Hofstra University!), recently returned from a sojourn in Europe. Among his travels was a stop at BD Mania, a fantastic comics store in Lisbon where he points out the first two of our English-language Corto books. If you’re planning a trip to Portugal any time soon, the shop is at Rua das Flores 71, 1200-194 Lisboa, Portugal. According to Simone there are “so many cool comic book stores in Portugal!”

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Live and In Person!

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Dean Mullaney and Rubén Pellejero in Barcelona in June—meeting each other for the first time. Dean and Lorraine Turner met with Rubén, his wife Mercé, and her sister Núria (who graciously translated for everyone—thanks, Núria!). Rubén floored Dean by presenting him with a page of original art from the epic Dieter Lumpen story, “The Reaper’s Price.”  Don’t be surprised if you see more of Rubén’s art in EuroComics editions—in addition to the Corto Maltese adventure he’s drawn!

Dieter Lumpen is Here! (Corto in the wings)

 

2016-07-14 13.02.24Our much anticipated collection of the complete DIETER LUMPEN by Jorge Zentner and Rubén Pellejero is hitting stores any day. We received our copies today — plus, an advance copy of CORTO MALTESE: THE ETHIOPIAN, which will be in stores next month.