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SelfMadeHero's autumn party: Rachael Ball, I.N.J. Culbard, David Hine & Mark Stafford signing at Gosh!

8 November 2018

Next Friday, 16th November, we're celebrating the launch of three fabulous new graphic novels with a party at Soho's Gosh! Comics.

Joining us there will be Rachael Ball (Wolf), I.N.J. Culbard (LOVECRAFT), Mark Stafford & David Hine (Lip Hook), who'll be signing copies of their latest books from 7-9pm. Here's what you'll be able to get your hands on:

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InWolf by Rachael Ball, a young boy finds his life turned upside down by a tragic accident. Desperate to return to happier days, six-year-old Hugo draws up plans for a time machine. But only his neighbour - a child-eating recluse, according to the boy next door - has the parts Hugo needs to complete the contraption. Illustrated in evocative, intimate pencils, Wolf is a captivating and poignant exploration of family, grief and that blend of the everyday and the fantastical that is childhood.

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David Hine and Mark Stafford's latest graphic novel is set in Lip Hook, a small British village that lies at the end of a neglected byway. For its inhabitants, Lip Hook is more than the end of the road – it’s the end of the world. Beyond it, there is nothing but mist-shrouded marshland. One day, two fugitives emerge from the fog, seeking refuge at the Hanged Man Inn: a dangerously beautiful woman and a man with a gunshot wound and a suitcase full of treasure. As the disruptive outsiders’ influence grows, a false faith grips the community, returning its followers to ancient ways and resurrecting a secret history perhaps best forgotten...

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LOVECRAFT collects I.N.J. Culbard's acclaimed adaptations of H.P. Lovecraft into a single, seriously handsome hardbound volume. Boing Boing said of his reimagining of The Case of Charles Dexter Ward, "This is really the best way to enjoy Lovecraft." This 520-page hardback also includes adaptations of At the Mountains of Madness, The Shadow Out of Time and The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath. If you want an introduction to four stories that helped to reinvent the horror genre, there's no better place to start.


Introducing Wolf by Rachael Ball

18 October 2018

In Rachael Ball's new graphic novel, Wolf, a young boy finds his life turned upside down by a tragic accident. Desperate to return to happier days, six-year-old Hugo draws up plans for a time machine. But only his neighbour - a child-eating recluse, according to the boy next door - has the parts Hugo needs to complete the contraption.

Illustrated in evocative, intimate pencils, Wolf is a captivating and poignant exploration of family, grief and that blend of the everyday and the fantastical that is childhood.

It's also a beautiful object. Feast your eyes on this:

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Rachael Ball is a cartoonist who began her career as a contributor to Deadline in the late '80s. Her debut graphic novel, The Inflatable Woman, was judged by The Guardian to be one of the best graphic books of 2015, while The Telegraph called it "inspiring, poignant and wonderfully unconventional".

Rachael Ball's work featured in the House of Illustration's "Comix Creatrix" show and, more recently, in "The Inking Woman" exhibition at the Cartoon Museum. She also coordinates the London branch of graphic novel forum Laydeez do Comics.

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Kate Evans, the author of the excellent Threads and Red Rosa, has called Wolf  "an ethereal, subtle, haunting fable. Rachael Ball has created a time machine. It's a nostalgic step back to a bygone age, but one which speaks to our present and future with eternal themes of love and loss."

Wolf is out now and available from all good book shops.


Lip Hook by David Hine and Mark Stafford launches at the Lakes International Comic Art Festival

8 October 2018

This weekend, we're heading to Kendal for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival (LICAF). With guests including Seth, Ian Rankin and Victoria Lomasko, this year's event promises to be bigger and better than ever.

We'll be laying out our wares in Kendal Town Hall alongside many other fine creators and publishers of comics and graphic novels. And joining us in the Comics Clock Tower will be two very special guests, David Hine and Mark Stafford, who'll be signing copies of their latest graphic novel: Lip Hook. This breathtaking "tale of rural unease" will be available for the first time at LICAF.

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On Sunday, co-creators David Hine and Mark Stafford, who previously worked together on The Man Who Laughs, will discuss the process of collaboration alongside David Gaffney and Dan Berry (The Three Rooms in Valerie’s Head). The panel, Comics and Collaboration, takes place at 15:15 in the Brewery Arts Centre.

Hine and Stafford's latest graphic novel is set in Lip Hook, a small British village that lies at the end of a neglected byway. For its inhabitants, Lip Hook is more than the end of the road – it’s the end of the world. Beyond it, there is nothing but mist-shrouded marshland.

One day, two fugitives emerge from the fog, seeking refuge at the Hanged Man Inn: a dangerously beautiful woman and a man with a gunshot wound and a suitcase full of treasure. As the disruptive outsiders’ influence grows, a false faith grips the community, returning its followers to ancient ways and resurrecting a secret history perhaps best forgotten...

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Further reading: chronicler of comics John Freeman has profiled David Hine (here) and Mark Stafford (here) ahead of their appearance at LICAF.


Out now: LOVECRAFT by I.N.J. Culbard

4 October 2018

"This is really the best way to enjoy Lovecraft." So said Boing Boing after reading I.N.J. Culbard's adaptation of The Case of Charles Dexter Ward. It's true: Culbard's brilliantly pacy adaptations give terrifying form to H.P. Lovecraft's weird fiction.

At the Mountains of Madness, The Shadow Out of Time and The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath have also been given the graphic novel treatment, and now all four adaptations are available in a single, seriously handsome hardbound volume: LOVECRAFT.

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Whether you're looking for a Halloween treat or you'd just like to replace your dog-eared paperback versions, LOVECRAFT is the thing. And if you're quick, you could even have a signed and sketched copy delivered to your door courtesy of Nottingham's Page 45 - just go here.

Here's what to expect from this 520-page monster:

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So, if the cold weather is getting you down, find solace in unspeakable horror. Buy LOVECRAFT.


New York Comic Con: Matt Fitch & Chris Baker discuss Apollo in NYC

2 October 2018

This weekend, Matt Fitch and Chris Baker, co-writers of Apollo, will appear at the New York Comic Con.

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You'll find them signing on the ABRAMS booth (#2228) at the following times:

Friday 5th October, 17:00-18:00
Saturday 6th October, 15:45-16:45
Sunday 7th October, 15:00-16:00

Plus, they'll be speaking on a panel, Graphic Novels That Make History, on Saturday 6th October at 14:30 (location: 1C03). Chaired by New York Magazine writer Abraham Riesman, it will also feature graphic novelists Peter Tomasi (The Bridge), Nathan Hale (Lafayette!) Ted Fox and James Otis Smith (Showtime at the Apollo) and Mikaël (Giant). They'll discuss what's current in the world of non-fiction graphic novels - and what might come next.

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Fitch and Baker's own non-fiction graphic novel, illustrated by Mike Collins, tells the breathtaking story of the Apollo 11 mission. It does a brilliant job of capturing the moments of high drama and astonishing risk. But it is also a fascinating insight into the lives of three men who, in the most extraordinary of circumstances, are separated from their families and loved ones.

Scientific American praised Fitch, Baker and Collins for their retelling of the "suspense-filled" story: "They convey surprising depth and emotion, as well as rich historical details of the era. The book explores the political tension around the space program at the time, the nerve-wracking anxiety experienced by the families of the crew, and the heart-stopping moments of the mission that proved to be such a milestone."