UK graphic novel publisher SelfMadeHero has unveiled the first six months of graphic novels for 2018. As always, the choice is eclectic. But the one that can move more than one is the adaptation of Karl Marx and Frederic engelsCommunist manifesto as a graphic novel by a satirical cartoonist and a source of inspiration for many of my own forays into political cartoons, Martin Rowson.
In February, we publish the third and final volume of Jean-Pierre Filiu and David B.’s much-loved story on US-Middle East relations, The best of enemies. Filled with wit and insight, this is a concise and engaging guide to a period that began with Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait in 1990 and ended with Obama’s 2013 decision to suspend military action against Syria.
by Reinhard Kleist Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds: An Art Book so far only available on nickcave.com. In March, it is released in bookstores across the country. Find this full-color, LP-sized tabletop book, filled with illustrations of the musician and his band, at a physical store near you. You will not be disappointed.
Mars also sees the release of the Klimowski poster book, a collection of beautifully produced posters by graphic designer Andrzej Klimowski. Working for Polish theater and film companies and drawing inspiration from folk art and surrealism, Klimowski designed some of the most iconic and influential posters of his generation. He is currently Emeritus Professor of Illustration at the Royal College of Art.
In April, a haunting, beautiful and devastating work of fiction: Outdoors by Javi Rey. Adapted from the novel of the same name by Jesús Carrasco, Outdoors follows a young boy who, after suffering violence and betrayal at home, flees into an uncompromising landscape ravaged by drought. An old goatherd is his only hope for a savior.
In May, to mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of Karl Marx, we are offering Guardian designer Martin rowsonthe graphic adaptation of The Communist Manifesto. Rowson uses his design and branding spirit for this singular and energetic adaptation of the revolutionary pamphlet by Marx and Engels. To this day, it remains one of the most important works of political theory ever published.
In June, take off… Writers Matt Fitch and Chris Boulanger have teamed up with Marvel and DC regular Mike Collins to tell the remarkable story of the first moon landing. Apollo unboxes urban legends, gossip and speculation to reveal a true and remarkable story about the life, death, dreams and reality of humanity’s greatest exploratory achievement.
Finally, also in June, John Harris Dunning and Michael kennedy bring us a stylish contemporary thriller, Uproar. At a house party, Adam Whistler meets – and sleeps – the lovely Morgan. But when he meets her a few days later, she has no memory of him and introduces herself as Leila. People are being murdered and Leila, who suffers from dissociative identity disorder (or “multiple personality”), fears Morgan is the killer.
More, much more, as we have.