New For 2012 – SelfMadeHero

Published On January 21, 2012 | By Richard Bruton | Comics

Mid December – I put out a twitter call for new work from UK comic people that would see the light of day in 2012. It’s not more than halfway through January 2012. I’m late, so here we go – lets start with publisher Self Made Hero…. here’s what they have coming up….

It’s Dark In London (March 2012)

“A portrait of London that captures the city’s fundamental essence as an exquisite mixture of lofty towers and gutter sleaze, of suburban gentility and urban depravity, of private vices and public philanthropy. Featuring: Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman, Dave McKean, Stella Duffy, Melinda Gebbie, Alexei Sayle and Iain Sinclair”

The Case Of Charles Dexter Ward by INJ Culbard (March 2012)

“A psychological mystery from H.P. Lovecraft in which a man experiments with alchemy and resurrection”

“1918 – the young Charles Dexter Ward becomes fascinated by the history of his wizard ancestor Joseph Curwen, who left Salem for Providence in 1692. Curwen was notorious for haunting graveyards, his apparent lack of aging and his practice of alchemy. Ward physically resembles Curwen and attempts to duplicate his ancestor’s cabbalistic and alchemical feats, eventually resurrecting him. Ward’s doctor is drawn into Ward’s experiments and eventually bears witness to the full horror of Ward’s results as Lovecraft’s psychological mystery unfolds before him.”

The Lovecraft Anthology Volume 2 (March 2012)

“A sublime selection of Lovecraft’s greatest tales of cosmic horror”

“Graphic adaptations of H.P. Lovecraft’s short stories ‘Pickman’s Model’, ‘The Festival’.‘The Picture in the House’, ‘From Beyond’, ‘The Nameless City’, ‘He’, ‘The Temple’, ‘The Hound’ and ‘The Statement of Randolph Carter’ from an amazing lineup of creators.”

But I Really Wanted To Be An Anthropologist by Margot Motin (April 2012)

“The highs and lows of life as an illustrator, mother, blogger and shoe-fanatic”

“Meet Margaux: thirty-something mother, self-confessed geek, style-goddess and red wine drinker. We follow her real life, collected from her illustrated blog, as she makes her way as a freelance illustrator in Paris. Anyone who has ever worn inappropriate shoes to the supermarket or danced around the house in their underwear will be charmed by Motin’s irreverent humour.”

When David Lost His Voice by Judith Vanistendael (April 2012)

“A heartfelt portrayal of a family battling cancer”

“The doctor’s verdict is final: David has cancer. There is still a possibility of remission, but it is very small. And if the tumour kills him, David won’t have a chance to see his baby granddaughter Louise grow up. We see his wife become progressively consumed by the looming shadow of death, in Vanistendael’s sensitive portrayal of a family preparing for life after David.”

Best Of Enemies by Jean-Pierre Filiu and David B. (May 2012)

“The first volume of a ground-breaking graphic novel series on US–Middle East relations”

David B. and Professor Filiu draw striking parallels between ancient and contemporary political history in this graphic account of US–Middle East relations. Jean-Pierre Filiu is a world-renowned expert on the Middle East. David B. is an Eisner Award-nominated artist.

Rebetiko by David Prudhomme (June 2012)

“Celebrating the lives and culture of the persecuted Rebetiko”

“Athens, 1936. General Metaxas is cracking down on rebetis and their way. A small group of friends – Rebetiko musicians – wind their way through the Athenian backstreets, ouzeris and market squares dodging the police while settling disputes over hashish and women. With music at its heart, the narrative builds to a joyous party at its climax in this award-winning graphic novel.”

Picture A Favela by Andre Diniz (June 2012)

“A Brazilian photographer battles against his family’s criminal background and dedicates his life to art”

“André Diniz tells the extraordinary story of Maurício Hora, who lives in one of the most dangerous slums (favelas) in Rio, Brazil. In spite of the odds, Hora has made a name for himself internationally as a photographer. We are led from his challenging childhood living with his drug dealer father up to the present day.”

A Chinese Life by Philippe ÔtiéIllustrator and Li Kunwu (July 2012)

“An intimate portrait of China as depicted by a Communist Party artist”

“An intimate portrait of Chinese society told in a staggering work of graphic autobiography by Chinese artist, Li Kunwu, in collaboration with the writer Philippe Ôtié. Li Kunwu’s story is a personal one that is inextricably linked to his three decades as a propaganda artist for the Communist Party. We’re taken on a journey from 1949, through the Cultural Revolution, to the present day.”

The Wolf Man – by Sigmund Freud, adapted by Richard Appignanesi and Swava Harasymowicz (Sept 2012)

“I was terrified to see that some white wolves were sitting on the big walnut tree in front of the window ”

“Based on Sigmund Freud’s most famous case study of his patient Sergei Pankejeff (later known as the Wolf Man), this tells the history of an obsessional neurosis. It begins with Sergei, who dreams of a walnut tree full of white wolves, interpreted by Freud as a memory of parental intercourse a recto. We follow this Russian aristocrat’s life as Freud and other analysts unravel the source of his neurosis. This case study, re-interpreted in this stunning graphic novel, became a cornerstone of psychoanalysis. This special edition is published in collaboration with the Freud Estate.”

The Nao Of Brown by Glyn Dillon (Sept 2012)

“Things aren’t so black and white after all.”

“Nao Brown is ‘Hafu’: half Japanese, half English. She’s 28 and suffers with OCD, but not the hand-washing, overly tidy type that people joke about. Nao suffers from violent morbid obsessions and a racing, unruly mind. She works part time in a ‘designer’ vinyl toy shop, whilst struggling to get her own design and illustration career off the ground. She’s looking for love – the perfect love. But in meeting the man of her dreams, she realises that… dreams can be quite weird. Nao meditates in an attempt to quieten her mind and open her heart and it’s through this that she comes to realise that things aren’t so black and white after all. In fact, they’re much more… brown.”

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About The Author

Richard Bruton

– Started in comics retail aged 16 at Nostalgia & Comics, Birmingham. Now located in Yorkshire, he’s written for the Forbidden Planet International Blog since 2007. Specialising in UK Comics and All-Ages comics, Richard’s day job in a primary school allowed him to build the best children’s graphic novel library in the country.

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