Self Made Hero acquire rights to Quai D’Orsay, The Boxer and Terra Australis

Published On September 11, 2013 | By Zainab | General

Here’s some news that made my day yesterday; the excellent folk at Self Made Hero have acquired the translation rights to 3 great graphic novels, which are being readied for a Spring 2014 release. First up, the book I’m most looking forward to: ‘Quai D’Orsay’ written by Abel Lanzac and illustrated by Christophe Blain, to be published in English as ‘Weapons of Mass Diplomacy.’ The second volume of  Quai D’Orsay won the Best Comic of the Year  award at Angouleme in February, and from prolific comic book translator Edward Gauvin’s (Pachyderme, A Chinese Life, So Long Silver Screen) website, it appears the 2 books are being put together for the English language version, as is often the case with French albums (confirmed by Self Made Hero). Based on the life of former French PM and Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin, to whom Lanzac served as a speechwriter, it’s set in the build up to the Iraq war and follows the character of French Foreign Minister Alexandre Taillard de Vorms, who loves making poetic speeches and cosying up to the elite.

In addition to that title, Self Made have also picked up Reinhard Kleist’s The Boxer and Terra Australis, written by Laurent-Frederic Bollée and illustrated by Philippe Nicloux. The former is a biography of Jewish boxer Harry Haft who escaped Nazi concentration camps, became a prizefighter in America and whose final fight was with the legendary Rocky Marciano. Terra Australis tells the story of Australia’s founding, and will be published to coincide with the bicentenary of one of the book’s central characters, Admiral Arthur Phillip. Really looking forward to all these titles, particularly -as a huge Blain fan- Quai D’Orsay, that’s a great catch. Stellar work from the publishers.

Now if only somebody would pick up some Bastien Vives… and Nix’s Billy Bob…

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Zainab Akhtar is a qualified librarian with a specialisation in building comics collections. She currently writes for Forbidden Planet and The Beat, and is a committee member for the British Comics Awards.’

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