Comics: SelfMadeHero announce new Tillie Walden & Reinahrd Kleist books
One of our favourite UK publishers, SelfMadeHero (celebrating ten years in the biz this year) has a couple of exciting announcements for new works coming this autumn. Tillie Walden has been impressing us and pretty much every other comics blog with her work and has already carved out quite a reputation despite her youth. Pleased to see that her full-length autobiographical graphic novel Spinning is coming from SMH in the UK/Commonwealth in September and the equally splendid folks at First Second in the North American market. From the description:
“In Spinning, she tells the story of her childhood, which was spent in the twisted, insular world of competitive figure skating. With the rink as its backdrop, this hotly anticipated graphic memoir captures what it’s like to come of age, come out and come to terms with leaving behind everything you used to know.”
SMH also announced that they will continue their association with the acclaimed German creator Reinhard Kleist. Regular readers may recall that we first came across Reinhard’s work when a colleague spotted an article in a German magazine about the new wave of German comickers, and spotlighted Reinhard’s Johnny Cash biography, which we were eager to see in English. Fortunately SMH translated and published it into English and it went straight into my best of the year list back then. Since then they’ve published several translated works by Reinhard and I’ve had the pleasure of interviewing him for the audience at the Edinburgh International Book Festival.
His Nick Cave: Mercy On Me draws on a lot of research (which will not surprise anyone who has read his previous biographies, when I interviewed him about The Boxer Reinhard produced photos from his subject’s childhood home he had travelled to visit for his research) as well as meetings with Cave, who has endorsed the work. I’ve found Reinhard’s work quite superb, and in Cave he has a fascinating, indeed remarkable subject, so I’m very much looking forward to seeing how he approaches this book – he has a knack for bringing far more than a straight biography, Reinhard has an ability to bring out a lot of the flavour of the person he is covering, be it Johnny Cash or Fidel Castro, and giving us the real person behind the public persona. Both Tillie and Reinhard’s books are due from SMH in September and I don’t doubt we’ll be talking about them more later in the year.