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March solicits: NOCTURNE, WHY DID WE TRUST HIM, and more FROM HELL!

March 20, 2019

It's a feast for the senses — and for the funnybone. Announcing the second in Anne Opotowsky's acclaimed Walled City Trilogy, a new Shannon Wheeler collection, and From Hell: Master Edition continues...

Plus Belzebubs and the penultimate issue of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen are in stores! Let's dive in, shall we?

Return to the astonishing WALLED CITY... with NOCTURNE!

“Massive. Mesmerizing.” — Paul Gravett, author of 1001 Comics You Must Read Before You Die

“Opotowsky effortlessly weaves over twenty complex characters together... Hoffmeister’s limpid gray wash and ink drawings render the cityscapes with dreamy affectionate realism.” Library Journal

“Like the city itself, vibrant and contradictory... Reading Nocturne, you can practically feel and smell the air, humid and fuggy with inharmonious odors.” NPR

“Extremely immersive — Opotowsky draws you into a world that is hauntingly familiar while still being exotic. It’s a beautiful comic.” Comic Book Resources

“A very beautiful success.” Actua BD

“Opotowsky’s graphic novels engage with and expose colonial tropes of Hong Kong, in many ways challenging its historical status as a mysterious and exotic location for a Western gaze by re-situating history and calling attention to excluded perspectives and viewpoints.” Wasafiri Magazine

Emmy Award-winning writer Anne Opotowsky and stunning artist Angie Hoffmeister present the second volume in the massive saga of ambition, loyalty, and the walls we build inside and out; animating an irresistible historical setting with powerful modern resonance.

Book Two of Anne Opotowsky’s epic Walled City Trilogy leaps simultaneously forward and back.

In 1905, a child is kidnapped and brought to Hong Kong, growing into a clever and reckless young man looking for answers. In the 1930s, the British are shaping that island into the free-trade playground for which it will soon become famous… while China’s internal strife borders on chaos. The eccentricities of Hong Kong rub off on everyone, the greed is more palpable, the lust and caution ride herd on both the young and old.

Within the Walled City itself, the population has grown by leaps and bounds, despite attempts to clear them out. Both the British and the Chinese now declare it a lawless ghetto, a legal No Man’s Land… so the city evolves into an astonishing world of its own. In this chaotic yet harmonious world, the three boys from Book One — Song, Xi, and Yubo — are finding three very different ways to become men.

Abductions, obsessions, refugees, and star-crossed lovers intertwine throughout this staggeringly ambitious and gorgeously illustrated saga… while the undercurrents of power, manipulation, and loss begin to show terrible cracks in the walls.

Nocturne: The Walled City Trilogy (Book Two) 
by Anne Opotowsky & Angie Hoffmeister

ISBN 978-1-60309-451-1 • Diamond: MAR190743

$39.99 (US) • full-color interiors • for mature readers (16+)

a 460-page softcover graphic novel with flaps • 8" x 11.5"

Coming in July 2019

Check out an interior preview.

Then pre-order from your favorite retailer!

Need to catch up on Book One (His Dream of the Skyland)? Grab it today!

Shannon Wheeler is back! ...but WHY DID WE TRUST HIM?

The Eisner-Award-winning wit of Shannon Wheeler breaks hilarious new ground in a handsome new collection.

Hot off Sh*t My President Says, Shannon Wheeler unloads a new set of top notch cartoons in this premium collection. Instead of lampooning the president Wheeler demonstrates what won him a couple of Eisner Awards with a more personal set of single panel comics. Relationships, social norms, cats, dogs, food, and himself, are all targets of his urbane wit. It’s a gem of a book.

Why Did We Trust Him? by Shannon Wheeler

ISBN 978-1-60309-453-5 • Diamond: MAR190742

$14.99 (US) • black & white interiors • for mature readers (16+)

a 120-page hardcover collection of cartoons • 5" x 6.5"

Coming in August 2019

Check out an interior preview.

Then pre-order from your favorite retailer!

Dr Gull soars to new heights, plunges to bloody new depths

“Love is enough.” As his pace of murder accelerates — twice in one night — the increasingly unhinged Dr. Gull leaves an ominous message.

Experience FROM HELL as never before: fully restored and in color for the first time!

Five unsolved murders. Two of the greatest creators in the history of comics. One sprawling conspiracy, one metropolis on the brink of the twentieth century, and one bloody-minded Ripper ushering London into the modern age of terror. The award-winning bestseller FROM HELL, often ranked among the greatest graphic novels of all time, takes on haunting new dimensions in FROM HELL: Master Edition, enhanced with impressionistic hues by Eddie Campbell himself.

This volume contains Chapter 8, as well as all the original annotations.

From Hell: Master Edition #5 (of 10) by Alan Moore & Eddie Campbell

$7.99 (US) • Diamond: MAR190741 • for mature readers (16+)

56 pages • full color • prestige-format comic book • 6 5/8” x 10 1/8”

Coming May 2019

Pre-order now from your favorite comic shop!

Just arrived in stores: BELZEBUBS and LOEG: TEMPEST #5!

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (Vol IV): The Tempest #5 (of 6)

by Alan Moore & Kevin O'Neill

$4.99 (US) • Diamond: DEC180807 • mature readers (16+)

32 pages • (mostly) full color • comic book • 6 5/8” x 10 1/8”

Ostensibly a cheap British reprint of pre-code American horror, this penultimate stop in Moore and O’Neill’s pyrotechnic farewell tour takes us from the tortured mind of artist Richard Dadd to a London swallowed by darkness; from a spectacular 3D struggle in the Blazing World to some jaw-dropping vengeance in Vauxhall and a conclusion that is out of this world.

Belzebubs by JP Ahonen

ISBN 978-1-60309-442-9 • Diamond: OCT180731

$14.99 (US) • b&w interiors • for mature readers (16+)

a 128-page hardcover strip collection, 6.9” x 6.1”

“As twisted as it is sidesplitting… [Belzebubs] weaves slice-of-life drama and mockumentary-style humor into a pentagram of laughs, relatable moments, and a love for black metal.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Pure joy… the whole book works as a loving parody of all the idiosyncrasies that make the black-metal scene both wonderful and ridiculous." — LA Weekly (Book of the Week)


You can grab both of these amazing amusements from any fine comic shop today!