OUT NOW: Roger and His Humans, Vol. 1

April 22nd, 2017 § 0 comments § permalink

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French YouTube star Cyprien Iov, a.k.a. “Monsieur Dream”—blogger, vlogger, podcaster, and animator—delivers his first comic here, with art by Paka. A series of gag strips revolving around the titular robot and the couple who adopt him gradually gains depth and scope, becoming more serious and more moving as a conspiracy narrative develops around Roger, a military deathbot on the lam.

Things look like they might be starting to turn around for thirtysomthing slacker Hugo when he finds a robot in his house on his birthday. But, as he soon discovers, this is no birthday present (no one actually remembered to get him anything)! Rather, it is the handiwork of his cousin, an engineer in the French army, who realized that the robot he had been building was designed to destroy humanity. Forced to hide out with Hugo, Roger – as he decides to call himself – must learn to live with humans… No mean feat!

The first volume of this ongoing series is now available as a digital exclusive from EuropeComics on a number of platforms (Izneo, Kindle, Kobo, Google Play, and Comixology).

OUT NOW: FRNK, Vol. 1

April 21st, 2017 § 0 comments § permalink

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Catch a trailer here for this first volume of the kid-friendly adventure series FRNK, from writer Olivier Bocquet  and artist Brice Cossu.

When a 13-year-old orphan sets out to find his parents and ends up in prehistoric times, he realizes he’s got his work cut out for him if he wants to survive. So many things haven’t been invented yet, like fire, soap… and vowels! Not to mention all the terrifying creatures and knuckledragging cavemen he has to deal with!

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This first volume of this series, The Beginning Begins, is now available as a digital exclusive from EuropeComics on a number of platforms (Izneo, Kindle, Kobo, Google Play, and Comixology).

Reviews are rolling in for Moving the Palace

April 20th, 2017 § 0 comments § permalink

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Publishers Weekly says: “Majdalani’s writing sparkles… Those looking for an enjoyable and brisk literary adventure will be very satisfied.”

At Bookwitty, M. Lynx Qualey pens this insightful appreciation:

The one thousand pieces hardly seems a coincidence, as Samuel Ayyad is carrier of a sort of 1,001 Nights-esque fantasy, hefting his disassembled story through the desert, to be reassembled elsewhere in a different context, an echo of The Nights’ movement from China and India to Arab lands, and from there to France.

Professor Joe Geha, for North Carolina State University’s Moise A. Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies, calls this:

[a] wildly entertaining novel. By the end Charif Majdalani has joined together all its disparate elements––the elegant and the ironic, the historical and the imagined––to leave us with a renewed sense of wonder.

And for those on their own lengthy odysseys, a 6-hour unabridged audio version read by Jonathan Davis is available.

OUT NOW: Morea Vol. 2, The Dragon’s Spine

April 19th, 2017 § 0 comments § permalink

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The pitch for this series could not have been simpler: Highlander, with a hot babe. It’s written by Christophe “License to Print Money” Arleston, superstar of French epic fantasy comics with his Lanfeust universe, and drawn by Thierry Labrosse. Fair warning: kids and progressives, keep a wide berth. The second volume of ongoing series Morea, The Dragon’s Spineis now available as a digital exclusive from Soleil at Comixology.

From now on, Morea Doloniac is at the head of the DWC, one of the biggest meta-national companies on the planet. But she is also a Dragon, that is to say, an Immortal who fights the Angels, a group dedicated to the destruction of the planet and to the degradation of humanity. So, when a bacterium that would allow the terraforming of Mars is stolen from the DWC, Morea and the knight Terkio have to take action. But is this incident, which leads them to Miami, a trap set for her?

OUT NOW: You Can’t Just Kiss Anyone You Want

April 19th, 2017 § 0 comments § permalink

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From Marzena Sowa, the writer behind Marzi, her graphic memoir about growing up in 1980s Poland, comes a new comic about childhood under Communism: You Can’t Just Kiss Anyone You Want. A delicately felt tale of compromise, parenthood, and shifting allegiances, her latest work, one of fiction, is in collaboration with Sandrine Revel, an artist I previously worked on in The Invisible Lesbian.

A little boy tries to kiss a little girl. The little girl gets away and sends him packing. No big deal. In any normal childhood, it’d just be a funny story. But if it happens at school in a Socialist republic, halfway through a propaganda movie, years before the Berlin all is even showing the slightest signs of giving out… Well, that’s asking for trouble. This is the story of two children in a society where paranoia and obsessive control mean that even the most innocent gestures can be blown completely out of proportion.

This graphic novel  is now available as a digital exclusive from EuropeComics on a number of platforms (Izneo, Kindle, Kobo, Google Play, and Comixology).

OUT NOW: The Fulgur, Part I of III

April 19th, 2017 § 0 comments § permalink

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Writer Christophe Bec begins his three-part adaptation of The Fulgur, a scientific romance by Paul de Sémant first serialized in Le Globe Trotteur from March to August 1907. Sémant (1855–1915), whose real name was Paul Cousturier, was an author and illustrator of children’s books, and this novel of adventure and exploration will appeal to fans not only of Verne, but also steampunk and process-oriented, problem-solving SF like Andy Weir’s The Martian. The old-fashioned plotting and flat characterization are completely transcended, however, by what really sells this book: Dejan Nenadov’s art, with glorious colors by Tanja Wenish. Feast your eyes:

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The first volume, The Depths of the Abyss, is now available as a digital exclusive from Soleil at Comixology.

1907. After a terrible storm, a steamer in the Yucatán Channel sinks in an ocean trench with a billion dollars of pure gold in its holds. Three years later, a bold group of explorers and treasure hunters embarks aboard the Fulgur, a revolutionary submarine with an unlimited energy supply, to find the lost cargo. But their adventure, is about to take them 12,000 feet down, into a world that defies all comprehension!

OUT NOW: Monika 2, Vanilla Dolls

April 18th, 2017 § 0 comments § permalink

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My dalliance with softcore continues in this conclusion, something of a happy ending to the Monika diptych, forsaking the sex orgies of the first volume for a more goth/punk scene.

In the epic conclusion to this sensual, political and psychological thriller, Monika must make her choice! It’s either the Vanilla Dolls or her own sister… At the behest of Theo, Monika takes to the erotic stage alongside the Vanilla Dolls, but this new masked charade troubles her and much as it exhausts her. The Crucis Brigade lie in wait, their seductive dream of a new of a new West edging ever closer… and Monika is the only one who can stop her murderous sister, Erika!

“Guillem March’s art is really something to behold.” – Get Your Geek On
“Its sensuous art work and bewitching story is a breath of fresh air… prepare yourself for a vivid comic experience.” – Fan Girl Nation
“With Milo Manara like pencils and a script that would make Brian De Palma sweat, Monika is a steamy addition to any bookshelf… 9 out of 10″ – Newsarama
“Sensuous, ethereal and quite simply put, utterly entrancing…5 stars” – Comic Crusaders
“Thilde Barboni that weaves an erotic thriller brought to life by the sensual palette of Guillem March” – Ramingo

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