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MARIE ANTOINETTE, PHANTOM QUEEN
August publication
MARIE ANTOINETTE, PHANTOM QUEEN
Annie Goetzinger & Rodolphe
During the 1930s, Maud, an artist, discovers she has a psychic gift. The first signs manifest themselves in the royal gardens of the Trianon where gradually she understands that a woman from the beyond is attempting to communicate with her. The revelation is beyond belief: it is the ghost of Marie Antoinette appearing to her to share a terrible secret that has tormented her for centuries. After being guillotined, the Queen is said to have been thrown into a common grave but then exhumed and buried with her husband, Louis XVI, in the Saint-Denis basilica. Yet the ghost tells Maud that her remains are still in the pit, on which a chapel stands today. The queen asks Maud to move her body to the right place so she can finally find peace and no longer haunt people.
Part fantastic ghost story, part biography, this is a delicious beautifully illustrated look into French revolutionary history by the artist of the bestselling 'Girl in Dior.'
8 ½ x 11, 68 pages, full color hardcover, $17.99, ISBN 9781681120294
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BREAKING THE TEN
July publication
BREAKING THE TEN
Sean Michael Wilson & Michiru Morikawa
When David loses his wife and child in a tragic car accident he decides, in anger at the cruelty of the event, to turn against God. He sets out to systematically break each of the Ten Commandments in order to both spite God and to get his attention! But will he go all the way, and break the commandment 'Thou shalt not kill'? Two mysterious figures, Mr White and Mr Black, try to win David over to their side: the religious or the humanistic. Deeply sad in parts and comical in others, this modern story explores age old questions: Is there a God? And if there is, does that God care about us? By the author of The Story of Lee.
"An intriguing premise."
-Brigid Alverson, Robot 6, Comic Book Resources
6x9, 112pp., B&W trade pb., $12.99, ISBN 9781681120218
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GUARDIANS OF THE LOUVRE
The Louvre Collection:
GUARDIANS OF THE LOUVRE
Jirô Taniguchi

Acclaimed manga artist Jiro Taniguchi provides the latest entry in the
Louvre collection of graphic novels. After a group trip to Europe, a
Japanese artist stops in Paris alone, intent on visiting the museums of the
capital. But, bedridden in his hotel room with fever, he faces the absolute
solitude of one suffering in a foreign land, deprived of any immediate or
familiar recourse. When the fever breaks somewhat, he sets out on his visit
and promptly gets lost in the crowded halls of the Louvre. Very soon, he
discovers many unsuspected facets to this world in a museum in a journey
oscillating between feverish hallucination and reality, actually able to
speak with famous painters from various periods of history, led to
crossroads between human and personal history by... the Guardians of the
Louvre.
"Taniguchi's entry in this long-running series of graphic novels commissioned by the Louvre veers between fantasy and introspection to explore the meaning of art in our lives." -Publishers Weekly Top Ten Graphic Novel for Spring '16
"Caught my eye."
-Brigid Alverson, Robot 6, Comic Book Resources
Right to left reading manga-style.
8 x 11, 136pp., full color hardcover, $24.99, ISBN 9781681120348
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THOREAU, A Sublime Life
THOREAU, A Sublime Life
A. Dan, Maximilien Le Roy

"To be a philosopher is not merely to have subtle thoughts, nor even to found a school, but so to love wisdom as to live according to its dictates, a life of simplicity, independence, magnanimity and trust."
This graphic novel biography relates the forward looking inspirational life of the great author, philosopher and pioneering ecologist. Henry David Thoreau was also the father of the concept, still fresh today (viz 'Occupy Wall St.'), of 'civil disobedience' which he used against slavery and the encroachment of government.
8 ½ x 11, 88pp, full color hardcover, $19.99, ISBN 9781681120256
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DUNGEON Monstres  vol. 6
DUNGEON Monstres, vol. 6
The Great Animator
Lewis Trondheim, Joann Sfar, Stanislas, Nicolas Keramidas
In an automaton themed volume, ‘The Great Animator’ pits the predecessor to the Vaucanson great castle and realm against a huge army of ruthless invaders. The great castle’s army of battle automatons evens the fight but at great cost. In the second story, ‘The Inventor’s Grimoire’, the Vaucanson grimoire with the secrets of building automatons has disappeared! If it fell in the wrong hands, much harm could come of it. And indeed, it turns out the greedy Lord Delacour has snatched it with the intention of auctioning it off to the highest bidder!
6 ½ x 9, 96pp., full color trade pb., $15.99, ISBN 9781561639984
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CRUISING THROUGH THE LOUVRE
CRUISING THROUGH THE LOUVRE
David Prudhomme
Author David Prudhomme meanders through the Louvre, feeling as if in the panels of a giant comic while he himself is creating his own. In this institution, all manner of people from all over the world rub elbows quietly. So he decides to cruise through the Louvre at a quick pace, not to look at the art but to observe the people and their interaction with it. He discovers: a group of students somehow stuck together just like the shipwrecked on the Raft of the Medusa; a man behind the Seated Scribe, as if attempting to read over his shoulder; in the hall of antiquities, a woman placing her head in a lion’s mouth… For two hours, Prudhomme is witness to a strange silent and casual choreography, danced in the midst of one of the most prestigious museums in the world…
8 ½ x 11, 80pp., full color hardcover, $22.99, ISBN 9781561639908
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PERSIA BLUES, vol. 2
PERSIA BLUES, vol. 2
Love and War
Dara Naraghi, Brent Bowman
Minoo Shirazi's mysterious double-life continues to unfold across 2000 years of history. In the fantastical world of ancient Persia, the shock of discovering her royal heritage is overshadowed by the imminent invasion of Ahriman's armies. Only by finding the empire's champion, Rostam, can she hope to turn back the tide of evil. While in the modern world, Minoo's life unfolds in Iran and America – where she has recently begun her graduate studies – as she deals with her stern father, dying mother, lost brother, and new American boyfriend. Across myths and modern realities, we delve deeper into the truth of Minoo's life.
6x9, 112pp., B&W trade pb., $12.99, ISBN 9781561639779
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ZOMBILLENIUM VOL.3
THE FAIRY TALES OF OSCAR WILDE
Vol. 5: The Happy Prince
P. Craig Russell
Now in paperback! The Happy Prince is arguably the most famous and well loved of Oscar Wilde's nine fairy tales, rivaled only by The Selfish Giant. The Happy Prince has died young and his soul inhabits a beautiful ruby encrusted statue covered all over in gold leaf. From his perch high above the city he is witness to all the poverty, misery, and hopelessness in which his people have been living. When a small barn swallow in flight to the warm south ahead of the approaching winter stops to rest upon the statue the Happy Prince prevails upon him to delay his travels in order to remove his gold leaf a piece at a time and shower it upon the poor citizens. Out of love for the Happy Prince the swallow does his bidding. As the days pass the Prince's beauty is stripped away and as winter sets in the bird's fate is sealed. In the spring the townspeople finding only a dull statue with a broken lead heart and a dead bird consign the worthless objects to the ash heap. Only an emissary of God recognizes them as the most valuable treasures of the city and brings them to the gardens of heaven.
8 ½ x 11, 32pp., full color trade pb., $8.99, ISBN 9781561639816
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THE STORY OF LEE, vol. 2

THE STORY OF LEE, vol. 2
Sean Michael Wilson and Nami Tamura
Finally Lee’s dream comes true, as she moves from her native Hong Kong to her dream location: the UK. And with her dream handsome guy: Matt. Exciting! But of course, then comes the reality of being in a new country, of actually living together, and that might not be so easy, especially as Matt’s best friend, Richard, seems more than a little jealous. And once again, wise Uncle Jun turns up to offer his advice. With art by Nami Tamura, a Japanese artist published by Kodansha.
5 x 7 1/2, 160pp., B&W, trade pb.: $11.99, ISBN 9781561639731
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WALKING WOUNDED

WALKING WOUNDED
Uncut Stories from Iraq
Mael & Olivier Morel
For hundreds of thousands of young Americans, after the shock of 9/11, there was Ar Ramadi, Baghdad, Abu Ghraib… The war in Irak. Then came the trauma. Olivier Morel gave them a voice in his compelling documentary On the Bridge. Walking Wounded isn’t the book of the documentary but the story of Morel getting close to the young vets, their troubled experience and lives. So close he could not avoid living their trauma himself, seeing all too clearly their vision of the world after their gut-wrenching experiences. From torment to reflection, Morel and artist Mael relate through these vets the impossible return of those who do aspire vividly to get back to a normal life. The effort is huge, some can’t make it, others score their own victory by finally turning the corner… a parable for our country’s war sickness.
7 ½ x 10 ½, 120pp., 2 color hardcover, $24.99, ISBN 9781561639823
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RELIGION


RELIGION, A DISCOVERY IN COMICS
Margreet de Heer

The author of the bestselling Discovery in Comics series, including on Science and Philosophy, tackles a very sensitive subject. Dealing with religion often means walking on eggshells - that is what comic artist Margreet de Heer finds out in this book in which she presents the five major religions and modern spirituality in a colorful, personal yet serious manner. She explores religious history and practices with tact and an open mind, but can’t prevent a few eggs from breaking. Why is religion such a sensitive subject?
This book in comics is fun and informative for believers, non-believers and everyone in between. It offers a fresh look from different perspectives on the phenomenon of religion, the backgrounds and history of the five major world religions (Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism) and makes the point that religion is something that should unite us, not drive us apart.
8x8, 120pp. full color hc., $17.99, ISBN 9781561639946

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Fires Above Hyperion

FIRES ABOVE HYPERION
Patrick Atangan
Imagine Sex and the City written by a gay Charlie Brown.  "One day I woke up and realized I had been dating for twenty years.  Twenty years.  It's hard to imagine anyone with as little resolve as I have doing anything for so long."  In this autobiographical work, Patrick Atangan documents the sad hilarity of his love life from awkward first encounters, to finding out that the great guy you've been dating already has a boyfriend, to the sad inevitability of a break up. With a dark sense of humor, Atangan navigates the perils of the gay world.  
6x8, 96pp., full color trade pb., $14.99, ISBN 9781561639861
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