The Magician’s Wife: Back In Print After Almost 30 Years!
The Prize for Best Album (Prix du meilleur album), also known as the Golden Wildcat (Fauve d’Or), has been awarded to comics authors at the Angoulême International Comics Festival since 1976. Globally, it is one of the most prestigious and respected comic awards given out each year. In 1986, The Magician’s Wife (Originally published in French as La Femme du magicien) won this award, helping to introduce important American author Jerome Charyn to French comic book audiences, and majorly propelling the career of the now legendary French comic book artist Francois Boucq. In 1988, an English edition of the book surfaced from a small US publisher, but only stayed in print for a few years before disappearing for almost three decades. With last year’s release of a new French edition by European publisher Lombard, Dover Publications‘ graphic novel editor Drew Ford decided it was finally time for the release of a new English edition.
Spanning multiple decades and continents, this phantasmagorical epic is the result of writer Jerome Charyn and artist François Boucq combing their talents to recount a surrealistic tale about the wife of a philandering magician and her struggles with terrifying demons, both real and imaginary. This new edition promises to mesmerize a new generation of readers for years to come!
Jerome Charyn, master of lyrical farce and literary ventriloquism, published his first novel in 1964. He’s the author of Johnny One-Eye, The Secret Life of Emily Dickinson, I Am Abraham, and dozens of other acclaimed novels as well as nonfiction works. His short stories have appeared in The Atlantic, Paris Review, American Scholar, Epoch, Narrative and Ellery Queen. He is also the author of eight highly acclaimed graphic novels.
Charyn’s popular crime novels, featuring homicide detective Isaac Sidel, inspired a new animated drama series. ‘Hard Apple’ debuts on the small screen early next year, helmed by Hollywood insider James Gray (The Immigrants) and illustrated by famed artists Asaf and Tomer Hanuka (Waltz with Bashir.) Charyn lives in New York and Paris.