Ablaze Brings Italian Creator Zerocalcare to the US

Ablaze has announced plans, in cooperation with BAO Publishing, to release a trio of titles by the famed Italian creator, Zerocalcare, in print and digitally.

Zerocalcare is the pen name of Michele Rech, one of Italy’s best-selling graphic novel artists, famous for his ability to write comedy with depth.  His comics blog – Zerocalcare.it – is one of Italy’s most read comics destinations and widely shared on social media.

Forget My Name is set for English release on March 9, 2022, Tentacles At My Throat and The Armadillo Prophecy  will both be released in 2022.


by Zerocalcare
MSRP: $19.99 240 pg B&W HC • Release Date: March 9th 2022

When the last vestiges of his childhood are taken from him, Zerocalcare discovers unsuspected secrets about his family. Torn between the soothing numbness of the innocence of youth and the impossibility to elude society’s ever-expanding control over people’s lives, he’ll have to understand where he really comes from before he understands where he is going.

A story that was shortlisted for Italy’s prestigious Strega literary award, an honor that was bestowed on a graphic novel only twice in the award’s history. This is the book that has broken down the barrier between “real book” readers and graphic novel enthusiasts in Europe, having sold over 150,000 copies so far.