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Graphic Mundi Reveals Its Spring/Summer 2022 Releases

Graphic Mundi, the graphic novel imprint of Penn State University Press, has announced its new releases for Spring/Summer 2022. All titles will be distributed exclusively by Diamond Comic Distributors.

Hakim’s Odyssey, Book 2: From Turkey to Greece by Fabien Toulmé and translated by Hannah Chute is the second volume in a trilogy chronicling the journey of Hakim, a real-life Syrian refugee. In a starred review, Booklist called Book 1: From Syria to Turkey a “stupendous testimony of survival,” and Foreword Reviews called it “thrilling, contemplative, tragic, and inspirational.” Book 2 will release in March.

Hakim’s Odyssey, Book 2: From Turkey to Greece

6,000 Miles to Freedom: Two Boys and Their Flight from the Taliban is a graphic novel by award-winning filmmaker Stéphane Marchetti and illustrator Cyrille Pomès, also translated by Hannah Chute. It tells the story, inspired by true refugee testimonies, of a pair of teenagers who undergo a harrowing trek from Afghanistan to Europe in an attempt to escape forced jihadism at home. It will release in April.

6,000 Miles to Freedom: Two Boys and Their Flight from the Taliban

Joshua Kemble’s fictional graphic novel Jacob’s Apartment, a coming-of-age tale that explores grief, loss of faith, heartbreak, and ambition, will release in May. Kemble is a cohost of podcasts The Artcasters and Indie Review Show and the creator of the 2020 graphic novel Two Stories: Book One.

Jacob’s Apartment

The Pass, a companion to Espé’s critically acclaimed The Parakeet, continues protagonist Bastien’s story as he faces the threat of losing his son Louis to a rare heart condition, even while grief touches his family in other ways. The Parakeet was called “spectacular” by Booklist and received multiple starred reviews. The Pass, translated by J. T. Mahany, releases in June.

The Pass

Around the Tubes

Hakim's Odyssey Book 1: From Syria to Turkey

It’s a new week and we’ve got lots coming for you. We’re kicking off the week with some news and reviews from around the web you might have missed this weekend!

The Comichron – September 2021 Industrywide report online — with some summer comparisons – Dive into the race.

Reviews

Atomic Junk Shop – Alone in Space
Collected Editions – Dark Nights: Death Metal: The Darkest Knight
BlogCritics – Hakim’s Odyssey Book 1: From Syria to Turkey
BlogCritics – Prophet Against Slavery
Atomic Junk Shop – Raptor
Atomic Junk Shop – Time with the Ghoul
NPR – The Waiting

Review: Hakim’s Odyssey Book 1: From Syria to Turkey

Hakim’s Odyssey is a three book graphic novel series about the true story of Hakim, a young Syrian who must leave everything behind due to the civil war. It’s an eye opening and touching start that has you cheering for Hakim to find safety and happiness.

Story: Fabien Toulmé
Art: Fabien Toulmé

Get your copy in comic shops! To find a comic shop near you, visit http://www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

Amazon
Kindle
Bookshop


Graphic Mundi provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review
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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Batman/Superman: Authority Special #1

Wednesdays (and now Tuesdays) are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in

Each week our contributors choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this week.

A Thing Called Truth #1 (Image Comics) – Iolanda Zanfardino and Elisa Romboli deliver a chaotic LGBTQ+ road trip! The creative team alone has us wanting to check out this debut.

After Dark (AfterShock) – An anthology of four spooky tales!

Batman/Superman: Authority Special #1 (DC Comics) – Batman meets Midnighter. That alone has us all in.

By the Horns #7 (Scout Comics) – The series has been solid with a fun fantasy setting and great cast of characters. This is a must if you enjoy the fantasy genre.

Campisi #3 (AfterShock) – It’s the mob vs. a dragon! Yeah, that’s all you need to know.

Dark Knights of Steel #1 (DC Comics) – A new twisted take on DC’s heroes takes them to a fantasy world.

Glamorella’s Daughter #3 (Literati Press) – The series has been a great one with a dose of humor and interesting characters. What’s it like to be the daughter of the world’s greatest superhero? Find out!

Hakim’s Odyssey Book 1: From Syria to Turkey (Graphic Mundi) – The beginning of a trilogy of graphic novels about the true story of Hakim and his journey from a war torn Syria.

Heathens #1 (AfterShock) – When evil men and women escape from the depths of the eternal abyss, the Pirate Queen Lady Shih is sent to retrieve them. This sounds pretty awesome.

Hellboy: Bones of Giants #1 (Dark Horse) – We’re always up for a new Hellboy adventure. They always bring a fun, action filled story with a solid dose of humor.

The Human Target #1 (DC Comics) – Tom King and Greg Smallwood team up for a new take on the character.

Knighted #1 (AWA Studios) – A new superhero series? We’re intrigued by the concept of a person who takes on the mantle of a hero after accidentally killing the last person.

My Bad #1 (AHOY Comics) – A superhero spook from Mark Russell, Bryce Ingman, and Peter Krause? Yeah, we’re in.

Newburn #1 (Image Comics) – A new crime/noir series? Yeah, we’re in for that. It being from Chip Zdarsky, Nadia Shammas, Ziyed Yusu Ayoub, and Jacob Phillips? We’re completely sold on it.

Rush #1 (Vault Comics) – A horror story taking place in the wild Yukon. We’re interested in checking out more.

Review: Hakim’s Odyssey Book 1: From Syria to Turkey

Hakim’s Odyssey is a three book graphic novel series about the true story of Hakim, a young Syrian who must leave everything behind due to the civil war. It’s an eye opening and touching start that has you cheering for Hakim to find safety and happiness.

Story: Fabien Toulmé
Art: Fabien Toulmé

Get your copy in comic shops! To find a comic shop near you, visit http://www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

Amazon
Kindle
Bookshop


Graphic Mundi provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review
This post contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links and make a purchase, we’ll receive a percentage of the sale. Graphic Policy does purchase items from this site. Making purchases through these links helps support the site

Weekly Preview! Graphic Novel Week!

There’s a lot of comics coming out this week to be covered. Check out some of what we’ll be reviewing and this is only the beginning!

This week’s reviews include:

  • Borders (Little Brown Books)
  • Stoned Master #1
  • Hakim’s Odyssey (Graphic Mundi)
  • Tiny Dancer (Atheneum Books for Young Readers)
  • To Dance: Special Edition (Atheneum Books for Young Readers)
  • The Secret Garden on 81st Street (Little Brown Books)

Little Brown Books, Graphic Mundi, and Atheneum Books for Young Readers provided Graphic Policy with FREE copies for review

MK Czerwiec’s critically acclaimed graphic novels join Graphic Mundi

Menopause

Graphic Mundi, the recently launched graphic novel imprint of Penn State University Press, is the new home for Taking Turns: Stories from HIV/AIDS Care Unit 371 and Menopause: A Comic Treatment, both by Graphic Medicine luminary MK Czerwiec. The Graphic Mundi edition of Taking Turns, with a new cover and updated foreword by Czerwiec, and the new edition of the Eisner-winning anthology Menopause will both be released in November. Both titles will be distributed exclusively by Diamond Comic Distributors.

Taking Turns: Stories from HIV/AIDS Care Unit 371, originally published as part of Penn State University Press’s Graphic Medicine series in 2017, is a firsthand account of caregiving in Illinois Masonic Medical Center’s HIV/AIDS Care Unit 371 in the 1990s—a pivotal time in the history of AIDS. It received rave reviews in Publishers WeeklyLibrary JournalBooklistThe Advocate, and other publications and was cited by Rebecca Makkai as source material for The Great Believers, her award-winning novel. Menopause: A Comic Treatment, published in 2020, was awarded the 2021 Will Eisner Comic Industry Award for Best Anthology, and Mimi Pond’s “When the Menopausal Carnival Comes to Town,” one of the comics contained in the anthology, was awarded Best Short Story. It was also named a Best Graphic Novel of 2020 by the New York Times, whose columnist Hillary Chute called it “eclectic and often humorous,” and listed among the 2020 Top Ten Best Graphic Novels for Adults by Booklist.

Additional Fall 2021 releases from Graphic Mundi are Hakim’s Odyssey, Book 1: From Syria to Turkey by Fabien Toulmé (November); A Chance by Cristina Durán and Miguel Giner Bou (November); Iranian Love Stories by Jane Deuxard and Deloupy (December); and BrainComix by Jean-François Marmion and Monsieur B (December).

Graphic Mundi Inks an Exclusive Distribution Deal with Diamond

Diamond Comic Distributors has announced that it has signed a distribution agreement with Penn State University Press to be the exclusive distributor of their Graphic Mundi imprint to comic book specialty markets in North America. Diamond was also awarded the rights to exclusively distribute Graphic Mundi titles to the North American book market under the banner of Diamond Book Distributors.

Graphic Mundi publishes nonfiction and fiction graphic narratives for adults and young adults on topics such as health and human rights, politics, the environments, and science and technology, created by people from diverse backgrounds. An imprint of Penn State University Press, Graphic Mundi expands on the list of critically acclaimed graphic novels published in the Press’s Graphic Medicine series, which launched in 2015 with the Eisner Award–nominated Graphic Medicine Manifesto.

Graphic Mundi launched in Spring 2021 with COVID Chronicles: A Comics Anthology, edited by Kendra Boileau, publisher of the imprint, and Rich Johnson, founder of Brick Road Media, LLC. The collection contains more than sixty short comics from a diverse set of creators, including indie powerhouses, mainstream artists, and Ignatz and Eisner Award winners. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the book will be donated to the Book Industry Charitable Foundation (BINC) to support the employees of bookstores and comic shops and brick-and-mortar stores affected by the pandemic. Forthcoming titles from the imprint include an English translation of Hakim’s Odyssey, Book 1: From Syria to Turkey, the first volume of Fabien Toulme’s award-winning nonfiction trilogy about a successful young Syrian forced to upend his life and become a refugee, and A Chance by Cristina Durán and Miguel Giner Bou, which chronicles the creators’ struggles and triumphs as they build a family in the face of tremendous odds. 

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