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Preview: Little Josephine: Memory In Pieces

HumanoidsLife Drawn has released a book that explores the end of our days. Little Josephine: Memory In Pieces by writer Valérie Villieu and artist Raphaël Sarfati is a moving and visually arresting memoir chronicling the relationship between a caregiver and her patient Josephine, who is living with Alzheimers.

Little Josephine is an account of the author’s experience caring for the elderly Josephine. Though vastly different in age, their connection is instantaneous—and despite the debilitating disease that Josephine faces every single day, they’re able to form a beautiful friendship that transcends the reaches of modern medicine. Equal parts heartwarming, whimsical, and chilling, Little Josephine charts the highs and lows of their relationship as Valérie attempts to care for, understand, and communicate with the loving and capricious Josephine in the face of her escalating dementia and an indifferent elder care system. 

Sarfarti’s incredible artwork embraces what is unique about the graphic novel medium: panels scatter, disappear and loop just like Josephine’s mercurial memory.

As Josephine escapes the boundaries of the page in search of clarity, readers are forced to reckon with the same instability and uncertainty she faces daily—as well as reckon with the realities of an overburdened system that makes the lives of Alzheimer’s patients far harder than they need to be. This first-hand account of an unlikely friendship between a visiting nurse and her patient becomes a much bigger story as the author draws poignant connections to love, memory, society, and what we owe to one another. 

Little Josephine: Memory In Pieces is the latest addition to the Life Drawn imprint and will be available where books are sold on April 7.

Little Josephine: Memory In Pieces

Humanoids Announce a Pause in Releases as Mark Waid Pens a Letter

Comic publishers are adjusting their plans and release schedules due to COVID-19. Humanoids Publisher Mark Waid has released a message where they have announced a pause in releases. But, it’s not all bad news as the publisher isn’t going “pencils down” and instead are working on numerous projects to come.

Read the full message below:

Stories are important. In times like these—especially in times like these—narrative is an invaluable aid to let our minds relax and our spirits soar. At Humanoids, we’re putting the health and safety of our employees and partners first, but we’re lucky enough to be working with passionate comics artists and writers the world over who are devoted to the value of entertainment. I don’t think they’d put down their pencils even if we asked them. 

Though COVID-19 has temporarily impacted our schedule, we aren’t wasting any time to ensure that our future is filled with new stories that we can share with you as soon as possible. We are actively working with creators, guaranteeing that previously announced projects arrive while signing new projects. But to ensure the safety and prosperity of our creative community, retailer peers, and staff, Humanoids will be taking a short break in releasing new material. 

We’ll be back later this summer with books to amaze and astound. See you then. Please see the updated schedule below for more details. 

– Mark Waid

Publisher, Humanoids 

Review: In Vitro

In Vitro

In Vitro is a sweet, funny French graphic memoir by cartoonist William Roy about him and his wife’s quest to have a child via in vitro fertilization. What follows is an emotional, educational, and sometimes downright hilarious look at the IVF process. Guillaume (The protagonist) and Emma deal with all kinds of doctors with weird bedside manners, all kinds of invasive medical procedure, their friends and families, and the comic’s biggest subplot: Guillaume’s strained relationship with his biological father, Jean-Pierre.

In Vitro is rendered with a light, cartoonish touch from Roy, who has a background in documentary filmmaking, and agilely transfers this skill set to comics. This is evident in Guillaume using cinema to make sense of stressful situations like a memory of falling in love with movies when his dad took him to Empire Strikes Back when he was a child to an IVF doctor reminding him of Clint Eastwood’s Dirty Harry.

The cinematic influence is most seen in some of the techniques that Roy uses to tell the story like a kind of Super 8, reel to reel panel layouts to show how he fell in love with his wife Emma, and later on, to show how he lost touch with his father. The color palette is the difference is the scene with Roy choosing a more romantic palette for the love story and a dark, melodramatic one for the father/son story. The shift in panel style also signals to the reader that these sequences add important context and layers to In Vitro‘s key relationships: Guillaume and Emma and Guillaume and his father.

On the flip side, Roy is also a master of storytelling in a single image. Think New Yorker single panel cartoon, not a superhero splash page, or God forbid, Family Circus. He uses a lot of white space on these pages, which boosts the importance of the art in the scene. Sometimes, Roy even drops the dialogue out like when he draws a panel of the sterile container with his semen at the doctor’s office, hoping, that this time it will lead to a viable embryo and then a child. Other times, he uses it to emphasis a plot point, like a cliffhanger in a serial comic, like when his dad sends him an email: his first contact in 20 years.

William Roy’s sense of humor in In Vitro is what endeared me to his work and to this book. His first great gag in the comic is when Guillaume sees a doctor holding something that looks like rosary beads in spectacularly awkward scene at his and Emma’s first IVF appointment. An intern is present so Guillaume is definitely feeling uncomfortable, and that feeling is tripled when he finds out that what he thought were rosary beads is a medical device that is used to measure his testicles. Roy finds the funny, surreal in all of it, and makes quite a few masturbation jokes as Guillaume and Emma deal with rude, incompetent doctors and finally find someone good ones thanks to his surprisingly compassionate boss at the TV network where he works as a film editor. Also, he goes into full cartoon mode every time he explains the medical context of the story and even creates a silly, exasperated doctor character to deliver the exposition in an amusing way.

Speaking of the boss, William Roy, for the most part, avoids stock character types in his storytelling in In Vitro and instead revels in the idiosyncracy of human nature. One gynecologist seems sleazy, not making eye contact while he converses with while an anesthesiologist is a terse, bundle of nerves quickly asking Emma what kind of anesthesia she would like during the IVF process. To go with the cinematic elements again, Roy is a skilled cast director, picking the right character actors to people the halls, offices, and corridors of the clinics and hospitals that Guillaume and Emma find themselves at.

William Roy is vulnerable, funny, and turns in some great sequential storytelling In Vitro showing a real mastery of layout, color palette, and having symbolism tie into the story instead of just having it to make him look clever. He can do both sad (Guillaume looking at the kids with their parents on the playground.) and wacky (Guillaume as a sperm) and is a cartoonist who I would definitely want to see more of.

Story: William Roy Art: William Roy
Story: 8.6 Art: 8.8 Overall: 8.7 Recommendation: Buy

Humanoids/Life Drawn provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Humanoids Releases a Statement on the passing of Juan Giménez

Juan Giménez

Comic publisher Humanoids has released the below statement on the passing of Juan Giménez due to complications from COVID-19.

Juan Giménez: 1943-2020

Legendary artist Juan Giménez passed away on April 2nd, 2020 in his home province of Mendoza, Argentina from COVID-19 complications. Giménez leaves behind an astounding legacy of story and art, notably his work with Alejandro Jodorowsky on The Metabarons starting in 1992. 

“It was the middle of a sunny day of 1991 in Paris,” Humanoids CEO Fabrice Giger recalls. “I remember clearly the sparks that suddenly appeared in Juan’s eyes, while he was listening to Jodorowsky pitching him The Metabarons. I knew then that Alejandro had won him to the cause, but I didn’t fully realize that their combined genius was about to produce the most formidable space opera ever told in comic-book form.”

Spanning eight books released through 2003, The Metabarons expands the mythos of the titular character from the pages of Jodorowsky and Mœbius’ The Incal, introducing a legacy of near-immortal galactic warriors. Harmonizing with Jodorowsky, Giménez brought a profound weight and emotional realism through his lush, expansive art. No concept—from cybernetic implants to sprawling planets made of marble—fell outside of his master vision. His uncanny talent of contrasting dense machinery and mammoth ships against lost souls navigating immense conflicts cemented Giménez as an internationally beloved figure.

Giménez began his journey in Argentina drawing for such comic book publishers as Colomba and Record before segueing to Spanish magazines Zona 84 and Comix International. His first French release, 1979’s Leo Roa (also published under the title The Starr Conspiracy), detailed the comedic adventures of a planet-hopping journalist. A year later he served as a creative designer on the film Heavy Metal, working on the segment “Harry Canyon.” He would spend the next decade contributing to the French genre magazine Métal  Hurlant as well as the Italian publication L’Eternauta among others. 

His 1991 work, The Fourth Power, foreshadowed The Metabarons with a teeming, violent universe, following a military pilot as she discovers her identity throughout a cosmic war and betrayal. More recently, Giménez collaborated with authors including Carlos Trillo, Emilio Balcarce, and Roberto Dal Prà.

Giménez is internationally recognized for his work, winning The Yellow Kid Award for Best Foreign Artist at the 1990 Lucca International Comic Fair as well as the Gaudia award at the Feria Internacional del Comics de Barcelone that same year. Other accolades include the 1994 Bulle D’Or.

“There are many artists who are adored by their fans, but only a select few are equally revered by their peers,” said Humanoids U.S. Publisher Mark Waid. “Juan Giménez was the latter, able to give us not only epic moments of space opera but subtle and moving moments of humanity. Worldwide, the comics community mourns for him.”

Exploring the stars will be infinitely more lonely without this luminary talent and incredible human being. Rest in peace, Juan. 

Check out Today’s New comiXology Digital Releases

Batman: The Adventures Continue (2020-) #1

Just because new physical comics aren’t being released doesn’t mean new digital comics are on hold. Your reading habit has something new to enjoy on comiXology. Check out below for the full list of what you can find and a link to each digital comic.

AAM – Markosia

Action Lab

AHOY Comics

Archie

comiXology Originals

comiXology Submit

Dark Horse

DC

DC Thomson

Dynamite

Harlequin

Humanoids

IDW Publishing

Keenspot

Marvel

Scholastic – Graphix

Th3rd World Studios

Top Shelf

Vault Comics

Zenescope


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Ahead of National Infertility Awareness Week, Humanoids Publishes In Vitro

Humanoids has been showcasing deeply personal and political stories inspired not by science fiction but the world around us with its new Life Drawn imprint. These acclaimed graphic novels run the gamut: from cartoonist Koren Shadmi’s dazzling biography Twilight Man: Rod Serling and The Birth of Television; to runner Sebastien Samson’s memoir of the New York Marathon; to William Roy’s stunning biography Hedy Lamarr: An Incredible Life. Now William Roy returns with the latest Life Drawn release, the intimate and surprisingly funny graphic novel memoir In Vitro.

Guillaume and Emma are newlyweds. Their life together is full of love and happiness, and they have everything they’ve always wanted… well, almost everything. The two newlyweds are staring down a new and menacing foe unlike anything they’ve ever faced together before: sterility. Determined to find a way to become parents, the couple embarks on the confusing journey that is in vitro fertilization.Together Guillaume and Emma navigate unsuccessful attempts, repeated failures, and the menacing hyperbole of WebMD. Guillaume experiences the daily embarrassment of sperm donations, tests with dreaded results, and endless consultations—not to mention the specter of his own estranged father who reappears suddenly in his life…

With National Infertility Awareness Week coming up on April 19th, In Vitro is a timely, honest, and empathetic portrayal of an experience millions of couples have encountered. With self-effacing charm, William Roy humbly and accurately shares a deeply human experience that is propelled by unshakable hope.

In Vitro will be available where books are sold, in bookstores on March 31st.

In Vitro

Preview: Nicnevin & the Bloody Queen

Nicnevin & the Bloody Queen

(W) Helen Mullane (A) Dom Reardon, Matthew Dow Smith (CA) Jock
In Shops: Mar 11, 2020
SRP: $17.99

Something strange has been unleashed in the north of England.

A modern-day druid commits a series of ghastly murders in an attempt to unleash the incredible power of the ancient gods of Great Britain. But his plans are interrupted when his latest would-be victim, Nicnevin “NISSY” Oswald, turns out to be more than she seems.

Nicnevin & the Bloody Queen

Mark Waid is Named Publisher of Humanoids

Mark Waid

Humanoids has named Eisner award-winning writer Mark Waid as Publisher. In his new role, Waid will lead the content strategy for Humanoids’ LA-based office. In addition to taking the reins as day-to-day creative lead for the company, Waid will be responsible for overseeing editorial, sales and marketing; expanding Humanoids’ relationships within the creative community; and deepening its ties to retailers and librarians. Waid will report to Humanoids’ CEO Fabrice Giger, who was previously both Humanoids’ CEO and Publisher. 

In October of 2018, Humanoids announced Waid as the company’s Director of Creative Development and also named John Cassaday as the company’s first ever Chief Creative Officer. Those high profile hirings followed the launch of Life Drawn (a new literary imprint featuring deeply personal, powerful and often political narratives), BIG (an all ages imprint), and H1 (a shared, superpowered universe with all new characters and stories). 

The announcement of Waid as Humanoids’ Publisher comes at an opportune time. Timed to the 40th anniversary of The Incal by writer Alejandro Jodorowsky and internationally acclaimed artist Mœbius, the company will pay tribute to its illustrious past with a series of high profile publications, including: 

WE ARE HUMANOIDS FEATURING THE INCAL

An All-New Free Comic Book Day Issue by writer Mark Waid and artist Stéphane Roux. Colors by Hi-Fi Colour Design

Humanoids returns to the world of THE INCAL, the sci-fi masterpiece by Mœbius and Jodorowsky, with the first original story in close to a decade. This brand-new tale by superstars Mark Waid (Ignited, Kingdom Come) and Stéphane Roux (Star Wars, Birds of Prey), and featuring a cover by Ladrönn (Final Incal, Hip Flask, Inhumans) makes its world premiere for FCBD and serves as the perfect introduction for new readers to discover the seminal series. The 2020 Free Comic Book Day Issue also includes exclusive first looks at the new wave of projects from Humanoids and its imprints.

Available for free in comic book stores on Free Comic Book Day Saturday May 2, 2020.

“Forty years ago, Alejandro Jodorowsky and Mœbius redefined the comics medium with their revolutionary storytelling in THE INCAL,” said Mark Waid. “Our Free Comic Book Day story pays tribute to that iconic science fiction epic, while introducing its characters to a new generation of readers everywhere.” 

WE ARE HUMANOIDS FEATURING THE INCAL

THE SEVEN LIVES OF ALEJANDRO JODOROWSKY

compiled and curated by Vincent Bernière & Nicolas Tellop

This all-new, oversized hardcover coffee table edition is an appreciation of the legendary filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky and provides a definitive overview of his many creative ventures, including his comics writing, his passion and contribution to Tarot, his life in the theater, his rebirth as a 70s cinematic cult figure and his legendary work on the unfinished film adaptation of Dune. Featuring exclusive interviews, photos and much more.

On sale in bookstores on May 12, 2020 and in comic book shops on May 13, 2020.

THE SEVEN LIVES OF ALEJANDRO JODOROWSKY

Two 40th Anniversary Trade Paperback Editions of THE INCAL

by writer Alejandro Jodorowsky and artist Mœbius; Featuring an introduction by bestselling writer Brian Bendis.Colors by Yves Chaland (Book 1), Isabelle Beaumeney-Joanner (Books 2, 3 & 4), and Zoran Janjetov (Books 5 & 6).

“Jodorowsky is our prophet. Our patron saint of imagination. A man with the mind of a god, where universes upon universes swirl and splinter, explode and coalesce, and wither and flower, all at once, all the time.”—Jason Aaron, Southern Bastards

Humanoids will celebrate the 40th anniversary of THE INCAL with two separate special anniversary editions: a limited edition cover for comic shops to be published timed to Free Comic Book Day and a mass edition featuring the classic yellow Difool cover for bookstores. When the limited edition direct market is sold out, it will not be reprinted. 

In this iconic story, John Difool, a low-class detective in a degenerate dystopian world, finds his life turned upside down when he discovers an ancient, mystical artifact called “The Incal.” 

On sale in comic book shops on April 29, 2020 and in bookstores on June 2, 2020.

Two 40th Anniversary Trade Paperback Editions of THE INCAL

The First Ever Trade Paperback of BARBARELLA by Jean-Claude Forest

Adapted by bestselling writer KellySue DeConnick 

Jean-Claude Forest’s timeless sci-fi series introduced the intergalactic and erotic adventures of the fierce warrior Barbarella. Now, for the first time, Humanoids will publish a trade paperback edition of the English-language adaptation by BITCH PLANET and PRETTY DEADLY writer Kelly-Sue DeConnick, featuring both the original BARBARELLA story and its sequel THE WRATH OF THE MINUTE EATER in one volume. 

On sale in bookstores on June 16th and in comic shops on June 17, 2020.

“BARBARELLA is iconic,” said BITCH PLANET writer and co-creator KellySue DeConnick. “But more people know the film than the comic, and THE WRATH OF THE MINUTE EATER is virtually unknown here in the States. I feel lucky to have played a role in making it available to English audiences. I love it. It’s dark, and somehow even more insane than the original.”

The First Ever Trade Paperback of BARBARELLA by Jean-Claude Forest

A Re-issue of METAL HURLANT: SELECTED WORKS 

“Métal Hurlant” magazine was created in Paris in 1974 by Moebius, Druillet, and Dionnet, the founding fathers of Les Humanoïdes Associés. This movement soon revolutionized the medium and inspired countless writers, artists and filmmakers the world over. Versions in various languages flourished everywhere, including in the States with “Heavy Metal.” Always with innovation and creativity in mind, Humanoids launched a 13-issue anthology in 2002, to develop relationships with the new wave of comics talent and establish a creative bridge between the US and Europe with stories by comic book stars Geoff Johns, Kurt Busiek, Guy Davis, Jerome Opena, and more. Now highlights from the anthology are being published in book form in a new edition.

On sale in bookstores on March 17 and in comic shops on March 18.

A Re-issue of METAL HURLANT: SELECTED WORKS

Dark Horse, Humanoids, Valiant, and Impact Theory Join Graphite Comics

Graphite Comics, Inc. announced today the arrival of four new publishers to their popular freemium streaming comic book platform, Graphite. World renowned publishers Dark Horse, Humanoids, Valiant, and Impact Theory will join over 500 other publishers and content creators already active on the platform, adding to Graphite’s existing library of over 25,000 comic books, webtoons, webcomics, and manga.

Among the most well-known titles releasing on Graphite are Hellboy, The Witcher, Aliens and Umbrella Academy from Dark Horse, The Incal, The Metabarons, and The Twilight Man from Humanoids, Bloodshot from Valiant, and Steve Aoki’s Neon Future from Impact Theory.

The new publishers join an already impressive roster including BOOM! Studios, IDW Publishing, Legendary, Aspen, Dynamite, Papercutz, Top Cow, Markosia and Tidalwave, as well as hundreds of independent artists who self-publish creator-owned content on the platform via Graphite’s Upload system.

Graphite is a streaming comic distribution platform offering both free-to-read, ad-supported comics and a monthly subscription for users who want access to the full catalog, with no ads and early access to read without interruptions. Graphite also boasts the highest image quality available for comic book content on mobile and web, an AI driven recommendation system, and a suite of social and discovery features and tools, which facilitate the sharing and promotion of comic content by publishers, creators and fans alike.

Graphite is unique in that it offers readers content in all formats, including digital print, graphic novels, manga, vertical scrolling webtoons, web comics and comic strips.

Graphite offers a $4.99 monthly subscription that gives user full access to all premium content and an ad-free experience.

With Graphite Upload, any creator and publisher can self-publish comics in any format such as digital print, webtoons, webcomics, strips and right-to-left reading manga in minutes in any language. With Graphite’s revenue share platform, creators can track their stats and earnings in real time.

Graphite

Chasing Echoes is a Family’s Pilgrimage to Poland: From Auschwitz to Synagogues to… An Elton John Concert?

Like many families, the Blooms are keen to reconnect with their past. And so it’s decided that the entire extended family will go on a pilgrimage to their grandfather’s pre-Holocaust home in Poland. Inspired by real events, the original graphic novel Chasing Echoes, by Eisner-nominated writer Dan Goldman and acclaimed artist George Schall, follows the chaotic, quirky Blooms as they return to the homeland of their since-passed patriarch to search for his family’s mill, abandoned many years ago after the Nazis moved in.

Chasing Echoes will be published by Humanoids, the publisher of some of the world’s most groundbreaking science fiction and fantasy graphic novels, as part of the company’s acclaimed LifeDrawn imprint, which showcases deeply personal and political stories inspired not by science fiction but the world around us. 

The Blooms are, well, a mess. Orthodox cousin Ruach is struggling without a husband in Israel. Agnostic Uncle Jack grapples with finding meaning in an indifferent world. And then there’s Malka, the family’s black sheep who is broke, recently divorced, and the Bloom family’s self-appointed historian. As she discovers from an ill-timed Facebook post, all of Malka relatives are finally making a decades-in-the-planning trip to the Old Country… except for her. After finagling herself a ticket as the self-appointed “Keeper of the Family Archives,” it becomes clear that the family has drifted apart and everyone’s brought more baggage than just their suitcases. And once the Blooms are stuck together on a rickety bus as they travel through Poland, the complicated family dynamics that bubble up can no longer be ignored as they butts heads on complicated subjects like otherness, memory, faith, and the slipperiness of time.

What does it mean to never forget? What do we owe not only to past generations but to future generations? What would healing look like, if it were possible? Chasing Echoes grapples with these tough, unanswerable questions—and does so with big-hearted empathy and humor. We follow the Bloom family as they travel from Auschwitz to synagogues to an Elton John concert and, finally, to the very place that they’ve been looking for. When confronted with their reflection in the ruins of their grandfather’s old mill, they realize that they’ve been running from themselves—and each other—for too long.

Chasing Echoes will be available in bookstores on November 11th and in comic shops on November 12.

Chasing Echoes
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