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Preview: Stars, Hide Your Fire

Stars, Hide Your Fire

WRITER: Kel McDonald
ILLUSTRATORS: Jose Pimienta w/ Kel McDonald

When high school best friends Andrea and Darra stumble upon a fairy trapped in an abandoned factory for decades, their attempts to free her from the magic-subduing “iron” get more and more complicated, especially when they meet Liam, a boy who looks a lot younger than his claimed 100 years and has had a run-in with this creature before. The story takes a few more turns from there as the magic unravels in unexpected ways and our heroes — especially Andrea — will have to come to grips with reality as the first step of the maturity they’re rushing into.

Stars, Hide Your Fire

Soupy Leaves Home for Dark Horse

Dark Horse has announced the launch of the original graphic novel Soupy Leaves Home, written by Eisner nominee Cecil Castellucci and illustrated by Jose Pimienta.

The graphic novel follows Pearl “Soupy” Plankette, a young girl who runs away from home to escape her abusive father and an unhappy future. Disguised and reborn as a boy named Soupy, she finds a kindred spirit in Remy “Ramshackle” Renault, a hobo who helps her navigate life on the rails. Together, the two try to survive life in Depression-era America by hopping trains to get to California.

Winner of the Joe Shuster Award in the Outstanding Canadian Comic Book Writer category, Cecil Castellucci has built a successful career in creating engaging content for young adults: “When you write stories, you are a bit of a time traveler. When you write for young people you are often going to a time and place with them for the first time, which is beyond exciting. I knew that during the Depression, many young people took to the rails, and train travel and hobo signs have always fascinated me. In Soupy Leaves Home, I wanted to write about a girl who feels as though her whole world is shut down, by the time she lives in, the family she has, the gender that she is, until she abandons her old self and finds a new secret world that opens up to her and shows her the way through her own depression.”

Cecil Castellucci will attend the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con and will host a signing on Saturday, July 23, 2016 from 2 p.m. to 2:50 p.m. on Dark Horse’s Xenoverse Signing Stage. Soupy Leaves Home goes on sale April 19, 2017.

Soupy Leaves Home

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