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Wild Children in Diamond Comics’ Top Ten Graphic Novels for July

Wild Children, the debut graphic novella by Ales Kot and Riley Rossmo, released on July 15, was one of the Top Ten Graphic Novels of July, according to Diamond Comics sales figures.

Wild Children is exploration of violence, fiction, art, and perception, set in a high school where a group of the brightest students have taken their teachers hostage. With intriguing dialogue, striking character designs, and vibrant art colored by Clayton CowlesWild Children is as much a meditation on the sequential art form as a unique example of that medium’s potential.

Wild Children‘s writer, Ales Kot, will be debuting a new mini-series, Change, with art by Morgan Jeske in December. Wild Children (ISBN 978-1-60706-581-4) is available in comic book stores and bookstores now.

Wild Children in June

WILD CHILDREN plumbs the depths of rebellion in July
Guns. Acid. Cameras. School. Wild Children.

Written by Ales Kot (Batman) and drawn by a long-standing Image creator Riley Rossmo (Cowboy Ninja Viking, Dark Wolverine, Debris), WILD CHILDREN, a new graphic novella from Image Comics in July, explores an explosive high school hostage situation that threatens to unfold its own reality like cheap origami.

The subject of school shootings behind the controversial Hellblazer: Shoot by Warren Ellis and Phil Jimenez merges with Grant Morrison’s and Philip Bond’s themes of teenage revolt in Kill Your Boyfriend, delivering a unique story of magic, passion and disinformation.

“Comics have tremendous transformative potential, and on top of that, they’re pure fun when done well,” said writer Kot. “This comic is the equivalent of a six-track pop EP — and if we’ve done our jobs well, Wild Children will be the weird pop EP you’ll find yourself coming back to again and again.”

Rossmo’s distinctive art style, significantly altered from its usual look to better fit the storytelling demands of WILD CHILDREN’, is complemented by stunning psychedelic colors by Gregory Wright (Batman: The Long Halloween, Elephantmen) and inventive lettering by a superstar letterer Clayton Cowles (Kick-Ass, Superior, The Defenders).

“”For me, Wild Children is an experiment in cleanliness,” said Rossmo. “My work is usually dirty, scratchy, messy — but here I wanted to try a style I had only used in some of the editorial work I’d done. All line, no spotted blacks.”

“Natural Born Killers” meets “Bowling for Columbine”? Maybe. But what if you’re wrong?

WILD CHILDREN is a self-contained 64-page paperback graphic novella. It will be available for pre-order in comic book stores in the May issue of Previews  and on shelves on July 11. Its ISBN is 978-1-60706-581-4. An advance PDF will be available for review in May.

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