Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five, set for graphic novel translation in 2020

Publisher BOOM! Studios recently announced a brand new graphic novel adaptation for Kurt Vonnegut’s American classic novel, Slaughterhouse-Five. The acclaimed anti-war novel interpretation will be full color, and set for September 2020, under its Archaia imprint.

This work will be a first in graphic novel for the work, and done by Eisner Award-winning writer Ryan North (How to Invent Everything: A Survival Guide for the Stranded Time Traveler) and Eisner Award-nominated artist Albert Monteys (Universe!) with color assistance by Ricard Zaplana, available.

Slaughterhouse-Five, also known as The Children’s Crusade: A Duty-Dance with Death was first published in 1969, and written by Kurt Vonnegut. The book follows the life of war vet Billy Pilgrim, from his early years to his time as an American soldier and chaplain’s assistant during World War II, to his later years. There is some abstract science fiction involved as Billy time travels throughout. Much of the story focuses on his capture by the German Army and his survival of the Allied firebombing of Dresden as a prisoner-of-war. This reflects a personal experience by the author, having lived through that.

Slaughterhouse-Five would eventually receive worldwide attention, and very timely in a time of rising anti-war protests. It would be nominated for multiple awards, and adapted into multiple other entertainment formats, including film, theater, and a radio play. It would also end up challenged for censorship, and banned in places for its adult and “anti-Christian” content.

Ryan North is known for much current work, including Dinosaur Comics, the Eisner and Harvey Award-winning Adventure Time comic series, the bestselling anthology series Machine of Death and best-selling Eisner-Award winning Unbeatable Squirrel Girl comics published by Marvel. His latest book, How to Invent Everything, A Survival Guide for the Stranded Time Traveler is a humorous look at civilization, and worth checking out.

“Like most people, Kurt Vonnegut has been one of my favourite writers since I first read his books decades ago, and it’s been such an honour—and challenge—to adapt his most famous work for a new medium. Slaughterhouse-Five is a deeply funny and deeply moving book, and my goal with this project was to keep all of that, while still making something that feels at home in this medium,” said writer Ryan North. “I picture it as a window into an alternate universe where Kurt (and Kilgore Trout) worked in comics instead of prose. Every medium can do things that others can’t, I’m beyond excited to share this new version of Slaughterhouse-Five with you very soon.”

Albert Monteys is a Spanish graphic novelist and illustrator, best known for his work in El Jueves, a weekly satirical magazine that he directed from 2006 until 2011. Monteys also created the series Carlitos Fax for the children’s magazine Mister K. In 2014, he founded a satirical monthly publication Orgullo y Satisfaccion (Pride and Satisfaction) with several other cartoonists, and began to publish a science fiction comic, ¡Universo! (Universe!) in Panel Syndicate, winning a 2017 Eisner Award nomination for Best Digital Comic.

“What a challenge, what an opportunity! When I was presented with the chance to collaborate in the graphic novel adaptation of Slaughterhouse-Five my first reaction was ‘this is one of my favorite books and it can’t be adapted.’ That was until I read Ryan North’s script, nodding enthusiastically at every great idea, every moving moment, every scene that made me want to grab my pencil right away.” said artist Albert Monteys in a recent press release from BOOM! “A good adaptation shines new light on the original, I hope we managed to do just that. I think we did, somewhat, in the telegraphic schizophrenic manner of tales of the planet Tralfamadore—which is what comics are, after all.”

Slaughterhouse- Five will be available in print form, for sale in September 2020 at local comic book shops, and direct from Boom Studios webstore. Digital copies can be purchased from popular content providers, including comiXology, iBooks, Google Play, and Madefire.

In the meantime, here is 7-page preview, courtesy of BOOM Studios for its graphic novel release…

David Mack’s Kabuki turns 25 this year, with a new Omnibus edition

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25 years in July, comics creator David Mack released Kabuki to comic stores readers, giving a new escape visually and creatively through his unique style of storytelling. It would continue with critical acclaim, spanning multiple series and some spinoffs. The Kabuki series will be reprinted in a 400-page Dark Horse published Omnibus collection. Its first volume is set for this coming December.

Kabuki is the long running multi-series spanning of a young woman, code name “Kabuki”, who struggles with her identity in a near-future Japan. Working as an operative for a clandestine government agency known as “The Noh,” Kabuki neutralizes dangerous individuals before they become national-level threats, but when the agency she works for is compromised, Kabuki’s personal quest sends her down a difficult path to her own self-discovery, that may bring her in direct conflict with the powers she formerly served.

The origin, the foundation of the story…The very beginning of the acclaimed series created by David Mack. Kabuki Omnibus: Volume 1 collects the first two original Kabuki volumes: Circle of Blood and Dreams in an easy to read trade paper back…loaded with extras! Cover gallery, commentary, new art & text…The perfect book for fans of Mack, his beloved series, and brand-new Kabuki readers.

Kabuki Omnibus: Volume 1 goes on sale for $29.99 on December 11, 2019, at better comic and book stores everywhere. For more info, visit www.darkhorse.com.

Flaming Carrot returns to print in Omnibus form, from Dark Horse this summer

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Bob Burden’s Flaming Carrot is coming back to print, from Dark Horse Comics as a large Omnibus volume. This critically-acclaimed yet absurd classic comics parody will arrive in mid-September. This Omnibus volume will be a 416-page paperback and collect Flaming Carrot #1-2, 4-11, 25-27 and retail for a mere $24.99.

The original news release from Dark Horse Comics says it best…Propagating dreamlike surrealism, disturbing violence, sexual adventurism, bar-hopping, and a bizarre and nightmarish costume, the world’s first postmodern super-man battled Road Hogs From Outer Space, went on drinking binges with Death, teamed up with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to save the “Umpire State Building”, bounced around on a nuclear powered pogo stick, and ordered some of that new Brussels sprout flavored ice cream that wasn’t even on the menu yet. Now, when the industry needs it the most: The world’s first surrealist superhero comic returns! The pied piper of fun! The poor man’s H-Bomb! The one-man Madis Gras! The further adventures of the strangest man alive! Fresh as cracked wheat! Doctor recommended. Maximum strength formula. New hope for a nation suffocating in the swill of its own mediocrity!

Flaming Carrot Comics Omnibus arrives on September 18, 2019, in comic stores and better retail book stores everywhere.

IDW presents a new reimagining of The Island of Dr. Moreau, this summer

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A recent news release from IDW revealed an all-new comics interpretation of H.G. Wells’ classic science fiction novel, The Island of Dr. Moreau.  On board will be writer/co-creator Ted Adams (Diablo House) and artist/co-creator Gabriel Rodríguez (Locke and Key) to present this revisioning of H.G. Wells’ classic science fiction novel, with coloring by Nelson Dániel and lettering by Robbie Robbins.

Remaining faithful to Wells’ plot, dialogue, and Victorian-era setting, Adams and Rodríguez replaced Edward Prendick – the original witness protagonist – with a new creation, Ellen Prendick. Her inclusion allowed the creative team to explore a new version of one of the world’s favorite stories through the eyes of a more active character with a different and refreshing point of view on the cursed island’s horrific events.

See artwork preview below!

“Wells’ novel is as relevant today as when he wrote it in 1896,” says Adams. “It addresses the subject of the thin line that separates men from beasts and the question that all scientists should ask themselves: ‘Just because we can do something, does that mean we should?’”

“To provide a vivid, immersive experience for the reader, we set the narrative of Dr. Moreau entirely in double-page spreads, a format that builds a rich world for the characters and presents the mystery and terror in a thrilling and concise way,” says Rodríguez. “We also push the boundaries of the Beast Folk’s design to a point where familiar animal shapes, imbued with traces of human expression, feel genuinely disturbing. It’s been an exciting challenge to capture the fundamental wonder and horror of the novel.”

The Island of Dr. Moreau will debut for print in comic stores this July, and on popular digital comics apps everywhere. For more info, visit IDW at idwpublishing.com.

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Rumiko Takahashi’s earliest manga Urusei Yatsura, set for new deluxe reprint editions

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VIZ Media, LLC recently announced all-new deluxe editions of famed manga creator legend Rumiko Takahashi’s (perhaps best known for Inuyasha)  classic work, Urusei Yatsura.

Urusei Yatsura was originally serialized in Weekly Shonen Sunday (1978-1987), about the hilarious misadventures of an unlucky human boy who meets a beautiful alien princess. The successful manga series was adapted into anime format and spawned a TV series and half a dozen theatrical-release movies. All were well-received and propelled creator Rumiko Takahashi towards more acclaimed manga hits including Maison Ikkoku (1980-1987), Ranma 1/2 (1987 to 1996), and Inuyasha (1996-2008).

The deluxe volumes will publish under the Viz Signature imprint. Each volume will have 400 pages of content, for English publication by VIZ Media on a quarterly basis. The series is rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens; Volume 1 will carry a print MSRP of $19.99 U.S. / $26.99 CAN.

Urusei Yatsura is an iconic manga series, and until now, has never been fully published in English,” said Amy Yu, Editor in a recent press release. “Our new VIZ Signature editions allow readers to enjoy the complete URUSEI YATSURA for the first time ever. We hope new and veteran manga fans will add this legendary series to their collections!”

For more information on Urusei Yatsura and other Rumiko Takahashi anime and manga titles distributed and published by VIZ Media, please visit viz.com.