2012 has been a spectacular year of releases for London’s SelfMadeHero. Ranging from the histrionic visionary account of the People’s Republic of China in A CHINESE LIFE to the triumphant return of SANDMAN alum Glyn Dillon in the breathtaking THE NAO OF BROWN, SelfMadeHero exemplifies the diverse breadth of the graphic novel medium. Their US distributors, the equally fabulous Abrams ComicArts, have kindly shared their holiday spirit by offering up a holiday giveaway package of five releases from this year. One lucky Beat reader can win this incredible holiday giveaway by commenting below!
To enter to win this SELFMADEHERO giveaway, all you have to do is comment below on your favorite Christmas-themed comic (characters, strip, whatever you fancy!). One winner will be chosen by midnight on Wednesday, December 18th. Please make sure to include your email!
Now here’s a closer look for what’s up for grab:
But I Really Wanted An Anthropologist By Margaux Motin
Meet Margaux: thirty-something mother, geek, style-goddess and red wine drinker. We follow her life, collected from her illustrated blog, as she makes her way as a freelancer in Paris. Anyone who’s ever worn inappropriate shoes to the supermarket or danced around the house in their underwear will be charmed by her irreverent humour.
Chico And Rita By Javier Mariscal and Fernando Trueba (this will include a DVD of the Academy Award Nominated film as well!)
Cuba, 1948. Chico is a young piano player with big dreams. Rita is a beautiful singer with an extraordinary voice. Music and romantic desire unite them, but their journey – brings heartache and torment. From Havana to New York, Paris, Hollywood and Las Vegas, two passionate individuals battle impossible odds to unite in music and love.
A Chinese Life By Li Kunwu and Philippe Otie
Already a modern classic, this remarkable book traces a personal journey through modern history, from the creation of the People’s Republic of China in 1949 to the present day. Li Kunwu has created a timely and compelling memoir of state and self that is at once epic and intimate, comic and tragic, in scope.
Kiki de Montparnasse By Jose-Luis Bocquet and Catel Muller
In the bohemian and brilliant Montparnasse of the 1920s, Kiki escaped poverty to become one of the most charismatic figures of the avant-garde years between the wars. Partner to Man Ray, she would be immortalised by many artists. The muse of a generation, she was one of the first emancipated women of the 20th century.
The Nao Of Brown By Glyn Dilon (Extended preview available here)
Nao Brown is a struggling illustrator looking for love whilst living with OCD. When she finally meets the man of her dreams, it comes with the realisation that… dreams can be quite weird. Through meditation, to quieten her mind and open her heart, she begins to understand that things aren’t always black and white. In fact, they’re much more… brown.
Pretty jaw dropping, right? Make sure to enter a comment below, and best of luck!