A new Gilbert Hernandez GN is not astonishing news in and of itself — the guy is one of the most prolific geniuses out there. However, that it will be overtly semi-autobiographical and that it will be published by D&Q makes it even more newsworthy, as revealed this morning at The Comics Reporter.
MARBLE SEASON “follows a group of children and teenagers growing up in suburban southern California of the early 1960s, and tells the untold stories from the youth of an American comics legend. Pop culture references—TV shows, comic books, and music—saturate this evocative story, giving MARBLE SEASON the distinctive narrative depth and attention to detail fans have come to expect from the acclaimed cartoonist’s work.” The book will be released this fall with a tour to follow.
Although Fantagraphics has long been the publisher of the Hernandez Bros., Gilbert often works for other publishers, including Dark Horse and DC, so a switch to D&Q for this book isn’t a shock, although it is noteworthy.
Drawn & Quarterly has acquired world rights to Gilbert Hernandez’s semiautobiographical graphic novel, MARBLE SEASON, it was announced today by Tom Devlin, Creative Director and Acquiring Editor of Drawn & Quarterly. ”Working with Gilbert is a dream come true. He’s been on my very short list of favorite all-time cartoonists ever since I found a copy of LOVE & ROCKETS #8 at the Million Year Picnic and read the story ‘The Laughing Sun.’ He has never left that list, ” said Devlin. “MARBLE SEASON is the autobiographical side of this great cartoonist (albeit semi-fictionalized)–where we get to see how his young comics mind developed.” To be released in Fall 2012, MARBLE SEASON follows a group of children and teenagers growing up in suburban southern California of the early 1960s, and tells the untold stories from the youth of an American comics legend. Pop culture references—TV shows, comic books, and music—saturate this evocative story, giving MARBLE SEASON the distinctive narrative depth and attention to detail fans have come to expect from the acclaimed cartoonist’s work. Hernandez, along with his brothers Jaime and Mario, is the co-creator and cartoonist behind the iconic comic book series LOVE & ROCKETS, which celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2012. Hernandez’s seminal contribution to the series and the medium is the generation-spanning, cross-cultural, literary soap-opera masterpiece about a tight-knit Central American town, Palomar. Hernandez has won numerous awards for his stories, including the Kirby, Inkpot, Harvey, and the United States Artists Literature Fellowship. Hernandez was born in Oxnard, California and lives in Las Vegas with his wife and daughter. MARBLE SEASON is Hernandez’s first book with D+Q, and will be supported by a full-scale promotional campaign including a national author tour. MARBLE SEASON will be distributed in the U.S. by Farrar, Straus & Giroux and in Canada by Raincoast Books. International rights are represented by Samantha Haywood of the Transatlantic Literary Agency.
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