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All week The Beat has offered exclusive Statix Press news leading up to San Diego Comic Con 2018. So it’s fitting that our final installment of Statix news gives you some exclusive information about the SDCC Statix Press panel scheduled for Thursday, July 19 from 2:30-3:30PM in Room 4. Titled Statix Press: Bringing the Best of the World’s Comics to a U.S. Audience, the panel will feature writer/artist Helge Vogt (Alisik), brand manager Chris Thompson (Statix Press), and buyer Terence Irvins (Kinokuniya Books) to “discuss the international comics scene and what the industry is like across Europe (and around the world).”
Our own Heidi MacDonald is moderating the panel, and according to Thompson, a “major new film project” will be announced there. Said Thompson:
We’re so excited to be shining an extra spotlight on Statix Press with our own dedicated SDCC panel this year. The line continues to grow in leaps and bounds and, aside from talking about upcoming titles like McCay, Salammbo and Emma G. Wildford, we’ll be announcing a major new film project as well. It all adds up to our biggest San Diego ever – especially for our fresh new imprint Statix Press!”
Following the panel, there will be a signing with Vogt of her book Alisik from 4-5PM at the Titan Comics Booth 5537.
If you’d like to catch up on the other Statix exclusive previews we published this week, here’s a round-up:
- A preview of McCay, an “invented biography” of seminal comic artist Windsor McCay slated for October
- A first look at pages from Re-Mind issue 1 due out at the end of August.
- Pages from French crime thriller Wrath of Fantomas coming January 2019.
- A preview of Salammbô by Philippe Druillet based on Gustave Flaubert‘s novel which hits stores in November.
So far this week, The Beat has offered exclusive Statix Press news leading up to San Diego Comic Con 2018. On Monday we delivered a preview of the upcoming McCay, an “invented biography” of seminal comic artist Windsor McCay slated for October, and Tuesday we gave you a first look at pages from Re-Mind issue 1 due out at the end of August. Yesterday we told you that Statix would offer the well-loved French crime thriller Wrath of Fantomas in January 2019 and gave you a peak at it’s interior art.
Today Statix is back with more comic work based on famous French literature. This time it’s Salammbô, Philippe Druillet‘s interpretation of author Gustave Flaubert‘s French historical tale of desire set following the Punic War in ancient Carthage. You might know Flaubert from his earlier work Madame Bovary, the infamous tale of a bored housewife’s dissatisfaction that her romantic life doesn’t measure up to unrealistic fantasies.
Salammbô is a very different sort of work, and the historical drama is enriched by Druillet’s psychedelic art. Druillet is a heavyweight of Franco-Belgian comics, cutting his teeth as a contributor to legendary comics magazine Pilote, home to everyone from Astérix to R. Crumb.
Salammbô is a continuation of what Titan calls the Philippe Druillet Masterworks series. We recently told you about their dual volume of Druillet’s Yragaël and Urm The Madman coming in August. In addition to his many award-winning albums Druillet also co-founded Metal Hurlant, known as Heavy Metal in the U.S., with Moebius.
We’ve got a slew of mind-bending preview pages from Salammbô, due out this November, below.
All this week The Beat is bringing readers exclusive Statix Press news leading up to San Diego Comic Con 2018. So far we’ve delivered a preview of the upcoming McCay, an “invented biography” of seminal comic artist Windsor McCay slated for October, as well the first look at pages from Re-Mind issue 1 due out at the end of August.
Today we’ve got another exclusive for you. Statix Press has told The Beat they’re bringing the 2014 Joe Schuster award-winning graphic novel Wrath of Fantomas to the English-language market in January 2019. Wrath of Fantomas, which also netted the 2013 Prix at the Interpol’Art festival celebrating detective literature, is based on the popular series of novels by Pierre Souvestre and Marcel Allain. They’re rumored to have inspired everyone from surrealist author Guillaume Apollinaire to filmmaker Jean Cocteau.
Wrath of Fantomas sees the titular masked killer facing justice for his lurid crimes. From Statix:
The place? Paris. The year? 1911. The scene? An execution.
Fantômas, the most popular villain of French literature, the ruthless master of crime and terror in countless books, films, and serials, finally faces justice! Alas, the man of a hundred faces is determined not go to the grave alone… and his epitaph will be written in nightmares.
Penned by Olivier Bocquet, the book is illustrated by Canadian animator Julie Rocheleau, whose art most recently appeared in About Betty’s Boob from BOOM! Studios. You can check out a preview of the cover and interior art below.
Elric of Melniboné is one of the better-known swords and sorcery characters to not be created by Tolkien or George RR Martin, highly respected as a major influence on fantasy literature. Now one of his most definitive stories told through comics is coming back into print.
Elric: Ruby Throne is receiving the deluxe edition treatment from Statix Press, an imprint of Titan Comics focused on bringing some of Europe’s best sequential storytelling to UK and US markets, including this graphic novel collecting the Elric storyline written by Julien Blondel and illustrated by Didier Poli, Robin Recht & Jean Bastide.
Telling the story of Elric The Albino Emperor’s rule of the Ancient Island Of Melniboné threatened by his envious Cousin Yyrkoon, this edition includes a new cover with foil treatment and an introduction from Elric’s creator Michael Moorcock.
The Beat is happy to present an exclusive preview of this classic newly published by Statix.
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