Here’s a lost comics gem that’s coming back to print for all to enjoy courtesy of Drew Ford and IDW. Trina Robbins originally adapted Sax Rohmer’s sensational novel Dope for Eclipse way back in the 1980s. It lingered only in memories until Ford kickstarted it as part of his It’s Alive press. And now IDW has announced the collected edition is coming out in September, with a new foreword by C. Spike Trotman and an afterword by Colleen Doran.
Hall of Famer Robbins considers this her best art, adapting Rohmer’s lurid 1919 novel about a young actress who becomes ensnared in London’s mysterious and glittery drug culture. It’s a period piece that definitely contains many problematic elements of Orientalism (Rohmer is best known for creating Fu Manchu) but as a comic it’s a stunner.
The publishing deets:
HC • FC • $24.99 • 96 pages • 8.25” x 11” • ISBN: 978-1-63140-957-8
Expected in-store date: 9/13/17
And a few pages:
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