Statix Press has brought many interesting European titles to the English-language market in its first year of life. An imprint of Titan Comics, Statix has been all over the map with its bandes dessinées offerings, translating everything from noir thrillers like Doctor Radar, to the subversive and beautiful Atlas & Axis, while also releasing seminal works by Philippe Druillet.
Their next offering is the sumptuous graphic novel Emma G. Wildford, a tale of “loss, determination, heartache, and self-discovery,” according to editor Jonathan Stevenson. Titular heroine Emma struggles to find her lost fiance, Roald Hodges, who set sail on a ship to Norway and then seemingly vanished. When word reaches her that he is believed dead, Emma leaves the comfort of her home to search for her lost love.
Stevenson also said of the book:
Emma G. Wildford was love at first sight for me. I was blown away by the visuals and knew right away that this was a book I wanted to work on and bring to an English speaking audience. It is a wonderful story of loss, determination, heartache, and self-discovery…this is, without doubt, my favorite of all the books I have had the pleasure to work on.”
Emma G. Wildford is credited to Zidrou and Edith, the pen names of writer Benoît Drousie and illustrator Edith Grattery. Both have extensive pedigrees in the world of European comics. Zidrou wrote scripts for influential magazine Spiro, the home of Tintin, in the 90s, while Edith illustrated strips for Circus magazine, has a background in children’s book illustration, and had her strip Basil et Victoria adapted for television.
We’ve got an exclusive art preview below, please note: some of these images are NSFW.