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PREVIEW: The Italian mafia’s greatest threat reveals the truth in I’M STILL ALIVE

A new original graphic memoir from bestselling author Roberto Saviano and cartoonist Asaf Hanuka.

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In autumn 2022, I’m Still Alive by Roberto Saviano (Gomorrah, ZeroZeroZero, The Piranhas) and Asaf Hanuka (The Realist, The Divine) with letters by AndWorld Design will be arriving at your Local Comic Shop. Published by BOOM! Studio’s Archaia imprint, the original graphic memoir will be available at your LCS beginning on October 5th, but you can get your first look at the true story right here below the article, today at The Beat.

I’m Still Alive

Here’s the description of I’m Still Alive from the publisher:

When journalist Roberto Saviano wrote the groundbreaking international bestseller Gomorrah, he exposed the inner workings of the Naples mafia, resulting in real-world investigations into the corruption at the heart of the Camorra. But with the pursuit of justice and worldwide renown came violent death threats and the need for an isolated existence behind armed guards, which Saviano suffers to this day. Joined by award-winning cartoonist Asaf Hanuka, Saviano shares his deepest thoughts and experience of life in Naples, where he witnessed the power and violence of the mafia firsthand, as well as the unvarnished truth of his daily life after exposing the most ruthless and powerful criminal organizations of the 21st century. 

In a quote included in the press release, Saviano said:

“In I’M STILL ALIVE, resistance is expressed through the artillery of the written word and through the boundary of one’s body, understanding that, from any fight, you learn one rule and one rule only: it is not true that from battle you will either come back alive or you won’t come back at all. In the event of your return, you will return wounded, mutilated in body and soul. I’M STILL ALIVE is the story of my wound.”

Meanwhile, Hanuka had this to say about the project:

“Working with Roberto Saviano made me realize that freedom, which I enjoy as an endless resource, is not to be taken for granted. Roberto lost his freedom and the chance to live a normal life. But he never lost his words, he never stopped writing. The work on the book was both inspiring and challenging. Inspiring because it’s a story of someone who always spoke for those who don’t have a voice, no matter what the price was. And challenging because his writing is made of metaphors, emotions and reflections. I had to find a visual language that corresponded to the complexity of the writing. The result was an unforgettable journey into his soul.”

Available Autumn 2022

I’m Still Alive will be arriving at your LCS beginning on October 5th, 2022. Will you be picking up a copy when it arrives?

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  1. The back end of the year is going to be chocked full of Asaf sequential work and I happily await it! I’m anticipating picking up the third volume of The Realist (which hopefully will finally see release in the next couple of weeks) and will gladly put this on the will purchase list as well. Thanks for bringing it to my attention!

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