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The two things you can always count on in life: Death and Taxes. While we will always pay taxes, sometimes death isn't always the end. Back in 1968 there was very little undead-related pop culture until George A. Romero popularized zombies in Night of the Living Dead. Fast forward to today and The Walking Dead is one of the most popular television shows, Shaun of the Dead is one of the most beloved "Rom Zom Coms," plus there's a host of video games, comics, movies — and more TV shows, like iZombie — along with over 25 follow-ups and spin-offs from Romero's original film.
We handle death usually in one of two ways: horror, as Night of the Living Dead embodied, and comedy. The Zombies That Ate the World takes the latter route, portraying a world where zombies are quite the norm. Blending classic horror elements wrapped up in the guise of comedy allows unique stories to be told, and even more interesting characters to shine. Karl Neard isn't your typical hero. Often dorky, clumsy, and even scared, Karl is a "zombie pest controller" who sets up shop to round-up annoying zombies that until recently, were perfectly calm members of the undead society.
Book 1: Bring Me Back My Head introduced us to Karl, his sister Maggie, and their friend Freddy, as they set up their "zombie catcher" services. Jerry Frissen does a bang up job creating a world based on a familiar premise, but turned on its head. Much like he did with the Lucha Libre series, The Zombies That Ate the World blends fantastical elements with the mundane, making readers laugh at things they otherwise normally wouldn't, or probably shouldn't.
The Zombies that Ate the World: Book 3: Houston, We Have a Problem shuffles into stores on April 29, 2015. This volume concludes the hysterically horrific series created by Jerry Frissen. And while this may be finale of the series, can anything undead ever truly be "the end"?
Next week sees the release of three brand new entries into our catalog; Throne of Ice, The Swords of Glass, and The Zombies That Ate the World: Book 3: Houston, We Have a Problem. You can purchase these titles wherever Humanoids titles are sold (As well as our own store).
Check out pictures of all the releases below.
Fantasy is undoubtedly one of the most popular genres in the entire world. Practically every culture has some form of fantastical literature littered throughout. Fantasy is deeply rooted in our imaginations, allowing us to dream of impossible things set in far away lands, featuring magic and the supernatural. Fantasy frees us to explore the worlds inside us. After working a long day in the office, who wouldn't want to fly through the mountains on the back of a giant dragon while casting spells?
Graphic novels allow us to experience Fantasy in a unique way that blends our imaginations with the appreciation of art. Being able to actually see someone else's internal visualisations vividly brought to life offers a glimpse into the creator's mind. Sometimes it isn't even the artist's mind we are glimpsing, but the author's. Comic artists are able to skillfully weave the visual worlds of their own imagination together narrative scripts they are given, and we at Humanoids have always prided ourselves on bringing you some of the most fantastic graphic novels possible. This year we've already released the great Fantasy-Adventure title Millennium, which blends fantasy, adventure, crime, and other genres into a story that leaves you yearning for more.
The Swords of Glass (April 29, 2015) from Sylviane Corgiat (Elias The Cursed) and Laura Zuccheri, and Throne of Ice by Alain Paris, featuring the art of Val, Notaro (John Doe, Blood Academy), Saverio Tenuta (Legend of the Scarlet Blades, JLA: Riddle of the Beast). Both are titles that feature expansive worlds, captivating stories, and amazing characters. The Swords of Glass is perfect for fans of Studio Ghibli films (Howl's Moving Castle, Spirited Away), using decompressed storytelling techniques popularized in most manga stories, surrounded by lush environments and amazing characters in a world threatened by the imminent destruction of the sun. An ancient prophecy is set in motion when a Sword of Glass falls from the sky, sparking an epic journey for the young chosen hero.
Throne of Ice (April 29, 2015) is an grand saga set in Antarctica long before it was a frozen wasteland. Merging Fantasy with speculative ancient history, fans of Game of Thrones will appreciate the story and setting, as Jaemon, the illegitimate infant son of King Abarugon, is marked for death by the first lady of Antarcia. Naturally, things don't go as planned and Jaemon is rescued and set on a course to fulfill his destiny.
All these titles and more can be ordered from your local comic shop, as well as from our own online store.
Throne of Ice
Story by Alain Paris, Art by Val, Saverio Tenuta and Notaro
A heroic fantasy epic and rite of passage tale set in a mythical pre-glacial Antarctica.
Antarctica 12,000 years ago—long before it becomes a frozen wasteland—is a thriving territory, divided into the kingdoms of Antarcia, Leng, and Valusia.
When Antarcia's first lady vows to kill Jaemon, the bastard son of King Abarugon, the mysterious Sozer foils the plot and carries the infant to safety. Bearing the mysterious mark of the Atlanteans, Jaemon must unleash his true potential and fulfill both his and the continent's destinies.
Quick facts about Throne of Ice:
• Alain Paris is a prolific author of science fiction, historical and fantasy novels, and is the writer of numerous graphic novels at Les Humanoïdes Associés (Humanoids' French branch).
• Val is a French artist, this is his first comics work.
• Cover artist Christian Højgaard is a comics artist from Denmark, who has worked for several international publishers in varying styles and genres, including The Hounds of Hell for Humanoids.
• Saverio Tenuta is an Italian writer and artist whose work has appeared in Heavy Metal, JLA: Riddle of the Beast (DC Comics), and the creator of the Humanoids bestselling series Legend of the Scarlet Blades.
• Italian artist Massimiliano Notaro has worked on numerous books including Blood Academy and John Doe for various European publishers.
• Features an afterword by renowned science fiction and crime writer, and comics historian, Claude Ecken.
• Perfect for fans of Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings,
the myth of Atlantis, and all epic fantasy fiction.
Available below is the desktop wallpaper of Throne of Ice. Click the picture to choose your resolution
Throne of Ice arrives in stores April 29, 2015 with an MSRP of $29.95/£19.99
The following column is written by Humanoids UK liaison and known counter-culture expert, Tim Pilcher, as he writes about his thoughts and opinions about Humanoids in the UK.
Jodorowsky and Mœbius have always been a creative team that challenges their readers' preconceptions. In The Incal they challenged the idea of what a "hero" could be; in Madwoman of the Sacred Heart they challenged the concept of religion; and in The Eyes of the Cat they challenged the nature of horror. Following in the latter's illustrated prose format, the auteurs went on to challenge readers' ideas about sex in Angel Claws.
Following the death of her father, a middle-aged woman explores the family house, embarking on a quest for sexual identity, which is both visceral and shocking. Every form of fetish and vice is explored, from sadomasochism and coprophagia to body-piercing and transgenderism, as she journeys from one metaphorical room to another.
In many ways it's the one comic that's closest to any of Jodorowsky's earlier films like The Holy Mountain and El Topo, using hallucinatory, dream-like imagery to explore the interior landscape of the human mind.
Mœbius's artwork is some of his finest illustrative work ever, lovingly rendering tender embraces and pierced genitalia with equal care and attention. While Angel Claws is undoubtedly salacious, it's hard to call this book truly "erotic," as just as the reader is becoming aroused the next page reveals something startling and unsettling before returning to more alluring scenes. This deliberate jarring keeps the reader on tenterhooks throughout, creating an oddly unnerving mood that could be described as "Lynchian."
Oscar Wilde once said "Everything in the world is about sex except sex. Sex is about power" and like most of Jodorowsky's work, this poetic book is an allegory – a surreal quest for internal peace, reclaiming one's personal power, and ultimately transcending to a higher state of being, free from the Earthly desires that drive us.
So if you are an adult who is stout of heart and strong of mind, check out Angel Claws and see if it challenges your preconceptions. You may find liberation where you least expect it.
The Zombies That Ate the World: Book 3: Houston, We Have a Problem
Story by Jerry Frissen, with Art by Jorge Miguel
Everything has gone to hell on Earth in 2069. Not only have the dead risen, but they're now robbing humans to finance their exodus to the moon…
Fortunately, a bastion of humanity stands in their way, Freddy Merckx. Like a particularly good dark chocolate he's rich, strong, ugly, rude, and last, but definitely not least, Belgian!
An action-packed adventure comedy for fans of space opera, zombified prehistoric animals, and insanely violent Belgians with bad dress sense.
Concludes the series created by Jerry Frissen and Guy Davis (B.P.R.D., The Marquis: Inferno) - with newcomer Jorge Miguel taking over the art reins in this last volume - which continues to pay homage to the zombie genre, all the while giving us more of its special brand of hilarious black comedy.
Quick facts about The Zombies That Ate the World: Book 3: Houston, We Have a Problem:
• Jerry Frissen is the Eisner-nominated creator of the Lucha Libre universe (Unfabulous Five, The Tikitis), internationally published to great acclaim in the pages of both Image and Humanoids' books. Frissen is currently working on Metabaron (Available in 2016).
• Jorge Miguel is a Portuguese comics artist who has also worked in animation and publicity, and for whom The Zombies That Ate The World is his first published comics work in the English language.
• Perfect for fans of The Walking Dead, In the Flesh, anything zombie-related, and horror comedies.
Available below is the desktop wallpaper of The Zombies That Ate the World: Book 3: Houston, We Have a Problem. Click the picture to choose your resolution
The Zombies That Ate the World: Book 3: Houston, We Have a Problem arrives in stores April 29, 2015 with an MSRP of $19.95
Story by Sylviane Corgiat, with Art by Laura Zuccheri
In a world threatened by the imminent death of its sun, young Yama lives a relatively happy and peaceful life as the daughter of the chief of the village. But everything changes the day a sword of glass falls from the sky, just as the prophecy had announced. Anyone who touches the sword is instantly turned to glass and dies. Orland, the local lord of war, comes to take possession of the unique weapon but fails to retrieve it. In the process, Yama's father is killed and her mother taken away. Yama, however, escapes and survives with only one thought: when she grows up, she will return to get the sword of glass, and avenge her parents.
A spectacular saga full of wondrous creatures and settings written by Sylviane Corgiat (Elias The Cursed) and drawn by award-winning artist Laura Zuccheri.
Quick facts about The Swords of Glass:
• Italian-born Laura Zuccheri has worked as an artist on numerous Italian publications including Ken Parker magazine, The Condemned and Hardware (Sergio Bonelli). She won the The Grand Guinigi Award for Best Art at Lucca Festival for her Swords of Glass work.
• Sylviane Corgiat is a prolific French writer who won the Grand Prix du Livre Jeunesse for her YA novel, The Memory Traffickers, and has written for the long-running French cop TV series, Navarro. She has written numerous comic book series including Elias the Cursed (also at Humanoids).
• Includes a bonus material section featuring the series' stunning making-of art.
• Appeals to fans of Studio Ghibli's films (Hayao Miyazaki's Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, My Neighbour Totoro) and epic fantasy.
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The Swords of Glass arrives in stores April 29, 2015 with an MSRP of $39.95/£25.99