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The White Lama - Further Behind the Vision

Friday, February 5, 2016

The White Lama is heading to a bookstore near you his Tuesday, February 12. Today we offer you a look at some more of Bess' concept art at various stages of The White Lama's development. For more like this, click here to see our previous "Behind the Vision," Enjoy!


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The White Lama arrives in stores February 12, 2016 with an MSRP of $39.95/£22.99

Interviews from The Tipping Point: Boulet

Thursday, February 4, 2016

With the release of The Tipping Point, we had a chance to speak with some of the creators behind the book. Today we interview Boulet, known for his work on Notes, Donjon Zénith, Raghnarok and more.


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What was the "tipping point" that lead you to become an artist?


I was a student in an Art School in Strasbourg. I was supposed to participate in a comic contest but I was too lazy and had missed the deadline. So I went out to drink instead. On the way to the pub I bumped into one of my friends, he was going back home to draw his comic for the contest. He told me the deadline had been changed. We still had a few hours left. I went to the pub anyway, drank a lot and decided I would participate too. I drew a page, totally drunk and sent it. I won 3rd place. My page went to an exhibition in the festival. A publisher saw it, and gave me my first job. Which lead to another one, then albums.


All of it because at one precise minute, I bumped into a friend.


What were your initial thoughts when you were approached about this book and the fellow creators with whom you'd be keeping company?


My first reaction was to say "Yes", thinking "this must be a mistake, just act natural. Maybe they think I'm someone else."


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Was there ever a "tipping point" in your career when you wished you'd taken "the other path"?


No. I've always done whatever I wanted, I'm incredibly lucky. So I don't have anything to regret professionally. I'm happy with what I'm doing now and everything I've done lead me here, so I don't think I would change anything.
Of course, some of these decisions made huge changes in my personal life and I often wonder "what if I had..." but that's it. It's more curiosity than remorse!

Do you read comics created by authors and artists outside your home country and if so, which ones have inspired you from abroad?


Well, a lot of them. I'm french, so I grew up with LOTS of comics. My biggest influences would probably be Franquin, Moebius, Quino, Gotlib and a lot of others, and as a teenager I discovered manga and was hugely influenced by Otomo, Toriyama, Rumiko Takahashi.


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Are there any foreign creators with whom you'd like to collaborate?


I really am more comfortable working alone, that's why I only collaborate with good friends. But I think I'd be ok being "the intern who brings coffee" for people like Eichiro Oda or Otomo. And if a parisian spin-off of "The Walking Dead" is made, I want to draw it. I would love to draw a devastated Paris with zombies everywhere.


Have you ever answered an online email from a Nigerian "millionaire"? (Joke)!


Well, I know a guy who did, it was an incredible story, but it became dangerous at some point (people calling him at home, menacing to come get him), so I wouldn't risk it.


You are very active on internet. Is your story linked to that fact?


Yes. I'm a big fan of urban legends and scary stories. The Internet is like a giant brain, it can be an incredible thinking tool, with a huge memory and powerful thinking/creating skills, but it also has a tendency to be delirious and to dream a lot. It's like a giant, crazy, confused genius brain.


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You mentioned wanting to draw a Parisian version of The Walking Dead, how would YOU survive a zombie apocalypse?


Well, Paris has advantages. I would go to Montmartre (high ground, tiny roads easy to barricade). Or even better, I would go to the south of France, I know some fortified medieval villages: safe hill with big walls in a really low-density population, surrounded by forests with a lot of animals. With a few survivors we'd be able to set decoys and boobytraps for zombies around. (Like: put music really loud on the side of a cliff so they'd just fall over and over again). Using the natural boundaries (rivers and hills) we would be able to secure a large region. Then there would be security measures like: everyone would have to lock themselves to sleep, so if someone dies during their sleep they can't go out and bite anyone, stuff like that.


People in this comic are so dumb. Oh Rick, why didn't you dig a trench with spikes around the prison? You had time and people. Think "medieval", goddammit.


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What comics/graphic novels/bande dessinee are you reading currently?


I'm reading "Saga", which is weird and beautiful and new, I love it. I'm reading "One Punch Man" and I'm really curious to see where this is going. I'm reading "Carnets de Santé Foireuse" by Pozla, it's an incredibly beautiful book about the author fighting Crohn's disease. I'm reading "LastMan" by Bastien Vives, Balak, and Mikael Sanlaville because It's everything I love in comics made by people I like.


What is next for Boulet?


Two big projects:


-Infinity8, a series of 8 books directed by Lewis Tronheim and Olivier Vatine and published by Rue de Sèvres. It will be a giant Space Opera with a lot of artists participating. I'll be drawing the seventh volume.


-Bolchoi Arena: my new series, I write and my friend Aseyn draws, it will be a long story taking place in a not too distant future. It's about space, virtual reality, artificial intelligence, etc... It will be my first long project with all the themes I love. First volume in 2017 (first quarter) with Delcourt.


And maybe other stuff if I still manage to find some free time!


For more on Boulet, check out his blog at bouletcorp.com where his comic strips appear in French, English, and Japanese. The Tipping Point is now available on our store and wherever Humanoids titles are carried. Check out previous interviews with other creators by clicking here.

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The Tipping Point: Book Plate Countdown - Katsuya Terada

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

The Tipping Point is coming!


In addition to the regular edition, we are also releasing an Ultra-Deluxe slipcase edition (extremely limited and numbered to just 100 copies) that includes signed bookplates preceding every creator's respective story (14 bookplates total).


Here is the (unsigned) book plate from Katsuya Terada:


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Interviews from The Tipping Point: Frederik Peeters

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

With the impending release of The Tipping Point, we had a chance to speak with some of the creators behind the book. Today we interview Frederik Peeters, known for his work on KOMA, Blue Pills: A Positive Love Story, Aâma and more.


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What was the "tipping point" that lead you to become an artist?


Every child draws and creates stories. And then they stop. I did not. It would be interesting to think about the tipping point that leads every child to stop being an artist.


Was there ever a "tipping point" in your career when you wished you'd taken "the other path"?


Yes, probably the making of, and then success of, Blue Pills, almost 15 years ago. It changed everything, from my technique of drawing and writing, to self-confidence. It allowed me to be totally free and independent.


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Do you read comics created by authors and artists outside of your home country and if so, which ones have inspired you from abroad?






My culture is mainly european. I've been raised with Hergé and Mœbius. But then I read thousands of things from all around the world, from underground fanzines to worldwide successful manga. And everything is an influence. Today I read a british contemporary novel, I cooked carrot soup, I watched an old french movie, I went to the swimming pool, I slept and dreamt a little bit, surfed shortly on tumblr, and chatted with my daughter about different subjects. All this was inspiration.


Are there any foreign creators with whom you'd like to collaborate?

I did collaborate with people and will again in the future. It depends on opportunities and fate in a way. I don't dream or expect things to happen. I just do things, one after another.


How did you come up with the designs of the monsters in KOMA?


It all started with one single drawing. A little girl standing in front of a huge black monster. The design of the little girl did change a bit, but the monster, never. I guess it was ok from the beginning. It was simple and effective. In fact it is not a real monster in a way, it's almost like a symbol, a shadow. There must be room for the reader to project fears and emotions on him.



What inspired your story for "The Tipping Point"?


It's a sort of variation, almost an homage, to a novel I read 10 years ago, called Habitus, by James Flint. One of many characters was Laïka, who had survived, mutated with the capsule she was in, and was keeping an eye on humanity from above. I decided to make her come back on earth.


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If KOMA were ever turned into a film, who would you like to see play Adidas, her father, and the 'Monster'?


Real kid actors are very annoying most of the time. Adidas should be a kind of female young Antoine Doisnel. A type of kid that has just disappeared. It should be possible to go back in time and pick up an authentic street kid in Paris or London, or Liverpool, in the 50's. Many good actors could play the father. But I would love something a bit old-fashioned, like Jack Lemmon's performances, light and witty and funny, but full of humanity and tenderness at the same time. For the monster, a nice costume designed by the guys who worked on Pan's Labyrinth should fit perfectly.


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What's next for Frederik Peeters?


A strange gay-friendly western is gonna be published in March by Casterman, and I'm working now with a writer on a contemporary fantastic tale, a family story with fears and secrets and monsters. A reflection on European ancient myths and nightmares. A kind of modern and adult Koma if you will. Follow me at my website for more on what's coming: frederikpeeters.tumblr.com



Thanks to Frederik Peeters for answering some questions. The Tipping Point will be available February 3, 2016 on our store and wherever Humanoids titles are carried. Check out previous interviews with other creators by clicking here.

Tags : Interview

The Tipping Point: Book Plate Countdown - Keiichi Koike

Sunday, January 31, 2016

The Tipping Point is coming!


In addition to the regular edition, we are also releasing an Ultra-Deluxe slipcase edition (extremely limited and numbered to just 100 copies) that includes signed bookplates preceding every creator's respective story (14 bookplates total).


Here is the (unsigned) book plate from Keiichi Koike:



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The Tipping Point: Book Plate Countdown - John Cassaday

Saturday, January 30, 2016

The Tipping Point is coming!


In addition to the regular edition, we are also releasing an Ultra-Deluxe slipcase edition (extremely limited and numbered to just 100 copies) that includes signed bookplates preceding every creator's respective story (14 bookplates total).


Here is the (unsigned) book plate from John Cassaday:



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Spootlight: The Ark

Thursday, January 28, 2016

The Ark
Story & Art by Stéphane Levallois


A nearly silent allegorical fable of man vs. nature that explores the medium's potential in a stunning, cinematic fashion.

A lone figure in a diving suit drags an enormous wooden ark through the desert, scarring the earth with its deep furrow. A plane crashes. A zeppelin prowls the azure skies, its crew seduced by caged women, while Bedouins and soldiers clash under the blazing sun. This poetic tale entrances as it pulls all these elements and characters together into a haunting yet mesmerizing canvas.


Quick facts about The Ark:

Stéphane Levallois is a computer games and graphic designer who has also worked in advertising. He has worked as a concept designer on such films as X-Men: Days of Future PastHarry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and Pirates of the Caribbean 4. His comics work has appeared in Metal Hurlant. While he has since done several books for French publisher Futuropolis, The Ark is his first complete graphic novel.
• Features a foreword by film director Louis Leterrier (The Incredible HulkClash of the TitansThe Transporter 1 & 2).
• Ideal for fans of art house cinema, Francois Boucq's Pioneers of the Human Adventure, magic surrealism, The Aviator by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry and thought-provoking graphic novels


Available below is the desktop wallpaper of The Ark. Click the picture to choose your resolution


The Ark arrives in stores February 26, 2016 with an MSRP of $24.95/£16.99

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Release for 2/3/16

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Next week sees the arrival of The Tipping Point in two distinct formats (Slightly Oversized Edition and an Ultra-Deluxe Limited Slipcase Edition, limited to 100 copies with signed bookplates from all 14 creators). Both are available for purchase wherever Humanoids titles are carried.

Check out the pictures below.


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