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Story & Art by Jean-Claude Forest, adapted by Kelly Sue DeConnick
Jean-Claude Forest’s timeless Erotic Sci-Fi classic – from which the cult-favorite movie of the same name stems from – is now available as a deluxe limited & numbered (1200 copies only) Coffee Table edition (12x16 inches) published in a beautiful duotone presentation.
When space outlaw, Barbarella’s spaceship breaks down, she finds herself trapped on the planet Lythion. There she has a series of adventurous, yet erotic, encounters with a variety of beings, from robots to angels…
Quicks facts about Barbarella:
• Featuring a brand new, contemporary English-language adaptation by writer Kelly Sue DeConnick (Marvel’s Captain Marvel, Avengers Assemble, Dark Horse’s Ghost, Image’s Pretty Deadly).
• In 1962 Babarella predicted the sexual revolution as
the original “erotic comic book” and the first truly emancipated female comic book character. Now, this long-lost classic is once again available to a brand new generation.
• Originally published in 1962, Barbarella has since been turned into a cult movie starring Jane Fonda (1968), a musical (2004), and is currently
being developed as a TV series by Drive director
Nicholas Winding Refn.
• Creator Jean Claude-Forest (09/11/1930 – 12/29/1998) was an extremely influential French comics author
who was awarded the Angoulême Grand Prix in 1984 (given yearly to a creator for his body of work and for his achievement in the evolution of comics).
• This edition features a preface by comics historian Paul Gravett (1001 Comics You Must Read Before You Die, Comics Art).
• 2015 will see a smaller sized, black and white edition that will feature both this story and its sequel.
Available below is the desktop wallpaper of Barbarella. Click the picture to choose your resolution.
Story by Jean-David Morvan, art by Nesmo
When a mysterious giant of a man arrives in a vast steampunk megalopolis, death walks beside him, leaving a trail of corpses in their wake. It’s up to a dysfunctional yet dogged police investigator to find the strange colossus and stop him before the bodies pile even higher… But soon the truth is discovered that this case is far more complicated than the detective could’ve possibly conceived: a veritable battle between nature and city is unfolding, whose very outcome could forever change the face of the earth.
A ecological detective story told amid a backdrop of fantasy
Quicks facts about Bramble:
• Jean-David Morvan is an extremely prolific (over 70 books)and multiple award-winning French comics writer who’s been published in Europe, Japan and the US. Among his many achievements, he has worked on Spirou et Fantasio (Dupuis), Wake (NBM) and Wolverine (Marvel).
• Nesmo is a young and very promising artist whose work was first spotlighted in the seminal anthology magazine, Métal Hurlant.
• For fans of the Steampunk and crime genres featuring an immersive retro-futuristic world.
Available below is the desktop wallpaper of Bramble. Click the picture to choose your resolution.
Story by Alexandro Jodorowsky, art by Fred Beltran
On Megalex, the city-planet, the laws of nature are prohibited. The tyrannical order reigns over a renewed population controlled by genetic manipulation. Due to the repeated attacks of the neighboring forest, primitive and impenetrable, the urbanized system in command allowed an 'anomaly,' a clone policeman nearly 10 ft tall, to escape. Guided by Adama, one of the rebels fighting for their freedom, the gentle giant manages to join the camp of the 'objectors' and help them go up against the evil powers of Megalex. Straight from the untamed minds of Alexandro Jodorowsky (The Incal, The Metabarons) and Fred Beltran (The Technopriests).
Quicks facts about Megalex:
• Alexandro Jodorowsky found Fred Beltran due to Beltran's chance encounter of meeting Jodorowsky's son at a music show. Beltran expressed his love of Jodorowsky's work and he passed the words onto his father.
• Fred Beltran is known for his digital work, mixing 2D and 3D techniques to create vast digital landscapes, but - as seen in this title - can also switch back to a more classical drawing style and process.
• New edition of the complete story, featuring an all-new afterword.
• Jodorowsky originally wrote Megalex for the creator of Akira, Katsuhiro Otomo.
Available below is the desktop wallpaper of Megalex. Click the picture to choose your resolution.
El Niño arrives in stores this Wednesday. This is the first time the entire story is available in English. This 392 page edition compiles all 7 original tomes from Christian Perrissin and Boro Pavlovic.
A new printing of the previously sold-out Megalex (Alexandro Jodorowsky and Fred Beltran) is also out in stores this week
Check out pictures of the book below.
Story by Christian Perrissin, art by Boro Pavlovic
After the death of her father, Red Cross nurse Vera Michailov discovers a stunning family secret: she was a conjoined twin and has a brother she was separated from at birth. Left behind when the family escaped Eastern Europe for France, he grew up to become the modern-day pirate known only as “El Niño.” Determined to find him, regardless of the cost, Vera sets out on a global quest for acceptance and salvation.
Quicks facts about El Niño:
• Christian Perrissin is a prolific French comics creator, who wrote the historical adventure graphic novel, Cape Horn for Humanoids. He is known for his historical and geopolitical themes infused with a strong sense of adventure.
• Boro Pavlovic is a Croatian comics artist based in Oslo. He has drawn several Scandinavian series including, James Bond, Modesty Blaise, Agent X-9 and The Phantom.
• El Niño was the result of a patient process. Perrissin was given the time to complete the entire script before even searching for an artist.
• This is the first time the entire story is available in English. This 392 page edition compiles all 7 original tomes.
• In a rarity for European comics, the story features a strong female character as the lead. Defying stereotypes, Vera Mikhailov is intelligent, strong, and a determined heroine.
Available below is the desktop wallpaper of El Niño. Click the picture to choose your resolution.
San Diego Comic-Con is a name revered in the entertainment industry. Every year over 100,000 fans attend to pick up their favorite books, meet their favorite actor, and dress up as their favorite characters.
Humanoids had an amazing time participating in the biggest show of the year. It was a pleasure to meet the fans, hear experiences and feedback, and be able to introduce new readers to our catalog.
The stand-out of the booth was of course, José Ladrönn, artist of Final Incal, who signed hundreds of items for many fans who were eager to see his and Jodorowsky's work. Comic fans come in all forms, including other industry professionals and this year was no different as several notable names dropped by to share a warm welcome to Humanoids as well as showing appreciation to Ladrönn.
Below are a handful of photos taken at the booth (With more possibly coming on Facebook).
The booth all set up.
Walt Simonson (artist, THOR) and José Ladrönn
Ladrönn meeting fans and signing books.
Kelly Sue DeConnick (writer, AVENGERS ASSEMBLE, PRETTY DEADLY) stopped by the booth to show off her love of Humanoids and to remind fans that Barbarella is coming out in September.
Youtube Sensation and all-around awesome person, ComicbookGirl19 (Check out her review of White Lama here) stopped by to interview Ladrönn, check out the catalog, and of course, picked up her pack of SDCC Exclusive Tarot Cards.
Dave McKean (artist, SANDMAN, ARKHAM ASYLUM) dropped by to meet the artist on Final Incal. Mr. McKean designed the recent Comics Unmasked Exhibition at the British Library, and attended the Jodorowsky event there several weeks ago.
Reunited! Ladrönn's writing partner, Joe Casey (writer, CABLE, UNCANNY X-MEN, HIP FLASK) from his days on Cable stopped to say hello to his old friend.
Jo Witherington (Left, Marketing & Social Media) & Alex Donoghue (Right, Editor)
Thanks again to everyone who stopped by to buy books, tarot cards, prints, and just to say hello. The show was a success and Humanoids looks forward to returning again in 2015.
On Friday 4th July Alexandro Jodorowsky came over to London for the first time in three years to take part in the British Library’s Comics Unmasked season. We took a tour of the exhibition with his wife, Pascale (who also designed the costumes for his latest film, Dance of Realty) and one of the exhibition’s curators, Adrian Edwards. Jodo was surprised to see his quote, “Kill superheroes!!! Tell your own dreams.” on the wall, “Did I say that?!” but was pleased to see he was credited as “magician, film-maker and comics writer.” He particularly enjoyed seeing John Dee’s original magic books and Aleister Crowley's original manuscripts.
The evening consisted of director Frank Pavich introducing his documentary, Jodorowsky’s Dune, followed by a screening. In the brief interval a slideshow of images from Jodorowsky’s many Humanoids titles was shown.
Then fellow author, film-maker and psychogeographer, Iain Sinclair interviewed Jodorowsky on stage about his life and work. The latter was in fine form and discussed everything from film-making, tarot cards, the nature of art and comics to creativity and cats!
He spoke at length of his bemusement at why famous people want to speak with him, from Marilyn Manson ringing him up at 3am to ask if they could collaborate on a movie, to meeting Kanye West and film director, Spike Jonze, in the South of France. He praised fellow comic creators, Stan Lee, “Lovely man, very clever” and Will Eisner, and was warm, personable, funny, charming and had the audience clamoring for more, even after a lengthy Q&A session.
Here is an extract of the Maestro talking (apologies for the sound quality).
The evening was topped off with a lovely meal with lots of fascinating people such as Dave McKean (who Jodorowsky wrote a forward for his tarot book), Melinda Gebbie, and Simon Boswell (the composer for Jodorowsky’s film, Santa Sangre). Also present was James Elphick, who is curating a big Jodorowsky exhibition due in London in early 2015. We’ll have more details on that nearer the time.
It truly was a memorable night in the company of a modest genius.
Humanoids returns to the biggest show of the year for the first time in almost a decade, San Diego Comic Con
Humanoids will be set up at booth #1707 and will be packed to the brim with all the titles you know and love, plus all the latest releases. We will have both editions of Final Incal (Oversized Deluxe & Ultra-Deluxe Coffee Table) on hand, but please note that quantities will be limited.
Joining us at San Diego Comic Con will be none other than José Ladrönn, artist on Final Incal. Ladrönn will be doing two signing sessions every day (and one session on Preview night). This will be the perfect opportunity to pick up a copy of Final Incal, if you haven't already, and get it signed by the artist.
San Diego Comic Con is renowned for its show exclusives, and Humanoids will be debuting our own exclusive for SDCC, with a unique pack of 10 Final Incal-inspired Tarot Cards (2.75'' × 4.75'' or 70mm × 120mm). These will feature iconic characters from The Incal universe, based on the art of José Ladrönn.
will also have contests, sales, and freebies. Discounts will change daily, so make sure to stop by every day to see which of
your favorite titles are on sale.
Ladrönn's signing schedule is as follows:
Wednesday - July 23 - 6-8PM
Thursday - July 24 - 10-11AM & 2-4PM
Friday - July 25- 10-11AM & 2-4PM
Saturday - July 26- 10-11AM & 2-4PM
Sunday - July 27- 10-11AM & 2-4PM