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The Metabaron, the seminal character created by Alexandro Jodorowsky and Mœbius in 1980, returns in a powerful new “space opera” in June 2016.
The Metabaron was introduced to the world in the international bestseller The Incal, first created by Jodorowsky and Mœbius. Followed by The Metabarons, a Sci-Fi saga with art by Juan Gimenez and dedicated to the ultimate warrior’s genealogy. It rapidly came to be THE “space opera” series of the 1990s, with more than one million copies sold, and translated throughout the world to this day.
In the final pages of the first season, the question of what became of the last of the Metabarons went unresolved. No Name, as he is known, chose to leave behind no descendants to prevent the bloody ritual of the Caste of the Metabarons from being perpetuated – that in order to become the new Metabaron, the son must kill his father.
In June 2016, Humanoids will unveil part of the mystery, publishing the first volume of Metabaron, a four-book series based on a story by Jodorowsky and written by Jerry Frissen with each book drawn by a different artist.
Valentin Sécher, will be the first to take up the mantle, more than ten years after Gimenez last drew the iconic character. Sécher burst onto the scene with the series Khaal: Chronicles of a Galactic Emperor, and is today considered one of the rising stars of European comics.
Niko Henrichon will grab the reins. An internationally-recognized creator, he is best known for the 2006 graphic novel The Pride of Baghdad, written by Brian K. Vaughan. He recently drew the graphic novel Noah, directly linked to the eponymous film by Darren Aronofsky.
David S. Goyer (screenwriter of the Dark Knight trilogy, Man of Steel, Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice), emblematic figure of the crossroads of Hollywood and the world of comics, writes: “to my mind, The Metabarons is the greatest work of graphic fiction ever produced.”
Humanoids is coming to The Lakes Festival!
Award-winning French artist of the anthropomorphic noir District 14 and The Fantastic Voyage of Lady Rozenbilt, Romuald Reutimann, will be making his first UK convention appearance. He will be signing and sketching throughout the weekend at the Humanoids stand (#46, First Floor, Comic Clock Tower) and will be taking part in the live drawing event, In A World Of Their Own, along with Jeff Smith (Bone, RASL) on Sunday 19 October at 16:00.
Tim Pilcher (Humanoids UK Liaison), will be presenting the following panel: Mœbius and More: 40 years of The Humanoids, on Saturday 18 October at 13:45, to celebrate the company’s 40th anniversary.
There will be an opportunity for old and new fans alike to pick up all the very latest releases, including: Before the Incal by Jodorowsky & Zoran Janjetov, Kelly Sue DeConnick’s new adaptation of Jean-Claude Forest’s Barbarella and Igor Baranko’s impressive Shamanism.
Sales are a big part of any convention and we will be offering the following deal all weekend: Buy any book; get a second one half price.* Plus, a chance to win an out of print, limited, slipcase edition of Alexandro Jodorowsky, Jose Ladrönn & Mœbius’s Final Incal, signed by Jodorowsky himself!
More information can be found ath the following link:
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Color is something that affects art in a variety of ways. With or without color, a careful decision is made on the presentation of the picture.
Igor Baranko may have written and drawn Shamanism, however Vyacheslav Xenofontov is the colorist who helped bring Shamanism to life with the addition of color. This begs the question, "what if the book had no color?" Much like the story of Shamanism deals with changing history, what if Xenofontov's colors were never used? Below are several pages presented before they were colored.
Story and art by Igor Baranko
Thanks to the North American tribe, the Paiutes, time has been danced backwards and history has been changed. In the world of the “Second Attempt,” the greedy pale-skinned European “demons” never invaded. But one day, a young Lakota warrior named Four-Winds begs the Paiutes to once again change the course of history, to prevent the death of the Pawnee princess he loves. The Paiutes accept, but this temporal upheaval will not be without cosmic repercussions.
Quicks facts about Shamanism:
• From award-winning Ukrainian author Igor Baranko, creator of the ground-breaking, and critically acclaimed, surrealist science- fiction graphic novel, Jihad.
• Features an afterword by Claude Dordis, an expert in North American Indian cultures and civilizations.
• Ideal for fans of The White Lama, Paulo Coelho and Gabriel Garcia Marquez, alternative histories, The Last of the Mohicans and Native American culture in general.
• A fascinating story featuring the discovery of Europe by the Native Americans.
Available below is the desktop wallpaper of Shamanism. Click the picture to choose your resolution.
Continuing our ultimate countdown of our favorite covers from Metal Hurlant's illustrious history. The Zombies That Ate the World takes center stage here, featuring a cover from series artist, Guy Davis.
Date: June 2002 (Issue 135)
Cover Artist: Guy Davis
Cold, Hard Facts - R. A. Jones and Matt Cossin
The Zombies That Ate The World: Chapter #1: A Domestic Drama In A Suburban Hell - Jerry Frissen, Guy Davis, and Charlie Kirchoff
Dragon Of The Northern Pass - Dan Wickline, Scott Benefiel, Jasen Rodriguez, and Charlie Kirchoff
Fragile - Stefano Raffaele and Dave Stewart
4 Fucking Garbage Bags - Christian De Metter
Megalex - Alejandro Jodorowsky and Fred Beltran
Continuing our ultimate countdown of our favorite covers from Metal Hurlant's illustrious history, Gérald Parel is the featured cover artist on this issue.
Date: November 2002 (Issue 136)
Cover Artist: Gérald Parel
MPD: Coming Of Age - Jim Alexander, Pascal Alixe, and Dan Brown
Day Off: The Beach - Pierre Wazem
Eucharist Sun - Alejandro Jodorowsky, Jim H. Williams III, and Dave Stewart
Megalex - Alejandro Jodorowsky and Fred Beltran
Story by Alexandro Jodorowsky, art by Georges Bess
When an abandoned baby, sporting a tail, is rescued from a South American rubbish bin by a dwarf transvestite prostitute, you know you’re reading a story that only the mad genius of Alexandro Jodorowsky ("The Incal," "The Metbarons") could conceive! The child grows up to become Juan Solo, a vicious gangster and political enforcer, whose savagery sees him quickly rise through the ranks. Until his past catches up to him…
Quicks facts about Son of the Gun:
• Ground-breaking writer (Final Incal, The Metabarons, The White Lama) and cult director (El Topo, Santa Sangre, The Dance of Reality) Alexandro Jodorowsky defies definition once more.
• Afterword by award-winning science-fiction and crime novelist Claude Ecken (Le Diable au Port).
• The first volume won the Alph-art prize for best script at Angoulême’s legendary comic book festival in 1996.
• Georges Bess published his first comic books under the pen names Tideli and Nisseman.
Available below is the desktop wallpaper of Son of the Gun. Click the picture to choose your resolution.