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Milan K - Interview with Sam Timel

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

The following interview was recently conducted with Sam Timel, writer of Milan K: Part One: The Teenage Years, available next Wednesday, February 5th, 2013.

How was this new project born?

Milan K. was initially a movie project idea that I was working on when I met - for another reason - the people at Humanoids, here in Los Angeles. I pitched them the story and they loved it, but first wanted to develop a comic book version of it. Since I'd never written for the comic book medium, this was quite challenging. For the first episode, I worked closely with the Humanoids team and managed to get some help from other, more comic-oriented, writers as well, such as Chuck Austen. I also read some European bande dessinee albums that were available in English, in order to better understand how this whole comic thing works.

What inspired this project?

The triggering elements were without a doubt the details of the real life story of Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the ex-oligarch who's very recently been freed after a decade in Russian prison, and who is Russian president Vladimir Putin's number 1 enemy. But my story splits apart from the true story in the very first pages of the series.

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Why did you choose artist Corentin as a collaborator?

The truth of the matter is that I've never even met with Corentin. Corentin was the publisher's choice. They had other tests and research design done by other artists that I found pretty good. But when I got Corentin's first pages, I immediately loved his art. He is a fantastic artist and I'm sorry to see him go after Part 1 of the series. But the upside of this is that we'll be able to release more of the series at a faster pace.

What is your writing process like? What are the different steps of your work ?

I believe there is nothing very unique in my writing approach. First, I develop a story arc which covers several episodes, albums if you will. I then write a more detailed treatment of a full cycle, which in the future should be no more than two episodes (the story of the first three volumes was initially supposed to be two books, but the publisher said that Corentin wanted to have more space for the action scenes, thus why we ended up with a three-book cycle…). Then, it moves into a back and forth process with the team at Humanoids in order to improve the story, the scenes, the links between them, the characters and the reasons why they are acting the way they are, etc. It is definitely my favorite step, and though it is very challenging to work with such demanding people, it is ultimately very rewarding... Finally, I write the actual script and breakdown of the story page by page. During the process, I often get into the very state of mind of the character I'm writing about. When Paline gets angry, I'm often pissed of myself, when Milan cries, I'm finding a softer spot within myself… The last step, that I do not supervise directly for obvious reasons, is the translation and its polish by French writer Philippe Thirault.

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Would you tell us a few secrets about this latest episode?

When I learned that the series would be handled by another artist after Part 1, I decided to reveal who the mystery man was (in the initial story that revelation would have come quite a bit later). The good thing about it, is that it gives a more complete ending to this first cycle.

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Castaka Preview

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Metabarons Genesis: Castaka is coming this March. While that is still a few months away, we are going to offer up a new page to show off what artist Das Pastoras has managed to do with the newest entry into the Jodoverse.

We hope you enjoy the newest chapter in The Metabarons saga.

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Foligatto Preview

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Tomorrow sees the release of two new Humanoids titles, Basil & Victoria and Foligatto. Last week, we showed preview pages from Basil & Victoria, so today we will follow up with several new preview pages from Foligatto as well as offer a new Wallpaper based on the book. Enjoy!

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Preview pages from Foligatto

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Basil & Victoria Preview

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

One week from now, on January 22nd, will see the release of two new Humanoids titles, Basil & Victoria and Foligatto. Today, we will take the opportunity to show off a few new pages from Basil & Victoria as well as offer a new Wallpaper based on the book. Enjoy!

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Preview pages from Basil & Victoria: London Guttersnipes

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FAQ - Retailer Account

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Why am I receiving this newsletter?

As a retailer you have specific information requirements that aren't being met by our general newsletter sent to fans. You're receiving this letter as a current Humanoids subscriber who is also a retailer. We hope, by reading this newsletter, you're receiving valuable information that helps you make informed decisions for your graphic novels section.

How can I view sample pages or an excerpt?

Click on the album page above to be directed to the title listing which contains more information (e.g.: cover price, synopsis) and preview images.

Can I request a PDF instead?

High-Resolution Watermarked PDF's are available as an alternative and can be requested by e-mailing pr@humanoids.com. Please note that these files are not available until approximately 3 months prior to release. 

How do I access my account?

Your retailer Newsletter contains a 'Click Here' to automatically re-direct you to Humanoids.com and log you in. If you'd like to access your account without the link, make sure to add a password to your account. To do this, use the link in this e-mail to go to Humanoids.com. Hover over 'MY ACCOUNT' in the Main Menu, then click 'My Profile'. Once you set up your account, you can access previews from your preferred device without the need to reference this newsletter.

What does a Retailer account do?

A Retailer account allows you to have 'Retailer Access' to the titles from our site directly. We have digital editions of most of our series available on our site. Normally, these present themselves to visitors as an 'Excerpt,' but by being logged in with your Retailer account, you will instead see all the volumes that make up a book and can read them on a computer or iPad, for free.

Who can I talk to about promotional opportunities?

Jud Meyers (Director of Sales & Marketing) is available to discuss promotional opportunities for in-store and other avenues of promotion.

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The Incal - Coffee Table Book Collection

Monday, January 6, 2014

January 2013 saw the release of The Black Incal, the first book of the legendary INCAL series, presented in our deluxe limited and numbered Coffee Table Book format. One year later, the entire collection of six books is complete with the last book, The Fifth Essence Part Two: Planet DiFool, arriving in stores January 1st, 2014.


With each individual volume, this collection showcases on a grand scale the creative and evolutionary timeline of the bestselling international comics masterpiece by Mœbius and Jodorowsky. The books can be enjoyed both as parts of the seminal series as well as on their own.


All 6 volumes are currently available for order from your local comic shop and from the Humanoids store.

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