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Retroworld: More Behind the Scenes

Monday, February 29, 2016

Below are several pages from Retroworld. The first is the inked layout page followed by the final page as it appears in the book. We thought you might enjoy seeing the pages at different stages of their development.

The softcover edition of Retroworld arrives in stores on March 8.


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Spotlight: Retroworld

Friday, February 26, 2016

Retroworld
Story by Patrick Galliano & Art by Cédric Peyravernay and Bazal


Humans have scattered and occupied the known universe for so long that many worlds have forgotten their true, Earthly origins. The planets which retain the memory of the "Formers" have allied together, creating a Galactic Federation, whereas the "Retros" are worlds that have returned to a more archaic, primitive, and isolationist way of life.

The Federation entrusts its best agent, Marce, with a delicate, yet vital, mission to help a retroworld called

Almagiel evolve. But political machinations, brutal living conditions, and deadly creatures may prove to be the agent's undoing, unless he can enlist the help of escaped slave, Jatred.


Quick facts about Retroworld:

Retroworld is adapted from the work of the late Julia Verlanger, a prolific and truly original writer who emerged from the 1970s' European Sci-Fi scene.
Patrick Galliano is a writer of science fiction and fantasy bande dessinée, and for TV, including animated adaptations of Iznogoud, Spirou, and Titeuf.
Bazal is a 25+-year veteran of Mexican comics, and Cédric Peyravernay is a character designer and 3D artist for numerous computer game companies.
• The rich, complex worlds, combined with politics and high adventure make this graphic novel perfect for Star Wars aficionados.
• Now available in Softcover


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


Retroworld arrives in stores March 8, 2016 with an MSRP of $19.95/£13.99

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Release for 2/24/16

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Next week sees the arrival of The Ark. Available for purchase from your favorite local comic shop and as well as our store.

Check out the picture below.


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Olympus: In Black and White to Color

Monday, February 15, 2016

Olympus (Trade Paperback) from Butch Guice, Geoff Johns, and Kris Grimminger arrives in bookstores on Tuesday, February 12, 2016! 

Enjoy several more pages of art from Butch Guice without the colors provided by Dan Brown including this wonderful splash page.


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Olympus: Another visit to the Uncolored Mountain

Monday, February 8, 2016

Olympus (Trade Paperback) from Butch Guice, Geoff Johns, and Kris Grimminger arrives in bookstores on Tuesday, February 12, 2016! 

Enjoy several more pages of art from Butch Guice without the colors provided by Dan Brown.


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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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