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Thursday, March 07, 2013

Beautiful Darkness

When Peg & I went to Angouleme a couple of years ago as part of a wonderful program for foreign publishers to meet with other publishers to buy rights for their countries, we knew we wanted Anouk Ricard's Anna & Froga series but otherwise we were totally open to whatever we might see. There were a number of wonderful surprises—some which we're still considering, some we lost out on, and some that we are just finishing up now. One of these was a complete surprise for me—a grim young adult fantasy book about a community of (for lack of a better word) fairies who come together in the aftermath of a tragedy. The watercolor artwork is alternatively dark and whimsical (executed by the husband/wife team Kerasco√ęt) and the story by Fabien Vehlmann is a classical fantasy tale by way of The Borrowers and Lord of the Flies. Lest I say too much, Chris and I (along with our translator Helge) were astonished how affecting we found this comic especially given that it was not in what me might term "our area of interest."

So, as a sneek peak, here's the new cover by Kerasco√ęt for the North American audience with special title lettering by the enigmatic and fascinating Ray Fenwick. More to come on this book in the months to come.


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