July 9, 2018) In advance of San Diego Comic Comic International 2018, Humanoids is announcing a second wave of graphic novels for Life Drawn, its new literary imprint. Internationally renowned for publishing seminal genre works including The Incal by Alejandro Jodorowsky and Mœbius and The Metabarons by Jodorowsky and Gimenez, Humanoids is expanding its storytelling focus with Life Drawn, which spotlights personal stories and provocative, political narratives. The upcoming titles run the gamut, including: a biography of feminist icon and actress Hedy Lamarr, focusing on her revolutionizing scientific and technological innovations; a runner’s memoir of the New York Marathon; a hallucinatory and horror-fueled telling of Marilyn Monroe’s life and a humorous exploration of religious identity (and Krypton).
“This fall’s publishing slate of LIFE DRAWN graphic novels continues Humanoids’ commitment to celebrating diverse voices and telling deeply personal stories,” said Humanoids CEO and Publisher, Fabrice Giger. “We’ve been heartened by the incredible response to the inaugural LIFE DRAWN titles, Including Mariko Tamaki’s acclaimed adaptation of Carole Maurel’s Luisa: Now and Then, with readers, librarians, booksellers, comic shop owners, critics, and bloggers. And we’ve only just begun.”
Marilyn’s Monsters by Tommy Redolfi
Publication date: September 4, 2018; ISBN: 978-1594655357; 248 Pages; $29.95
“A brilliant, hallucinatory meditation on the phenomenon of Marilyn Monroe. It will alter your understanding of both Hollywood and Marilyn.” — David Cronenberg
The famous Hollywood Hills. A strange, twisted forest filled with freaks and broken-down trailers. In this dark world, movie stars are born in the shadows. Determined to become the greatest one of all, shy Norma Jean Baker (Marilyn Monroe) comes to this ghost-town with hopes and dreams. Unfortunately, she’ll have to face all kinds of monsters to reach her ultimate goal. . . . This is Marilyn Monroe’s dark journey like you’ve never seen it before.
Kabul Disco Book 2: How I Managed Not To Get Addicted to Opium in Afghanistan by Nicolas Wild
Publication date: September 18, 2018; ISBN: 978-1594654695; 176 Pages; $19.95
“Exuberant….. a textured travelogue that mixes the open drawing style and self-mocking voice of Guy Delisle with a cynical, Rajiv Chandrasekaran–like takedown of insular war zone expat life.”
― PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
“Wild has some amazing stories that are both entertaining and crazy. … You need this in your collection. It’s amazing.” ― FORCES OF GEEK
In this second volume of his travelogue series, Nicolas Wild returns to Afghanistan, unfulfilled by his old life in Paris, to resume work at the Zendagui agency. This time around, however, his job is even trickier than illustrating the Constitution (see Book 1): he has to convince Afghans that “Opium is Bad” in a time when no one wants to hear what expatriates have to say. With a charming sense of humor and a genuine love for Afghanistan, Nicolas Wild depicts a series of complicated events, transpiring in a complicated country.
Superman Isn’t Jewish (But I Am . . . Kinda) by Jimmy Bemon (writer) and Emilie Boudet (artist)
Publication date: October 2, 2018; ISBN: 978-1594655982; 112 Pages; $14.95
Adapted into an eponymous short film by Jimmy Bemon.
An intimate and humorous autobiography of a boy’s quest for identity as he struggles with his heritage and his heroes. Benjamin would always proudly say, “I’m Jewish. Like Superman!” Assuming that Judaism is some kind of super power and Hebrew is akin to the Kryptonian language, Benjamin believes each of his family members is a superhero. Until, like Krypton, his world is shattered. After learning of the link between being circumcised and his religion, Ben decides to hide his heritage from everyone. Caught between the desire to avoid disappointing his Jewish father and his desire to understand his Catholic mother, Ben has to find a way to abandon his secret identity for a very public one. Humorous, timeless and universal, this personal and poignant story of acceptance and understanding shows how we all must learn to love the hero within ourselves.
My New York Marathon by Sebastien Samson
Publication date: October 30, 2018; ISBN: 978-1594657542; 192 Pages; $19.95
“I’ve looked through hundreds of books and have never experienced anything like this. . . . [My New York Marathon] has a place in running literature.” ― From the foreword by Jeff Galloway, US Olympian and Runner’s World columnist
Published timed to the annual New York Marathon, this inspiring love-letter to the event and to the city that hosts it has already been championed by running heavyweights Jeff Galloway and Amby Burfoot, and endorsed by both the New York Road Runners club and the New York Marathon itself.
A quiet, aging teacher decides to run the New York Marathon. Along the way, he transforms into the man he always wanted to be. Sebastian, a quiet and shy teacher, decides, on a whim, to challenge his aging body and crumbling spirit and run the New York Marathon. From the streets of France to the streets of Brooklyn, Sebastian pushes himself past limits he didn’t even know he had. A humorous and poignant autobiographical tale and a love letter to the landscapes and panoramas of New York as well as a testament to the triumph of the human spirit.
Hedy Lamarr: An Incredible Life by William Roy (Writer) and Sylvain Dorange (Art)
Publication date: November 6, 2018; ISBN: 978-1594656194; 176 Pages; $19.95
To her fans, Hedy Lamarr was a silver screen star; to those who knew her, she was a genius. She fashioned designs to revolutionize the planes built by Howard Hughes. In the dead of night, she tinkered with her blueprints and experiments. And when World War II began, Hedy left her superstar persona behind and claimed the patent for a strange device. One that manipulated sound, created an unbreakable code and confounded the Nazi regime, giving the allies the advantage they needed to claim victory. Scientists called it “Spread Spectrum” technology. The military called it a “secret communication system.” Today, we call it a “cell phone,” “Wi-Fi” and a little thing called “Internet.” This is the story of a genius. A visionary. And the most beautiful woman in the world.
Vietnamese Memories Book 2: Little Saigon by Clement Baloup
Publication date: November 13, 2018; ISBN: 978-1594657993; 256 Pages; $24.95
Winner of the Coup de coeur prix Michelin 2012 – Rendez-vous du Carnet de voyage
“The cartoonist’s range of visual styles is remarkable, alternating between stark pen, gritty chalk, and panoramic watercolor as he attempts to decipher a war that’s all too often been filtered through the lens of white American experience.” ― VULTURE
“Vibrant… these stories give human faces to the effects of colonialism and war in the Vietnamese diaspora.” ― PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
The second in a three book series exploring the stories of displaced Viet Kieu around the world, Vietnamese Memories: Little Saigon immerses us in the diaspora of the United States and the assimilation of these Vietnamese immigrant communities, labeled Little Saigons. Through trips made in 2009 and 2010, Baloup shows how the memory and culture were maintained in these Asian neighborhoods in the heart of the big American cities (Chinatown, Little Tokyo, Lao Area, etc.).
About the Creators
A self-taught designer, William Roy studied science and then audiovisual. He became editor and director of documentaries and fiction in 2001. His passion for comics led him to write Hedy Lamarr: An Incredible Life, a graphic novel published by Humanoids and in France, La Boîte a Bulles.
Sylvain Dorange studied at the Decorative Arts of Strasbourg. His first comic strip, La Rue was published during that period. Once out of school, he published Proust Tales of Estate, an adaptation of three films by Robert Guédiguian with Editions Emmanuel. A multi-faceted artist, Sylvain also produces animated films, film scores and storyboards for theater, advertising and film. In 2015, the singer Sanseverino asked him to make the cover of his new album, which tells, in songs, the adventures of the convict Henri Charrière. Inspired by this experience, he produced Papillon, adapted by Cécile Richard and drawn by Sylvain.
Tommy Redolfi is an illustrator, comic book author and movie director. He is the author of Rayban Dog, La perspective Nevski, Mae West, Viktor, La maison sur la colline, Le violon de Crémone, and Mon Oncle. In addition to his publications, Redolfi produces short films (Marcus, L’insouciant, La Grande Evasion), many of which have been awarded in various festivals. He also conducts comic book workshops and works as an illustrator on poster creations, novel front covers, CDs and cartoon scenery. He currently resides in Paris, France.
A graduate of the European Audiovisual Writing Center (EAEC), Jimmy Bemon has since made two short films (L’Esprit open and Poison d’avril). He has also released an award-winning short film adaptation of Superman isn’t Jewish, which he wrote and directed himself. He lives in Paris, France.
A Graduate of the Visual Arts of the faculty of Bordeaux III, Sébastien Samson writes for the popular French magazine The Feast. He is also the author of the bestselling graphic novel Diary of a Bipolar, an emotional and honest account of a young girl’s mental struggles. He lives in Paris, France.
Emilie Boudet left her native Beaujolais to train in the best schools of the capital (Duperré, Estienne …) up to the master’s level. Thus armed, she was able to begin her professional life under the best auspices, providing her lively and fresh drawing style to many adult or youth editors (Lattès, Marabout, Gallimard Jeunesse). Superman isn’t Jewish is her first foray into the world of comics.
Comic book writer Nicolas Wild finds inspiration in the Indo-European world, and has earned critical acclaim with titles such as Kabul Disco and Silent was Zarathustra. He currently resides in Strasbourg, France.
Clément Baloup, acclaimed cartoonist of Vietnamese and French heritage, is exploring their stories and struggles in gripping and moving graphic novels. Clément Baloup has an atypical artistic trajectory through comics, moving from his experience as a comics reader to his artwork as a professional cartoonist.
About Humanoids: HUMANOIDS released its first graphic novels 44 years ago in Paris, France, and has published thousands of titles since, including international bestsellers and iconic series such as The Incal and Barbarella. Based in Hollywood, California, with branches in Paris, London, and Tokyo, Humanoids is currently developing multiple film adaptations of its books.