IDW Presents "Chiaroscuro," "The Claws Come Out," and "Lifelike"

Tue, May 1st, 2007 at 12:00am PDT

Comic Books
CBR News Team, Editor

Official Press Release

THE ART OF ANGST

Troy Little’s Critically-Acclaimed CHIAROSCURO to be Collected by IDW Publishing

IDW Publishing, long known for its

popular horror and licensed comics such as 30 DAYS OF NIGHT and THE

TRANSFORMERS, has been cutting new and exciting publishing trails

recently with the release of such comics classics as THE COMPLETE

CHESTER GOULD’S DICK TRACY, and the upcoming THE COMPLETE TERRY AND

THE PIRATES and THE COMPLETE LITTLE ORPHAN ANNIE in beautiful

hardcover editions. This grand new tradition expands into new

territory in October, as IDW Publishing begins a line of more

personal, independent stories with the release of CHIAROSCURO.

CHIAROSCURO, written and illustrated by Troy Little, is the story of

Steven Patch, an unemployed artist with a single blank canvas. Steven

is busy living the introspective, angst-ridden life of your average

twenty-something; drinking too much and complaining about his

situation while doing little to improve it. A case of mistaken

identity pushes Steven into a flow of events that brings him places

he’d never imagined and forces him to make a choice between art and

mere existence.

Highly praised by Dave Sim, Steven Grant, Tony Millionaire, and many

others, CHIAROSCURO won a Xeric Grant in 2000, as well as a 2005 PEI

Council of the Arts Grant.

"Back in '99 I got really tired of working within the restrictions of

TV animation and decided to pursue my ideas in the medium of comics

instead,” says Little. “It was something I've always wanted to do

and I found it very liberating. I had just discovered the

alternative comic scene and was just floored! These maverick artist/

writers like Dave Sim, Jeff Smith, Sam Kieth, Will Eisner and Terry

Moore (to name but a few) appealed to me on all levels. That's what I

wanted to be a part of… It took six years of my spare time to

complete the first book and I'm very pleased by the reaction it gets

from everyone who's read it. It really shows me that I've found my

home in comics."

CHIARSCURO will be released in October in a deluxe hardcover format

and contains 234 b&w pages. It will retail for $24.99.

ALL MONSTERS, BEWARE!

THE CLAWS COME OUT at IDW Publishing in November 2007

San Diego, CA — Since its inception, IDW Publishing

has always strived to give comics readers the horrific and

terrifying. From the bloodthirsty (30 DAYS OF NIGHT), to the brain

hungry (ZOMBIES VS ROBOTS), and every spooky element in between, IDW

has been the premiere publisher of graphic horror tales for years.

Now, continuing in this grand and scary tradition—but with a

hilarious twist—IDW Publishing is proud to announce its newest horror

anthology, THE CLAWS COME OUT from acclaimed indie cartoonist Pat Lewis.

To be released in exquisite hardcover format, THE CLAWS COME OUT is a

diverse collection of comical monster stories: an apathetic scientist

works late defrosting the Abominable Snowman; a naïve blood donor

dates a rageaholic vampire; a two-bit fortuneteller inadvertently

sparks a zombie epidemic. Martians, werewolves, serial killers and B-

movie monsters square off against a variety of tough women in this

slam-bang collection. And it’s all played for laughs.

Creator Pat Lewis has won multiple awards for his past work,

including: 2004 Ignatz Award Nominee (Outstanding Minicomic,

“Thankless Job”), 2004 Howard E. Day Prize Nominee (“Obsessive

Crush”), 2006 Howard E. Day Prize Nominee (“One Horse Town”), and the

2006 Howard E. Day Prize Nominee (“Abominable”).

“This is a great time to be making comics,” Lewis said. “I couldn’t

be happier that IDW chose to publish my work.”

THE CLAWS COME OUT will be released in November 2007 in a deluxe

hardcover format and will contain 152 black and white pages. It will

retail for $19.99.

ONE WORLD… MANY STORIES

IDW Publishing collects Dara Naraghi’s diverse visions of life in a

beautiful hardcover edition

San Diego, CA — Following in the footsteps of their

beautiful hardcover editions of THE COMPLETE CHESTER GOULD’S DICK

TRACY, as well as the upcoming THE COMPLETE TERRY AND THE PIRATES,

THE COMPLETE LITTLE ORPHAN ANNIE and CHIAROSCURO, IDW Publishing

proudly announces the latest in their new line of independent and

personal hardcover collections—Dara Naraghi’s LIFELIKE.

LIFELIKE is a diverse collection of slice-of-life stories… and

beyond. Each vignette presents a glimpse into a different corner of

the world outside our window. From the sentimental to the shocking,

the familiar to the unknown, it’s all here. Written by Dara Naraghi,

the anthology includes the work of talented artists Irapuan Luiz,

Shom Bhuiya, Marvin Mann, Neil Errar, Jason Scott Jones, Jerry Lange,

Tom Williams, Steven Spenser Ledford, Adrian Barbu, Steve Black, Andy

Bennet, and Tim McClurg.

“There are so many different visual styles here,” says Nebula and

Locus award winning novelist Cory Doctorow, “and Naraghi is such a

versatile storyteller, that they barely seem to be part of the same

series, but there’s something that links them together, a great

storyteller’s sensibility. From hard-boiled noir crime to war

memoirs to sweet, sentimental stories, LIFELIKE has the feel of a

great comics anthology, like DRAWN AND QUARTERLY or WORLD WAR III.”

LIFELIKE will be released in December 2007 in a deluxe hardcover

format and contains 108 full color pages. It will retail for $19.99.

 

 
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