This coming September Image Comics' Shadowline unveils the first in a two-part miniseries with ACT-I-VATE studio cartoonist Michael Cavallaro, PARADE (WITH FIREWORKS). In the tradition of historical epics such as Eric Shanower's AGE OF BRONZE and Marjane Satrapi's PERSEPOLIS, PARADE focuses on the personal side of an Italy torn apart after the first World War.
"This riveting new talent was brought to my attention by Shadowline editor, Kris Simon," Shadowline President Jim Valentino explained. "Not only is a Michael a brilliant cartoonist, but he's producing work truly unlike no other in the industry. The mix of art styles he brings to the work certainly has influences from throughout the history of the medium, but they're fused together with a result I don't believe people have quite seen before."
The beauty Michael Cavallaro's approach is not just in the linework, but the story itself, which is rooted in deep personal ties dating back through generations of Michael's family.
Callavaro explains: "These are tales that I grew up hearing from my relatives. The basis of the comic spans decades of my family's history on their journeys from an Italian countryside lost between two World Wars, to the coalmines of the American south and the factories of the northeast. Parade is the beginning of these stories."
The full-color PARADE (WITH FIREWORKS) #1 of 2, priced at $3.50, goes on sale September 15th.