Official Press Release
San Diego, CA-At a time when the slabbing craze saw comic books being encased in plastic cases to render them both unreadable and seemingly more collectible, a parallel revolution spread across the Internet-comics that could be read, but not collected, existing only on servers, screens and hard drives. Now, this December, one of the most creatively successful webcomics, Dara Naraghi's Lifelike, makes the jump to the ultimate format in printed comics: a deluxe, hardcover edition from IDW Publishing.
Told in vignettes of unrelated snapshots of ordinary life, the series features tales with a range of subjects and styles, including crime noir, love stories, war memoirs and humorous conversation pieces. Written by Dara Naraghi, who also adapted multiple issues of Cory Doctorow's Futuristic Tales of the Here and Now for IDW, the new edition presents a collected work much more than the sum of its parts-the culmination of an author's true narrative vision.
"One of my goals with Lifelike was to change perceptions of the slice-of-life genre," says Naraghi, who always had a goal of putting the stories into print. "I wanted to avoid the clichés and preconceptions associated with stories about 'ordinary life.' No self-indulgent autobiographic tales, no 'whiny artists suffering for their craft' stories. Having said that, I didn't limit myself either. A couple of the stories, such as one about the Iran/Iraq war, are inspired by real events in my life, as well as those of my friends and relatives, though obviously they are highly fictionalized. Others were pure flights of fancy."
Each story is illustrated by a different artist, with a roster that reaches around the globe, from nations like Romania, the United States and Brazil. Among them: Marvin Mann, winner of the 2006 Howard E. Day Prize, awarded for outstanding achievement in self-publishing, and a three-time Harvey Award nominee, which recognizes outstanding work in comics; Tom Williams, 2002 Howard E. Day Prize winner; and Adrian Barbu, 2003 L. Ron Hubbard "Illustrators of the Future" Achievement Award winner.
"We feel incredibly lucky to be able to bring Lifelike to life as a hardcover graphic novel," says Chris Ryall, IDW's publisher and editor-in-chief. "Dara and I first worked together years ago when I brought Lifelike aboard Kevin Smith's MoviePoopShoot.com. And his submission to us came in just as we were looking to launch a line of top-notch independent and alternative books, so the timing was perfect and it was great to be able to facilitate everything coming full circle like this."
Lifelike appears on bookshelves in December with 108 full-color pages and a retail price of $19.99. Diamond order code OCT07 3596.