Avatar Press to reprint Alan Moore's 'A Small Killing'

Tue, February 18th, 2003 at 12:00am PST

Comic Books
Jonah Weiland, Founder/Former Owner

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Avatar Press has announced that it will bring one of the most

important graphic novels of the past decade back into print

with Alan Moore's A Small Killing, a sophisticated thriller

from the creator who has helped define the graphic novel form.

Scheduled to be published in May 2003, the full color,

oversized, 104 page project is painted by artist Oscar Zarate.

This upgraded new edition includes completely remastered

artwork and lettering, a commentary article by both Alan Moore

and Oscar Zarate, and new cover art for both the regular and

hardcover editions. One of a number of Moore projects

announced by Avatar recently, Alan Moore's A Small Killing

joins an Avatar Press schedule that includes work from several

high-profile creators in early 2003 including Frank Miller,

Warren Ellis, Garth Ennis, Joe R. Lansdale and Tim Truman, and

other projects from Moore himself.

The project is considered by many to be one of Moore's best

works, and pivotal in the development of the themes he has

explored as a writer. "A Small Killing is a very personal,

tremendously affecting piece of work, and a keystone in

Moore's body of writing," notes fellow writer Warren Ellis.

"A Small Killing, of all of the works that I have done over

the course of my career, is the one I think of as the one that

almost got away. I've always thought it was a wonderful work,

one of the best things I've ever done," says creator Alan

Moore. "Working with Oscar Zarate was an incredible

experience and he remains a close friend and colleague to this

day. We'd both felt we had outdone ourselves on that

particular book. It was released in an unusual format by a

publisher who was testing the waters on graphic novels without

necessarily a great and inclusive game plan behind that and

for whatever reason, it never seemed to receive the attention

that I think the work probably deserved. That may not be for

me to say any may be for other people to make their mind up

about, but for my money, A Small Killing is one of the best

pieces of comic book art that I have ever been involved in. I

am looking forward to seeing the Avatar edition, released ten

years after the initial release. Maybe sensibilities have

changed in the intervening decade and maybe that some of the

material that we were dealing with then might make more sense

if looked at from a vantage point of now. So I'm very much

looking forward to this new edition of one of my all-time

favorite pieces of work."

"At a time when original graphic novels are receiving more

attention than ever, I'm pleased to be working with Alan Moore

and Oscar Zarate to make this key contribution to the form

available again to the readership with this upgraded new

edition," adds Avatar Press editor in chief William

Christensen. "A Small Killing is a vital part of Moore's

body of work and it should be accessible to a wide audience."

A Small Killing is the story of Timothy Hole, a successful

adman who has just been handed the biggest assignment of his

life, marketing a major cola in Russia. But his smooth life

begins to unravel as he is stalked by a demonic child that

makes him question not just who he is, but how he really

effects those around him. It is about the little murders that

we all have to make each day just to get by. The trace

assassinations of tiny things. Really, how much damage can be

done by a small killing?

Alan Moore's A Small Killing is a full color, oversized, 104

page graphic novel scheduled for release in May 2003 from

Avatar Press. Written by Alan Moore with fully painted artwork

by Oscar Zarate, this new edition includes completely

remastered artwork and lettering, and a commentary article by

both Alan Moore and Oscar Zarate. The graphic novel will be

available in regular and limited hardcover editions.

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