SLG to Release Painter Crab Scrambly's First Solo Storybook in February

Sun, December 28th, 2003 at 12:00am PST

Comic Books
Jonah Weiland, Founder/Former Owner

Official Press Release

Zazil is an orphan who is cursed with bad luck and trapped in a

monotonous life. He longs to escape from the drudgery of his waking

life and the troubled thoughts that haunt him....

Crab Scrambly, the artist known to Slave Labor Graphics readers from

his paintings in the storybook Everything Can Be Beaten, written by

Chancre Scolex (sometimes known as Jhonen Vasquez), now has penned

and illustrated a storybook of his own, The 13th of Never. The 72-

page novella features more than 30 full-page black-and-white drawings

by Scrambly, and is scheduled to be released in February 2004.

In The 13th of Never, Zazil discovers a good luck charm in a dusty

curio shop. It proves to be his ticket away from the mundane, but it

brings him everything but good luck. When soul-stealing creatures

called Charnocks pursue Zazil through strange lands and ghost trains,

he must use his wits and courage to escape them -- and to finally

face his past.

"The ideas and images for The 13th of Never have been floating around

in my head for the last ten or so years," said Scrambly of the book's

conception, "but it all became clearer a few years back when I took a

train ride through badlands of eastern Europe, where big, creepy

castles and monsters still exist. I knew then that I wanted to create

a dark fairy tale influenced by the films of Terry Gilliam, Jim

Henson and the Brothers Quay with a dash of Edward Gorey thrown in."

No stranger to creepiness and monsters, Serena Valentino, who is the

writer of two series for SLG (GloomCookie and Nightmares & Fairy

Tales) praises The 13th of Never as an "engaging story that will

capture the imaginations of the children inside of all of us. It's

superbly illustrated and the story has an endearing fairytale

quality." Valentino, who is collaborating with Scrambly on a project

about the infamous Delphine Delaurie called 1140 Royal Street,

added, "Crab's illustrations are always a marvel, and this is no

exception -- it makes me even more eager to work with him on our


The 13th of Never is a 72-page illustrated novella in 5.5 x 7-inch

digest format. It will retail for $7.95. A preview is available at

SLG Publishing's website,

Established in 1986, SLG Publishing is a San Jose, CA-based publisher

of comics books and graphic novels. Operating under its imprints

Slave Labor Graphics and Amaze Ink, SLG Publishing has distributed

the work of such notable cartoonists as Jhonen Vasquez, Roman Dirge,

Evan Dorkin and Andi Watson.

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