Official Press Release
Fort Lee, NJ -- Apr 20, 2006 -- Caption Box is proud to announce that THE LONE AND LEVEL SANDS by A. David Lewis and Marvin Perry Mann has won the Howard E. Day Memorial Prize for best small press and alternative comic in the business. Caption Box's original black-and-white edition of the book that takes a unique perspective in the retelling of the Book of Exodus has recently been re-released in a full-color edition by Archaia Studios Press.
"Wow!" said Dave Lewis, writer of THE LONE AND LEVEL SANDS. "When I first heard the book was short-listed for the Day Prize, I was thrilled. Then when Dave Sim called me to let me know we won---well in advance of the official announcement on May 13---I said I didn't know if I could keep quiet about it very long, I was so excited. I had to ask him, 'Is it okay for us to go ahead and alert the media?' Dave laughed and said, 'Yes, go right ahead.'"
Mann, illustrator of THE LONE AND LEVEL SANDS, said, "While we were working on the book, we both knew we had something special on our hands, but you really don't know how it will be received until it's out there for all to see and read. It's very rewarding to be recognized by such an honor as the Day Prize."
The Day Prize awards ceremony will be held May 13 at the annual Small Press and Alternative Comics Expo (SPACE) in Columbus, OH. Named for late Canadian comic book artist Howard Eugene Day and selected by his protégé Dave Sim (CEREBUS), the Day Prize draws from a pool of self-published and small press comics submitted at SPACE. More information on the Day Prize can be found at http://backporchcomics.com/space.htm
THE LONE AND LEVEL SANDS presents a retelling of the Book of Exodus through the eyes of Pharaoh Ramses II, the man who is perhaps either its greatest leader or its worst villain: a man trying to rule wisely, love his family well, and deal justly in the face of a divine wrath. Laced with subtle messages for our time and exhaustively researched, Lewis and Mann drew from the Bible---both Old Testament and New Testament---the Qur'an, Egyptian mythology, anthropology, archeology, and even modern pop presentations of the story of Pharaoh and Moses in preparing their version. THE LONE AND LEVEL SANDS is recommended for Young Adults and up.
The full-color edition published by ASP (ISBN: 1-932386-12-2, $17.95, 160-page hardcover graphic novel, full color) is available in finer comic book shops and bookstores everywhere.