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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

BEAUTIFUL DARKNESS advances in the office


We've moved this book to a February 25th 2014 release date so this is waaaay ahead of time but we just got these beauties in the office. Almost three years ago Peggy and I went to Angouleme and one of the Reprodukt guys (Sebastian, Christian—I forget who!) recommended that I check out this book Jolies Tenebres. Then I bumped into Paul Gravett and said "have you heard of?" and he said " I love that book!" and I still weirdly wasn't sure but I brought it home and Chris read it and said "oh, this is very good" so we had Helge Dascher translate it and I read it and said "agreed!" and then we asked the artists Kerasco√ęt to do a new cover and then asked Ray Fenwick to knock out a new title treatment and this many years later here it is. And it is very good and very creepy and you will read it and not sleep very well for a bit but it'll be worth it.


I'm trying not to give anything away. Hopefully you can see the blending of the cartoony characters with the more lush foliage watercoloring. Maybe see what this Publisher's Weekly Starred Review has to say, hmmm?


Oh, check these awesome blurbs as well.

“A brilliant premise executed with panache. Vehlmann and Kerasco√ęt’s fairy world has the offhand cruelty of the Alice books and the offhand sweetness of Moominland—Donahey’s Teeny Weenies and The Borrowers can be felt here too—and yet it really seems without precedent, every page a surprise in style and form and content.”—John Crowley, author of Little, Big and Aegypt

“A fairytale where the darkness is only natural: the real world of Beautiful Darkness not only includes but embraces decay, calm indifference, and animals who act like animals, just like life—and death. And neither its prince or princess are quite what we expect. Read it outdoors for maximum effect.” —Kathe Koja, author of The Cipher and Under the Poppy

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