The post arrives every morning at 10 a.m. It’s usually royalty statements, international catalogues, theTLSorLondon Review of Books. Regular post. But this morning, we received a bound proof ofThe Hiveby Charles Burns.
This morning we were kids again, browsing the comics racks and pulling out that cellophane-wrapped issue you were after. There is nothing like the joy of finding, to your surprise, the book you’ve been obsessing over. We publish in September.
Are You My Mother? is the long-awaited new graphic novel from Alison Bechdel. Equally rich and funny as Fun Home, Bechdel embarks on a quest for answers concerning the mother–daughter gulf. The result is a richly layered search that leads readers from the fascinating life and work of psychoanalyst Donald Winnicott and the novels of Virginia Woolf to Bechdel’s own adult love life. And, finally, back to Mother – to a truce, fragile and real-time, that will move and astonish all adult children of gifted mothers. It is published in May.
The Vicar Woman is a creepy, dark and very odd book indeed – but it is all the better for that. A vicar arrives on a small island to take up a new post but not everything is as it seems. There are whispers of a missing girl, of secret abortions, and of a fearsome ghost. What the islanders want most is absolution, and they turn to the vicar for an answer. Strange and discomforting, it is an intricately realised menagerie of bizarre characters bound by one curse. It is published in March.
Dotter of her Father’s Eyes was published in February. We posted a sample page a few days ago. It contrasts two coming-of-age narratives: that of Lucia, the daughter of James Joyce, and that of author Mary Talbot, daughter of the eminent Joycean scholar James S. Atherton. Illustrated by Bryan Talbot, who has worked on comics such as Judge Dredd, Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight, Hellblazer and Sandman, it is a fine addition to the evolving art of graphic memoir. Joe Sacco called it ‘one of the best collaborative efforts…in the comics medium’.
In January we published Paolo Parisi’s graphic biography Coltrane, an innovative and insightful look into the life of one of the most celebrated jazz musicians of the twentieth century. Scenes from session recordings are juxtaposed with moments from his real life, taking a deeper look at his love affairs, addictions, and childhood that helped shape his music. Echoing his seminal album A Love Supreme, it is an absolute must-have for hepcats and jazz fans.