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Cave~In

Brian Ralph

IN STORES JANUARY 2013

A FANTASTICAL, WORDLESS VOYAGE THROUGH SUBTERRANEAN MAZES

A rat darts across the opening pages, into a hole, and down a long tunnel, stopping under a hammock. A mole man stretches and wakes up, leading the rat and the reader deeper into the tunnel. What follows is a series of dreamlike sequences, each stranger than the last. Brian Ralph, author of the New York Times Graphic Novel Bestseller and American Library Association/YALSA “Great Graphic Novel for Teens” Daybreak, was a founding member of the influential Providence, Rhode Island, Fort Thunder art collective, which was renowned for the way its members’ work intermingled lowbrow and highbrow art forms–drawing inspiration from comics, video and role-playing games, and contemporary art. Fort Thunder created the alternative adventure comic and the comic book as artist’s book. Cave~In was seen as the first example of this new approach. In this wordless classic, special emphasis is placed on the power of gesture. Minimalism allows Ralph to be playful with form–Cave~In’s use of color and crosshatching speak much more clearly to narrative shifts than they could in a more conventional text, and the use of different panel shapes and sizes transform the rhythm and pacing of the story. Cave~In is an all-ages adventure story, jam-packed with monsters, bats, and all manner of unimaginable underground mystery.

Paperback, 4.75" x 6", Two Color

ISBN: 9781770460942

$17.95 US / $17.95 CDN

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Reggie-12

Brian Ralph

IN STORES OCTOBER


HANG OUT WITH A YOUNG ROBOT HERO IN HIS FORTRESS OF NOT-SO-SOLITARY SOLITUDE

What if Osamu Tezuka’s beloved hero Astro Boy were a young robot with endless enthusiasm who lived with a bumbling sad sack robot friend, a self-centered wise-cracking cat, and a well-meaning but forgetful inventor? Why, then he’d be Reggie-12! Reggie-12 is classic Japanese adventure manga cartooning reworked in Brian Ralph’s trademark style and told with the episodic wit and structure of the contemporary American sitcom. Laughs explode from the page (and the reader’s belly) as mishap follows caper follows disaster.

Brian Ralph (Daybreak, Cave~In) first presented this hilarious pop culture send-up of the infallible boy hero in the back pages of seminal Asian culture magazine Giant Robot, and it instantly become one of the magazine's most popular and enduring features. Come along for a wild ride with Reggie-12, Casper, and Professor Tinkerton as they eat pizza, play video games, and get dissed by bad guys.

November / $22.95 / 8.125 x 11 / 96 pages / two color / hardcover


ISBN: 9781770461321

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Daybreak

Brian Ralph

You wake up in the rubble and see a ragged, desperate one-armed man greeting you. He takes you underground to a safe space, feeds you, offers you a place to sleep. And then announces that he'll take the first watch. It's not long before the peril of the jagged landscape has located you and your newfound protector and is scratching at the door. What transpires is a moment-to-moment struggle for survival-The Road meets Dawn of the Dead. Daybreak is seen through the eyes of a silent observer as he follows his protector and runs from the shadows of the imminent zombie threat. Brian Ralph slowly builds the tension of the zombies on the periphery, letting the threat-rather than the actual carnage-be the driving force. The postapocalyptic backdrop features tangles of rocks, lumber, I beams, and overturned cars that are characters in and of themselves.

Ralph's stunning debut was the wordless graphic novel Cave-In, created while he was one of the founding members of the influential Fort Thunder art collective. Drawing inspiration from zombies, horror movies, television, and first-person shooter video games, Daybreak departs from zombie genre in both content and format, achieving a living-dead masterwork of literary proportions.

"Brian Ralph's comics present more than meets the eye, but they're eye candy, too, and work well as fantasy stories that cover a specific landscape over a period of time roughly equivalent to the experience of seeing how they unfold. I find them immensely pleasurable."
-Tom Spurgeon, Comics Reporter

"Brian Ralph's adventure stories combine the hand-crafted charm of indie comics with the well-thought-out thrills of good pulp. A-"
-The Onion, The A.V. Club

Paperback, 6" x 8.5", Two-color illustrations throughout

ISBN: 9781770461246

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