SelfMadeHero Graphic Novels for Spring 2014

SelfMadeHero has released it’s list for new graphic novels coming in Spring 2014 and again it’s a wonderfully varied selection of stories, artists and writers.

Here is a run down what to expect this spring.



Based on the real-life voyage of discovery of Admiral Arthur Phillip, who became the first Governor of New South Wales and founder of Sydney, this dramatic historical account traces the First Fleet’s journey from London to establishing the initial settlements.  Written by LF Bollée, drawn by Philippe Nicloux, and published to coincide with Admiral Phillip’s bicentenary, this is a 500-page epic bringing history to life.  Paperback, £16.99 (512pp).   Published on 6 Feb.



Vincent Van Gogh is arguably one of the world’s most popular artists and a man who led a turbulent, tragic life in pursuit of his dreams.  During his short stay in Arles, Provence, he had one of his most intense, creative periods which is the focus of this biography by Dutch writer and illustrator Barbara Stok.  The second in SelfMadeHero’s Art Masters series.  Paperback, £12.99 (144pp).  Published on 6 March.


Sixteen-year old Hertzko Haft is sent to Auschwitz where his formidable fighting skills help him to survive.  Fleeing to America after escaping the death march, he becomes a heavyweight prize-fighter, and is later inaugurated in the Jewish Sports Hall of Fame. A remarkable and gripping true story of heroism and the human spirit.  Written and drawn by Reinhard Kleist (Johnny Cash – I See A Darkness). Paperback, rrp £14.99  (200pp).



Celeste one of the new graphic novels coming this spring


The first original story from I. N. J. Culbard, best known for his H. P. Lovecraft adaptations, Celeste is a compelling piece of science-fiction about the choices we make and the courage it takes to make them. Three tales follow the lives of a lovestruck couple on the London underground, a suicidal comic artist in a demon-haunted Japanese forest, and two strangers stranded on a gridlocked LA freeway.  A futuristic meditation that appeals to both fans of movies and graphic novels.  Hardback, rrp £15.99  (192pp)


Award-winning political satire based on the life of former PM and Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin. Set during the Iraq conflict of 2002-3, Alexandre Taillard de Vorms loves making poetic speeches and cosying up to the elite.  Familiar world leaders are amongst the large cast but they are all given fictional names.  Written by Abel Lanzac, a former speechwriter for De Villepin, and illustrated by Christophe Blain, it belongs to the traditions of TV series The Thick of It and Steve Bell’s If…. newspaper strip.  It has recently been adapted into a critical-praised film under its original French title, Quai D’Orsay.  Hardback, rrp £16.99 (200pp).



Orson Welles’ latest movie, The Lady From Shanghai, starring his wife Rita Hayworth, is about to be released when he receives a box of his favourite cigars. He loses himself in daydreams of the person who made them, Cuba’s most famous cigar roller Conchita Marquez, whose colourful story unfolds in the plumed smoke. Written by David Camus, best-selling author of Knights of the Kingdom, and UK-born artist Nick Abadzis.  Hardback, £14.99 (128pp).

I like the variety that SelfMadeHero delivers but I think am most looking forward to Vincent in March as I have a massive fascination with Van Gogh and love seeing different takes on his life and personality.  I think that this spring shows that SelfMadeHero has something for every taste.

Source: SelfMadeHero
Reporter: Amy

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