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Monday, February 10, 2014

Sam Zabel and the Magic Pen - Dylan Horrocks


Dylan Horrocks' forthcoming graphic novel Sam Zabel and the Magic Pen is now available for preorder as part of Fantagraphics Fall schedule. I don't think an official announcement has been made yet other than Publishers Weekly mentioning last month that Fantagraphics had taken on publishing. I believe the Magic Pen was originally planned as a trilogy of books but will now be a single 210 page hardcover volume.

Sam Zabel and the Magic Pen online.
From Sam Zabel and the Magic Pen book description:

Acclaimed cartoonist Dylan Horrocks returns with a long-awaited new graphic novel, the first since his perennial classic, 1998’s Hicksville. Cartoonist Sam Zabel hasn’t drawn a comic in years. Stuck in a nightmare of creative block and despair, Sam spends his days writing superhero stories for a large American comics publisher and staring at a blank piece of paper, unable to draw a single line. Then one day he finds a mysterious old comic book set on Mars and is suddenly thrown headlong into a wild, fantastic journey through centuries of comics, stories, and imaginary worlds. Accompanied by a young webcomic creator named Alice and an enigmatic schoolgirl with rocket boots and a bag full of comics, Sam goes in search of the Magic Pen, encountering sex-crazed aliens, medieval monks, pirates, pixies and — of course — cartoonists. Funny, erotic, and thoughtful, Sam Zabel and the Magic Pen explores the pleasures, dangers, and moral consequences of fantasy.

As part of the New Zealand festival Dylan's collection of shorts Incomplete Works launches from Victoria University Press on Saturday 8th March, 7:30pm at the Exchange Atrium. More details here.