ELLE(S), INDIE GAMES 2, RED LIGHTNING, and THEORY OF MAGIC join
the ABLAZE catalog along with new edition of PROMETHEE 13:13, BÊLIT & VALERIA and THE CIMMERIAN
Portland, OR – Comics and graphic novel publisher ABLAZE lines up a sizzling roster of titles for August that include some extraordinary titles for diverse fans of action/fantasy, horror/sci-fi, gaming, queer lit, and teen coming-of-age dramas.
ELLE(S) is a wonderfully illustrated, charming story about a teenage girl on a mission to discover her identity and true self, while navigating the journey with her friends amid the challenges of high school.
RED LIGHTNING is a touching tribute to David Bowie. But it is also an inclusive and progressive graphic novel that addresses issues such as mental health and gender identity. RED LIGHTNING is a queer comic that takes us 200,000 years into the future and makes us reflect on the present by talking about the distant future. It is emotional science fiction. Six years after Bowie’s death, Marco B. Bucci redefines science fiction with a graphic novel masterfully illustrated by the talented Riccardo Atzeni. Long live the White Duke!
INDIE GAMES 2 is a collection worthy artbook depicting the history, sound design, artwork, and
characters of some of indie video gaming’s biggest titles from 2018 to today.
JP Roth & Sabine Rich’s THEORY OF MAGIC graphic novel presents seven chapters of inspired fantasy adventure from the renowned writer and artist team.
The latest tome of the best-selling series THE CIMMERIAN (VOL 4) brings you two epic tales, “Beyond The Black River” and “Hour of the Dragon,” in one handsome hardcover.
Also catch the latest issues of PROMETHEE 13:13 (#2) and BELIT & VALERIA: SWORDS VS. SORCERY.
ELLE(S) Issue 1 MSRP: $3.99 Available August 3rd
ABLAZE proudly presents Elle(s), a vibrant, imaginative new series.
Featuring brilliant, Pixar-esque art from Aveline Stokart, and an
engaging story by Kid Toussaint that brings moments of real emotion, mystery, intrigue, and humor together during the epic highs and lows of high school.
Elle is just another teenage girl…most of the time. Bubbly and good- natured, she wastes no time making friends on her first day at her new school. But Elle has a secret: she hasn’t come alone. She’s brought with her a colorful mix of personalities, which come out when she least expects it… Who is Elle, really? And will her new
friends stand by her when they find out the truth?
INDIE GAMES 2 MSRP: $19.99 Available August 3rd
The 2nd Volume in the artbook series from ABLAZE covering the history, sounds, artwork and characters of indie video games.
Indie Games 2 explores major developments in indie video games since 2018. Superably illustrated and documented for enthusiasts and curious gamers alike, this book gives voice to those who drive this cultural industry. Featuring exclusive interviews and more than 300 illustrations, concept art and unpublished sketches, through which the reader will get a glimpse behind the scenes and get answers from key people in the indie gaming arena.
Discover more than 300 indie game titles including: A Plague Tale: Innocence, A Short Hike, Children of Morta, Carto, Creaks, Eastward, Factorio, Frostpunk, Genesis Noir, Haven, LUNA – The Shadow Dust, Old Man’s Journey, Return of the Obra Dinn, Sayonara Wild Hearts, Slay the Spire, Spelunky 2, Untitled Goose Game, When The Past Was Around, and many more.
RED LIGHTNING MSRP: $24.99 Available August 31st
It is the morning of January 10, 2016, and thirty-year-old Samuel is ready to leave the house and live another day of his ordinary existence. As soon as he arrives on the street, he learns about David Bowie’s death. The news strikes him so hard that he is stunned, and his are not moments of bewilderment, but hours, days, years, and centuries…he finds himself catapulted across space and time.
He awakens hundreds of thousands of years later, in a society of the future—in the year 200016—not so different from his own, although he is surrounded by people dressed as dinosaurs, integrated biological
technologies, and there is a global well-being. Is it perhaps the utopia of the future? Samuel will have to try to find out and find his own dimension in the process, without losing himself.
JP ROTH’S THEORY OF MAGIC MSRP: $19.99 Available August 31st Fall into a world of fairytales that tests all the theories of magic…in JP Roth and Sabine Rich’s Theory of Magic.
Every hundred years, a Seelie fairy must be human for three days, in that time, the Unseelie can hunt the Seelie Fey for their immortal flame, and the gods would close their eyes. A princess of firelight and next in line for the Seelie throne, Selyara is a girl who wants only freedom. Given no protection, she must face three days as a human, alone. Lavara sits on the Seelie throne as queen regent until Selyara has completed and survived her human trial. If Selyara dies, Lavara will take the throne… The book also includes a cover gallery as well as sketch
and layout bonus pages, and a new cover by J Scott Campbell.
THE CIMMERIAN Volume 4 MSRP: $29.99 Available August 31st ABLAZE adds to its bestselling line of UNCENSORED Robert E. Howard Cimmerian graphic novels. Discover the true Conan, unrestrained,
violent, and sexual. Read the story as he intended!
The Cimmerian Vol 4 includes two complete stories, “Beyond the Black River”, and “Hour of the Dragon”, plus bonus material, including the original prose stories, in one epic hardcover collection!
New August 2022 Issues for Continuing ABLAZE Titles:
PROMETHEE 13:13 Issue 2 MSRP: $3.99 Available August 17th
Promethee 13:13 tells the thrilling fast-paced space drama leading up to the moments of September 21, 2019 at 13:13. During preparation to launch a satellite in orbit, the crew of the Atlantis is pulled off course in a way that makes them question beyond where they are being taken, but HOW they are being taken there. Back on Earth, Darla comes face to face with the people who have taken her captive, forcing her to
question what is real and what is a conspiracy that will cost people their lives.
Andy Diggle (Green Arrow: Year One, James Bond, The Losers, Hellblazer), Shawn Martinbrough (Thief of Thieves, Batman: Detective
Comics, The Black Panther, Hellboy), Dave Stewart (Hellboy, DC: The New Frontier, The Umbrella Academy), and Jock (Batman, The Losers) bring you a psychological sci-fi horror comic full of alien conspiracy…
BÊLIT & VALERIA: SWORDS VS. SORCERY Issue 4 MSRP: $3.99
Available August 24th
Robert E. Howard’s Hyborian Age is unleashed! See its true skull- cracking nature, its unrestrained blood-splattering violence, mayhem, and sexuality! Two she-pirates, one recently dead, and the other less than willing are all that stands between chaos and order.
Bêlit and Valeria take their crew across Hyperborea to stop the wizards and magicians that are threatening the realm to contact the god
responsible for Bêlit’s reemergence, but the quest takes a detour when she feels the need to prove herself. And now what was an adventure may turn into a suicide mission!
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