First Impressions: Magnetic Press upcoming Releases

First Impressions

It’s telling just how much of the limelight the larger comics companies take up online, that up until last week I’d never heard of Magnetic Press before. Their newly announced titles for 2015 are a strong mix of sci-fi and fantasy with two of them featuring lycanthrophy. Seriously, why have I never heard of this company before? I’m not going to be too hard on myself as this is only the companies second year. Mostly dealing with bringing foreign language and European titles to a wider market, the company has already released twelve titles as well as forty four digital ones in it’s first year alone.

Looking through their catalogue from last year the quality of their hardback editions are luxurious to say the least. Hardback, rounded corner, gloss elements on cover and thick paper stock. Their presentation of the material can only be described as lavish.

Going into it’s second year, it seems the company is extending it’s roster once again with another ten titles. While Magnetic Press has only revealed a few details with the promise of more information in the coming weeks, there are already a few titles that I am interested in and will definitely be checking out when they are released.

Klaw-French Edition cover- illustrated by Joel Jurion and written by Antoine Ozenam.

Klaw-French Edition cover- illustrated by Joel Jurion and written by Antoine Ozenam.

Klaw, illustrated by Joel Jurion and written by Antoine Ozenam.

Teenager Angel Tomassini has been hiding a dark and scary secret: when threatened he involuntarily turns into a violent and vicious Weretiger. He doesn’t know why, how, or what to do, because when he transforms, he loses control and people end up badly hurt. As if this isn’t enough for a kid to deal with, Angel is slowly learning his father is one of the biggest organized crime leaders in the city. And are there more like him? Are there… different creatures too?

Oh please, let there by other creatures too! A showing of An American Werewolf in London at a friends house at an impressionable age means I am forever obsessed with Lycanthropy and shape shifting. Apparently Klaw has been around in French for quite some time now, even the press release describes it as “wildly world-popular”. Which makes it baffling that I’ve never heard of it before. Belonging to a fandom that pounces on anything with even a whiff an anthropomorphism, I’m a little surprised that no one else has pointed this out to me, even more so having attended European conventions before.

From a little scouring about it seems that Magnet Press will be releasing the first five issues of this as a hardback graphic novel. Not speaking any French I can’t comment on any of dialogue from the pages I found online, but the artwork is simply gorgeous, really vibrant and dynamic. With four “tomes” of material already out there, this will hopefully be a series to enjoy for a long time to come.

From the original French language edition

From the original French language edition

From the original French language edition

From the original French language edition

Love: The Fox- French Edition Cover-illustrated by Federico Bertolucci and written by Frederic Brremaud.

Love: The Fox- French Edition Cover-illustrated by Federico Bertolucci and written by Frederic Brremaud.

Love: The Fox, illustrated by Federico Bertolucci and written by Frederic Brremaud.

The second volume in the award winning, lushly illustrated, wordless graphic novel series, Love: The Fox follows a spry, intrepid, one-eyed fox during an average day of foraging when a natural disaster erupts. Readers are taken on a thrill ride as animals of all shapes and sizes react to the danger, but the fox inexplicably runs towards the fire, braving daunting obstacles and even larger predators to reach a desperate location in the heart of the storm

Like Klaw this one’s been available in France and Germany for an age now. This wordless tale is a day in the life narrative following, you guessed it, a fox. Completely without dialogue it’s the breathtaking artwork from Bertolucci that tells the story here and as usual I’m fascinated to see how artists convey emotions in a purely visual manner. As with Klaw and this being the second volume of  this series, it already has the selling point of having more to follow. With the third in the series, Love Lion already completed and the fourth, featuring a T-rex being finished by Bertolucci in the very near future. Even though it doesn’t have the issues surrounding translation it does appear to be out of print. Even if that wasn’t the case, after seeing Magnetic’s website I’d still rather have waited on their plush hardback version.

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Bitten-Cover

Bitten, created by Cornelia Funke, written by Raul Garcia, and illustrated by Francisco Herrera.

Entering high school is tough enough as it is, but how do you cope when you’ve also just been bitten by a Werewolf? This beautifully illustrated, madcap all ages adventure is like a classic 2D animated feature in print!

Another werewolf themed book, this time from German author Cornelia Funke, the mind behind the Inkheart trilogy of young adult books. Out of the three I’ve picked out, Funke is the only person who’s work I have had previous experience with, having read the first in her trilogy many moons ago. This time around werewolves are the centre of her story as high school student finds himself bitten by one of the creatures of the night. The artwork instantly reminded me of a cute, Saturday morning cartoon so it was unsurprising to find out that both the writer and artist have worked in animation for Disney.

As well as the comics, the two art books Angelarium and Robot Envy also look really interesting. It’s definitely a company who I’ll be keeping an eye on in the future.

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