Humanoids Debuts Life Drawn, New Literary Graphic Novel Imprint

Humanoids, the European comics publisher best known for its classic science fiction graphic novels, will launch Life Drawn, a new literary comics imprint specializing in graphic memoir and personal nonfiction.

Life Drawn will launch on April 4th with an inaugural list of four titles.

The first title to be released in April is Kabul Disco: How I Managed Not to Be Abducted in Afghanistan by Nicolas Wild, a satirical travel memoir about his time in Afghanistan. In May Life Drawn will release Vietnamese Memories: Leaving Saigon by Clément Baloup, the first of three volumes documenting the experiences of five Vietnamese families forced to leave and assimilate in new countries.

In June the imprint will publish Luisa: Now and Then by Carole Maurel, adapted by Caldecott Award-winner Mariko Tamaki, a speculative queer time-travel tale about sexuality and self acceptance. And in July the house will release Madame Cat by Nancy Peña, a series of comic vignettes about a pet that thinks she’s the owner.

The new imprint will also mark Humanoids' 20th anniversary of publishing its titles in the U.S. The house is best known for publishing such legendary comics artists as Moebius and such classic works of science fiction as The Incal and The Metabarons.

Humanoids CEO Fabrice Giger noted that “after so many years of exploring imaginary universes, I felt the urgency for us to also explore real life. With Life Drawn, Humanoids is committed to publishing diverse voices and stories from different points of view, whether it’s powerful political and personal stories from Afghanistan or Vietnam or a biography of Hedy Lamarr.”


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