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    Distributor: Random House, Inc. Availability: On Sale Date:Aug 20, 2019 Carton Quantity:18 $33.99 CAD
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Springtime in Chernobyl
By (author): Emmanuel Lepage
9781684054602 Hardcover English General Trade COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Nonfiction / General Aug 20, 2019
$33.99 CAD
Active 7.31 x 11 x 0.69 in | 1.66 lb 168 pages IDW Publishing
As the world moved on, find out what happened to those left behind in this memoir of tragedy and death, people and land, and what comes after disaster.

April 26, 1986. The reactor core of the nuclear power plant at Chernobyl began to melt, setting into motion the greatest nuclear disaster of the twentieth century. While Europe slept, a cloud laden with radiation traveled thousands of miles in every direction, contaminating five million people who were unaware of its danger and unable to protect themselves. At the time, Emmanuel Lepage was 19 years old, watching and listening to the news reported on television.

22 years later, in April 2008, a group of nuclear energy-adverse activists and artists visit Chernobyl to document the lives of survivors and their children living on the highly contaminated land. Sent to sketch brutal landscapes of disaster and the folly of man, Lepage is surprised at the unexpected beauty he encounters. Often wondering to himself: What am I doing here?

Emmanuel Lepage was born in 1966 in Saint-Brieuc. In 1983, the newspaper Ouest-France started featuring some of Lepage’s illustrations. The same year, they also published the artist’s first full album, La Fin du monde aura-t-elle lieu?, paid for out of Lepage’s own pocket. Creator of the fanzine VOLAPUK, he had two albums of the Aventures de Kelvinn published by Ouest-France before he got his break with the major international comics publishers. In 1990, Le Lombard took on two volumes of L’Envoyé, written by Georges Pernin, based on Huguette Carrière’s novel. He and the writer Dieter then got the series Nevé into Glénat. With his elegant drawing style and remarkable gift as a colorist, he got the recognition he deserved when he joined the prestigious “Aire Libre” collection at Dupuis in collaboration with the writer Anne Sibran. La Terre sans mal reconstructs the lives of Amazonian Indians with incredible authenticity, as perceived by a French ethnologist while World War II was raging in Europe. He later continued with Aire Libre with the striking two-part series Muchacho.

Author Residence: France

Author Hometown: Saint-Brieuc, France

Marketing: Promotion through a variety of Social Media: Facebook (128k), Twitter (98.8k), Tumblr (25k), and Instagram (19k) with a feature on IDWpublishing.com

Inclusion in Direct-to-consumer Newsletter (40,000 unique and engaged fans)

Cross promotion in IDW’s monthly titles (Circulation over 350,000)

Expanded website initiatives

Trade show promotion: New York Comic Con 2018, Emerald City Comic Con 2019, WonderCon 2019, and more.

Author appearances at library conferences (ALA Midwinter, ALA Annual, TLA) and book fairs (Miami, National Book Festival, Southern Festival of Books, etc)



Publicity: Digital review copy made available to 3000 industry and press contacts

Author and artist interviews, and exclusive content reveals in comics media (Bleeding Cool, CBR, Newsarama, etc.)

Advance copies mailed out for review: Heavy focus on Entertainment sites

“Powerful… Springtime In Chernobyl is superb comics journalism that covers the facts, and Lepage’s account of his residency shows what we think we know isn’t always reality.”  —Comics Beat

”One of the more thought-provoking and emotionally charged releases of the summer…this is one of my picks for best graphic novel of 2019.“ —Fanboy Factor

”A good change of pace and enjoyable use of the sequential art form to tell an interesting and heartfelt story." —Comic Book Daily

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