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March 2019 Comic & Graphic Novels

Giraffes on Horseback Salad
Salvador Dali, the Marx Brothers, and the Strangest Movie Never Made
By (author): Josh Frank By (author): Tim Heidecker Illustrated by: Manuela Pertega
9781594749230 Hardcover English General Trade COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Literary Mar 19, 2019
$34.99 CAD
Active 7.26 x 9.3 x 0.9 in 224 pages Quirk Books
This lushly illustrated graphic novel re-creates a lost Marx Brothers script written by modern art icon Salvador Dali.

Grab some popcorn and take a seat…The curtain is about to rise on a film like no other! But first, the real-life backstory: Giraffes on Horseback Salad was a Marx Brothers film written by modern art icon Salvador Dali, who’d befriended Harpo. Rejected by MGM, the script was thought lost forever. Author and lost-film buff Josh Frank unearthed the original script, and Dali’s notes and sketches for the project, tucked away in museum archives. With comedian Tim Heidecker and Spanish comics creator Manuela Pertega, he’s re-created the film as a graphic novel in all its gorgeous full-color, cinematic, surreal glory. In the story, a businessman named Jimmy (played by Harpo) is drawn to the mysterious Surrealist Woman, whose very presence changes humdrum reality into Dali-esque fantasy. With the help of Groucho and Chico, Jimmy seeks to join her fantastical world—but forces of normalcy threaten to end their romance. Includes new Marx Brothers songs and antics, plus the real-world story behind the historic collaboration.

A one-of-a-kind collaboration between legends of art and comedy, thought to be lost to history.

Appeals to anyone who loves classic comedy, 20th century art, graphic novels, history, or biography.

Featuring comedy by Tim Heidecker (Tim & Eric), an award-winning comedian, writer, and actor.

Bold and colorful art with Daliesque visuals, classic Marx Brothers antics, and a touch of Old Hollywood. It’s like watching a movie in a book!

Along with the graphic novel, which takes up about 2/3 of the book, an illustrated frame story provides context, explaining the real-world events that made this historic collaboration happen. It’s like two books in one!

Created with the the cooperation of the The Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation and the Marx Brothers estate.

Josh Frank is author of Fool the World: The Oral History of a Band Called Pixies, In Heaven Everything Is Fine, and, with Black Francis and Steven Appleby, the illustrated novel The Good Inn. In his spare time, he owns and operates the Blue Starlite Mini-Urban Drive-In Movie Theatre in Austin, Texas.

Tim Heidecker is an award-winning comedian, writer, director, actor, and musician. He is one half of the comedy team Tim & Eric, with Eric Wareheim, known for the TV shows Tom Goes to the Mayor, and Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!, as well as the film Tim & Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie and the popular book Tim & Eric’s Zone Theory.

Manuela Pertega is a comics artist and illustrator based in Barcelona, Spain. She graduated from the University of Barcelona with a specialization in drawing and restoration/conservation. She teaches art at Badalona VII, a public art institute, and at La Taca, an art school.

Author Residence: Austin Texas

Manuela Pertega was born in Badalona, Spain, a short distance from Figueras, birthplace of Salvador Dalí. Her comics and illustrations have appeared in several small publications such as Fanzine Hey, and she's done scientific illustration for the National Encyclopedia of Health of Spain. Manuela teaches art at Badalona VII, a public art institute, and at La Taca, an art school in Montcada, Spain.

Illustrator Residence: Barcelona, Spain

Illustrator Hometown: Badelona, Spain

Marketing: Promotion in conjunction with the Marx and Dali estates

Promotion at C2E2, Book Con, San Diego Comic Con, and New York Comic Con

Outreach to film and art organizations that appreciate Dali and the Marx Brothers.

Goodreads giveaways

Inclusion in Quirk’s consumer, bookseller, and librarian newsletters.

Promotion on

Publicity: Austin, TX publicity and events

National and local print outreach

Pitch national and local NPR & TV magazine shows

Online media campaign (outreach to websites, blogs, podcasts, and bookstagrammers)

Author Website:

Author Social Media: Twitter: @thejoshfrank @timheidecker Insta: @manuelapertega

Named a Best Comic & Graphic Novel of March 2019 by B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy blog

“Don’t even try to understand; just revel in the weirdness, along with the wonderful photographs and other archival material Frank includes in this book.”—Maureen Corrigan, National Public Radio

“It’s a remarkable book.”—The Washington Post

Giraffes on Horseback Salad makes a good book.”—Etelka Lehoczky, National Public Radio

“A really cool, funny, abstract graphic novel.”—CNET

“Classic cinema buffs and Dalí fanatics will appreciate the care and effort taken by the authors.”—Booklist

“This graphic novel is utterly one of a kind…the overall page compositions are exceptional, bursting with motion, mind-bending patterns, and wildly shifting color schemes…This messy, imperfect, fearless visual buffet is almost certainly better than any film version would have been.”—Publishers Weekly

“The graphic novel is a fun read in its own right, and the well-told story behind the story makes it an interesting part of Hollywood’s history.”—San Diego Jewish World 

“A book that should satisfy fans of Dali or the Marx Brothers, or anyone looking for something completely outside the norm.”—Foreword Reviews

“A most strange yet passionately earnest graphic novel…A lavish layout, with a nice overall design and chock full of opening essays and forewords that bring the reader along on Frank’s quest to find and bring Dali’s half-baked project to full fruition."—Geeks Of Doom

“A sense of marvel persists throughout the book.”—Hyperallergic 

“This book is a gallery, a museum, a riotous romp of art that reverberates through personal and public history and will make your dwelling’s shelves (and your mind) a little loonier.”—The Austin Chronicle 

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