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April 2019 Comic & Graphic Novels

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A Shining Beacon
By (author): James Albon
9781603094450 Paperback, Trade English General Trade COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Literary May 21, 2019
$25.99 CAD
Active 7.56 x 9.81 x 0.63 in 224 pages Top Shelf Productions
Pictures at a revolution: acclaimed graphic novelist James Albon (Her Bark and Her Bite) explores the role of the artist in a frighteningly familiar near-future of tyrannical regimes and popular revolts.

Francesca Saxon, artist and loyal citizen of the nation, is thrilled when she receives a commission to design the central mural of an epic new swimming pool: the jewel in the crown for an insecure regime obsessed by propaganda. Leaving the comfort of her coastal hometown for the lap of luxury of the capital, she is swept up in the paranoia of a government threatened by underground revolutionaries, whose promise of a freer, happier future looks increasingly appealing. Torn between rival factions and her personal loyalties, she realises that when ideology has a stranglehold on art, the picture is rarely pretty.

Publication History: TR original

Addresses urgently relevant questions in our world of increasingly destabilized politics

Albon trades in his colored pencils for a haunting, dystopian palette of watercolors

James Albon is a British illustrator living in Lyon, France. His clients include the Folio Society, The Guardian, the Wall Street Journal and WIRED. He studied illustration at Edinburgh College of Art, went on to a postgraduate scholarship at the Royal Drawing School in London, and was awarded the Gwen May award from the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers in 2012.

Author Residence: Lyon, 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)

Trade show promotion: San Diego Comic Con 2018, New York Comic Con 2018, WonderCon 2019, TCAF 2019, ALA 2019 and more



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

Advance copies mailed out for review.

Special focus on indie comics sites, blogs, and fan sites.

Praise for James Albon:

“Like a New Yorker cover spun out to a full­-length story…Albon uses loose and energetic colored pencil, in a palette heavy in yellows and blues, to capture the social and emotional whirl of this airy tale.”—Publishers Weekly

“James Albon’s delicate and utterly unique artwork is so alive on the page, you can’t help but be charmed and completely swept up.”—Jeff Lemire, author of Essex County and The Underwater Welder

“Lines and shade flow through the panels, bringing the story to life as if it were caught in a breeze…an extraordinary book.”—Grovel

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