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Jerome K. Jerome Bloche 1
Jerome K. Jerome Bloche Vol. 1: The Shadow Killer
By (author): Alain Dodier By (author): Pierre Makyo By (author): Serge Le Tendre
9781631409028 Hardcover English General Trade COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Crime & Mystery Sep 26, 2017
$19.99 CAD
Active 8.74 x 11.24 x 0.38 in | 1.05 lb 56 pages IDW Publishing
First installment in a series about an endearingly clumsy young private eye, who scoots around Paris on his motorbike, more Will Ferrell than Humphrey Bogart. Translated into English for the first time!

Wearing an old trenchcoat and his indispensable felt hat, the 20-year-old Jérôme tries to look the part of a seasoned sleuth. By day he translates detective novels and fantasizes about being one. By night he’s enrolled in Professor Maison’s correspondence course for would-be private eyes. His girlfriend, Babette, is a flight attendant who brings him recordings for his collection of police sirens from around the world. It’s a happy—if not particularly promising—existence, until his first “case."

In the past two months, fifteen people in Paris have been killed by poisoned darts. All the witnesses saw was a feathered shadow and a blowgun. The job of capturing the flamboyant assassin is entrusted to Jérôme by Professor Maison. Things get off to a rocky start, however, when the professor appears to be victim number sixteen!

Series Overview: The first book in an ongoing series that has been a hit with Young Adult readers in Europe.

Alain Dodier was born in Dunkirk, France, in 1955 and has no memory of a time without comics. He drew for comics fanzines in the early 1970s and sold his first professional work in 1977. His friendship with Pierre Makyo led to two series: the humorous Gully and, in 1982, the more realistic Jérôme K. Jérôme Bloche. Alain has drawn more than two dozen Jerome stories and, after the first few stories, began writing them, too. His work on Jérôme K. Jérôme Bloche has earned him two awards at the Angoulême International Comics Festival, one for Best Series and one for Best Youth Series.

Author Hometown: Dunkirk, France

Marketing: Trade show promotion: Emerald City Comic-Con 2018, Wonder Con 2018, BookExpo 2018, ALA 2018, San Diego Comic-Con 2018, more

Library push: Advance copies mailed out for review: Shelf Awareness, Library Journal, School Library Journal, Kirkus Reviews, etc. Social Media: Promotion through a variety of social media; Facebook (128k), Twitter (98.8k), Tumblr (25k), 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)



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

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

Trailer and Gif promotions

"Dodier’s depiction of young Jerome exudes a certain universal appeal. Jerome’s very much in the same mold as a less badass version of Conan Edogawa, or a slightly more rebellious Hardy Boy. He’s young and awkward, practically swimming in his patented trenchcoat, but he’s got the kind of energy you’d expect from a fledgling PI. It’s easy to identify with someone brimming with vigor and gusto and struggling amid their own immature inadequacies." –Adventures in Poor Taste

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