Masterful fantasy comes alive as the fifth release in Alaxis Press’ The Obscure Cities series brings the award winning graphic novels to readers in English with an all-new translation!
Giovanni Batista is a third-class maintainer of the Tower. His section is deteriorating more and more by the day and he has not heard from any of his inspectors or fellow maintainers in months. Running out of supplies and having filed multiple written complaints, he decides to descend to the base. Using a chute of his own making, he crash lands and is found by Elias Aureolus Palingenius and the lovely Milena. He finds a world full of books and people he never knew of, but the mystery of why the Tower was built still nags at Giovanni so he and Milena decide to climb to the top to find answers.
The Tower, presented in this new edition, is a fabulous story for the exploration of a deliquescent world, an epic fable to the dimensions of world-building, a fantastic escape full of paradoxes, simulacra, and pretense. Magnificent mastery, invention, and poetry, this is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful jewels of the exciting saga of the OBSCURE CITIES.
Publication History: TR original
The Obscure Cities is an internationally acclaimed graphic novel series, having won major awards in Europe and Japan including the Grand Prize Manga in the 2013 Japan Arts Festival. It was the first time that a foreign author or series won this award.
Praise for a previous volume of The Obscure Cities series:
“Peeters and Schuiten have created an enticing universe that brims with depth and possibilities, and it’s exciting that this project will result in all nine volumes being available in English.” -The Comics Beat
Originally published in English in 1993, this edition features an all-new translation.
Publicity: Digital review copy made available to 3000 industry and press contacts
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Library push: Advance copies mailed out for review: Shelf Awareness, Library Journal, School Library Journal, Kirkus Reviews, etc.
Special focus on archival and original comic-art fan sites & blogs, Euro Comics fan-sitesSocial Media: Promotion through a variety of social media; Facebook (128k), Twitter (96.3k), Tumblr (25k), with a feature on IDWpublishing.com.
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Cross promotion in IDW’s monthly titles (Circulation over 350,000)
Author Website: www.benoitpeeters.net