The Griff by Christopher Moore and Ian Corson (Ages 13+, violence, some swearing, partial nudity/not graphic).
Everyone’s favourite comic fantasy writer switches gears with his first graphic novel! Co-written by award-winning screenwriter (and Canadian ex-pat) Ian Corson, The Griff started out as a movie idea which Moore and Corson wrote about ten years ago, then ‘promptly put in a drawer and sort of forgot about’. This entertaining story tells of an Earth invaded by ‘minivan-size, people-eating, flying lizardy things that look like mythological griffins’. The invaders destroy the Earth’s communications and military operations and systematically start killing every human being on the planet. A few survivors manage to escape the carnage: Steve, a skateboarder; Mo, a snarky kick-ass video game designer; Liz, a killer whale trainer; and Curt, department head for the makeup counter at Macy’s, whose weekend commando training is coming in very handy. Oh, and not to forget Oscar- the chain-smoking professional squirrel! Together this group of misfits teams up to save the world- or what’s left of it! Packed with action, The Griff is a must read for Moore fans and those who are enjoying the recent spate of post-apolocalyptic TV series like Falling Skies. For more on The Griff, check out this interview with Chris Moore on the Kirkus blog!
The Clockwork Girl by Sean O’Reilly and Kevin Hanna (Ages 9+).
This futuristic Romeo & Juliet story is set in a world divided by those who favor technology and those who favor biology. Tesla the Clockwork Girl was created by the mechanical genius of a mad scientist to win a prize at the town fair. Against all odds, she finds love and companionship in Huxley, the amazing mutant circus boy. They connect despite the threats of their warring families and together tackle questions about love, loneliness, and what makes us human.
The Clockwork Girl has a great back story. It was originally released in a series of five illustrated comics in 2006-2008 through Arcana, Canada’s largest comic book company, and sold more than 340,000 copies around the world. These short stories are long out of print, but now readers can get the full story of Clockwork Girl in one gorgeously illustrated graphic novel. The Clockwork Girl won the Moonbeam Award Silver Medal, as well as the Graphic Novel of the Year Award at Book Expo America by ForeWord magazine in 2008.
A 3-D animated film version of The Clockwork Girl will release in October 2011, featuring the voice talents of Carrie Ann Moss (Matrix), Jeffrey Tambor (Arrested Development), Alexa Vega (Spy Kids), Jesse McCartney (Horton Hears a Who) and Brad Garrett (Everybody Loves Raymond).
We are releasing a movie tie-in paperback edition of this graphic novel in September, which will feature movie art from the film. For a sneak peek at the upcoming movie, interviews with The Clockwork Girl‘s creators and more information on each of the characters click here.
If you are coming to FanExpo Canada August 25th-28th in Toronto, please stop by the HarperCollins Canada booth! Sean O’Reilly will be autographing copies of The Clockwork Girl at 1pm on Friday August 26th and 2pm on Saturday the 27th.
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