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- Publication Date: March 20, 2018
- Imprint: Abrams ComicArts
- Trim Size: 6 1⁄2 x 9
- ISBN: 9781419728532
- Page Count: 168
- Illustrations: 100 full color illustrations
- Rights: North America
Internationally bestselling author of The Time Traveler’s Wife, Audrey Niffenegger, and graphic artist Eddie Campbell, of such seminal works as From Hell by Alan Moore, collaborate on a wonderfully bizarre collection that celebrates and satirizes love of all kinds. With 16 different stories told through illustrated prose or comic panels, the couple explores the idiosyncratic nature of relationships in a variety of genres from fractured fairy tales to historical fiction to paper dolls. With Niffenegger’s sharp, imaginative prose and Campbell’s diverse comic styles, Bizarre Romance is the debut collection by two of the most important storytellers of our time.
“Niffenegger intrigues with secret portals, fairies, noisy attic angels, and questions better left unanswered…Campbell’s creative, full-color art is chameleonic and always apt… Here’s hoping for more joint outings from this pair.”Booklist —
“At its strongest, the book has much to say about the beauty and devastation of seeking companionship in any given human life… their collaboration is winningly strange…”Publishers Weekly —
“The authors who created and curated the new graphic-novel anthology “Bizarre Romance” (Abrams) most certainly come across as a born-to-entertain literary couple... Each comic here varies the balance levels between prose and picture — a necessary shift in these visually disparate chapters to wrestle with the complex needs of the storytelling.”The Washington Post —
“…The collaborative debut of two storytelling masters describes love in all its beauty, ordinariness, wickedness and regret.”Shelf Awareness —
"...bittersweet, tragic and often dark. Niffenegger, who occasionally moonlights as a tour guide at London's Highgate cemetery, is a Romantic with a capital R. Nature is cruel; magic is mysterious but has rules; most people don't live happily ever after, and might get turned into hamsters."Forbes —
“This unsettling collection touches on many facets of relationships and how intentions fall short. Niffenegger and Campbell’s delicate not-quite-horror will appeal to readers preferring shivers to screams.”Library Journal —
“The best stories in Bizarre Romance are about the weirdness, sadness and banality that surround perfect moments and throw them into relief.”NPR online —
“Niffenegger has a weird and fertile imagination, which makes these tales absolutely delightful. Despite the fantastic circumstances and the otherworldly characters, each story focuses on the vulnerability, desires and humanity of her characters. (Even the dead ones.)”The Star-Tribune —
“A master class in storytelling from two of the medium’s most celebrated talents, Bizarre Romance is a book you’ll return to again and again."San Francisco Weekly —
“At its core, Bizarre Romance provides readers with a counter-narrative to the dominant conceptions of romance. This results in an anthology that celebrates eccentricity while subverting normativity... Campbell's art is compelling and at times brilliantly develops Niffenegger's prose.”PopMatters —
“Bizarre Romance is an utter delight, an artistic collaboration between two writers and artists, not just of great storytelling skill, but who are, quite clearly from that lovely, warm, light tone, sharing a very good space together, and that warmth permeates the stories quite beautifully.”Forbidden Planet International Blog —
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About the author
Audrey Niffenegger is the author of the international bestsellers The Time Traveler’s Wife and Her Fearful Symmetry, as well as a fine artist who has published four illustrated books with Abrams: The Three Incestuous Sisters, The Adventuress, Raven Girl, and The Night Bookmobile.
Eddie Campbell is an award-winning comics writer and artist. His work includes From Hell with Alan Moore as well as the autobiographical Alec: The Years Have Pants and The Playwright (with Daren White). They both live in Chicago and London.