Seeking A Lost Love In The Afterlife – Pizzeria Kamikaze Returns In Full Color HC From Archaia

by Hannah Means Shannon

Boom! Studios has announced that their Archaia imprint will be releasing an all-new color and hardcover edition of the graphic novel Pizzeria Kamikaze, created by Etgar Keret (The Seven Good Years) and Eisner Award-winning cartoonist Asaf Hanuka (The Realist).

The new edition will debut in February 2018 and will be presented in full color and hardcover for the first time. First published in black and white by Alternative Comics in 2006, the book was based on Keret’s own short story, Kneller’s Happy Campers, and also served as the basis for an independent film, Goran Dukić’s Wristcutters: A Love Story.

The story’s themes are sharp and emotive, dealing with suicide, love lost and regained, but ultimately, returning to the idea of hope.

In Pizzeria Kamikaze, after committing suicide, narrator Mordy exists in an afterlife where he still has to work in “a crappy job in a place no less crappy than the place he came from”. When he discovers that his ex-girlfriend, who he still has feelings for, is there, too, he goes on a road trip “through an absurdist and fantastical landscape to find her”.

Keret says:

What was both surprising and beautiful, from my perspective, was that the original black-and-white PIZZERIA KAMIKAZE and the film were both amazing adaptations and each had a completely different tone and sensibility but, at the same time, both of them were incredibly moving and loyal to the text. As a writer, you can meet your reader but will never really know what they’ve experienced when they’ve read your text. These two adaptations were a rare chance for me to take a peek into the mind of two brilliant and talented artists and I feel very lucky and very grateful for that.

The new edition will feature a new cover by Hanuka, who also has had two volumes of The Realist–his curated collections of semi-autobiographical comic strips–published by Boom! Studios. The first volume won an Eisner Award in 2016.

Hanuka says:

When I first worked on PIZZERIA KAMIKAZE, I was 25 and felt the good times were over and now I’m just going to become old and lonely. The story starts at this point but then goes somewhere magical and full of hope. Working on the book literally made me better. I consider myself lucky to get a second chance to do this book a bit differently. The colors came out beyond anything I could imagine, and with a new cover I feel like this story is finally getting a chance to reach new readers.

Look out for Pizzeria Kamikaze when it arrives in shops and online in February 2018.