So What’s Going On With Insight Comics? Looking Through Their Debut Lineup Previews
Insight Comics are being published by Insight Editions, whose books that we probably all own but have at least seen that have a heavily visual slant on the history of pop culture and even travel guides (which is how I first encountered them). The new comics line was announced in spring 2016 as debuting this spring, and we can find some of the graphic novels in the line listed in Previews World for this spring. According to the catalogue, some are set for fall 2017.
But I found a nifty preview magazine at Emerald City Comic Con which really introduces the different OGNs and series books well and previews the art in large size format. And I have to say, it’s all about the art. The contents of this preview magazine are impressive and make a visual impact.
The Baker Street Four OGN is set to arrive on May 3rd 2017, according to Previews World. It is, of course, based on the stories featuring Sherlock Holmes, but focuses on his urchins, the Baker Street Irregulars, and their loves. The artwork is detailed, the color choices are attractive, and it looks to be a very promising book. The catalogue confirms that it’s a 112 page softcover. It is written by J. B. Dijan and Olivier Legrand, with art by David Etien.
Elves Vol. 1 looks absolutely lovely–with a highly rendered myth-world to explore. I wasn’t able to find a listing for this book yet in Previews, but let’s hope it’s not too far off. According to the catalogue, this is also a 112 page softcover coming in May. It is written by Jean-Luc Istin, with art by Kyko Duarte and colors by Saito.
M.F.K. was originally a webcomic by Nilah Magruder that won a Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity, and now is coming to print. Rhe art is very accomplished and it’s set to be a book to look forward to. The catalogue lists this book as a 128 page hardcover coming in September 2017.
Zombies: A Brief History of Decay, is listed as coming out on April 5th, according to Previews, and the artwork here had a softer look than I was expecting, with an interestingly watercolor-like grey and sepia tone that did create a mood that interested me. In other words, there have been a lot of zombie books, but this one has a different feel. It also has some geographical ties to the Pacific Northwest, which may further set it apart. This book is a 152 page hardcover, according to the catalogue. It is written by Olivier Peru, and illustrated by Sophian Cholet, with colors by Simon Champelovier.
Lastly, Siberia 56, a sci-fi epic, is listed and again, the art is just really compelling for world-building. The cool color tones remind me of classic sci-fi traditions in movie posters and the like, and the inky linework seems both retro and lavish. According to Previews, this is coming out March 15th and the catalogue lists it as a 156 page hardcover. It is written by Christophe Bec and illustrated by Alexis Sentenac.
The catalogue listings were helpful, though it isn’t that easy to find information about these books online. Hopefully we’ll hear more about these Insight Comics in coming months. They have a lot to offer based on these previews.
The catalogue also contains a solid interview with comic creator Mark Irwin, a nice addition.