Monday, January 12, 2015

World War II Comes to China (Courtesy of Dark Horse)


Even though 2015 is still fresh and new, Ethan Young has big plans for August. He's got plans to bring bravery in the face of an overwhelming enemy to the forefront of one of the biggest mass murders of World War II. Exploring the horrors of the Nanjing Massacre of 1937, Nanjing: The Burning City focuses on two abandoned Chinese soldiers trapped in the city as they desperately attempt to escape. Outnumbered by the invading Imperial Japanese Army, they’ll encounter the horrors and terrifying effects of war—but they’ll soon learn that no enemy can destroy the spirit of resistance and bravery.

“My purpose with this book is not only to inform readers of the event, but also to stretch my storytelling skills,” said Young. “I wanted to craft something both classical and cinematic, something I’ve never done on this scale. My hope is that anyone who picks up this book, without reading the words, can visually follow what’s going on.”

Written and drawn by Young, Nanjing: The Burning City delves into one of the most contentious events of World War II. Impeccably researched and drawn in Young’s critically acclaimed style, the original graphic novel brings new insight into one of World War II’s forgotten tragedies. Nanjing: The Burning City hits stores August 2015 for $24.99. Full press release below.

ETHAN YOUNG’S NANJING BRINGS WORLD WAR II TO CHINA


BRAVERY IN THE FACE OF THE ENEMY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MILWAUKIE, OR—In August, award-winning graphic novelist Ethan Young (Tails) brings bravery in the face of an overwhelming enemy to the forefront of one of the biggest mass murders of World War II.

Exploring the horrors of the Nanjing Massacre of 1937, Nanjing: The Burning City focuses on two abandoned Chinese soldiers trapped in the city as they desperately attempt to escape. Outnumbered by the invading Imperial Japanese Army, they’ll encounter the horrors and terrifying effects of war—but they’ll soon learn that no enemy can destroy the spirit of resistance and bravery.

Written and drawn by Independent Publisher Book Award winner Ethan Young, Nanjing: The Burning City delves into one of the most contentious events of World War II. Impeccably researched and drawn in Young’s critically acclaimed style, the original graphic novel brings new insight into one of World War II’s forgotten tragedies.

“My purpose with this book is not only to inform readers of the event, but also to stretch my storytelling skills,” Young told Robot 6. “I wanted to craft something both classical and cinematic, something I’ve never done on this scale. My hope is that anyone who picks up this book, without reading the words, can visually follow what’s going on.”

Nanjing: The Burning City hits stores August 2015 for $24.99.

Praise for Ethan Young
“Young’s style is fresh and accessible, conveying remarkable emotional tones through subtle use of lines, and consistently emphasizes the power of inking. It’s not surprising that Young finds plenty of work as an illustrator based upon his eye for striking single panel compositions, but his layouts and pacing are also memorable.”—The Beat
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About Dark Horse
Founded in 1986 by Mike Richardson, Dark Horse Comics has proven to be a solid example of how integrity and innovation can help broaden a unique storytelling medium and establish a small, homegrown company as an industry giant. The company is known for the progressive and creator-friendly atmosphere it provides for writers and artists. In addition to publishing comics from top talent, such as Frank Miller, Mike Mignola, Neil Gaiman, Brian Wood, Gerard Way, Felicia Day, and Guillermo del Toro, and comics legends, such as Will Eisner, Neal Adams, and Jim Steranko, Dark Horse has developed its own successful properties, such as The Mask, Ghost, Timecop, and SpyBoy. Its successful line of comics and products based on popular properties includes Mass Effect, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Aliens, Conan, EVE Online, Halo, Serenity, Game of Thrones, and Domo. Today Dark Horse Comics is the largest independent comic book publisher in the US and is recognized as one of the world’s leading publishers of both creator-owned content and licensed comics material.

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