Thursday, June 25, 2015

Sina Grace is Self-Obsessed


Sina Grace is going back to his roots. Those roots will be on full display in Self-Obsessed, a new graphic novel memoir from Image Comics. The book comes from the one-shot of the same name, bringing with it over 80 pages of new material. Folks who enjoy digging into the mindset of an artist asking himself what depths he’ll need to plumb to be anybody’s somebody.

“It felt like the world took away every incentive to live, love, and make stories,” Grace said. “After a lot of grieving and introspection, I decided that all I wanted to do was tell stories that were 100% the realest me I could give the reader. #YOLO.”

A number of personal tribulations—including a death in the family and the end of a longterm relationship—derailed all momentum and sent Grace spiraling into a depression. After leaving his hometown of Los Angeles and traveling across the American Southwest, Grace found his passion project for 2015: himself. Influenced by nights spent poring over Joan Didion, Arthur Rimbaud and Anders Nilsen, the scope of stories in Self-Obsessed reflect the ups-and-downs of breaking into comics, reconciling relationships past, and discovering what true selfhood looks like. Mixed with long-forgotten strips unearthed from the creator’s messy archives, conversations with contemporaries Ryan O’Connell and Colleen Green, as well as essays exploring gender, identity, and pursuing one’s dreams, Grace brings a whole new spin to memoir for the Twitter age.

Self-Obsessed (ISBN: 978-1-63215-449-1, Diamonde Code: JUL150640) arrives September 30 and will be available for $9.99. The graphic novel will include an introduction from Jeff Lemire, as well as a free audiobook download. 

Full press release below.
SINA GRACE IS SELF-OBSESSED

Sina Grace is returning to his slice-of-life roots in SELF-OBSESSED, a new graphic novel memoir from Image Comics. Spawned from the one-shot of the same name, SELF-OBSESSED debuts over 80 pages of new material, providing readers an intimate peek into the brain of an artist asking himself what depths he’ll need to plumb to be anybody’s somebody.

After a critically successful run on two BURN THE ORPHANAGE miniseries, a return to the cult favorite LI’L DEPRESSED BOY, and the launch of the all-ages series PENNY DORA & THE WISHING BOX, Grace thought 2014 was his year to shine. Unfortunately, a number of personal tribulations—including a death in the family and the end of a longterm relationship—derailed all momentum and sent him spiraling into a depression. After leaving his hometown of Los Angeles and traveling across the American Southwest, Grace found his passion project for 2015: himself.

“It felt like the world took away every incentive to live, love, and make stories,” Grace said. “After a lot of grieving and introspection, I decided that all I wanted to do was tell stories that were 100% the realest me I could give the reader. #YOLO.”

Influenced by nights spent poring over Joan Didion, Arthur Rimbaud, and Anders Nilsen, the scope of stories in SELF-OBSESSED reflect the ups-and-downs of breaking into comics, reconciling relationships past, and discovering what true selfhood looks like. Mixed with long-forgotten strips unearthed from the creator’s messy archives, conversations with contemporaries Ryan O’Connell and Colleen Green, as well as essays exploring gender, identity, and pursuing one’s dreams, Grace brings a whole new spin to memoir for the Twitter age.

SELF-OBSESSED (ISBN: 978-1-63215-449-1, Diamonde Code: JUL150640) arrives September 30 and will be available for $9.99. The graphic novel will include an introduction from Jeff Lemire (DESCENDER, Sweet Tooth), as well as a free audiobook download.

For more information, please visit: sinagrace.com/selfobsessed

ABOUT IMAGE COMICS

Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of best-selling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has five partners: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri and Jim Valentino. It consists of five major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline, Skybound and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, fantasy, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit www.imagecomics.com.

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