Kim W. Andersson is getting lots and lots of attention. Why? His original Swedish graphic novel Alena was adapted into a feature-length film in Sweden. It also received critical acclaim in its US debut at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival 2016 and now the graphic novel is getting the US distribution treatment via Dark Horse Comics.
Alena’s life is a living hell. Since she arrived at a snobbish boarding school, she’s been harassed every day by Philippa and the girls on the lacrosse team. But Alena’s best friend Josephine is not going to accept that anymore. Not from the counselor or the principal, not from Philippa, and not from anyone else at that horrid school. If Alena does not fight back, then Josephine will take matters into her own hands. There’s just one problem . . . Josephine has been dead for a year.
Andersson is the winner of the Swedish Comics Academy’s Adamson statue—Sweden’s most prestigious comics award—and a creator to watch in the coming year. Alena (978-1-50670-215-5) is in stores August 24, 2016. Full press release below.
Kim W. Andersson’s “Alena” Arrives in America