Monday, February 22, 2016

Alena Arrives in America


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

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Kim W. Andersson’s “Alena” Arrives in America

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MILWAUKIE, OR— Kim W. Andersson is making waves in the international comics and film community. His original Swedish graphic novel Alena was adapted into a feature-length film in Sweden that just received a critically acclaimed US debut at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival 2016. Now the graphic novel will see full US distribution through 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.

Author and artist Kim W. Andersson (The Complete Love Hurts) 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. Preorder your copy today at your local comic shopor through these fine retailers:

Amazon
Barnes and Noble
IndieBound
Praise for Kim W. Andersson:

“Kim W. Andersson’s graphic novel Alena has unsurprisingly been described as Let the Right One In meetsShow Me Love set in a boarding school. Count on vengeance, violence and broken teenage hearts.”—Stockholm Film Festival

“Not for the faint of heart, but wicked fun for the right audience.”—Booklist

“Kim Andersson is able to play around with many different styles, and it works. He does a good job bringing a different side of love to life.”—San Francisco Book Review

Also available from Kim W. Andersson:
The Complete Love Hurts TPB | 978-1-61655-859-8 | $19.99

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About Dark Horse
For 30 years, 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. Founded in 1986 by Mike Richardson, 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 Eric Powell, Mike Mignola, Geof Darrow, Brian Wood, Gail Simone, Stan Sakai, and Guillermo del Toro, and comics legends, such as Will Eisner, Milo Manara, Kazuo Koike, Neil Gaiman and Frank Miller, Dark Horse has developed its own successful properties, such as The Mask, Ghost, X and Barb Wire. Its successful line of comics, manga and products based on popular properties includes Dragon Age, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Aliens, Conan, Tomb Raider, Halo, The Witcher, Serenity, Game of Thrones, and Avatar: The Last Airbender. Today Dark Horse Comics is the largest independent comic book publisher in the US and is recognized as one of the world’s leading entertainment publishers.

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