News / April 2019 brings James Albon's lush, political A SHINING BEACON!

April 2019 brings James Albon's lush, political A SHINING BEACON!

December 14, 2018


Pictures at a revolution: acclaimed graphic novelist James Albon (Her Bark and Her Bite) explores the role of the artist in a frighteningly familiar near-future of tyrannical regimes and popular revolts.

Francesca Saxon, artist and loyal citizen of the nation, is thrilled when she receives a commission to design the central mural of an epic new swimming pool: the jewel in the crown for an insecure regime obsessed by propaganda. Leaving the comfort of her coastal hometown for the lap of luxury of the capital, she is swept up in the paranoia of a government threatened by underground revolutionaries, whose promise of a freer, happier future looks increasingly appealing. Torn between rival factions and her personal loyalties, she realizes that when ideology has a stranglehold on art, the picture is rarely pretty.

Praise for James Albon:

"Like a New Yorker cover spun out to a full­-length story... Albon uses loose and energetic colored pencil, in a palette heavy in yellows and blues, to capture the social and emotional whirl of this airy tale." — Publishers Weekly

"James Albon's delicate and utterly unique artwork is so alive on the page, you can't help but be charmed and completely swept up." — Jeff Lemire, author of Essex County and The Underwater Welder

“Lines and shade flow through the panels, bringing the story to life as if it were caught in a breeze… an extraordinary book.” — Grovel

"The images lift off the page, practically dancing in your line of sight. Many of the page spreads are breathtaking, and the whole book exudes a confident slinkiness." — Sequential State

A Shining Beacon by James Albon
ISBN 978-1-60309-445-0 • Diamond: DEC180806
$19.99 (US) • full-color interiors • For mature readers (16+)
a 224-page softcover graphic novel with flaps • 7.5" x 9.75"

Coming in April 2019
Check out an interior preview.
Then pre-order from your favorite retailer!