Popular French Canadian Graphic Novel Comes to Print for First Time in the United States
PORTLAND, OR: Oni Press is proud to announce the United States publication of Quebeçois creator François Vigneault’s graphic novel Titan, coming in September 2020.
Editor Grace Bornhoft said, “Titan grabbed me in the first few pages. I immediately recognized that it had all the elements of a gripping sci-fi thriller, but it was the story of the tension between the exploiter and the exploited that sets this book apart.”
For creator François Vigneault, writing Titan felt like coming home in some ways. “I worked on Titan for over five years, most of that while I was still living in the States. I was born and raised in the USA, and spent almost my whole life there, so it’s no surprise that Titan is inspired by historical and social currents of my homeland.”
When MNGR First Class João da Silva arrives on the moon of Titan to take charge of Homestead Station, he finds the massive mining colony plagued by tensions between the giant, genetically-engineered Titan workers and the Terran management. As anger mounts, what began as a routine posting quickly turns into something far more dangerous.
Phoebe Mackintosh thought she left her fighting days behind her when she turned her back on the “mixing” circuit. Now, she finds herself caught between a past she’d rather forget and a future she can’t predict.
Together, they must find a way to pull Homestead back from the brink of disaster… Or Titan might be the spark that sets the entire solar system ablaze.
When asked about the story’s relevance to today, François said, “Science fiction typically does a terrible job of accurately predicting the future, but it has always been a great way to explore contemporary anxieties (just ask H.G. Wells). Titan is my attempt to write a fun, exciting sci-fi story, but at the same time maybe it can be some food for thought as we head into the election, and beyond.”
According to the editor, “Even though it’s set in the far reaches of outer space, Titan has a lot to say about our present world that I think will light a spark with readers.”
Titan will be available online and in stores September 15, 2020.
About the Creator:
François Vigneault is a freelance illustrator, designer, and cartoonist (not necessarily in that order). In addition to Titan, his work includes 13e Avenue (Éditions de la Pastèque) and the upcoming Orcs in Space (Oni Press), and his comics and illustrations have appeared in publications such as Planches, Papercutter, Kayak, and Study Group Magazine. His work has been nominated for numerous awards, including the Joe Shuster Award, Prix des Libraires, and the Prix des Collèges. Born in the United States to immigrant parents, he has lived and worked in Montréal, Québec since 2015.
About Lion Forge Comics:
Lion Forge strives to publish comics for everyone to enjoy, regardless of gender identity, ethnicity, or cultural background. The original graphic novel Andre the Giant: Closer to Heaven was nominated for three Glyph Awards, as well as the Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity, and Lighter Than My Shadow was voted the 2017 Graphic Novel of the Year by Amazon. In 2018, the Dwayne McDuffie Award-winning Upgrade Soul was selected as one of the year’s best books by Publisher’s Weekly. Lion Forge Comics includes the Roar imprint for young adults, the Caracal imprint for middle-grade aged children, the CubHouse imprint for early readers, and the Quillion imprint, bringing together comics and tabletop gaming. It is also home to the Magnetic Collection of premium and critically acclaimed comics and graphic novels, boasting multiple Eisner Award nominees. Across multiple imprints and formats that include licensed properties like DreamWorks Voltron Legendary Defender, original works from top independent creators, and the original and all-inclusive Catalyst Prime superhero universe, Lion Forge publishes something for every level of comic book fan, young and old.
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Established in 1997, Oni Press’s curated line includes a variety of award-winning original and licensed comic books and graphic novels, including: Adult Swim’s Rick and Morty™, Nickelodeon’s Invader ZIM, Scott Pilgrim,Queen & Country, Courtney Crumrin, Wasteland, The Sixth Gun, Stumptown, Wet Moon, Letter 44, The Bunker, The Tea Dragon Society, The Coldest City, and Kaijumax.
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