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Avatar Press to reprint Alan Moore’s ‘A Small Killing’

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Avatar Press to reprint Alan Moore’s ‘A Small Killing’

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Avatar Press has announced that it will bring one of the most
important graphic novels of the past decade back into print
with Alan Moore’s A Small Killing, a sophisticated thriller
from the creator who has helped define the graphic novel form.
Scheduled to be published in May 2003, the full color,
oversized, 104 page project is painted by artist Oscar Zarate.
This upgraded new edition includes completely remastered
artwork and lettering, a commentary article by both Alan Moore
and Oscar Zarate, and new cover art for both the regular and
hardcover editions. One of a number of Moore projects
announced by Avatar recently, Alan Moore’s A Small Killing
joins an Avatar Press schedule that includes work from several
high-profile creators in early 2003 including Frank Miller,
Warren Ellis, Garth Ennis, Joe R. Lansdale and Tim Truman, and
other projects from Moore himself.

The project is considered by many to be one of Moore’s best
works, and pivotal in the development of the themes he has
explored as a writer. “A Small Killing is a very personal,
tremendously affecting piece of work, and a keystone in
Moore’s body of writing,” notes fellow writer Warren Ellis.

“A Small Killing, of all of the works that I have done over
the course of my career, is the one I think of as the one that
almost got away. I’ve always thought it was a wonderful work,
one of the best things I’ve ever done,” says creator Alan
Moore. “Working with Oscar Zarate was an incredible
experience and he remains a close friend and colleague to this
day. We’d both felt we had outdone ourselves on that
particular book. It was released in an unusual format by a
publisher who was testing the waters on graphic novels without
necessarily a great and inclusive game plan behind that and
for whatever reason, it never seemed to receive the attention
that I think the work probably deserved. That may not be for
me to say any may be for other people to make their mind up
about, but for my money, A Small Killing is one of the best
pieces of comic book art that I have ever been involved in. I
am looking forward to seeing the Avatar edition, released ten
years after the initial release. Maybe sensibilities have
changed in the intervening decade and maybe that some of the
material that we were dealing with then might make more sense
if looked at from a vantage point of now. So I’m very much
looking forward to this new edition of one of my all-time
favorite pieces of work.”

“At a time when original graphic novels are receiving more
attention than ever, I’m pleased to be working with Alan Moore
and Oscar Zarate to make this key contribution to the form
available again to the readership with this upgraded new
edition,” adds Avatar Press editor in chief William
Christensen. “A Small Killing is a vital part of Moore’s
body of work and it should be accessible to a wide audience.”

A Small Killing is the story of Timothy Hole, a successful
adman who has just been handed the biggest assignment of his
life, marketing a major cola in Russia. But his smooth life
begins to unravel as he is stalked by a demonic child that
makes him question not just who he is, but how he really
effects those around him. It is about the little murders that
we all have to make each day just to get by. The trace
assassinations of tiny things. Really, how much damage can be
done by a small killing?

Alan Moore’s A Small Killing is a full color, oversized, 104
page graphic novel scheduled for release in May 2003 from
Avatar Press. Written by Alan Moore with fully painted artwork
by Oscar Zarate, this new edition includes completely
remastered artwork and lettering, and a commentary article by
both Alan Moore and Oscar Zarate. The graphic novel will be
available in regular and limited hardcover editions.

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