Official Press Release
Dark Horse Comics is proud to present Beards of our Forefathers-a collection of David Malki’s Ignatz-nominated comic strip Wondermark-in a handsome, hardbound edition. Malki crafts his unique comic strips by combining public-domain Victorian-era engravings with clever original dialogue to illustrate an often-poignant social commentary. Against the pinned-down and buttoned-up backdrop of a bygone era, Malki’s sarcastic yet sincere sense of humor adds layers of depth and lucidity to his creation, pitting classic representations against contemporary comedy. In addition to an extensive collection of comic strips from the Wondermark archive, Beards of our Forefathers will include 20+ pages of revised, previously unreleased, and brand-new material.
“Each comic strip is its own little world, telling its own little story,” Malki explained. “They resemble the world we know, but twisted a half-turn, or more. My only overall goal is to present a narrative of contemporary life that will confound future archaeologists.”
David Malki is part of the new generation of self-syndicated webcomic creators, a group which includes celebrated artists such as Nicholas Gurewitch (The Perry Bible Fellowship), Keith Knight (K Chronicles, (t)hink), Jerry Holkins and Mike Krahulik (Penny Arcade), and many others. With new installments appearing twice every week, Wondermark.com entertains over 100,000 unique visitors per month. In addition, Wondermark strips appear in college newspapers and alternative publications everywhere, including a nationwide syndication in The Onion’s print edition.
Beards of our Forefathers will be available in June 2008.