Official Press Release
Faith Erin Hicks, creator of the acclaimed and fan-favorite graphic novel Zombies Calling, is among the numerous artists who will be appearing at the SLG Publishing booth at this year’s Comic-Con in San Diego, taking place between July 24th â€” July 27th.
In addition to promoting her next eagerly anticipated project with SLG, The War At Ellsmere, Hicks is looking forward to attending Comic-Con for the first time. “I’m looking forward to the spectacle of it all! I’ve never before been to such a huge convention and I’ve heard it’s an insane whirlwind of geekdom,” says Hicks, “I’m hoping to meet up with fellow comic artists, see the sights and not get trampled by the roving hordes.”
Hicks’ Zombies Calling marked the first in what is hoped to be a long line of collaborations with SLG. “I’ve really enjoyed working with SLG. They’re very supportive and enthusiastic about graphic novels, and really seem to be ahead of the creative curve. I hope they’ll be okay with me sticking around for a bit,” says Hicks. SLG Editor-in-Chief Jennifer de Guzman echoes Hicks’ excitement: “Faith is a new voice in comics that is lively and smart, and her stories have a wide range and wide appeal [with] her unique perspective and great protagonists…I am very excited that she will be at Comic-Con because I know there are a lot of her fans who want to meet her in person — her editor among them!”
The War At Ellsmere continues Hicks’ tradition of portraying strong, female leads against incredible circumstances. Set in the fictional, prestigious Ellsmere girls’ boarding school, Hicks brings us the story of Jun, the newest scholarship student, and her discovery that things at the school aren’t exactly what they seem. Intertwined with Jun’s orientation and adjustment to her new surroundings are stories about man-eating unicorns and whispers of other mythical beasts. “[The story] was somewhat inspired by the books I read as a kid,” says Hicks, “by authors like Lloyd Alexander, Diana Wynne Jones and Jane Yolen, books about resourceful, engaging heroines having adventures and battling evil.”
You can find both Faith Erin Hicks and a free preview of The War at Ellsmere at the SLG booth (#1815) at Comic-Con. She is scheduled to appear on Thursday, July 24th between 10:00-11:00 AM, 1:30 – 3:00 PM, and 5- 6:00 PM. Please note that dates and times are subject to change.
Zombies Calling is available in bookstores, comic shops, and through SLG Publishing’s website, www.slgcomic.com .
SLG Publishing is a San Jose, CA based publisher of comic books, graphic novels and related merchandise. Established in 1986 some of SLG’s more notable comics and creators have included Johnny the Homicidal Maniac by Jhonen Vasquez, Lenore by Roman Dirge, Milk & Cheese by Evan Dorkin and Zombies Calling by Faith Erin Hicks.