Official Press Release
IDW Publishing is proud to announce that Bob Fingerman’s From the Ashes, a graphic novel collecting the renowned series, will debut on February 10, 2010. A “speculative memoir,” From the Ashes pits Fingerman and his real-life wife, Michele, against the radioactive elements in a post-apocalyptic New York City, positing an alternate timeline that starts in the lead up to the 2008 presidential election.
“The problem with most memoirs is there just aren’t enough mutants and zombies in them for my liking,” said Fingerman, and he rectifies that problem in spades in this gorgeously drawn, sharply written satire.
“From the Ashes is my speculative memoir of ‘what might yet be’ (well, not really). It’s an open love letter to my wife — but not a gummy, icky, Nicholas Sparksy Harlequin Romance kind of thing,” wrote Fingerman in a recent HUFFINGTON POST piece. “I don’t want to leak spoilers, but readers should take special pleasure in the messianic depiction of a scary TV pundit, far-right religious whackos, celeb corpses, tinges of Oz (as in The Wizard of as well as the HBO series). With nearly six billion dead, there’s plenty of room to share my nuclear holocaust.”
Additionally, From the Ashes also offers a refreshing twist on how both women and marriage are usually portrayed in comics. Fingerman, the critically acclaimed writer/artist of Beg The Question, Recess Pieces, Connective Tissue, and the well-received novel Bottomfeeder, depicts himself and his wife as equals and best friends. Michele is as adept at kicking zombie ass as she was at wielding her blackberry in her pre-apocalypse career, and Fingerman’s love for her (and for cartooning) radiates from every page.
From the Ashes boasts an introduction by comedian Marc Maron (of the popular podcast WTF) as well as over 25 pages of additional material not in the original issues.
From the Ashes ($19.99, 176 pages) will be available in stores on February 10, 2010. ISBN 978-1600106002.