Drawn and Quarterly announced yesterday that they will publish Gilbert Hernandez's semi-autobiographical graphic novel Marble Season in the fall of 2012. The news came from D+Q's creative director and acquiring editor, Tom Devlin, who described the book this way: "MARBLE SEASON is the autobiographical side of this great cartoonist (albeit semi-fictionalized)--where we get to see how his young comics mind developed."
Marble Season was one of the many topics that came up in Hernandez's conversation with our own Chris Mautner at CBR earlier this year. "I'm planning a serious, long graphic novel in the near future of a semi-autobiographical nature," he told Mautner. "I'm going to do my best in making 'Marble Season' my last word on the subject."
"Marble Season" will feature kids growing up in the 1960s and [illustrate] how pop culture informs their interests, like comic books, movies, TV and sports. The different kids are rarely on the same page with their interests: the jock kids dismiss the comic book kids and vice versa, etc. The ‘60s setting is where it's semi-autobiographical, I guess.
This is Hernandez's first book for D+Q, and they will be launching a book tour to promote it next year.