Official Press Release
Zazil is an orphan who is cursed with bad luck and trapped in a monotonous life. He longs to escape from the drudgery of his waking life and the troubled thoughts that haunt him....
Crab Scrambly, the artist known to Slave Labor Graphics readers from his paintings in the storybook Everything Can Be Beaten, written by Chancre Scolex (sometimes known as Jhonen Vasquez), now has penned and illustrated a storybook of his own, The 13th of Never. The 72-page novella features more than 30 full-page black-and-white drawings by Scrambly, and is scheduled to be released in February 2004.
In The 13th of Never, Zazil discovers a good luck charm in a dusty curio shop. It proves to be his ticket away from the mundane, but it brings him everything but good luck. When soul-stealing creatures called Charnocks pursue Zazil through strange lands and ghost trains, he must use his wits and courage to escape them -- and to finally face his past.
"The ideas and images for The 13th of Never have been floating around in my head for the last ten or so years," said Scrambly of the book's conception, "but it all became clearer a few years back when I took a train ride through badlands of eastern Europe, where big, creepy castles and monsters still exist. I knew then that I wanted to create a dark fairy tale influenced by the films of Terry Gilliam, Jim Henson and the Brothers Quay with a dash of Edward Gorey thrown in."
No stranger to creepiness and monsters, Serena Valentino, who is the writer of two series for SLG (GloomCookie and Nightmares & Fairy Tales) praises The 13th of Never as an "engaging story that will capture the imaginations of the children inside of all of us. It's superbly illustrated and the story has an endearing fairytale quality." Valentino, who is collaborating with Scrambly on a project about the infamous Delphine Delaurie called 1140 Royal Street, added, "Crab's illustrations are always a marvel, and this is no exception -- it makes me even more eager to work with him on our project."
The 13th of Never is a 72-page illustrated novella in 5.5 x 7-inch digest format. It will retail for $7.95. A preview is available at SLG Publishing's website, www.slavelabor.com.
Established in 1986, SLG Publishing is a San Jose, CA-based publisher of comics books and graphic novels. Operating under its imprints Slave Labor Graphics and Amaze Ink, SLG Publishing has distributed the work of such notable cartoonists as Jhonen Vasquez, Roman Dirge, Evan Dorkin and Andi Watson.