SelfMadeHero is a quirky independent publishing house committed to producing ground-breaking work in the graphic novel medium. Self Made Hero commission independently minded, commercially successful work while championing the very best graphic novels in translation.
To celebrate 10 years of Self Made Hero publications we have a selection of their catalogue in-store, check out some of our favourites below.
From the pioneering work of the Lumière brothers to the latest digital and 3D innovations in film-making, Edward Ross takes readers on a concise and entertaining journey through the history of cinema, noting the landmark movies and film-makers who have shaped our lives.
Each chapter focuses on a specific area of the artform. Ross investigates the ways in which film has shaped how we look at the world through the likes of Nanook of the North, Rear Window and Peeping Tom; how changing perceptions of our physical appearance and diversity are manifest in Being John Malkovich, Freaks and The Fly; and in discussing the impact of sets and architecture, he revisits Metropolis and Blade Runner.
An exploration of time brings into focus the likes of Russian Ark, High Noon and Battleship Potemkin. The power of the spoken word finds its voice in The Great Dictator, 2001: A Space Odyssey and Pontypool, while the nature of propaganda is discussed through films such as Triumph of the Will, Top Gun and Disney’s animations. The concluding chapter explores technological progress, highlighting Videodrome, Ringu and Jurassic Park, as well as digital advances within the film-making process.
Written in the informative tradition of books such as Scott McCloud’s Understanding Comics, Filmish explores themes including sexuality, race and censorship, discovering the ideas behind films from Star Wars to Die Hard and the methods of directors who have helped shape our cinematic world, referencing the likes of Eisenstein, Hitchcock, Godard and Tarantino. A book that is sure to appeal to film lovers and graphic novel readers alike.
“[Filmish] leaves you with a long list of pictures you will want either to revisit, or to see for the first time… Just what the projectionist ordered.“ – The Observer
The Good Inn
Based on a yet-to-be-written soundtrack to a movie that doesn’t yet exist, The Good Inn is filled with the same eccentricity and imagination as Black Francis’ music. In 1907, the battleship Iéna exploded off the coast of France. In 1908, La Bonne Auberge became the earliest known pornographic film and depicted a French soldier and an innkeeper’s daughter.
Loosely based on these events, The Good Inn follows the lone survivor of the Iéna as he makes his way through the French countryside, has a sexual adventure with an innkeeper’s daughter and falls into a strange counter-universe. Illustrated throughout, the novel weaves together real historical facts to recreate this piece of lost history.
A unique collaboration between a musical genius, an acclaimed biographer, and one of the UK’s best-known artists, The Good Inn is a story about the people who made the world’s first pornographic film, shaping the film industry for generations to come. It also explores the power of memory and the simultaneously destructive and restorative power of light.
With co-writer Josh Frank, Black Francis brings his brilliantly bizarre imagination to the page in prose complemented by the quirky drawings of Steven Appleby. The Good Inn is an unforgettable piece of illustrated fiction that belongs as much to the ranks of absurdist literature as it does to the tradition of books by indie stars like Patti Smith and Nick Cave.
“[The Good Inn] wears its research into cinema and French history proudly, conducting its narrative with sweetness and elegance.“ – Q Magazine
Hellraisers is the story of four of the greatest boozers of all time: Richard Burton, Richard Harris, Peter O’Toole & Oliver Reed. Robert Sellers and JAKe weave their four biographies seamlessly into one boozy adventure. So pull up a barstool and get ready to hear some ripping yarns of vodka-fuelled fun, parties, orgies,
binges, blackouts and killer hangovers. The tale begins in an ordinary London pub at Christmas time.
Sitting alone at the bar is Martin, drinking himself into oblivion. Our four Hellraisers, alerted to a comrade in need, are compelled to intervene. One by one, they take this disillusioned soul on a personal tour of their lives, their tumultuous childhoods, rise to stardom, and chaotic personal lives; providing all wannabe hellraisers with four cautionary tales in comic form.
But before you get settled, it’s your round!
“It’s a match made in Hollywood heaven.“ – The Independent On Sunday
For the 130th anniversary of his birth, Franz Kafka’s classic tale gets the graphic novel treatment following SelfMadeHero’s critically acclaimed adaptation of The Trial. The protagonist, K., arrives in a snowbound village which is overshadowed by a castle. That’s where the bureaucrats live but K. finds getting access to them is an impossible battle of endless paperwork, rules and regulations that dictate daily life in the village. His efforts lead to misunderstandings and transgressions that bring him into increasing conflict with the authorities.
The Castle is a surreal parable that explores Kafka’s familiar themes of solitude, bureaucracy and alienation. The Castle is adapted by writer/ playwright David Zane Mairowitz whose previous work for SelfMadeHero includes Crime and Punishment and The Trial, and it is illustrated by Prague-born singer/artist Jaromír 99.
“Brilliantly conjures the atmosphere of Kafka’s last, unfinished novel.“ – The Financial Times
Many words can be applied to the renowned surrealist artist Salvador Dalí, and yet he remains an enigma. Renowned French comics artist Edmond Baudoin explores the Life and times of a man whose talent for self-promotion often overshadowed his painterly reputation. In Dalí, Baudoin captures his eccentric behaviour, reflects on his artistic legacy and attempts to disentangle the man from the myth.
This masterful graphic novel takes in Dalí’s childhood obsessions, his meetings with Picasso, his relationship to Breton and the Surrealists and his collaborations with the playwright García Lorca and the filmmaker Luis Buñuel. With his wife and muse Gala, Dalí travels from Spain to America, where his encounters with Walt Disney, Hitchcock and Warhol firmly establish him as an international, occasionally notorious, phenomenon. Baudoin allows his narrative to grow organically out of the painter’s darkest nightmares – melting clocks, burning giraffes, rotting donkeys – as well as from his most brilliant work, including “Metamorphosis of Narcissus” and “The Persistence of Time”.
Commissioned by the Pompidou Centre in Paris, Dalí is a graphic novel of rare brilliance that captures the personal and creative influences of one of the world’s most instantly recognisable painters. But it is also a thought-provoking meditation on the relationship between an artist and his work. The book additionally contains a detailed chronology of Dalí’s life and a bibliography. Be prepared to journey into the realms of the subconscious and rediscover the life of a singularly unique artist.
Few personalities of the 20th century have had such a polarising effect or can look back on such an eventful and contradictory life as the former Cuban revolutionary and head of state Fidel Castro.
Reinhard Kleist portrays the Máximo Líder’s world-changing life with intense energy: from the young Fidel’s first attempt to incite a workers’ uprising on his father’s finca, to his victorious revolution against the Batista regime, the CIA’s failed Bay of Pigs invasion and the Cuban Missile Crisis, right up to the decades of deprivation and the persecution of political dissenters who, in increasing opposition to Castro’s ideals, appeared to stand for a more just society.
“inevitably Castro dominates, and Kleist does a fine job of rendering the self-belief that both fuelled him and led this avowed lover of freedom into brutal crackdowns.” – The Guardian