From The Man Who Popularised The Graphic Novel, Something Else Entirely – Is She Available? By Igor Goldkind And Friends

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Igor Goldkind is one of the most influential people in the sphere of modern day comic books. Even though he's been absent for some time.

Back in the eighties, Goldkind worked in the British comic book industry around the time something very interesting was happening  the days of Ronin, of Dark Knight, of Watchmen and the like. And Goldkind decided that a new phrase was needed for the media to help sell these big fat comic books in. And thankfully Will Eisner had given it to him.

It was Goldkind who popularised the phrase "graphic novel" with the media and found that gave them permission to cover the rather previously-considered rather childish medium of comic books.

It all came crashing down of course, as publisher after publisher then repackaged their still-rather-childish comics books as "graphic novels" and it would set the industry back a couple of decades but now, as Goldkind's vision of what graphic novels could be, he is returning. But not with a comic, or a graphic novel, but something else.

A book of poetry, including a few comic strips, and  illustrated by some of the greatest and the good of those in comic books who he has known along the way. And which does something very new as well, transforming the medium.

Is She Available is accompanied by the work of David Lloyd, Liam Sharp, Bill Sienkiewicz, Glenn Fabry, Rian Hughes and more, which will also include audio recordings embedded in the book itself. And accompanied by signing tours and performances for its release.

This isn't a graphic novel. It's something else entirely.

I'm sure Igor will come up with a good name for it.

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An accompanying CD by the name Is She? will be available and Goldkind and the band will be going on a ten city live performance tour in the spring in the US and in the autumn in the UK.

and if you wouldn't mind adding the Devinatart link to the 15 modules @

About Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.

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