Hungry Ghosts, Mata Hari, And More From Berger Books At NYCC

Rosilyne Bean reported from New York Comic Con 2017:

Berger Books Presentation Panel At NYCC

At the Introduction to Berger Books panel at NYCC 2017, Karen Berger shared information about the new titles incoming from her team-up with Dark Horse Comics. Accompanying her were several writers and artists of the forthcoming series.

Hungry Ghosts, written by Anthony Bourdain and Joel Rose, will be a four-part anthology series inspired by traditional Japanese ghost stories. The series follows a group of chefs sharing food-related stories with each other. Not all of the stories will be set in Japan; some will take place in present day, or even renaissance Italy. You will see the first issue of this series in January 2018.

Incognegro: A Graphic Mystery is a title that will be re-released in a 10th anniversary edition this February. The story is inspired by true events that happened in the pre civil rights South. Walter White was a light-skinned black man who was a member of the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People). He would go undercover, passing as a white man to investigate lynchings. Creators are re-releasing the story in our current political climate. The story was written by Mat Johnson and illustrated by Warren Pleece.

Also coming in February is an Incognegro prequel, Incognegro Renaissance. This title will be coming out on February 7th, just in time for Black History Month, and is being done by the same creative team. As of now this will be a mini-series, but they are hoping to later do a sequel.

The third title discussed at the panel was Mata Hari, a five-issue biographical series written by Emma Beeby (Judge Dredd). The series will tell the story of this historical figure, who she was, and explore the treatment of women throughout history. The first issue will be available at the end of February 2018.

The Originals by Dave Gibbons (Watchmen) will be re-released at the end of April. The story is a futuristic take on the mods and rockers of London in the 1960s. The title will feature 32 pages of new material. Gibbons describes the work as very personal to him, and says that many of the events in the story are autobiographical.

Finally, a four-issue series that will be out in March is The Seeds, created by David Aja and Ann Nocenti. The story will surround a journalist who comes across the story of a lifetime, but isn't able to report the truth. The story reflects on nature, journalistic integrity, race, and gender.

About Bill Watters

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