Drawn & Quarterly has acquired the English rights for the French OGNs Hostage by Guy Delisle and Poppies of Iraq by Brigitte Findakly and Lewis Trondheim. Both will be translated by Helge Dascher.
“We have had the honor of working with Guy Delisle for over ten years, and he never ceases to amaze us with his intellect, humor, and ethic,” said D+Q Publisher Peggy Burns of Hostage. “There has never been a graphic novel like Hostage before — Guy keeps the reader on the edge of their seat while telling a story that is confined to a few empty rooms. Hostage reveals the breadth of the human experience in a few drawn lines.”
Taking a break from his travelogues, Hostage is a true story about the experiences of a Doctors Without Borders administrator who was kidnapped in Caucasas and imprisoned for over 100 days. It will debut first in France with Darguard in the fall of 2016, with D&Q's English language edition scheduled for Spring 2017.
Poppies of Iraq is based on Findakly's own life, from growing up in Saddam Hussein-controlled Iraq then fleeing to France with her family as a teen. Her husband Trondheim illustrated this story.
“Working with Lewis Trondheim is a dream come true for D+Q, “ said Burns. “We couldn’t be more pleased to be publishing this intimate biographical collaboration with his spouse and colorist, and of course, Poppies of Iraq draws in key historical moments, too. Whether they’re discussing coups d’etat, local customs, censorship, the Iraq-Iran War, or feminism, Trondheim and Findakly are evenhanded, informative, and deeply humane.”
Poppies of Iraq will debut in France this August from L'Association, before D+Q's North American release in the fall of 2017.