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By Brian Jacks


Avatar Press has announced that it will bring one of the most important graphic novels of the past decade back into print with Alan Moore's A Small Killing, a sophisticated thriller from the creator who has helped define the graphic novel form.

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Scheduled to be published in May 2003, the full color, oversized, 104 page project is painted by artist Oscar Zarate. This upgraded new edition includes completely remastered artwork and lettering, a commentary article by both Alan Moore and Oscar Zarate, and new cover art for both the regular and hardcover editions. One of a number of Moore projects announced by Avatar recently, Alan Moore's A Small Killing joins an Avatar Press schedule that includes work from several high-profile creators in early 2003 including Frank Miller, Warren Ellis, Garth Ennis, Joe R. Lansdale and Tim Truman, and other projects from Moore himself.

The project is considered by many to be one of Moore's best works, and pivotal in the development of the themes he has explored as a writer. "A Small Killing is a very personal, tremendously affecting piece of work, and a keystone in Moore's body of writing," notes fellow writer Warren Ellis.

"A Small Killing, of all of the works that I have done over the course of my career, is the one I think of as the one that almost got away. I've always thought it was a wonderful work, one of the best things I've ever done," says creator Alan Moore. "Working with Oscar Zarate was an incredible experience and he remains a close friend and colleague to this day. We'd both felt we had outdone ourselves on that particular book. It was released in an unusual format by a publisher who was testing the waters on graphic novels without necessarily a great and inclusive game plan behind that and for whatever reason, it never seemed to receive the attention that I think the work probably deserved. That may not be for me to say any may be for other people to make their mind up about, but for my money, vA Small Killing is one of the best pieces of comic book art that I have ever been involved in. I am looking forward to seeing the Avatar edition, released ten years after the initial release. Maybe sensibilities have changed in the intervening decade and maybe that some of the material that we were dealing with then might make more sense if looked at from a vantage point of now. So I'm very much looking forward to this new edition of one of my all-time favorite pieces of work."

"At a time when original graphic novels are receiving more attention than ever, I'm pleased to be working with Alan Moore and Oscar Zarate to make this key contribution to the form available again to the readership with this upgraded new edition," adds Avatar Press editor in chief William Christensen. "A Small Killing is a vital part of Moore's body of work and it should be accessible to a wide audience."

The publisher describes the book like this: 'A Small Killing' is the story of Timothy Hole, a successful adman who has just been handed the biggest assignment of his life, marketing a major cola in Russia. But his smooth life begins to unravel as he is stalked by a demonic child that makes him question not just who he is, but how he really effects those around him. It is about the little murders that we all have to make each day just to get by. The trace assassinations of tiny things. Really, how much damage can be done by a small killing?

Alan Moore's A Small Killing is a full color, oversized, 104-page graphic novel scheduled for release in May 2003 from Avatar Press. Written by Alan Moore with fully painted artwork by Oscar Zarate, this new edition includes completely remastered artwork and lettering, and a commentary article by both Alan Moore and Oscar Zarate. The graphic novel will be available in regular and limited hardcover editions.

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