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Exclusive: Dark Horse to Publish Wordless ‘Baboon’

We’re breaking the news of a new wordless graphic novel this morning: Dark Horse will publish the Spanish graphic novel Baboon, by the singly-named Pau, in July 2020. This is a wordless animal story about an orphaned baby baboon who is adopted by a cheetah and then has to find his way back into the baboon world after the cheetah is killed. It’s a bit like Frédéric Brrémaud and Federico Bertolucci’s Love: The Tiger, but with a more cartoony look and feel. We have a preview for you this morning, followed by the press release. Enjoy!

The Wordless Graphic Novel ‘Baboon!’ Arrives July 2020 For Young Readers

MILWAUKIE, Ore., (November 11, 2019)—Renowned Spanish writer and artist Pau (Atlas and Axis) brought to life a completely wordless graphic novel for young readers, Baboon! which will be available in North America for the first time July 2020.

Originally published by Spanish publisher Escápula, Baboon! brings to life a sincere and endearing story all through Pau’s gorgeous art. After the death of its adopted leopard mother, an orphaned baboon wanders the wild in search of companionship and a sense of identity. 

Luckily for our ape-hero, he stumbles upon the troop of baboons from which it was originally stolen, and falls in love with the troop’s head female. The young baboon will do everything it can to earn the affection of his new love interest and earn the respect of the animal kingdom while he’s at it.

The 120-page Baboon! arrives in comic shops July 1, 2020 and bookstore July 14, 2020 for $14.99. Pre-order now through TFAW, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and your local comic shop.

Brigid Alverson About Brigid Alverson

Brigid Alverson, the editor of the Good Comics for Kids blog, has been reading comics since she was 4. She has an MFA in printmaking and has worked as a book editor and a newspaper reporter; now she is assistant to the mayor of Melrose, Massachusetts. In addition to editing GC4K, she writes about comics and graphic novels at MangaBlog, SLJTeen, Publishers Weekly Comics World, Comic Book Resources, MTV Geek, and Good Brigid is married to a physicist and has two daughters in college, which is why she writes so much. She was a judge for the 2012 Eisner Awards.

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