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BRYAN TALBOT
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The TALE of
ONE BAD RAT
by Bryan Talbot
Full Color
Paperback: 136 pages
Dark Horse Comics
ISBN: 1569710775
$14.95
Bryan Talbot constructs a very special story in The Tale of One Bad Rat, which immediately endears the reader to its hero.  Helen Potter lived a happy life until she got lost in a nightmare of sexual abuse. Now she's traveling through urban and rural England, her own armored knight against a world of personal demons, on a journey that is remarkably similar to the one Beatrix Potter once took. It's a story of heroism and courage, and of defeating the greatest enemy--the one which lives within each of us.
Bryan Talbot's inspirational story of young Helen Potter and her journey of healing won numerous awards and unending acclaim for the British writer/artist... even letters of commendation from Judy Taylor, the chair of the Beatrix Potter Society. This book is yet another example of a touching story that transcends the misperceptions that comics are disposable, juvenile pap.

From Booklist , September 15, 1995
Unlike most graphic novels, this powerful new effort is neither genre fiction nor autobiographical, but a compelling tale of childhood sexual abuse and recovery. Its heroine is teenager Helen Potter, who has run away from an abusive father and whose path to recovery takes her from a squat in London to refuge at an inn in the British countryside. Along the way, she meets characters and situations that Talbot derives from the work of Helen's namesake, Beatrix Potter, whose life he symbolically links to Helen's. Talbot's vivid, realistic full-color illustration brilliantly evokes the story's settings, yet even more effective are his compassionate characterizations. Although Helen's eventual decision to take responsibility for her recovery seems somewhat facile, her ultimate triumph is genuinely inspirational. This graphic novel has the potential to affect a large audience, notably including counselors and others who work with abuse survivors.

--Gordon Flagg
Copyright © 1995, American Library Association. All rights reserved.
Andrew H. Vachss
Another Chance to Get It Right
A Children's Book for Adults
by Andrew H. Vachss & Selected Artists
B&W
Paperback: 64 pages
Dark Horse Comics
ISBN: 1569711151
$9.95
Vachss places you on a battlefield in Africa, your only living companion a boy patiently waiting to be killed; on a rof of an old tenement building, strapped into a renovated packing crate that's flying two children across the cosmos; within the courtroom nightmare of an abused little girl; and once again on the tightrope between adolescence and adulthood. And after all the stories are told, he asks you to remember what children are--another chance for our flawed species, another chance to get it right.
The Clarion-Ledger
Some of the book's most powerful thoughts are conveyed with words of quiet simplicity, beauty, and grace ...

Joe R. Lansdale [The Bottoms]
This book is a collection of some of the most beautiful prose I've ever read.

People magazine
[Another Chance to Get It Right is] filled with a spirit of redemption ... another on-target hit...

The publisher, Dark Horse Comics, Inc: http://www.dhorse.com
Biology does not make a man a father, nor a woman a motherówe are what we do." That is the underlying theme of the twelve short stories that comprise the graphic story album Another Chance to Get It Right. Author Andrew Vachss places you on a battlefield in Africa, your only living companion a boy patiently waiting to be killed; and on the roof of an old tenement building, strapped into a renovated packing crate that's flying two children across the cosmos; he walks you through the courtroom nightmare of an abused little girl, and he sends you once again across the tightrope between adolescence and adulthood. And when the journey is ended, after all the stories are told, he asks you to remember what children are: another chance for our flawed species. Another chance to get it right.

Featuring illustrations by Tim Bradstreet, Paul Chadwick, Geof Darrow, Rick Geary, Gary Gianni, Dave Gibbons, and Warren Pleece.

About the Author
Andrew Vachss is an attorney who specializes in juvenile justice. He's fought the battle against child abuse in courtrooms across the country, in literally hundreds of cases. Known for his hard-boiled crime novels, this illustrated story album is the other side of the coin. With Another Chance, he's created something that's more nurturing than combative; he's created a preventative medicine.

Andrew Vachss
Hard Looks
Adapted Stories
The Dark Horse Comics Collection
by Andrew Vachss
Paperback: 240 pages
Dark Horse Comics
ISBN: 1569712093
$17.95
The Chicago Sun Times describes Andrew Vachss' stories as "hypnotically violent . . . made up of equal parts of broken concrete block and razor wire." The New York Times says, "Vachss seems bottomlessly knowledgeable about the depth and variety of human twistedness." All of that depth and all of that knowledge is displayed in Hard Looks, adapting Vachss' short stories to the comic-book format.
Compiled from the miniseries of the same title, this 240-page book includes the work of Dave Gibbons, Joe R. Lansdale, Tim Bradstreet, David Lloyd, Charles de Lint, Chris Warner, James O'Barr, James Colbert, Bruce Jones, Chet Williamson, and many others. This isn't just a "hard look" at our human species, it's a call to action against its predators . . . and a profound statement of respect for those scar-carrying members of that vast tribe Vachss calls the "Children of the Secret." Or, as The Washington Post Book World explains it, "Vachss' stories don't feature pointless bloodshed. Instead, they burn with righteous rage and transfer that rage to the reader."

About the Author
Andrew Vachss is the author of the Burke series of novels [Flood, Dead and Gone], about a State-raised abused child turned career criminal, now a man-for-hire and urban survivalist whose only religion is revenge. He and his family-of-choice live below the radar, emerging only to poach on "citizens" and predators alike. Vachss is also an attorney whose clients are children.

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