Going to Print: Plummet by Sherwin Tjia

Hey comic fans! We’ve got big news, especially if you’ve been yearning for a fresh take on post-apocalyptic fiction. We just signed a new contract with the talented Sherwin Tjia. In October 2019, we’ll be releasing Plummet, an astonishing new graphic novel by the creator of The Hipless Boy, Serial Villain, and You Are a Cat.

About Plummet

Take the plunge into a high-flying and hypnotic blend of heaven, hell, and high water

When Amelia “Mel” Eichenwald wakes up one morning, she finds herself in endless freefall towards an Earth that is no longer there, surrounded by the junk of human existence. From high heels to houses, billions of random items drop alongside her like fallout from an exploded mall.

She soon discovers she’s not alone. Others have been similarly plucked out of their lives and dropped off in mid-air. But why? For what purpose? And more importantly—and urgently—what is she going to eat? Where can she safely sleep?

Plummet follows Mel as she attempts to survive, find allies, and negotiating the balance between becoming prey or predator. What makes us human — and what keeps us human —when gravity is all there is? How do you take a stand when there is literally no place to sit? Plummet will propel readers into a new dimension that’s part fable, part post-apocalyptic nightmare.

Twenty 2 Questions with Sherwin Tjia

1. Plummet has such an unusual premise. What inspired you to create it?

To be honest — the tragic falling people of September 11, 2001. Like everyone else, I was rapt by that terrible dilemma — caught between burning to death or falling to the sidewalk. Some jumped together, holding hands. Others dived headfirst. I know that moments of trauma can dilate time and stretch out seconds artificially. I wondered if their time in the air felt like forever. I wished that I could remove the ground, so that they would never hit. This book was a outgrowth and elaboration of that notion.

2. The post-apocalypse is big right now. How do you think Plummet situates itself in that genre?

Well, Plummet is a kind of natural disaster, but with some dream-like qualities. I mean, Mel gets there through a dream. But at the same time, the experience of living is very concrete. There’s real stuff all around her. And it definitely deals with the kinds of communities we choose to create once shit hits fan. Personally I consider Plummet part of that genre, but coming at it from an unusual angle.


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