If you like your comics gothic, nostalgic, and French, we’ve got some exciting news for you. Late last week, Conundrum Press sold World French rights for The Case of the Missing Men by Kris Bertin and Alexander Forbes to Éditions Pow Pow.
“Pow Pow, a young publishing house in Montréal, are in the unique position of starting their own English imprint to publish their original French books in translation,” says Andy Brown, publisher at Conundrum Press. “I love this DIY attitude. The only other title they have translated from English to French is Meags Fitzgerald’s Long Red Hair—and they’ve done a great job with it. I hope this is the beginning of a long series of bilingual Hobtown Mysteries.”
About The Case of the Missing Men
Nancy Drew meets David Lynch in this mystery thriller set in a remote and eerie east-coast village. The story follows a gang of young teens who have made it their business to investigate each and every one of their town’s bizarre occurrences as The Teen Detective Club (a registered afterschool program). Their small world of missing pets and shed-fires is turned upside down when real-life kid adventurer and globetrotter Sam Finch comes to town and enlists them in their first real case—the search for his missing father. In doing so, he and the teens stumble upon a terrifying world of rural secret societies, weird-but-true folk mythology, subterranean lairs, and an occultist who can turn men into dogs. The Case of The Missing Men is at turns funny, intriguing, eerie and endearing, and is beautifully illustrated in a style reminiscent of children’s pulp classics like Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys.
About Kris Bertin and Alex Forbes
Kris Bertin and Alexander Forbes are childhood friends who trained in separate disciplines in order to reunite as adults and make comic books. Alexander Forbes is an artist and graduate of NSCAD, and Kris Bertin is the author of the short story collection Bad Things Happen.