Peter Kuper
I've just given birth...
After three years of labor...

She's a beautiful hardcover named Ruins weighing 3 lbs. and 328 pages long

And I was overjoyed to hear positve things from some enthusiastic relatives:
Uncle Publishers Weekly gave her a starred review
"This magnificent graphic novel by Kuper (The Metamorphosis, World War 3) follows an American couple who decamp for Oaxaca, Mexico, for a sabbatical and creative recharge, only to get far more than they bargained for... Partly autobiographical, Ruins was inspired by two years Kuper and his family spent in Oaxaca during the long, bloody teachers’ strike of 2006, during which police killed several protesters and a U.S. journalist. Richly illuminated by Kuper’s trademark light touch with relationships and steely political acumen, it’s a beautiful, epic roman à clef about the importance of seeking the new and questioning the old."

Aunt Library Journal also had some nice things to say, with a star
"Kuper’s evocative artwork captures the heartbreaking events that occurred in Mexico in 2006 under the regime of Gov. Ulises Ruiz Ortiz, and his narrative blends the above mentioned elements into a seamlessly poignant piece about the inescapable revolutions of existence. As a work with strong visual narratives, Ruins is a valuable addition to any graphic fiction collection."

Please join me in welcoming my new child into the world...

Tomorrow, Tuesday September 22nd at 7 pm I will be having a presentation for her at The Strand Bookstore in NYC.

Please don't be late.

If you can't make it, you can still see her here
Mad Max
Vertigo ( DC comics hipper imprint) just published a book of art inspired by George Miller's Mad Max. Though I've pretty much given up on spray paint to avoid a sprayed brain, I dusted off the toxic cans for this illustration.

Here's the sketch They also asked artists to write a few words on the subject: The Road Warrior was my intro to Mad Max, and from the opener I felt transported to a future I’d feared and contemplated for years. I was rattled and rolled, shaken and stirred. As I stumbled home, the world outside now had visible cracks in its fabric. I’ve never enjoyed a vision of the apocalypse more! Thanks, George.

Since my return from Oaxaca, Mexico in 2008, I have been purcolating a new book idea. It simmered so long I thought I'd never get to it, but for the last three years I have been steadly working on this new graphic novel titled Ruins.
I wanted to combine my experience living in Mexico (2006-2008) with a deep interest in entomology, in particular the migration of the Monarch butterfly. Though the book is fiction I've based it on many experiences my wife, daughter and I had down there and have tried to give a snapshot of the amazing Oaxaca and its people.
 Here are some excerpts:

Red is the flight path of my main characters, Samantha and George, a couple taking a sabbatical year in Mexico. The orange is the migration path of the Monarch from Canada to a remote forest in Morelia

Woven into Ruins are some sidetracks including the story of Diego Rivera's mural for Rockefeller Center, "Man at the Crossroads"

There's also a book within the book that is written by one of the main characters, Samantha, that examines her life story in relation to the history of Mexico.

I just finished and delivered the final book today, ahhhh. It blossomed into a 328 page graphic novel *whew* which happily was picked up by several publishers. English, French and Spanish editions will be coming out this Fall. Above is the catalogue cover from the publisher of the English edition.

In preparation for the release of his movie, "Noah" Darren Aronofsky asked a handful of artist to add their visions of the flood for a group show in Soho. Above is my entry, painted on a bathroom window

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