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December 1, 2010

D+Q Acquires Dan Clowes’ The Death-Ray For Publication In 2011

imageDrawn & Quarterly has announced its acquisition of Daniel Clowes' The Death Ray for publication in North America and abroad. The book version of 2004's Eightball #23 -- a multiple award-winner -- will hit stores in Fall 2011. The story was well-received in its earlier version for its surprising but well-executed plunge into superhero imagery and various genre tropes; the press release emphasizes the story's "subtle humor, stylistic eloquence, and understated social commentary."

This type of project isn't unfamiliar territory for the legendary alternative cartoonist. In 2005, Pantheon released another single-issue story from Eightball, Ice Haven, as a stand-alone book.

The Death-Ray won Best Single Issue at the 2005 Harveys and an equivalent award at that same year's Eisner Awards, with Dan Clowes winning Best Writer at the Harveys. It also won the 2004 Ignatz Award for Best Comic.

The release also notes that The Death-Ray is in development with Jack Black's Electric Dynamite Productions; Clowes announced a development deal for the property with Black's Black and White production company back in 2006. Chris Milk is currently attached to direct.

Nicole Aragi represented Clowes in negotiations, while Chris Oliveros was the acquiring editor at D+Q. The publisher and the cartoonist previously worked together on 2010's Wilson.

The full D+Q press release text can be found here:

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