Savor the achievements of African American pop culture luminaries in HENDRIX: ELECTRIC REQUIEM, FRIDAY FOSTER: THE SUNDAY STRIPS and PROMETHEE 13:13
Portland, OR – February is Black History Month and comic book and graphic novel publisher ABLAZE celebrates the achievements of African American artists, creators, and pop culture luminaries in a trio of notable titles.

HENDRIX: ELECTRIC REQUIEM chronicles the life story of rock music’s iconic guitar player in a full-color HC graphic novel.

FRIDAY FOSTER: THE SUNDAY STRIPS collects the first mainstream, nationally syndicated comic strip (Chicago Tribune) starring an African American character in the title role. It ran from 1970- 1974 and inspired the 1975 movie of the same name starring Pam Grier. The hardcover collection from ABLAZE was nominated for an Eisner Award and Ringo Award in 2022.

PROMETHEE 13:13 is the Eisner nominated psychological sci-fi horror comic full of alien conspiracy and features artwork by the acclaimed African American artist, Shawn Martinbrough, (Thief of Thieves, Batman: Detective Comics, The Black Panther, Hellboy), and debuts in a collected softcover edition on April 12th.

HENDRIX: ELECTRIC REQUIEM, by Mattia Colombara and Gianluca Maconi • MSRP: $24.99 • 144 pages • ISBN: 978-1950912650 • Available Now!
Hendrix: Electric Requiem explores the life, career, and music of a true rock n’ roll god–Grammy-award winning musician Jimi Hendrix – who Rolling Stone ranked #1 on their Greatest Guitarists of All Time!

A compelling trip into the mind and world of Jimi Hendrix. Electric Requiem is an exhilarating ride, from Jimi’s difficult beginnings in the South, plagued by racism, through his global stardom and triumph at
Woodstock, and the excessive lifestyle of a rockstar. A rockstar who, even with all his
experiences, never forgot where he came from. Skillfully written by Mattia Colombara and
illustrated by Gianluca Maconi, this gripping tale of music, personal demons and thirst for glory is a must-have for any Jimi Hendrix fan. Includes bonus material on Hendrix’s life.

Lawrence & Jordi Longaron • MSRP: $39.99 • 304 pages
• ISBN: 978-1950912063 • Available Now!

newspaper color comic strip created by James D. “Jim”
Lawrence (of Buck Rogers and James Bond fame) and illustrated by acclaimed Spanish artist Jorge “Jordi” Longarón, then later Gray Morrow (long time Marvel
Comics artist & co-creator of Man-Thing) is collected.

The strip is the first mainstream, nationally syndicated comic strip (Chicago Tribune) starring an African American character in the title role. It ran from 1970-1974 and inspired the 1975 movie of the same name starring Pam Grier. The Friday Foster comic strip is the story of a former
nightclub “camera bunny” turned photographer’s assistant turned fashion model. With an innate inclination to help others and a natural beauty that makes her a magnet for men, Friday often finds herself in some very sticky situations and world class adventures.

In addition to including all 214 Friday Foster Sunday comic strips with completely remastered colors and letters, the book includes a significant bonus section including multiple interviews, an expanded sketchbook section, artwork, photos, essays, articles, behind-the-scenes info, and more!

PROMETHEE 13:13 TP, by Andy Diggle, Christopher Bec and Shawn Martinbrough • MSRP: $16.99 • 128 pages • ISBN: 9781684971053 • Available April 12th
What if you knew the world was about to end? What would you be willing to do to save the people you love? Darla Clemenceau has been plagued by apocalyptic visions ever since she was abducted by a UFO as a child. Now, she’s ready to put it all behind her and move on with her life. But what if it’s all true? A dangerous cult militia is prepping for the end of the world, and they see Darla as the key to their survival… Meanwhile, something alien is awakening on the dark side of the Moon, and the crew of the space shuttle Atlantis have a rendezvous with destiny…

Shawn C. Martinbrough is an American comic book artist known for his film noir-influenced drawing style. He is the author of How to Draw Noir Comics: The Art and Technique of Visual Storytelling. He is an Eisner Award nominated artist whose comic book projects include Batman: Detective Comics, DMZ, Luke Cage Noir, The Black Panther: Man Without Fear and Hellboy. Martinbrough is the artist of Thief of Thieves, a graphic novel series co-created with Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead). He is also the artist of Promethee 13:13, a prequel to the best-selling French bande dessinées by Christophe Bec. Promethee 13:13 was a 2021 Eisner Award nominee for Best Digital Comic.

ABLAZE titles are distributed in-print worldwide by Diamond Comic and Diamond Book Distributors. Digital versions of ABLAZE titles are available via most major digital platforms.

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