WHAT’S SO FUNNY ‘BOUT THE UNDERSTANDING MONSTER?
Secret Acres is thrilled to announce the release of The Understanding Monster – Book One, Theo Ellsworth’s follow-up to his epic Capacity, one of the most highly acclaimed and best loved comics of recent years. The Understanding Monster – Book One is the first chapter of a trilogy of books that will complete a hero’s journey, inventive and beautiful enough to test the limits of even Ellsworth’s imagination and talent. The adventure begins September 15th at the 2012 Small Press Expo in Bethesda, Maryland, following a signing and celebration on September 13th at Bergen Street Comics in Brooklyn, New York, and preceding the release of The Understanding Monster – Book One to stores everywhere in October.
“Rather than outward experience, Ellsworth’s subject is his innermost imagination. ‘Since I was very young, I have known that I was meant to tell the stories of the characters that I see inside my head,’ he writes. ’Climbing back there and visually recording my findings has always been a weirdly natural process.’ Indeed the striking accompanying illustration, typical of the book, shows a roller coasterlike road system traversing living forests, creature-rich rivers, wise-eyed mountains and on into space, from which waves a friendly paw. Yet, as Ellsworth describes it, investigating this world is almost impossible without losing a coherent sense of self and story. If waking existence unspools far faster than our ability to gather it, after all, imagine the even-more-difficult task of fully possessing everything we dream.”
- The Chicago Tribune
This series is a departure for reader and author alike. While maintaining the intimate nature of his debut Capacity, Ellsworth has taken his personal experience to an entirely new reality, exploding with color and energy. Presented in an oversized, full color, hardcover edition that captures the beauty of his hand painted artwork at nearly full size, The Understanding Monster – Book One is a wonder to behold.
· THE UNDERSTANDING MONSTER – BOOK ONE by THEO ELLSWORTH
· BOOK RELEASE PARTY: Bergen Street Comics, September 13th, 2012, at 8PM, 470 Bergen Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217
· ADVANCE COPIES: Small Press Expo, September 15th and 16th, 2012, at The North Bethesda Marriott Convention Center
· IN STORES OCTOBER 2012
· HARDCOVER, 72 PGS, ISBN 978-0-9831662-4-2, 9.25 x 11.5in, FULL COLOR, $21.95