​July 25 sees the bookstore release of The Death of Stalin – ​the graphic novel​ ​​that​ ​inspired the new Armando Iannucci movie,​ ​which hits theate​r​s soon and includes an all-star cast – Steve Buscemi (Broadwalk Empire, Reservoir Dogs), Rupert Friend (Homeland),​ ​Jason Isaacs (Harry Potter), Simon Russell Beale (Penny Dreadful)​ ​and Jeffrey Tambor (Transparent, Arrested Development).

The Death of Stalin is a darkly comic tale about the power vacuum left behind by Stalin’s death.​ ​When the leader of the Soviet Union,​ ​Joseph Stalin, has a stroke – the political gears begin to turn,​ ​
plunging the super-state into darkness, uncertainty and near civil​ ​war. The struggle for supreme power will determine the fate​ ​of the nation and of the​ ​world. And it all really happened.​

In this​ ​​special ​advance interview ahead of​ ​​the graphic novel​ ​release,​ ​Veep​ ​creator ​​and the writer/director of The Death of Stalin movie​ ​chats​ ​about ​how he first discovered the graphic novel that inspired his new​ ​movie, the changes he had to make from printed page to​ ​celluloid screed, and if he had any of the actors in mind whilst reading the graphic novel.

“Within minutes of starting to read the graphic novel, I knew I wanted to make the movie version.” – Armando Iannucci, writer/director (The Death of Stalin, Veep, In The Loop).

“Read the Death of Stalin and just loved it. I started laughing the moment he died!” – David Mandel, showrunner of​ ​HBO’s​ ​Veep, writer of Curb Your Enthusiasm, Seinfeld, and SNL​


Writer: Fabien Nury
Artist: Thierry Robin
Publisher: Titan Comics
HC, 120pp, $24.99
ISBN: 9781785863400
Bookstore on sale date: July 25, 2017

The graphic novel that inspired the new Armando Iannucci movie which includes an all-star cast – Steve Buscemi, Simon Russell Beale, Jason Isaacs, Michael Palin, and Jeffrey Tambor.

Fear, corruption and treachery abound in this political satire set in the aftermath of Stalin’s death in the Sovie t Union in 1953.

When the leader of the Soviet Union, Joseph Stalin, has a stroke​ ​- the political gears begin to turn, plunging the super-state into​ ​darkness, uncertainty and near civil war. The struggle for supreme​ ​power will determine the fate of the nation and of the​ ​world. And it all really happened.