Friday, 30 May 2014

Archaia to publish Sergio Toppi's The Collector this September


An English translation of the late, great Sergio Toppi's The Collector was first announced back in 2012 (I believe), and after numerous delays, Archaia will finally be releasing the book early this September. The Collector was Toppi's longest-running original series- he began in it 1984, charting the adventures of the bowler-hatted, daredevil Collector, a chameleon of man who time-travels the world in order to seek out rare and fascinating artifacts. It is only the second of the hugely influential (see Frank Miller, Walt Simonson, Bill Sienkiewicz ) Italian artist's work to be translated in English after Archaia published the seminal Sharaz De in January 2013. That book quickly sold out of its first printing, leading to quite a wait before a second run was produced; hopefully that experience will have informed demand and decisions made this time around. Toppi is one of the bona-fide greats of the medium- the ones you don't get to argue about- and the fact that so little of his work is available in English for wider audiences to appreciate is something of a travesty, and this news fantastic.

The Collector  will be published in an over-sized, hardback format, and is due to hit shops on September 3rd. It will be available for pre-order through comic shops starting May 28th.