Book announcements continue to come through thick and fast, and although there's no projected release date on this one -and it's from First Second who have announced books due in 2016, so it could be a way off- I'm covering it because I like the sound of it. The Playground, a story about two children who discover something haunting their stomping area, will be a debut comic book from French artist Antoine Revoy. Revoy's had somewhat of a nomadic life and career: born in Paris, he was raised in Japan, and moved to China in 1999 to pursue design, going on to work as a visual and interaction designer in Ireland and France, before returning to the US to work as an illustrator full time. I find it interesting when artists have travelled and lived in a number of different places, to see how much of that myriad of experiences and influences manifest themselves in their work. Revoy talked to Paste about his upcoming book:
'The Playground is a horror story with elements of detective fiction. A quiet Japanese neighborhood’s inhabitants slowly come to the realization that inauspicious, paranormal forces are surreptitiously at work in their town. Two friends, a young boy and girl, resolve to exorcise these evils. The tale explores themes and sensations that are dear to me, among which are death, fear, curiosity and companionship.'
Discussing horror and how it differs from country and culture: 'Slower, more mundane and contemplative in Japan, more exuberant and satirical in America, with Europe somewhere in between? I don’t know if this is very fair, there is a lot of cross-pollination in recent horror. There might be a higher degree of acceptable, visible violence for younger audiences in Japan. The level and nature of violence in shōnen manga such as Devilman, Violence Jack, Fist of the North Star or The Drifting Classroom would probably not have been deemed appropriate for French or American elementary school children.'