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CASANOVA: ACEDIA #1
STORY: MATT FRACTION & MICHAEL CHABONART / COVER: FÁBIO MOON & GABRIEL BÁJANUARY 7 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99Marooned in Los Angeles with no memory of his past, Casanova Quinn takes on the mystery of his criminal benefactor’s tangled and bloody history—as strange occult forces from the future conspire to… do stuff? To him? To Los Angeles? To you? YES.
Featuring the first in a series of backup stories by Pulitzer Prize winner MICHAEL CHABON and CASANOVA co-creator GABRIEL BÁ.

CASANOVA: ACEDIA #1

STORY: MATT FRACTION & MICHAEL CHABON
ART / COVER: FÁBIO MOON & GABRIEL BÁ
JANUARY 7 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99
Marooned in Los Angeles with no memory of his past, Casanova Quinn takes on the mystery of his criminal benefactor’s tangled and bloody history—as strange occult forces from the future conspire to… do stuff? To him? To Los Angeles? To you? YES.


Featuring the first in a series of backup stories by Pulitzer Prize winner MICHAEL CHABON and CASANOVA co-creator GABRIEL BÁ.

CASANOVA Returns to Image in Style

“All a comic would have to do is say ‘Matt Fraction’ on the front for me to pick it up and feel excited about what was inside.”–Michael Chabon, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay


Image Comics is very pleased to announce the return of CASANOVA by Matt Fraction (SEX CRIMINALS, SATELLITE SAM, Hawkeye), Gabriel Bá (The Umbrella Academy, Daytripper), and Fábio Moon (Daytripper, B.P.R.D.) in a series of deluxe hardcover “Complete Editions.” The first of these, CASANOVA VOLUME 1: LUXURIA, will be released in October 2014, followed by CASANOVA VOLUME 2: GULA in November, and CASANOVA VOLUME 3: AVARITIA in December.
Casanova “Cass” Quinn was born into a life of privilege but turned his back on it to pursue his own interests — namely stealing, spying, and living a hedonistic life with few moral compunctions. The black sheep in a family of international super-spies, Cass is pulled back into their sphere after an evil organization targets the Quinns. In a game of hidden agendas and double espionage across parallel universes, Cas must choose an identity. Is he the decadent thief named Casanova Quinn? Or is he the top secret agent named… Casanova Quinn?
Writer Fraction is known for his metafictional winks and deft melding of genres in the mega-hit SEX CRIMINALS, and CASANOVA puts his skill at the forefront in a science fiction spy story shot through with psychedelia, with gorgeous art by renowned Brazilian artists Bá and Moon.
In January 2014, Image Comics announced that CASANOVA would return with a fourth volume, ACEDIA, co-written by Fraction and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon.
Each Complete Edition of CASANOVA collects four issues of the critically-acclaimed series in a deluxe, oversized hardcover volume, complete with covers and extra content. VOLUME 1: LUXURIA will be in comic book stores on October 22 and bookstores on November 4; VOLUME 2: GULA will be in comic book stores on November 12 and bookstores on November 25; VOLUME 3: AVARITIA will be in comic book stores on December 17 and bookstores on December 30. All are now available for pre-order.
CASANOVA VOLUME 1: LUXURIA by Matt Fraction and Gabriel Bá
ISBN 978-1-63215-161-2
Diamond Comics code AUG140576
168 pages, hardbound, full color
$29.99
Rated Mature
In comic book stores 10/22; bookstores 11/4
CASANOVA VOLUME 2: GULA by Matt Fraction and Fábio Moon
ISBN 978-1-63215-181-0
Diamond Comics code SEP140603
168 pages, hardbound, full color
$29.99
Rated Mature
In comic book stores 11/12; bookstores 11/25
CASANOVA VOLUME 3: AVARITIA by Matt Fraction and Fábio Moon
ISBN 978-1-63215-191-9
Diamond Comics code OCT140617
176 pages, hardbound, full color
$29.99
Rated Mature
In comic book stores 12/17; bookstores 12/30
Praise for CASANOVA, Matt Fraction, Gabriel Bá, and Fábio Moon:

“The idea of “Why not?” that is the spirit Fraction, Bá, and Moon capture in Casanova; a story told by creators stoned out of their heads on the possibilities that the medium provides.” –David Faust, Sequart
“Casanova is a brutally elegant fever dream of science fiction, spy movies and super-heroes, ripped through a hole in space-time specifically to blow your mind.” –Laura Hudson, Comics Alliance
“With such a wide cast and with so much going on, it’s impressive to see how much love and attention Fraction gives to every character, to every moment and to every event happening all at once. Nothing is left underdeveloped or pushed out of the way to for something better; it all feeds into itself like an ouroboros of pop-fueled pandemonium. This comic feels like the pure id of Fraction, limitless in scope and entirely open-ended from every perceivable angle.
“And good lord, Gabriel Bá is basically perfect.” –Matthew Meylikhov, Multiversity Comics

CASANOVA Returns to Image in Style

“All a comic would have to do is say ‘Matt Fraction’ on the front for me to pick it up and feel excited about what was inside.”
Michael Chabon, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay

Image Comics is very pleased to announce the return of CASANOVA by Matt Fraction (SEX CRIMINALS, SATELLITE SAM, Hawkeye), Gabriel Bá (The Umbrella Academy, Daytripper), and Fábio Moon (Daytripper, B.P.R.D.) in a series of deluxe hardcover “Complete Editions.” The first of these, CASANOVA VOLUME 1: LUXURIA, will be released in October 2014, followed by CASANOVA VOLUME 2: GULA in November, and CASANOVA VOLUME 3: AVARITIA in December.

Casanova “Cass” Quinn was born into a life of privilege but turned his back on it to pursue his own interests — namely stealing, spying, and living a hedonistic life with few moral compunctions. The black sheep in a family of international super-spies, Cass is pulled back into their sphere after an evil organization targets the Quinns. In a game of hidden agendas and double espionage across parallel universes, Cas must choose an identity. Is he the decadent thief named Casanova Quinn? Or is he the top secret agent named… Casanova Quinn?

Writer Fraction is known for his metafictional winks and deft melding of genres in the mega-hit SEX CRIMINALS, and CASANOVA puts his skill at the forefront in a science fiction spy story shot through with psychedelia, with gorgeous art by renowned Brazilian artists Bá and Moon.

In January 2014, Image Comics announced that CASANOVA would return with a fourth volume, ACEDIA, co-written by Fraction and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon.

Each Complete Edition of CASANOVA collects four issues of the critically-acclaimed series in a deluxe, oversized hardcover volume, complete with covers and extra content. VOLUME 1: LUXURIA will be in comic book stores on October 22 and bookstores on November 4; VOLUME 2: GULA will be in comic book stores on November 12 and bookstores on November 25; VOLUME 3: AVARITIA will be in comic book stores on December 17 and bookstores on December 30. All are now available for pre-order.

CASANOVA VOLUME 1: LUXURIA by Matt Fraction and Gabriel Bá

  • ISBN 978-1-63215-161-2
  • Diamond Comics code AUG140576
  • 168 pages, hardbound, full color
  • $29.99
  • Rated Mature
  • In comic book stores 10/22; bookstores 11/4

CASANOVA VOLUME 2: GULA by Matt Fraction and Fábio Moon

  • ISBN 978-1-63215-181-0
  • Diamond Comics code SEP140603
  • 168 pages, hardbound, full color
  • $29.99
  • Rated Mature
  • In comic book stores 11/12; bookstores 11/25

CASANOVA VOLUME 3: AVARITIA by Matt Fraction and Fábio Moon

  • ISBN 978-1-63215-191-9
  • Diamond Comics code OCT140617
  • 176 pages, hardbound, full color
  • $29.99
  • Rated Mature
  • In comic book stores 12/17; bookstores 12/30

Praise for CASANOVA, Matt Fraction, Gabriel Bá, and Fábio Moon:

“The idea of “Why not?” that is the spirit Fraction, Bá, and Moon capture in Casanova; a story told by creators stoned out of their heads on the possibilities that the medium provides.” –David Faust, Sequart

Casanova is a brutally elegant fever dream of science fiction, spy movies and super-heroes, ripped through a hole in space-time specifically to blow your mind.” –Laura Hudson, Comics Alliance

“With such a wide cast and with so much going on, it’s impressive to see how much love and attention Fraction gives to every character, to every moment and to every event happening all at once. Nothing is left underdeveloped or pushed out of the way to for something better; it all feeds into itself like an ouroboros of pop-fueled pandemonium. This comic feels like the pure id of Fraction, limitless in scope and entirely open-ended from every perceivable angle.

“And good lord, Gabriel Bá is basically perfect.” –Matthew Meylikhov, Multiversity Comics

Casanova step-by-step

10paezinhos:

This week, both Bá and I did new original drawings for the annual CBLDF auction that takes place in San Diego during Comic Con. We took some time from our crazy-busy schedules (made even crazier by the fact that World Cup is going on just outside our studio window) and created two new images with characters we have created. TFAW, who always helps coordinate this, will make prints of the images that the artists will be able to keep and sell, so I decided to make a full color image that would make a great 10 x 17 print.

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My first idea was to do a Sugarshock image. Everybody seems to really love those characters, and you could say that right now Joss Whedon, writer of Sugarshock and nowadays writer and director of the Avengers movies, has never been as popular. I sketched the characters on my notebook and started working on the final image, but something wasn’t clicking and I wasn’t happy with where I was going with the drawing. I decided to call it a day and get back to it the next morning, and I’m glad I did.

Next morning, I went looking for inspiration at one of my sources: Pinterest. I used to keep thousands of images in folders on my computer, but nowadays it’s much easier to keep everything I think might inspire an illustration or a story on my Pinterest page. If you go check it out, you’ll find elements of my recent CMKY stories for Vertigo, as well as research for the short Hellboy story, and many other images from across the internet that I keep in handy to mix up in my head when I’m at the drawing board.

The new wave of inspirational images made me decide to change characters, and the drawing became a Casanova image. It’s easier to imagine Casanova in any situation, anywhere, with anyone. Much more pleased with this second sketch, I showed it to Bá:

"It’s great", he said, "but lose the cheetah and the boat". I agreed and started working on the final piece.

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I took pictures of the process to post on twitter, and it’s a great way to see the way I was thinking visually, how I left many decisions for the inking stage, how I helped to make the characters pop by using cool darker colors on the background, how the red elements united the characters, how dripping and large expressive brushstrokes help give it a “drawing” look, a “hand-made” look.

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After it was done, dry and ready, I scanned it, adjusted the colors on photoshop and sent it over by email. The original will be going with me to San Diego, where I shall say farewell to this painting, hoping it will find a great new home on the collection of some lucky fan. 

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