M by Jon J Muth to Include DVD

Others who’ve talked about this are fans of the story (which I’ve never read or seen) or Jon J Muth’s art (which I’m not as familiar with as I should be). Me, I just love the idea of a combination graphic novel/movie package.

Harry N. Abrams announced today that they will publish Jon J Muth’s graphic novel, entitled M, under the Abrams imprint. M is a graphic novel based on the 1931 Fritz Lang film of the same name. The book was acquired by Abrams Senior Editor Charles Kochman from agent Allen Spiegel at Allen Spiegel Fine Arts. The deal gives Abrams world rights. M is slated to be published in the spring of 2008 as a hardcover, packaged with a bonus DVD of Fritz Lang’s original classic thriller.

Behind every great suspense thriller lurks the shadow of M. In M, Fritz Lang’s first sound film, Peter Lorre delivers a haunting performance as a serial killer–a whistling pedophile hunted by the police and brought to trial by the forces of the Berlin underworld. In 1990, a young artist, Jon J Muth, continued his rise in the comic book industry by adapting the story into four comics published by Eclipse Comics. Long out of print, they have never been collected together before.

Jon J Muth’s watercolor art has been called “quietly life-changing” by The New York Times. He is the author and artist of the bestselling picture books Zen Shorts and The Three Questions as well as a Gold Medal winner from the Society of Illustrators for his illustrations in Come On, Rain! In 2005 he illustrated A Family of Poems by Caroline Kennedy, which was a national bestseller.

Michael Jacobs, President and CEO of Harry N. Abrams, commented, “Jon is an amazingly talented artist and illustrator whose work I’ve long admired. Adding Jon to Abrams’ growing list of graphic artists is both a pleasure and a privilege as well as a testament to our continuing commitment to publishing the best visual books we can make.”

Muth has this to say about why he is choosing Abrams to publish M: “Michael Jacobs was an early supporter of my work in children’s books at Scholastic, so it’s great to have a chance to work together on a book for an older audience. Charlie Kochman and I are old friends. He has done a lot to bring graphic novels into their own. M is probably the most fully realized project I have done in comics and I’m very happy that M is going to be published in a beautiful Abrams edition.”

8 Responses to “M by Jon J Muth to Include DVD”

  1. Jim Kosmicki Says:

    it took me forever to finally find the 4th issue — I bought the first three when they came out but somehow missed the fourth. the series is not easy to find, which usually means that the people who purchased it don’t sell it back — normally a good sign of quality. it’s an odd book in that it’s photo-realistic at times, but it’s not photos. Muth is a very good artist.

  2. Fnord Serious Says:

    Hopefully the DVD will include the audio tracks that were on the flexidisc inserted in issue #1.

  3. Jamie S. Rich Says:

    You should really check this out, Johanna. I had actually been lamenting for a while my inability to find the original issues in my collection, because the work is just gorgeous.

    I love the film, but I have little hope that the DVD in the package will remotely compare to the awesome two-disc Criterion set already available.

  4. Ray Cornwall Says:

    Just got my copy…no DVD. Grrr…

  5. Dan Grendell Says:

    Yeah, we got the copy we ordered at the store I work for, and it looks great, but no DVD. What gives?

  6. Johanna Says:

    Have you tried contacting the publisher?

  7. Dan Grendell Says:

    Honestly, I don’t know. I’m not in charge of ordering or dealing with shipping mistakes/issues, and I’m not sure if the person who is has done so or not. My “What gives?” was more of a query to see if any other readers had more information, not a complaint against Abrams. Until I saw Ray’s post, I had honestly assumed the DVD had just been left out of our shipment by Diamond.

  8. Johanna Says:

    Oh, I wasn’t suggesting complaining, just that I had no idea if publishing plans changed, if that was communicated at ordering or later or not at all… as you say, more information would be appreciated.




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