Poison Flowers and Pandemonium: Exclusive Graphic Novel Preview | IGN

The comics industry lost a number of beloved creators in 2020, among them cartoonist and animator Richard Sala. The silver lining here is that Sala completed one final graphic novel before his untimely passing. It’s called Poison Flowers and Pandemonium, and IGN can exclusively debut a new preview.

Poison Flowers and Pandemonium is actually a collection of four short graphic novels, each one featuring that same blend of horror and camp humor that defines so much of Salas’ work. Those stories include “House of the Blue Dwarf,” featuring Sala’s master criminal character the Bloody Cardinal, “Monsters Illustrated,” “Cave Girls of the Lost World” and even the superhero-centric “Fantomella.”

Get a closer look at this posthumous release in the slideshow gallery below:

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Sala’s past works include graphic novels like The Chuckling Whatsit, Evil Eye and Peculia, as well as webcomics like Super-Enigmatix and The Bloody Cardinal. Even i you’re not familiar with Sala’s comcis work, you may remember his “Invisible Hands” animated shorts that aired on MTV’s Liquid Television block. A number of comic book artists point to Sala as being a major influence, including everyone from Hellboy creator Mike Mignola to Uncanny Avengers writer Rick Remender to Ghost World creator Daniel Clowes.

“I always loved reading his new books and then talking about them with him,” said Clowes in Fantagraphics’ press release. “Every character and idea had an interesting origin (the name Peculia, for example, came from a childhood misreading of pelicula in a Spanish film magazine) or a connection to some tangible event in his life. It was all so much deeper and more loaded emotionally than the surface implied. I loved him so much, loved hearing his thoughts on every subject, and his utterly unique Richard Sala-ness (“Sala-esque” is an oft-used adjective in the Clowes house), and feel so deeply grateful that I got to know such a private man. I’ll be having conversations with him in my head for as long as I live.”

“Richard Sala was wonderfully unique,” said Mignola. “ It was all there in everything he did, his love of old monster movies, the pulps, mystery and horror in general ― the good stuff and the terrible ― wore it all like a badge of honor and did wonderful things with it. I miss him.”

Poison Flowers and Pandemonium is published by Fantagraphics and is slated for release on Tuesday, May 4.

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