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IDW Publishing is proud to announce another comic adaptation of a classic work by the beloved author Peter S. Beagle. Based on Beagle’s first fantasy novel, A FINE & PRIVATE PLACE kicks off in September, with scripts by Peter B. Gillis (The Last Unicorn), interior art by Eduardo Francisco (Flashpoint: World of Flashpoint), and covers by Jenny Frison (Servant of the Bones).

“It’s the kind of book that rarely gets the comics treatment: subtle, poignant, alternately cynically wry and utterly romantic, simultaneously despairing and hopeful—the sort of book that stays with you,” says Gillis. “This is going to be a great endeavor and, if I’m up to it, will make for great comics.”

Originally published in 1960, A Fine & Private Place tells the story of Jonathan Rebeck, an ex-pharmacist who has been living in a cemetery in the Bronx for the past 19 years. Cared for by a talking raven, Mr. Rebeck also has the strange ability to talk to ghosts. The first issue of A FINE & PRIVATE PLACE launches into Mr. Rebeck’s peculiar world and introduces readers to the unique characters of the story, including the talking raven, two unusual spirits, and an all-too-living widow named Mrs. Klapper.

“First books are always special to writers,” says Beagle, “and this one is particularly important to me because it was born directly from a childhood spent just a block away from the cemetery that was the model for the novel’s setting. I’m thrilled to see my characters and their tale come to life in this new form.”

IDW’s adaptation of A Fine & Private Place will feature the same quirky humor, rich characterization, and deeply moving emotion that marks all of Beagle’s work. Gillis has previously adapted Beagle’s The Last Unicorn with great success and will continue to prevail with this new adaptation. Additionally, artists Francisco and Frison will bring this book about memory, love, and the pain of loss to vivid life.

A FINE & PRIVATE PLACE #1 ($3.99, 32 pages, full color) will be available in September 2012. Diamond order code JUL12 0299.

About IDW Publishing

IDW is an award-winning publisher of comic books, graphic novels and trade paperbacks, based in San Diego, California. Renowned for its diverse catalog of licensed and independent titles, IDW publishes some of the most successful and popular titles in the industry, including: Hasbro’s The TRANSFORMERS and G.I. JOE, Paramount’s Star Trek; HBO’s True Blood; the BBC’s DOCTOR WHO; Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; Toho’s Godzilla; Wizards of the Coasts Magic: The Gathering and Dungeons & Dragons; and the Eisner-Award winning Locke & Key series, created by best-selling author Joe Hill and artist Gabriel Rodriguez. IDW is also home to the Library of American Comics imprint, which publishes classic comic reprints, and Yoe! Books, a partnership with Yoe! Studio.

IDW’s critically- and fan-acclaimed series are continually moving into new mediums. Currently, Jerry Bruckheimer Films and Disney are creating a feature film based on World War Robot, while Michael Bay‘s Platinum Dunes and Sony are bringing Zombies vs. Robots to film.

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  1. Kevin Flythe on

    Wow. Just, wow. This is one of my favorite books of all time. It’s one of those rare times a book has actually moved me to tears. I never expected it to get the comics treatment. I’m admittedly a little nervous because it’s a story I feel will be very difficult to capture in comics, but if they pull it off, it will be a powerful work indeed. Long live Peter S. Beagle.

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