Archaia Entertainment Sets a November Release Date for Marjane Satrapi’s The Sigh
Internationally Praised Fable by the Creator of Persepolis Makes Its Long-Awaited U.S. Debut
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HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA (September 15, 2011) – Award-winning graphic novel publisher
Archaia Entertainment has set a November release date for the English-language version of The Sigh, a fable from Marjane Satrapi, acclaimed author behind the international bestseller, Persepolis, it was announced today by Mark Smylie, Chief Creative Officer of Archaia Entertainment.
Following its debut in France and Spain, U.S. fans of Satrapi’s work have waited
patiently for The Sigh to arrive in the U.S. The Sigh follows Rose, one of three
daughters of a rich merchant who always brings gifts for his girls from the market.
One day Rose asks for the seed of a blue bean, but her father fails to find one for
her. She lets out a sigh in resignation, and her sigh attracts the Sigh, a
mysterious being that brings the seed she desired to the merchant. But every debt
has to be paid, and every gift has a price, and the Sigh returns a year later to
take the merchant’s daughter to a secret and distant palace.
The Sigh will be presented as a 6” x 8” hardcover, featuring 56 pages of text and
beautifully hand-drawn color illustrations. The Sigh will release with a retail
price of $10.95.
“The Sigh is a timeless fairytale that promises to capture the imaginations of
readers both young and old,” said Smylie. “Marjane is one of those rare writers who
has the ability to connect with readers on a global scale and we are proud to bring
this story to the U.S.”
Following the publication of Persepolis, a dramatic illustrated account of her
experiences in Iran during the Islamic Revolution, Marjane Satrapi has captured the
hearts of people throughout the world. Along with The Sigh, her other projects
include her second feature film Chicken with Plums. Based on her graphic novel of
the same name, Chicken with Plums is currently causing a stir with attendees at the
Venice Film Festival.
Drawing upon its past success with publishing foreign graphic novels for
English-speaking readers, such as The Killer, Okko and The Secret History, Archaia
is positioning The Sigh as the vanguard of a new wave of foreign titles it will be
publishing in the next several months.
About Archaia Entertainment
Archaia is a multi-award-winning graphic novel publisher with more than 50 renowned
publishing brands, including such domestic and international hits as Mouse Guard,
Return of the Dapper Men, Gunnerkrigg Court, Awakening, The Killer, Days Missing,
Tumor, Syndrome, Artesia, The Engineer, and an entire line of The Jim Henson Company
graphic novels. Archaia has built an unparalleled reputation for producing
meaningful content that perpetually transforms minds, building one of the industry’s
most visually stunning and eclectic slates of graphic novels. Archaia was named
Graphic Novel Publisher of the Year according to Ain’t it Cool News, Graphic Policy,
and Comic Related, and was honored with nine 2011 Eisner Awards nominations. Archaia
has also successfully emerged as a prolific storyteller in all facets of the
entertainment industry, extending their popular brands into film, television,
gaming, and branded digital media.