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#WONDERCON: LION FORGE ANNOUNCES BEZKAMP; AN ORIGINAL GRAPHIC NOVEL FROM SAMUEL SATTIN AND JEN HICKMAN

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ST. LOUIS—Days before the opening of the exhibit hall at Wonder Con in Anaheim, Lion Forge reveals a delightfully original YA graphic novel under its Roar banner from Glint series writer, Samuel Sattin and co-created by artist Jen Hickman!

In the village of Bezkamp, laws, land, rituals, and warriors are sacred. The written word is banished. Nem, son of one of Bezkamp’s strongest warriors, shows no signs of fire or strength. Forced to follow in his father’s footsteps, Nem must venture beyond their village walls in order to save land from being corrupted by the dangerous and toxic Crig beasts. As Nem begins to see more of their planet, he’ll begin to uncover the truth behind the village’s lies and start to fight for truth.

“Bezkamp is a story about curiosity. It’s also a story about secrets, and what happens when people try to destroy their collective sense of history with brute force,” says writer Samuel Sattin. “Working on this book with Jen Hickman has been an absolute dream; not only is their art phenomenal, but the genius amount of detail and specificity put into it allows for layers of narrative to reemerge upon subsequent reads. There are a lot of layers to this story, a lot of possible meanings, and I’m excited to see readers interpret it their own way.”

“Drawing this book was an adventure! Sam is an incredibly supportive, enthusiastic collaborator, and together we’ve created something really unique,” says artist Jen Hickman. “Lion Forge’s books are imaginative and expansive, and I feel like Bezkamp is exactly that. I’m very excited for readers to get to delve into the world that Sam and I have created.”

“Sam Sattin’s prolific imagination is on full display in the compelling and immersive world of forgotten space colony Bezkamp, a society in which written language is outlawed and history is forgotten,” says Lion Forge editor-in-chief, Andrea Colvin. “Jen Hickman’s incredible images bring this unique world to explosive life—the pages teem with freakish creatures and steampunk-like inventions, kaleidoscopic landscapes and characters at once surprising and familiar.”

Bezkamp is an all-new graphic novel with a fun and original concept sure to excite readers young and old, to be released in October of 2019 at finer comic book shops and bookstores everywhere! Look for more news and info in the coming months!

About the Authors:
Jen Hickman is a visual storyteller and a graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design’s Sequential Art program. Past work includes Moth & Whisper, Jem and the Holograms, the Femme Magnifique anthology, Number One with a Bullet, Filthy Figments, and more. Their primary passions are exciting narratives, good coffee, and exceptional grammar.

Samuel Sattin is a novelist, comics creator, editor, and coffee addict. He is the writer of the Glint trilogy, Bezkamp, Legend, The Silent End, League of Somebodies, and Adventure Quest. His work has appeared or been featured in The Nib, The Atlantic, Nerdist, Entertainment Weekly, NPR,Pastemagazine, Salon, io9, Kotaku, Vulture, and elsewhere. He holds an MFA in comics from California College of the Arts and has a creative writing MFA from Mills College. The creative director of a toy company in Oakland, California, he sometimes teaches at the California College

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