Dylan Horrocks returns with ATLAS, a mammoth, new one-thousand page comic book story, serialized in approximately twelve 80-page booklets! [Three issues were published in five years, this is the only one still in print] ATLAS is a long, sprawling saga of comics, cartography and magic, revisiting two landscapes introduced in his first book, Hicksville: the eponymous comics-obsessed town and the mysterious Cornucopia. Along the way, it will explore the nature of comics, the politics of the new millennium, the frailty of love and the secret to mapping the sky. The story follows 70 years in the life of Emil Kopen, from his peasant childhood in the mountains of Cornucopia to the cartooning sweatshops of New York in the late thirties; from the horrors of Nazi occupation to the hope and disillusionment of postwar Europe. But it is also the story of Kopen's journey to Hicksville and of his struggle to come to terms with his own past and his country's future, as centuries of isolation from the rest of the world give way to economic globalisation and market-driven disorder. For Kopen still has one final part to play in determining the political and cultural destiny of Cornucopia. And that country's feared secret police will stop at nothing to prevent him…
Features an eleven-ish page back-up story by James Kochalka.
96 page black and white digest with color coves. Newsprint.
Drawn & Quarterly First printing: July 2001