"Unwanted Carnival", the latest graphic novel project by Molly Crabapple and John Leavitt, has been acquired by First Second Books, the award-winning graphic novel division of Macmillan. Crabapple and Leavitt are the co-creators of "Scarlett Takes Manhattan" (Fugu Press), "Puppet Makers" (DC Digital), and "The Dr. Sketchy's Official Rainy Day Colouring Book".
Crabapple -- who has illustrated for Marvel Comics, New York Times, and the Wall Street Journalin addition to creating Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art Show -- told MTV Geek that she was ecstatic about the sale of "Unwanted Carnival" --
"When I found out I got the book deal from First Second, I was drinking scotch in the Groucho Club in London. I did a little glee dance, and bought more scotch for friends, because, goddamn, First Second...To see that it sold, to a publisher that put out the first comic ever to be a finalist for a National Book award, that published beautifully done books I deeply admired -- well, there was squeeing to be had!"
Described as "American Gods" meets "Geek Love," "Unwanted Carnival" is the story of a traveling circus populated by immortal outcasts. When the carnival sets up in a mid-century rust belt town, a struggle breaks out for control, leading to violent collisions with myth, rock-and-roll, and gang of hillbilly angels.