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Tom Beland, creator of the multiple Eisner-nominated True Story, Swear to God, ventures down a supernatural path in June with the debut of his new graphic novel series Chicacabra, from IDW Publishing.
The story focuses on Isabel Sanchez, a Puerto Rican high school student who, following a family tragedy and a mysterious incident, “finds herself with a monster capable of great brutality living inside her. But is it her friend or foe?”
“Tom’s books have always been the kind of thing you want to hand someone, whether they’re new to comics or a veteran reader who thinks they’ve seen it all,” IDW Editor-in-Chief Chris Ryall said in a statement. “There’s something for everyone in his work, and never more so than with Chicacabra, which pushes into the supernatural while still staying a fundamentally grounded, human tale.”
Beland adds, “I think people will relate to Isabel. I think we all have a chupacabra in us in some way. There’s fear, doubt, many things that you hold deep inside of yourself. This is about two souls working together in a relationship that could be damaging as well as healing. I love making it. To a degree it was as emotional as making TSSTG.”
The first volume, a 200-page black-and-white trade paperback, goes on sale in June for $17.99.