Hope Shines Through In The Sacrifice Of Darkness

by James Ferguson

BOOM! Studios has announced The Sacrifice of Darkness, a new original graphic novel from author Roxane Gay, writer Tracy Lynne Oliver, artist Rebecca Kirby, and colorist James Fenner. The comic adapts Gay’s New York Times short story “We Are the Sacrifice of Darkness” into a full-length graphic novel expanding upon it in a world forever bathed in darkness.

Author Roxane Gay says:

Some stories don’t leave you and such was the case with my short story ‘We are the Sacrifice of Darkness.’ When BOOM! Studios approached me about writing a graphic novel, I immediately knew what kind of story I wanted to tell–one about family and sorrow, faith that survives in a world of darkness, true love and an indelible bond between two people with the world against them. It has been a thrill to be able to bring breadth and depth to the world I created in  my short story, and to be able to do so with one of my favorite writers, Tracy Lynne Oliver. She is an amazing collaborator who always pushes me creatively. We are excited to have this graphic novel out in the world later this year.

Due out in October 2020, The Sacrifice of Darkness follows a man and a woman as they journey through this new landscape. Along the way they discover love, family, and the true light in a world seemingly robbed of any. They challenge the world’s notions of identity, guilt, and survival while finding that no matter the darkness, there are still sources of hope that can pierce the veil.

Writer Tracy Lynne Oliver added:

We are the Sacrifice of Darkness’ was one of my favorite Roxane Gay stories, so I was more than thrilled with the opportunity to transform it into a graphic novel format. I once again fell in love with the characters and their struggles and yearning for love, warmth and light in this dark, cold world they were thrust into.  I am so excited for readers to see this story brought to life in such a visually stunning way.

The Sacrifice of Darkness will be published under BOOM! Studios’ Archaia imprint.

Artist Rebecca Kirby says:

It’s been an incredible experience working with everyone as we create a graphic novel full of striking contrasts and tender moments splashed across the page. I’ve had a great time illustrating the beautiful story that Roxane and Tracy have crafted, and I hope fans will have just as great an experience reading it.

Dafna Pleban, Senior Editor, BOOM! Studios added:

It’s an honor to bring new dimension into Roxane Gay’s story, alongside Tracy, Rebecca, and James who have really evolved into an exciting, singular narrative voice. Grappling with questions of hope, culpability and identity, the graphic novel medium brings to life a world struggling to move on with a visual intensity and specificity that will make for a whole new reading experience for devoted Roxane Gay fans and new readers alike.

The Sacrifice of Darkness is set for release in October 2020.

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