According to 44Flood, “A libretto is a text used in an extended musical work like an opera or musical, usually distinct from the music”, and they are taking this principle and applying it to an art anthology from gallery art work to comics panels, all based on quite a varied theme they handle broadly, allowing plenty of room for interpretation: vampirism on many levels.
44Flood‘s first offering in their deal with IDW Publishing is this 9×12 anthology entitled Libretto Volume 1: Vampirism that “pulls together a group of amazing artists to explore a single theme using the medium of their choice”.
Libretto Volume 1: Vampirism is set to explore “the misuse of power and the objectification and exploitation of others through artist interpretation and peer-to-peer interviews”. So we can expect not only a wide range of contributors for the artwork based on this theme, but prose interviews based on their process and thinking behind their interpretation of themes that will no doubt be handled idiosyncratically.
“We’re excited to have LIBRETTO launch our partnership with IDW,” said Kasra Ghanbari, the books Editor and CEO of 44Flood. “LIBRETTO has both narrative and symbolic works, comic book panels and gallery paintings, alchemical approaches and comedy. It celebrates the ability of art to affect the way we consider and see the world”, according to Ghanbari.
Contributing to the whopping 200-page softcover will be Ben Templesmith, David Stoupakis, Riley Rossmo, Christopher Mitten, George Pratt, Menton3, and more. And those process insights have been teased a couple of times in press releases–we’ll get an insider view on some of the art production contained therein.
44Flood perfected the development of these art/comics anthologies previously with two contributors: Menton3 and Ben Templesmith, to create striking and large-format hardcovers like Lust, published after a Kickstarter campaign. If the prior work is any indication of how Libretto 1 will turn out, it’s bound to make for an intriguing project.