THE BOMB THAT FOLLOWED ME HOME To Be Released October 15, 2008
Rumpleville Books is pleased to release the third book in Cevin Soling’s series of “fairly twisted fairy tales.” THE BOMB THAT FOLLOWED ME HOME is the story of a boy, who is trailed by a stray bomb, which is spoken and thought of as a dog. The boy begs his mother to keep it, but she knows the way kids are, and doesn’t want to get stuck guarding it all the time. FOREWORD magazine writes that Cevin Soling and illustrator Steve Kille ”have the power to make readers laugh, and then think. Then scoff at the futility of thinking.”
The Rumpleville series are contemporary fables that are replete with social commentary. Conflicts arise from human foibles responding to an indifferent universe. Matters are always made worse by self-interested parties who possess an aggressive disregard for others, or for common sense, or both. Absurdity does not come from living in a world without meaning, but rather from people who insist there is meaning and knowingly or unknowingly act in opposition of their convictions.
The fairy tale format highlights the perverse morality of contemporary culture and foiled promises of "happily ever after" endings. Like ANIMAL FARM, the simplicity of plot also draws attention to the political intentions of the work.
Soling has expanded this book series on his award-winning work in cutting-edge film (“A Hole in the Head,” “The War on the War on Drugs”) and independent music (The Love Kills Theory, The Neanderthal Spongecake). New York-based Spectacle Films, Inc. produces documentaries, animation, features, and experimental short films, all of which are engaged in some form of social critique. Through its publishing arm, it produces the Rumpleville Chronicles series and books of fine art photography. Soling penned these one-of-a-kind tales of jolly elves, conflicted Communists, pet bombs, stoner dragons, and assorted sacred sagas in need of ironic tweaking.
Mr. Soling is joined in this new endeavor by psychedelic artist/musician Steve Kille, best known for playing bass in, and designing art for, the cult band Dead Meadow (www.deadmeadow.com). When the two met on New York City’s downtown music circuit, Kille said he “immediately resonated with Cevin’s vision of an illustrated series that meshed adult themes with an offbeat storybook style, though I could have been under the spell of THE JOLLY ELF.”
Other released books in the series are:
THE JOLLY ELF, the cautionary tale of a “psycho jolly merry killer elf,” who likes to sing, especially at 4:00 in the morning, and who, incidentally,
collects shrunken heads.
THE DISCIPLES OF TROTSKY “It’s revolution time in the magical merry world of Rumpleville, but can two tragic ring toss victims rally the spirit of the land and overthrow the bourgeoisie townsfolk?”
Due out in the future:
ELDWYN THE LAID-BACK DRAGON
THE LAND OF PLENTY
BORIS THE DOG
DESTINO SONO BUONO
WEMBLY OF THE CAYUGA FOREST
TIFFANY BRITTANY BROOKE
The Rumpleville series are expected to sell well through specialty shops, independent bookstores, comic book stores, music stores, museum and general bookstores. College bookstores, political bookstores, children’s bookstores, and libraries are strongly encouraged to inquire. The series will be supported by National Publicity, Print Advertising, Online Promotion, Direct Mail, and an innovative Guerilla Marketing Campaign.
For distributor and store orders call toll-free 1-877-TROTSKY (876-8759). For direct consumer orders, or to learn about upcoming titles, please visit http://www.rumpleville.com.
THE RUMPLEVILLE CHRONICLES
(All titles U.S. $14.95, CAN $16.95, 37 pp., hardcover, 6 5/8 x 10 3/4)
THE BOMB THAT FOLLOWED ME HOME:
LOC: 2006928608 • ISBN 0-9767771-2-6 • ISBN 13: 978-0-9767771-2-0