A classic of indie comics is returning in 2017, and it's in full color for the first time. Box Office Poison is the magnum opus of cartoonist Alex Robinson, a sprawling saga about what people give up for their art, and for what people give up their art. And now Robinson's art is being colored by Pat N. Lewis, giving a whole new look to the original comics.

Box Office Poison is the story of Sherman Davies, an aspiring writer who rents a room in Brooklyn. But it's also the story of Stephen and Jane, the couple he rents from. And it's the story of Dorothy LeStrade, who has a profound effect on Sherman's life. But one of the most resonant stories is that of Sherman's best friend Ed Velasquez, who befriends Irving Flavor, the creator of one of the most popular superheroes in the world.

Box Office Poison was originally collected in 2001, and it's very much a product of that time, but it still has a lot to offer, both as a character-driven story and as a commentary on problems that are still rampant in the comics industry. It'll be exciting to reread it in this new format.

 

Alex Robinson
Alex Robinson
Alex Robinson
Alex Robinson
Alex Robinson
Alex Robinson

 

Here's the official word from IDW:

The story of Sherman, Dorothy, Ed, Stephen, Jane, and Mr. Flavor as you’ve never seen it before: IN FULL COLOR! Alex Robinson’s masterpiece of dreary jobs, comic books, love, sex, messy apartments, girlfriends (and the lack thereof), undisclosed pasts, and crusty old professionals remains one of the most delightful and whimsical comic stories—and with colorist Pat N. Lewis’ fantastic color work,BOP is ready to return to comic stands!

Winner of the Eisner Award for Talent Deserving Wider Recognition, the International Comics Festival Award for Best Debut Graphic Novel (Angouleme, France), and voted by Wizard Magazine as the best indy graphic novel of all time.

“A salute to comics, an exploration of the human condition, and a solid, absorbing, and riotously snide tale about at least half of the things that make life important.” — Tasha Robinson, The AV Club