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September 20, 2010

Fantagraphics Publishes William S. Burroughs

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Last week, Fantragraphics made the cool announcement that it would be publishing William S. Burroughs' last work (and only graphic novel), Ah Pook Is Here. Written by Burroughs and drawn by artist Malcolm McNeill, the work was first published in 1970 under the name The Unspeakable Mr. Hart as a comic strip in the British magazine Cyclops. It was envisioned as a strip whose images would combine, one by one, into a 120-page long foldout (something that was unprecedented at the time, causing most publishers to decline printing it). Burroughs and McNeill gave up on the work after seven years. But now Fantagraphics is planning to publish Ah Pook Is Here in summer 2011, giving Burroughs the graphic-novel debut he deserves. A second book, written and drawn by McNeill, will also be released.