Interview: Karen Berger Introduces You To Berger Books

A PREVIEWSworld Exclusive!

From last year's New York Comic Con! Karen Berger - the editor behind Berger Books - talks with PREVIEWSworld Weekly's Troy-Jeffrey Allen about her career in comics. On the docket this interview: Her groundbreaking at Vertigo Comics, working with Anthony Bourdain, Berger Books' mission statement and more.

"As an editor, I'm looking to always to work with inventive storytellers, writers with distinctive voices - something different to say - where I learn something different about the part of the world I never knew about. Be it historical or the future...dark psychological underpinnings of people's lives," Karen jokes in the above interview. 

Discover more from Berger Books below and hear more about this unique imprint by pressing play.

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(W) Emma Beeby (A/CA) Ariela Kristantina
Dancer. Courtesan. Spy. Executed by a French firing squad in 1917. One hundred years on from her death, questions are still raised about her conviction.

Now, the story of the woman who claimed she was born a princess and died a figure of public hatred is told by break-out talent writer Emma Beeby (Judge Dredd), artist Ariela Kristantina (Insexts), and colorist Pat Masioni drawing on biographies and released MI5 files.

We meet Mata Hari in prison at the end of her life as she writes her memoir-part romantic tale of a Javanese princess, and part real-life saga of a disgraced wife and mother. As she sits trial for treason and espionage, we hear another tale, of a flamboyant Dutch woman who became "the most dangerous spy France has ever captured"-a double agent who whored herself for secrets, lived a life of scandal, and loved only money.

Leading us to ask . . . who was the real Mata Hari?

This hardcover collects Mata Hari #1-#5, as well as additional historical material and an artist's sketchbook.

"Mata Hari is a fascinating use of a medium to explore its titles perplexing historical figure." -You Don't Read Comics
In Shops: Mar 13, 2019
SRP: $19.99
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(W) Anthony Bourdain, Joel Rose (A) Sebastian Cabrol, Alberto Ponticelli, Vanesa R. Del Rey, Mateus Santolouco, Leonardo Manco, Irene Koh, Francesco Francavilla (A/CA) Paul Pope
Foodies and horror fanatics rejoice! Inspired by the Japanese Edo Period game Hyakumonogatari Kaidankai or 100 Candles, a circle of chefs gather to outscare each other with modern tales of fear and food from around the world-and pray that they survive the night.
Cooked up by the best-selling author and veteran chef, Anthony Bourdain (Kitchen Confidential, Emmy-Award winning TV star of Parts Unknown) and acclaimed novelist Joel Rose (Kill, Kill, Faster, Faster), back again from their New York Times #1 bestseller, Get Jiro!).
o Features all-new, original recipes prepared by Bourdain, plus a guide to the ghostly legendary spirits behind these horrifying tales.
o Collects the four-issue mini-series.
In Shops: Aug 21, 2019
SRP: $14.99
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(W) Mat Johnson (A/CA) Warren Pleece
A tenth anniversary edition of the acclaimed graphic novel! In the early 20th Century, Zane Pinchback, a reporter for the New Holland Herald, is sent to investigate the arrest of his own brother, charged with the brutal murder of a white woman in Mississippi. With a lynch mob already swarming, Zane, whose skin color is light enough that he can pass for white, must stay "incognegro" long enough to uncover the truth behind the murder to save his brother - and himself. Suspenseful, unsettling and relevant, Incognegro is a tense graphic novel of shifting identities, forbidden passions, and secrets that run far deeper than skin color. Features a new afterword by Mat Johnson, enhanced toned art and other additional material.
In Shops: Feb 07, 2018
SRP: $19.99
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(W) Christopher Cantwell (A/CA) Martin Morazzo
An unknown woman flying at fantastic speeds and spectacular heights suddenly explodes mid-air. No one knows who she was, how she flew, or why. Luna Brewster, a disturbed 15-year-old girl, becomes obsessed with learning everything about her while rumors and conspiracy theories roil. Will cracking the secrets of the Flying Woman lead to the liberation of her troubled mind?
By Christopher Cantwell (co-creator/showrunner of AMC's Halt and Catch Fire) and artist Martin Morazzo (Ice Cream Man) with color by Miroslav Mrva. Collects the four issue critically acclaimed series in a deluxe softcover edition.
In Shops: Sep 11, 2019
SRP: $19.99
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(W) Darin Strauss, Adam Dalva (A/CA) Emma Vieceli
To save a boy she barely knows, teenage orphan Olivia Twist joins THE ESTHERS, a rag-tag girl gang of thieves running free in a dangerous future. Olivia's life in this imminent London of internment camps and strange technology gets even more complicated when she discovers that she has more power and wealth than she's ever dreamed of. But it comes with a great cost. This volume collects issues #1-#4 of Darin Strauss, Adam Dalva, and Emma Vieceli's Olivia.
In Shops: May 01, 2019
SRP: $19.99
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(W) Nnedi Okorafor (A/CA) Tana Ford
In an alternate world where aliens have integrated with society, pregnant Nigerian- American doctor Future Nwafor Chukwuebuka, has just smuggled an illegal alien plant named Letme Live through LaGuardia International and Interstellar Airport . . . and that's not the only thing she's hiding.
She and Letme become part of a community of human and alien immigrants; but as their crusade for equality continues and the birth of her child nears, Future-and her entire world-begins to change.
Written by Nnedi Okorafor, Hugo and Nebula award- winning author and the writer of Marvel's Shuri, this deluxe trade paperback collects issues #1-#4 of the miniseries and includes artist sketches and afterword from the author.
"Laguardia is essential reading for our times." -Comicbook.com

"Classic speculative fiction at its best, coupled with an endearing protagonist, and a vibrant, living sci-fi world rendered by a fantastic art team."-Multiversity.com
In Shops: Jul 17, 2019
SRP: $19.99
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(W) G. Willow Wilson (A/CA) Christian Ward
The exhilarating first arc of the hit ongoing series! An epic new sci-fi saga from the acclaimed team of Hugo and World Fantasy Award-winning author G. Willow Wilson (Ms. Marvel, Wonder Woman) and Eisner Award-winning artist Christian Ward (Black Bolt). In a far-flung galaxy's small solar system, two women-one a young religious acolyte, the other a hard-bitten freighter pilot-uncover a conspiracy between the leaders of the most dominant religion and an all-consuming megacorporation. On the run from reprisals on both sides, this unlikely pair must decide where their loyalties lie-and risk plunging the world into anarchy if they reveal the truth. Collects Invisible Kingdom: Walking the Path #1-#5.
In Shops: Oct 23, 2019
SRP: $19.99
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