We’re excited and honoured to announce the acquisition of publishing rights to forthcoming Wheetago War graphic novel ROTH, from bestselling and award winning indigenous author Richard Van Camp (Moccasin Square Gardens, The Lesser Blessed), collaborating with acclaimed illustrator Christopher Shy (Dead Space, I Sleep in Stone). ROTH unleashes the unique terror of the Wheetago, as glimpsed in several of Richard’s published short stories.
About the graphic novel: Ross, a local hero known as the Child-finder, fights to retain his humanity following a Wheetago bite at his cabin north of Edmonton. His wife and daughter are trapped in the city, surrounded by a vast army of marauding Wheetago. Ross forms an uneasy alliance with four escaped prisoners who narrowly escaped a Wheetago attack, and a mother and her young son after they also escaped a Wheetago attack. The unlikely allies work together to create a safe refuge at the cabin.
The deadly and ancient Wheetago are conquering the land and sky using either a bite attack to transform their victims, or a paralyzing scream to freeze and feast upon them. Ross was bitten by the Wheetago who killed his mother, and he will discover that the Wheetago have renamed him ROTH, and are expecting him to ‘turn’ like they have to join their gruesome crusade. Ross has half turned already, and if he lets go of his family medicine, the rat root he’s clutching, he will turn fully to attack and feast on the group as well as his own family. He plans to get into the city to save them and bring them back to the small community at the cabin where, so far, it is still safe.
Richard Van Camp is a proud member of the Dogrib Tłı̨chǫ Nation from Fort Smith, Northwest Territories, and currently lives in Edmonton, Alberta. He is the author of 26 books including Moccasin Square Gardens, The Lesser Blessed (also a feature film), the Eisner Award nominated graphic novel, A Blanket of Butterflies (with Scott B. Henderson), and Three Feathers (also a feature film). He is a contributor to the groundbreaking graphic novel anthology This Place: 150 Years Retold.
Christopher Shy is an American artist, visual designer and concept artists whose work you can find both in art galleries as well as on posters and book covers. He is known for his film posters and art for horror and science fiction films such as Mandy, The Thing, Godzilla: King of the Monsters, Aliens, Friday the 13th (2009) and Star Wars. His graphic novel illustration work includes Dead Space, I Sleep in Stone, Soul Stealer, The Mummy, and Silent Leaves.