Originally published in Germany and Austria as kleiner Tod, the book has sold well and is described as “a small man in a black suit who has a distinct dissatisfaction for his vocation."
"The image of 'Little Death' is not absolutely new," says Kriebaum in an interview for Spiele Magazine earlier this year. "A couple of years ago I had a contribution with the title Death in Venice for a Slovenian comics magazine. In the story, 'Little Death' is spending his well-deserved vacation in Venice with shorts, a colourful shirt, a cap and all the madness of Venice in the high season, including tourist masses, inflated prices… and there, he has to deal with more worldly problems.
"At the same time, I came across Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman. Because I really enjoyed the 'Little Death' character, I transformed my Death in Venice to a Salesman who dealt with death. Very classic as the typical sales representative from an old American movie, he wore a suit and a hat, and carried a briefcase – and was just as popular and successful.
"Now and them I would draw other stories for a magazine or an anthology, or just for my own amusement. Over the years, I produced so many short stories of 'Little Death' (and there will be more in the future) that I had a real collection of them in my drawer. After my first comic book Life, the publisher watned to continue my work, so I suggested a book of 'Little Death'."
The book was solicited in Diamond Comics June 2012 Previews, under Soaring Penguin Press. The 96-page, two colour book (DCD Code JUN121284) will retail for £9.99/$14.99.
The launch takes place on 21st August at 7.00pm at the Battersea Mess and Music Hall (http://
"We have the books, we have the book plates, signed and numbered by Thomas Kriebaum and limited to only 150," says publisher John Anderson.
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