Tony Millionaire, creator of Sock Monkey and one of America's most popular weekly comic strips, Maakies, delivers his first original graphic novel for Fantagrphics, Billy Hazelnuts.
Billy Hazelnuts transmutes nursery rhymes and the golem myth into a storybook about Becky, girl scientist, and her friend Billy Hazelnuts (who was created from cooking ingredients by tailless mice), and their journey to find the missing moon while battling an evil steam-driven alligator with a seeing-eye skunk.
Millionaire fuses the darker spirit of older fariy tales with an absurdist adventure story, throws gender politics into the mix, and brigs it to life with his dementedly charming and meticulous drawing style that is utterly transporting.
Billy Hazelnuts features all-new characters, a first for Millionaire after building a tremendous following for his Sock Monkey and Maakies characters, which is sure to delight existing fans as well as introduce an entirely new audience to his breathtaking line and imagination. This is certain to be one of the most talked-about graphic novels of 2006.