Fantagraphics has announced the publication of Ah Pook is Here, a graphic novel by Wiiliam S. Burroughs and artist Malcolm McNeill, which is to take place sometime in the summer of 2011. It will be a two-volume set that will also include McNeill’s volume of memoirs of the collaboration, Observed While Falling.
Ah Pook Is Here first appeared in 1970 under the title The Unspeakable Mr. Hart as a monthly comic strip written by Burroughs and drawn by the British cartoonist and painter Malcolm McNeil in the English magazine Cyclops. When the publication folded, Burroughs and McNeill decided to develop the project into a full-length, Word/Image novel
The book was conceived as a single painting in which text and images were combined in whatever form seemed appropriate to the narrative. It was conceived as 120 continuous pages that would “fold out.” Such a book was, at the time, unprecedented, and no publisher was willing to take a chance and publish a “graphic novel.” Burroughs and McNeill finally abandoned the project after collaborating on it for 7 years.