September 2022

Mobile wallpapers

My new graphic novel Monte Cristo is only available in French for now, but inner-circle subscribers in any language can download and enjoy this Monte Cristo mobile wallpaper pack for free. On the left is a preview of how they look in action (and for French readers looking forward to Book 2, a sneak preview of who Sam Castillo will become...)

Latest reviews and info are on the Monte Cristo book page.

Templar re-released in French

"Jordan Mechner weaves a romantic story skillfully mixing chivalry, love, friendship, humor and adventure in a spirit that Alexandre Dumas would not have disowned..." -Les Sentiers de l'Imaginaire

My previous graphic novel, Templar, is being reissued this September by Editions Akileos in its full 480-page color hardcover French edition. You can get both the English and French editions via the links on the Templar book page.

For the occasion, I've added a French version of "The Making of Templar" (also available in English) to that page. It's a free 86-page e-book, lavishly illustrated by artistic duo LeUyen Pham & Alex Puvilland, in which we discuss the origins and creation of Templar. If you're interested in making graphic novels, or in the creative collaborative process in general, I recommend it.

Templiers réédité en français

"Jordan Mechner tisse une histoire romanesque mêlant habilement chevalerie, amour, amitié, humour et aventure dans un esprit que n’aurait pas renié Alexandre Dumas…" -Les Sentiers de l'Imaginaire

Mon précédent roman graphique, Templiers, est réédité ce mois de septembre par les Editions Akileos dans sa version intégrale de 480 pages brochée en couleurs. Vous pouvez vous le procurer dans votre librairie locale, ou depuis la page du livre Templiers.

Pour l'occasion, j'ai ajouté une version française de "Templiers : Le Making Of" sur cette page. Il s'agit d'un PDF gratuit de 86 pages, richement illustré par le duo d'artistes LeUyen Pham & Alex Puvilland, dans lequel nous discutons des origines et de la création de Templiers. Si vous êtes intéressé par la création d'un BD ou par le processus de collaboration créative en général, je vous le recommande.

An authentic Persian tale - 9th century

"The prince called out but heard no answer. He dismounted, approached the pavilion, and lifted the entrance drape.

The pavilion was filled with the scent of ambergris. A silk carpet of delicately woven blues and pinks covered the ground. Atop it lay a leather mat decorated with intricate floral designs, upon which several large cushions had been laid. Someone was asleep on the cushions. Before the prince could speak, the person awoke and sat up...

Khorshid Shah’s mind was racing when he noticed a golden bowl filled with water next to the cushions. Realizing that he was extremely thirsty, he asked if he could have some water. The princess picked up a golden goblet, filled it, and handed it to Khorshid Shah. No sooner had the prince drunk the water than dizziness overcame him. He fell to the ground unconscious."

A reminder to my English readers that Samak the Ayyar is now out and available in paperback from Columbia University Press.

I call this "the source material Prince of Persia always wanted but never had." It's a gripping, authentic ninth-century Persian epic of adventures and intrigue, never before published in English. It's been a rare privilege for me to work with Iranian translator Freydoon Rassouli to bring this inspiring cultural treasure to a modern audience.

You can download a free 24-page PDF of the book's first two chapters (and my introduction explaining how it relates to Prince of Persia) from the website.

Don't miss out on this unforgettable, spellbinding adventure!
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