AMSTERDAM, April 7, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --
- Rob Van Scheers & Gustavo Garcia
On April 12 1961, 50 years ago, Yuri Gagarin became the first human to journey into outer space. Dutch publishing house Lebowski Publishers presents the beautiful graphic novel Gagarin - The greatest adventure of mankind on April 12 2011 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of this historic event.
Cultural journalist Rob van Scheers of the Dutch magazine Elsevier wrote the script for Gagarin, based on his personal research in Moscow and the space launce facility Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, where he discovered many interesting facts about the astonishing journey of Yuri Gagarin. Graphic artist Gustavo Garcia transformed Gagarin's 108 minute orbit of the earth into compelling images. The result is a breathtaking graphic novel, that reads like an exiting adventurebook about an extraordinary mission: Pojechali! ('Here we go!') A sneak preview of the graphic novel can be found on the website of Lebowski Publishers: http://www.lebowskipublishers.nl/gagarin/
Early praise for Gagarin:
'Fantastic graphic novel about the beginnings of space travel, of which many were new even for me!' Andre Kuipers, Dutch cosmonaut.
'Excellent! At last a good graphic novel about one of the greatest events in our history!' Piet Smolders, scientific journalist. Smolders was awarded the Gagarin Medal of Honor from the Society of Cosmonauts of the Russian Federal Space Agency in 1986 for his work.
Special attention for the Gagarin jubilee during The London Book Fair (11 - 13 April 2011):
To mark Gagarin's voyage and as part of the Russia Market Focus cultural programme, The London Book Fair will host a link-up to the International Space Station where Russian cosmonauts will answer questions sent in advance from the many participants of the London Book Fair.
SOURCE Lebowski Publishers