Myriad signs graphic memoir about lost Iraq

Rights - NonFiction Tuesday, 19 February 2019

Carol Isaacs' The Wolf of Baghdad is also a 'magical' audio-visual show

Myriad has signed a wordless graphic memoir about her lost Iraqi homeland by Carol Isaacs, also known as the cartoonist the Real McCoy. Corinne Pearlman, creative director, bought world rights in The Wolf of Baghdad from Sam Ferris at Knight Features Ltd after seeing a performance of an audio-visual version of the book at the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. An excerpt from the book was longlisted for the 2018 Myriad First Graphic Novel competition.

In the 1940s a third of Baghdad’s population was Jewish. Within a decade nearly all 150,000 of Iraq’s Jews had been expelled, killed or had escaped. The Wolf of Baghdad (January 2020) is Isaacs' account of her homesickness for a home she has never visited.

The audio-visual version of the story is an animated slideshow with a soundtrack by a live band, with Isaacs on accordion and keyboards. Claudia Roden has described it as "An enthralling and moving combination of art and music. It is magical."

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