Humanoids, the publisher of some of the world’s most groundbreaking science fiction and fantasy graphic novels, has been showcasing deeply personal and political stories inspired not by science fiction but the world around us with its new Life Drawn imprint. These acclaimed graphic novels run the gamut: from cartoonist Koren Shadmi’s dazzling biography Twilight Man: Rod Serling and The Birth of Television, to runner Sebastien Samson’s memoir of the New York Marathon; to William Roy’s stunning biography Hedy Lamarr: An Incredible Life. Now William Roy returns with the latest Life Drawn release, the intimate and surprisingly funny graphic novel In Vitro.
William Roy, a passionate, self-taught artist, began his creative career as an editor and a director of documentaries. In 2014, he published his first graphic novel, De Père en FIV (La Boîte à Bulles), an autobiographical account of his experiences with IVF. He then followed up with Hedy Lamarr: An Incredible Life, illustrated by Sylvain Dorange, a project he had been inspired to write for a very long time. William Roy currently resides in Paris.
Guillaume and Emma are newlyweds. Their life together is full of love and happiness, and they have everything they’ve always wanted… well, almost everything. The two newlyweds are staring down a new and menacing foe unlike anything they’ve ever faced together before: sterility. Determined to find a way to become parents, the couple embarks on the confusing journey that is in vitro fertilization. Together Guillaume and Emma navigate unsuccessful attempts, repeated failures, and the menacing hyperbole of WebMD. Guillaume experiences the daily embarrassment of sperm donations, tests with dreaded results, and endless consultations—not to mention the specter of his own estranged father who reappears suddenly in his life…
With National Infertility Awareness Week coming up on April 19th, In Vitro is a timely, honest, and empathetic portrayal of an experience millions of couples have encountered. With self-effacing charm, William Roy humbly and accurately shares a deeply human experience that is propelled by unshakable hope.
In Vitro will be available where books are sold, in bookstores on March 31st and in comic shops on April 1. It will also be available online through ComiXology using our affiliate link.