See the cover and an excerpt from Eoin Colfer and Andrew Donkin's new book, illustrated by Giovanni Rigano
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The upcoming graphic novel Illegal couldn’t be more timely.

Written by Eoin Colfer and Andrew Donkin and illustrated by Giovanni Rigano (Artemis Fowl), Illegal powerfully visualizes the current struggles being faced by refugees and emigrants. The book centers on Ebo and Kwame, siblings who flee from Ghana. We follow their journey as they move across Africa, over the Mediterranean Sea, and hopefully to a safe haven in Europe. They’re hoping to reunite with their sister; through stunning, intimate visuals, we experience their dangerous trek and the emotions behind it. (See a video preview here.)

Colfer, a popular Irish author of children’s books, is best known for writing the Artemis Fowl series as well as an installment of the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series. He’s also written for Marvel and has published three standalone novels. Co-author Donkin has written more than 60 children’s books and graphic novels.

The team behind Illegal has exclusively shared with EW the striking cover for the book, as well as an excerpt of three panels, their timeliness undeniable.

Illegal will be released in August 2018. Check out the cover above, and the excerpt below.

Excerpt from “Illegal,” by Eoin Colfer and Andrew Donkin

Credit: Giovanni Rigano/Sourcebooks
Credit: Giovanni Rigano/Sourcebooks
Credit: Giovanni Rigano/Sourcebooks