Sunday, February 25, 2018

Non Album Collection 117

The Ogre Gods V1 - Petit (2014)

Petit is the son of the Ogre King. Scarcely larger than a mere human, he bears the brunt of family degeneration which makes each generation smaller than the previous one due to their inbreeding. His father wants him dead, but his mother sees in him the possible regeneration of the family since he could mate with a human as the Founder of the line once did. She then entrusts him to Aunt Desdee, the oldest of the family, who was dishonored because of her love for humans, and has become a recluse in a wing of the immense castle. But against his mother's wish, she will try to raise Petit, contrary to the usual family way ... Torn between the violent impulses he inherited and the humanistic education he received from Desdée, where will Petit find his place? And will he survive the voracious appetite of his family?

The Knight and the Unicorn (2015)

During the battle of Crécy, a prelude to the Hundred Years' War, Juan de la Heredia, helps King Philip VI of Valois who has just lost his horse. By leaving him his, the Knight of the Hospitaller Order finds himself at the heart of the fray. Galvanized by the inevitability of his fate, he unleashes himself until a sword pierces him. But, as life leaves him, he discovers that he is nailed to the horn of a unicorn. In the early morning, dazed, he is still alive and sees the legendary animal. Before being captured by the English, he tries in vain to catch up with him to know why death is denied him.

The Theory of Chaos - One Shot - (Schelle, 2001)

With a flutter of its wings, a butterfly flying in China can cause Godzilla to attack New York... Because each movement, small as it is, triggers a cascade of unpredictable consequences... The so-called superior species, Man, is the greatest propagator of chaos. As the grand magister of this spectacular & surprising "chaos", Pierre Schelle here signs his first album as an author. But he already has long experience of comic books as a colourist (with Stéphane Rosa) of series such as Golden City, Nash and Travis.


Friday, February 23, 2018

Kelly Green

Leonard Starr, of Little Orphan Annie fame, and Stan Drake, of Blondie fame, teamed up in 1980 to begin crafting a series of what were then known as graphic albums for the French publisher Dargaud. These graphic albums—what we would now call graphic novels—were geared toward an adult audience and featured nudity and violence, the likes of which would have horrified most Sunday comics readers in America. Though long out of print, Dargaud released English-language versions of these graphic novels in the United States in the early 1980s, under the series title Kelly Green, named after the main character of the books. And as obscure as they are today, they are, simply put, some of the best-looking crime comics ever produced.
Written by Leonard Starr and drawn by Stan Drake, the Kelly Green volumes are definitely worth tracking down. For Dargaud in Paris, he created Kelly Green with Stan Drake in 1980. This series of graphic novels about the sexy and capable female action heroine Kelly Green, were illustrated by Drake.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Non Album Collection 116

The Fulgur v01 - The Depths of the Abyss (2017)

1907. Further to a terrible storm, a ship navigating in the Yucatán Channel sinks in an Oceanic trench with a billion dollars of pure gold in its holds. Three years later, a bold group of explorers and treasure hunters embarks aboard the Fulgur, a unique submarine, to find the lost cargo. But their adventure, diving to depths as great as 4,000 meters, is about to take a dramatic turn and defy all comprehension!

Dark Side of the Moon (2017)

Script by Blutch - Art by Blutch. The story takes place in a near future (more or less). The world is a huge factory, and the factory is the world. This world is presided over by “The Orifice,” the company which revolutionized the working method. You put your hands inside two holes, and you work, without you (or anybody) actually knowing what you’re working on… In the midst of all this is Lantz. Lantz is a comic book author. He’s the one who came up with the New New Testament, the bestseller that the entire economy depends on. Problem is: he’s got writer’s block. Riddled with doubt, he doesn’t know what he wants anymore, and his various frustrations are making him miserable. Lantz reflects the daily life of many among us. Will he be able to find an honorable way out of his psychological battles?

Fires & Murmur (2017)

Created by Eisner Award-winning artist Lorenzo Mattotti, Fires sweeps readers off into a hypnotic, haunting fantasy centered on a mysterious island where the hills are constantly ablaze. A series of vessels have inexplicably disappeared from the vicinity, so the battleship Anselm II is dispatched to investigate. When the expedition's leader, Lieutenant Absinthe, comes ashore, his encounter with the burning island's bizarre residents results in a form of psychic possession that leads to mayhem, madness, and murder. Mattotti's vivid illustrations, rendered with the depth and richness of paintings, propel the eye through a brooding, brilliantly colored atmosphere of mesmerizing imagery. A second tale by Mattotti, co-written with Jerry Kramsky, offers another fantastic voyage. Murmur traces an amnesiac's quest across phantasmagoric landscapes to recover his identity — an enigmatic journey in which fear and confusion are resolved by arcane magic rituals. This handsome hardcover edition marks the first publication of Fires and Murmur in a single volume. Both stories were originally published in French; this Dover edition features the 1988 English translation of Feux (Fires) and the 1993 English translation of Murmure (Murmur) English translations. Suggested for mature readers.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Morea

In the year 2082, beautiful Morea Doloniac is an ordinary employee in one of the biggest meta-national companies on the planet, the DWC. One day, she is nearly killed when commando squads execute, everywhere on the planet, members of her family. As the only survivor, she finds herself at the head of one of the main economic powers of the XXIth century. More mysterious, the attempt on her life was a success... She died... And yet, she is still alive!

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Non Album Collection 115

The Longest Day of the Future (2016)

In a future world ruled by dueling megacorporations, where drinking the wrong brand of coffee can irrevocably alter the course of your life, an errant space ship crashes near the bustling metropolis. After discovering some very unusual cargo from the ship, company scientists quickly develop a plan to destroy the competition once and for all. Tapping a nameless office worker to infiltrate the enemy, things go awry almost immediately, resulting in consequences great and small. With a keen eye for the absurd and unsettling, this wordless debut pokes fun at sci-fi tropes as it infuses the proceedings with sharp observation and pointed social commentary. Relying on a limited palette dominated by pink, blue, and grey paired with clean, bold outlines ensures readers have no problems deciphering the multilayered story. Varela skillfully uses clearly delineated, sequential panels of varied sizes and shapes to enhance key elements of the story and employs some clever visuals to add interest. Sophisticated but easily accessible, this visually engaging story will find wide readership.

Olympia (2016)

Allow us to introduce Olympia, an exquisite young woman living in post-First-World-War Berlin, a time when the town was continually shaken up by internal revolutions and cultural turbulence. Olympia is beautiful. Louise Brooks-style beautiful. She is the archetype of that generation of war-women, the likes of which we'll never see again. Her father, Count Van Den Golzt, sends his daughter to Berlin following the Bolsheviks' establishment in Courlande, a move that he knew was a threat to the safety of his family. She soon becomes a fascinating character, with lovers from all walks of life, from bespectacled Communist intellectuals, to pimps. Alongside her decadent lifestyle, she fights passionately for the Socialist cause. Nihilistic, but driven, she ends up in the arms of the most unlikely suitor.

Young Albert (2012)

At 21 years old, he [Chaland] landed a position at Métal Hurlant, producing one masterpiece after another. His Bob Fish serial is a superb example of his sadistic satirical approach to comics, wrapped in a classical & nostalgic fifties feel. While his Freddy Lombard series is more straightforward adventure serial, his Young Albert gags launched in 1982 is Chaland firing on all cylinders! A spinoff of Bob Fish, Young Albert features Chaland’s worldly views on humanity quite explicitly. As Jean-Luc Fromental notes in his afterword, Le Jeune Albert is nasty, cruel, argumentative, smart and possesses a truly ‘Brussels’ attitude. Chaland’s territory is the battleground of the human soul. Through Albert and his proletarian soundboard Fifi, he explores not only his own inner soul - Young Albert contains a lot of autobiographical details - but also the inner workings of his fellow human beings. Themes like treachery, cowardice, honesty, a class society, egoism, authority, self delusions etc. all pass the revue in the one page gags.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Realmwalkers

We've got two kinds of news: a fantastic one and an even more fantastic one.
First of all, our Earth is just a part of the Collar of Worlds that consists of many parallel worlds. And, second of all, the gods that you read about in myths and legends actually exist. And any world that they visit will be destroyed in an apocalypse! But don't worry: there are heroes that will not let that happen. The universe is protected by the Realmwalkers - the mighty warrior of the ancient lineage Andrey Radov and his wife Kseniya that can control plants and their friend - the former Ivan Tsarevich who transformed into the Grey Wolf. Whenever one of the Earths gets a divine intervention, our trio immediately races to help! And their coordinators in this journey are the deathless ruler of Eden Koschei and Vasilisa the Wisest that observe the Collar from the edge of the Universe. 
Each new world is unlike the previous, each new monster is more dangerous - but the Realmwalkers are no weaklings either. They have magical abilities and incredible weapons - but the most important thing they have is themselves. Together this team can defeat any enemy and save all the worlds from annihilation... if they don't get tired of each other first...

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Non Album Collection 114

Marie Curie - The Radium Fairy (2016)

Marie Curie is the only woman ever to have received two Nobel prizes: the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1903, shared with her husband, Pierre Curie, and the Nobel Prize for Chemistry for her work with polonium and radium in 1911. She was also the first woman ever to teach at the Sorbonne. This inspired comic is set at the time she received her second Nobel Prize, when a vicious press campaign was launched against her, denouncing her affair with the physician Paul Langevin. Through her flash-backs, we're invited to witness the key moments of this exceptional woman's life and work.

Fragments of Femininity (2017) (digital-Empire)

This is a collection of portraits of 7 women, of all different ages, backgrounds, circumstances and eras. Each one of them is facing a defining moment in her life. They are bound together by the symbol of their femininity: their breasts. We see an awkward college girl getting to grips with her womanhood; a 1960s house-wife freeing herself from the restraints of propriety; the manager of a small underwear shop fighting against corporate giants; a woman nude modeling for an unexpected reason… Love, illness, sex, liberation, sensuality: Olivier Pont draws us into the lives of these women with astounding force.

Today is the Last Day of the Rest Your Life (2013)

This starts out as a slightly dull memoir of a teenage punk runaway and the squatting scene in Europe, but the story steadily grows stranger and more compelling as Ulli and a female friend head south from Vienna into the heart of Sicily. The book is well observed throughout and there a few beatific moments where the story dilates beyond the consciousness of the narrator. But what will stick with me are Ulli's numerous encounters with Italian men who willfully refuse to understand the word "no." She's one of the few women openly walking the streets in small Sicilian towns and as a foreigner she's viewed as a prostitute by males of all ages and backgrounds. Her Italian boyfriend refuses to help when his buddy rapes her one evening in his bedroom. Her female friend tries to pimp her out to make a few bucks. And so on. The book downplays these horrific scenes as part of a larger quest for self knowledge, but they still paint a convincing and convicting portrait of an entire culture in the grip of psychosis.