Sunday, December 31, 2017

Non Album Collection 92

Second Thoughts

Jess is a writer living in London. Andrew is a photographer on his way to New York. They do not fall in love - not exactly - but their brief encounter in Stansted Airport will impact both of their lives more than they can imagine. In Second Thoughts, the clean, emotional ink-work of Swedish newcomer Niklas Asker guides two characters through modern city life and love, as they struggle separately, yet somehow together. Lost in Translation meets Stranger Than Fiction! Past and present, reality and fiction overlap in this sweet, haunting, and ultimately inspiring graphic novel of modern city life and love.

Streak of Chalk (1992)

"Streak of Chalk" is the most famous work by Miguelanxo Prado. It was nominated for the two most important awards in USA: the Eisners (best illustrator) and the Harveys (best foreign work). 

We Can Still be Friends (Blank Slate 2008)

Berlin-based cartoonist Markus Witzel, who goes by the pen name of Mawil, has established a reputation in Europe for his cataloging of the awkwardness of relationships, especially with the opposite sex, but always with some terrific humour throughout, earning him an Icom Prize in 1998 and an international reputation among the comics community. We are delighted to be able to offer this English translation of a brilliant European comics creator.


Friday, December 29, 2017

Non Album Collection 91

Never Again T1 - Light City (2003)

To brighten the suffering of the condemned. This was the duty Angelely Lynch had assigned himself after witnessing the execution of his parents. This truth which is his, he will push it to the point of absurdity. Until he feels the ground shirking under his feet, moment from which he will let himself be won by total estrangement. Anchored in his new phobias, he wanders aimlessly when faced with what has become his worst nightmare. A click occurs. Meanwhile, on an island with idyllic appearances is hidden a penitentiary for women that does not seem to have legal existence. Which report ? None, until fate decides otherwise. 

Pinocchia (Eurotica 1996)

The cover speak itself.

Robinsonia (Eurotica 1999)

The cover speak itself.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Non Album Collection 90

Lord of Burger T1 - The Spice Garden (English) (2010)

When you run a 3-star restaurant, you do not have the right to make mistakes. And the great Alessandro Caprese is not an easy leader. It's not his killer who will say the opposite. Following the murder of their father, Ambre and Arthur inherit a debt of several million euros. Therefore, no choice but to take over the family restaurant. But the Amber thing is sculpture and Arthur's, the fast food. Too bad, it will roll up the sleeves, because the fortune depends on the famous red guide and its critics. And the inspector must come from one moment to the next.

Hand to Hand (Glenat 1993)

Those who appreciate the drawings of Ana Mirallès will be a little surprised by those of this album, which do not correspond to those of the Djinn series for example. A little more angular, with vignettes also larger, less details, that's what we can say. For all that, the pencil of Ana is always quite pleasant but the style is a little different. As for history, when things are not suggested in Djinn, here it is not the case. No possible misunderstanding or under-mention. 

Marlene (2006)

A lurking terror has infected the town of Malborg. Madness and death haunt the luminous Scandinavian nights, and the victims all seem to have one thing in common: their lust for the voluptous Marlene. As he investigates, ace detective Michael Joergendsen must navigate a dangerous course between his official duties and his own growing fixation with the young woman. Is he on the trail of a supernatural killer, or is it the other way around? And the beautiful Marlene - is she the innocent victim of an obsessive stalker, or is she something more sinister?

Monday, December 25, 2017

Non Album Collection 89

Embroideries (2005)

From the best–selling author of Persepolis comes this gloriously entertaining and enlightening look into the sex lives of Iranian women. Embroideries gathers together Marjane’s tough–talking grandmother, stoic mother, glamorous and eccentric aunt and their friends and neighbors for an afternoon of tea drinking and talking. Naturally, the subject turns to love, sex and the vagaries of men.

Epileptic (2005)

The book tells the story of the artist's early childhood and adolescence, focusing on his relationship with his brother and sister. His brother develops severe and intractable epilepsy, causing the family to seek a variety of solutions from alternative medicine, most dramatically by moving to a commune based on macrobiotic principles. As the epileptic brother loses control of his own life, the artist develops solitary obsessions with cartoons, mythology and war. The book's graphic style becomes increasingly elaborate as the children's fantasy life takes over, with their dreams and fears (including epilepsy itself) appearing as living creatures. In brief interludes, the children appear as adults when the artist begins the process of writing the story.

Epoxy (Le Lombard 2003)

All great careers have a beginning! That of Jean Van Hamme was also the magnificent twilight of Paul Cuvelier, mythical co-founder of the newspaper "Tintin". The great artist was suffering from being unable to draw "nudes" in the weeklies of 7 to 77 years. So Van Hamme wrote to him this story which sees the young Epoxy amazon tossed by the gods between pain and pleasure.


Saturday, December 23, 2017

Non Album Collection 88

Dusk - Poor Tom (2000)

Three agents turn up in the small town of Salem to investigate the deaths of four people who died on the same night under strange circumstances. This is a rather unusual event for such a small town whose residents seem a bit too keen on forgetting this tragic night. It soon becomes clear that the victims are not missed, and it is in an even more charged atmosphere that the investigators slowly uncover the terrible secret that uites the population of Salem. A chilling and disturbing graphic novel thriller.

Choose Your Game

A computer game becomes to reality thriller.

Driftings - Dérives by Andreas

Dérives is a collection of short stories, written by different authors but all illustrated by Andreas. All these stories are very different from each other, in terms of their atmosphere and themes. Andreas's friends, each wrote a short story.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Non Album Collection 87

Chronicles of the Fixed Earth - Nights (2000)

(Chroniques de la terre fixe). Art: Caza. Script: Caza. Status: One Shot. Genre: Science Fiction. Arkadi’s World is a series of comic of Caza. This series of science fiction mixes science with mythology.Volumes 1-6 have been adjusted in their reissue and the series continued under the title Chronicles of the fixed earth.

Around the World in 80 Days (Le Marquis 1991)

"Continence, be certain, is only the virtue of fools and enthusiasts, it has many dangers and no good effect." MARQUIS

Chicken With Plums (Pantheon 2006)

The writer and illustrator who chronicled her childhood in the best-selling graphic memoir “Persepolis” now turns to the life of her great-uncle Nasser Ali Khan. A revered musician, he takes to his bed and refuses sustenance after his frustrated wife breaks his tar—an Iranian lute—over her knee. It takes him eight days to die, and in that time Satrapi reveals the futures of his children and unearths his past. She shows her great-uncle not merely as a wayward romantic but as a conflicted man whose story embodies several aspects of Iranian cultural identity during the late nineteen-fifties. Satrapi’s deceptively simple, remarkably powerful drawings match the precise but flexible prose she employs in adapting to her multiple roles as educator, folklorist, and grand-niece.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Non Album Collection 86

Bomb Road T1 - Da Nang

For having crashed his F-22 in the meantime, Lieutenant Trotti must resign himself on the orders of General Odds to become Colonel Bradley's "Redneck" Towsend's nurse. Embittered and sick, the retired soldier does not, however, refuse to tell, at the request of Trotti, his past as a Marine pilot during the Vietnam War ... Having sworn to follow the footsteps of his uncle, he Even as a fighter pilot and early disappeared, young lieutenant Towsend joined Da Nang in 1967 to take part in the US-Vietnam conflict.

Beauty and The Beast (1989)

How can the passion, the exclusive love, explode between the most beautiful woman who shoots the Earth, Light, a true manifesto of feminine perfection, and a horrible, merciless killer, Bold, more like a respectable ape than a man? To split the two protagonists of this exhilarating comic, you also put your mind: hyper-sensitive Bold, the Beast; insensitive to everything, even to the most atrocious physical pain, Light, Bella. To guide us in the funny mystery is Carlos Trillo, a South American cartoon myth that, in the first person, as an active character, follows and tells the adventures of the two protagonists, assisted by the secure section of Catalan Jordi Bernet. A very enjoyable book and amazing narrative freedom.

Chaland Anthology (Humanoids 2003)

Story and art by Yves Chaland. Freddy Lombard and friends go on four adventures spanning Belgian castles and African jungles from this Eisner Award-nominated creator! These classic stories exhibit the elegant design that made Chaland a legend amongst cartoonists and animators worldwide! Don't miss this classic in the style of Hergé's Tintin.

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Non Album Collection 85

Beautiful Death - One-shot (2011)

Unclassifiable, dreamlike and simply beautiful post-apocalyptic tale about a handful of people trying to survive on the deserted streets of a huge metropolis... Note: Patrick Swayze is shown as the characters are watching Dirty Dancing in one panel.

Bastien Vives - To my Eyes

Dans Mes Yeux (In My Eyes), 2009, Casterman: On the surface, the plot of Dans Mes Yeux isn't revolutionary. A guy meets a girl, they go home together, she leaves the next morning. Where it is different, is that the narrative is told entirely from the view of the male protagonist. Vives is constantly experimenting and as well as using techniques where the images get blurred as the protagonist's concentration wavers, the art here is composed from pencil crayons and looks pretty stunning for it.

Auclair - The Story of Pointed-Nose and the Three-Legged-Wolf

The stories tell about mountain-men and early pioneers in the "west", of the times before civilization ended all. When GRIZZLY was published in Kuifje/Tintin in early 1971 the big audience was not ready for this story. An album-publication according to the 44, and 46 pages principle could be realized in 1976, when Auclair had made The Story Of "Pointed-Nose" And The "Three-Legged-Wolf" (LE LÉGENDE DE NEZ POINTU ET DE TROIS-PATTES LE LOUP/Gebroken-Neus en Drie-poot-de-wolf).

Friday, December 15, 2017

Non Album Collection 84

Sam Pezzo, P.I. T01 (Catalan 1987)

With a dark mustache, high forehead, a smoke jammed in his yap, Sam works the mean streets of a suitably bleak Bologna, a "shitpile of a city." He does collections and other assorted small jobs for various suitably seedy clients. Sam seems to swear quite a bit, but this may be the result of a bad attempt at rendering American tough guy talk into an Italian comic strip.

Sexy Fun Strips (1998)

An adult comedy comic created by Gurcan Gursel.

Requiem Claudia Special

Sub-series of Requiem chevalier vampire. Also known as: Claudia - der Vampirritter (German). Claudia: de vampierridder (Dutch).

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Non Album Collection 83

Medicine Man

A big fan of the American Old West, Serpieri co-created L'Histoire du Far-West (The Story of the West), a Western series about the history of the Old West, with writer Raffaele Ambrosio, which was published in the magazines Lanciostory and Skorpio. Some of the titles were L'Indiana Bianca (The White Indian) and L'Uomo di Medicina (Medicine Man).

Little Ego (Eurotica 1994)

Little Ego is an adult-oriented comic strip written and drawn by Vittorio Giardino (first published in 1984). It is an erotic parody of the classic Little Nemo comic. As in Little Nemo, each story is about the main character, Ego, having a dream. Whereas Little Nemo talked to his mother after waking up, Little Ego thinks what she will tell her psychoanalyst. Every story in the Little Ego comic book involves erotic imagery, with Ego appearing half-naked or fully naked in at least one point. She has sexual intercourse with men, with other women, and even with plants and animals.

Garbage by Juan Gimenez (HM-1987)

1987 Juan Gimenez's Apocalyptic Garbage. Scanned from my copy of the original issue of Heavy Metal.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Non Album Collection 82

A Family Secret (2011)

While searching his grandmother’s attic for likely items to sell at a yard sale, Jeroen finds a photo album that brings back hard memories for his grandmother, Helena. Helena tells Jeroen for the first time about her experiences during the German occupation of the Netherlands during the Second World War, and mourns the loss of her Jewish best friend, Esther. Helena believes that her own father, a policeman and Nazi sympathizer, delivered Esther to the Nazis and that she died in a concentration camp. But after hearing her story, Jeroen makes a discovery and Helena realizes that her father kept an important secret from her.

Metal Vol. 01 - Thule (2010)

In a distant future, men no longer directly battle, but cast their minds into high-tech metal armor. Emperor Elias, who has become as hard and cold as his armor, rules the galaxy firmly, when an alien race resurfaces and threatens the borders of the Empire. Elias then rallied his nobles to fight them. The first battle was to take place on Meridia, the planet of the powerful Count Ordis, who allegedly made an alliance with the aliens. As the imperial fleet approaches Méridia, Elias bids farewell to his son, before going to his room of teleportation to win the battle theater. But this time, a betrayal at the heart of his family will prove to be the most destructive enemy. Elias will have to face terrible hardships in order to preserve his reign, his reason and his humanity.

Bamboo Memories 01 - The Trance of Thatch (2003)

Once the kingdom of Hauteroquailles was saved from the onslaught of crazy Bamboo by a strange warrior: Kriz. Years later humans are ruled by Prince Fu. The story begin with the arrival in town of Naar which belongs to the tribe Draims, actually "dwarf dreamers" the source books of legend who, of all time, rocked the imagination of humans. As he comes to sell the latest collections in the city it Provide online a human baby he calls CIOL. Years later when the kid grows up peacefully the threat of mad Bamboo resurfaces! Kriz has meanwhile become something of a legend as he travels the country selling his services to the highest bidder, believed to be the most powerful warrior in the world. He eventually discovers he has a son,CIOL and that it possesses the same powers as him!

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Non Album Collection 81

The White Indian (1985)

In the Orient Express magazine, Serpieri continues to tell even unpublished western adventures with the stories of Shaman (in color, June 83) and White Indian (black and white, published in four parts between August and November 1983, numbers from 13 to 16 of the magazine). The white Indian will be reprinted in the magazine Skorpio in 1987.

The Sands of Sarasvati (2008)

The Sands of Sarasvati. Sands, from Finnish publishers Tammi, is a graphic adaptation of an award-winning science fiction novel Sarasvatin Hiekkaa by author, science journalist and environmental activist Risto Isomäki.

The Abducted Planet

A sci fi Romanian comic.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Heart of Empire

Heart of Empire, or the Legacy of Luther Arkwright is a limited series by Bryan Talbot, published in nine monthly parts in 1999 by American company Dark Horse Comics. The story is largely set on the same parallel on which the key events of Luther Arkwright occurred. Twenty-three years have passed (putting the date of the events at 2007), and England has emerged from its artificially-prolonged Civil War to become the predominant world power under the autocratic rule of its psychic Queen Anne. The decadent court exhibits a mixture of Elizabethan, Restoration and Victorian styles. Ordinary people randomly "disappear" to an unknown fate in St. George's Chapel, Windsor at Windsor Castle.
Anne's only heir is Princess Victoria, her daughter by the long-vanished Luther Arkwright, born during the climactic battle twenty-three years earlier. Victoria is an engineering genius, but suffers constantly from nausea and headaches. Victoria's twin brother Henry was assassinated at the age of ten, but when Victoria is told she resembles the revolutionary leader Gabriel Shelley, she becomes fascinated by the possibility that he is her brother, and starts a quest to learn about the circumstances of Henry's death. Meanwhile both a Papal Envoy and a group of fascists within the government plan to assassinate Anne and Victoria in order to seize the Empire for the Roman Catholic Church and themselves, respectively. Furthermore, the advanced society of parallel "zero-zero" has detected an imminent cataclysm centred on Victoria's world, and tries in vain to contact Luther.


Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Space Warped

Far away, in a land long ago, there was an orphaned farm kid with daddy issues trying to rescue an orphaned princess unaware of her own daddy issues! In the tradition of  Robot Chicken: Star Wars and Spaceballs comes a loving, affectionate parody of the greatest science fiction franchise of all time! The first of a two-issue mini-series, this is a fan-pleasing romp that skewers one of the greatest adventure stories ever told!  Space Warped. A parody comic by Hervé Bourhis, Rudy Spiessert.


Sunday, December 3, 2017

Adolf

"Adolf has shot Kennedy, who is sinking Titanic, responsible for the end of the grunge music, and discovered that Monica Lewinsky is actually Dr. Mengele, who has kidnapped Hermione to breed a new super breed ... ". This is how Walter Moers himself collects parts of the "plot" of this second strip collection about Adolf Hitler. He's right, it really does not matter, as one follows the other of the ten disasters. With his time-travel helmet, the funny dictator can be pushed out of the epicenter of the horror again and again after the desired or unwanted three times knocking on the helmet - only to bring about the next disaster. Even Godfather does not succeed in stopping him. When he is finally on his way to Russia with his Hermione, the reader knows. A satire comic by Walter Moers.
Again, a "satirical act" as a reviewer praised the first part? Then something terribly comical would have to be found in the strip, something that also illuminates an illuminating light on the subject of satire. I do not see that. I see the pleasure of absurd confusion of known events. What emerges is a kind of blood sausage. Either you like blood sausage, or you do not like it. If it is pursued by Prof. Pickel and holds his brain between two microwave accelerators (substitute everyday drugs), one may find his bright pleasure. Above all, probably to be allowed to laugh at a tabuthema - where is it still there? In a nutshell, a purposeful Hitlercomic leads to the market of the odds being given another product: "Oh do shit ..!" 

Friday, December 1, 2017

Non Album Collection 80

Moebius - I am not Batman (1995)

In 1994 Moebius submitted a short Batman comic to DC Comics, who quickly rejected the work and refused to pay Moebius for any of it. So he re-worked the comic, presumably in a more humorous style, and published it as “I Am Not Batman” with Penthouse Comix.

Benek Dampc and The Neighbour's Corpse

A Polish comic.

Burma Chronicles (2008)

Burma Chronicles (French: Chroniques Birmanes), is a 2007 Canadian graphic novel written and illustrated by Guy Delisle. Burma Chronicles is a travelogue about Delisle's time spent in Burma with his young son, Louis, and his wife, Nadège, an administrator for Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). Originally written in French, the book was translated into English by Helge Dascher and published by Drawn and Quarterly in 2008.



Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Non Album Collection 79

The White Sultana (2016)

This is the story of two women. One of those women is Lady Sheringham, interviewed in her manor house, the other is Emma Piggott, who has just passed away in her London apartment, alone. To the former, life has been kind. She’s gone from Shanghai to Hong Kong to Kuala Lumpur, from governess to sultana. She lives in the lap of luxury, engaged in an endless cycle of drinks parties, outings on horseback and the delicious little scandals of the British colonial community. This is a woman destined never to know hardship, other than the loss of loved ones.

Harmony v01 - Memento (2016)

One day, Harmony wakes up in an unfamiliar basement having completely lost her memory. All she now knows of the world is the name of her "host," the mysterious voices in her head and a newly discovered talent for telekinesis. She's going to have to get her memory back pretty quickly in order to face the dangers that await her. There are so many unanswered questions, and the fight has only just begun...

Noob v01 - Credits or Life (2016)

Horizon 1.1 is a fashionable online video game. Every day, millions of players venture into the virtual world of Olydri, living epic adventures without ever leaving their homes. In the middle of this new world, the disastrous guild known as "Noob" tries to make their way towards achieving level one hundred! It will be a tough journey for Arthéon the warrior and his companions in misfortune! But if Sparadrap, Gaea, and Omega Zell want to follow Arthéon to the top, they will have to show solidarity, loyalty, and discipline! But that would be a first...