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.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Non Album Collection 113

Diary of a Femen (2016)

The FEMEN movement began in Ukraine in 2008. It has since spread throughout the world, as far as Spain, Sweden and Belgium. In France it really began to catch on when Inna Shevchenko arrived in Paris, where she sought asylum after she was deported from Ukraine. She took refuge in the “Lavoir Moderne Parisien” theatre, which has now become the training ground of FEMEN activists in France. This project is a fictional story based on real events and witness testimonies collected by the author, who has been in personal contact with FEMEN France for over 4 years. The aim is to study this social phenomenon and open up debate on the subject without taking sides or pronouncing judgment. The journal follows the story of a young French girl who, after a number of negative experiences connected to her social status as a woman in contemporary society, decides to join the movement. It’s not easy, and there will be consequences in her personal and professional life. She soon begins to question herself. A fascinating album that helps us understand the inner workings of the controversial feminist organization.

Abelard (2012)

The charm of Renaud Dillies strikes again: after the mouse of Bubbles & Gondola, here is another dreamer, little chick Abelard. To lure pretty Emily, Abelard sees only one solution: to catch the moon for her! So off he goes to America, the country which invented flying machines. Armed with his banjo and his proverb-sharing hat, he launches out on the country roads, meets Gypsies, then Gaston, a grumpy bear with whom he will share a good bit of his way! With this funny animal road-movie where the absurd becomes poetry, Regis Hautiere and Renaud Dillies offer us another small jewel.

Simply Samuel (2017)

This graphic novel unfolds in front of the reader as a puzzle of short stories and moment-capturing images. Samuel is a pale, ghost-like character, drawn in clear line, against the controlled psychedelia of color and form. He exists almost invisible to his surroundings, a hero of the ordinary. Musturi's precise storytelling is about individuality and loneliness among others, and of freedom, pondering our daily actions and the choices and values behind them, all evidenced by Samuel’s peculiar actions.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Non Album Collection 112

Udolfo – The Watch with the 7 Rubies

In the eighteenth century, the public writer and detective Udolfo and his assistant Tirelire are contacted by Clarissa, a young woman chased by the notary's gang who wants to steal the watch with the seven rubies owned by the watchmaker Nicolas, the father of Clarissa...

Howard - Dirty Fred, the Skipper

Smiling Jim was going back to the bar where he spent a lovely evening beating two dozen men unconscious. He forgot his knife in a sailor. Said sailor was alive and kicking and offered Jimmy a job aboard a luxury cruiser. There the young master criminal has to deal with murder mystery, mass hysteria, and sleeping on the job. Later - as it so often happens to heroes of epic novels - he meets the prince of an island nation who wishes to switch roles with him for a day. From there one storyline follows the adventures of the young prince in the Singapore underworld after he is sold into slavery for two and a half dollars (which seems like a bargain price for undercover royalty). The other consists of the journals of his quasi-illiterate grace, king Smiling de James, the first of his name. Their quests are haunted by the mysterious living legend of the seas, Captain Dirty Fred, whose fiendishly clever schemes will decide the fate of both the prince and the pauper...

The Mission (Sebok) (1971)

Péter Zsoldos was a Hungarian science fiction author who largely wrote about themes common in US/UK science fiction like space travel and robots. In The Mission, he describes an even closer contact: the dead astronauts' personalities revive in the brains of inhabitants of the distant planet, thus creating an exciting coexistence of differently evolved intellects sharing one body.