Sunday, June 25, 2017

The Third Testament

It’s the 14th century. Shortly after the discovery of an ancient relic in a secret, long-forgotten crypt, a remote monastery is burnt to the ground, and all its inhabitant slaughtered. Disgraced Inquisitor Conrad of Marburg is summoned from his exile and sent on a world-spanning quest to discover the truth behind the massacre. But is he, the Church and humanity ready for the shattering revelations his journey will reveal? The Third Testament. WRITER: Alex Alice & Xavier Dorison. ARTIST: Alex Alice


Saturday, June 24, 2017

Non Album Collection 8

The Ring of the Seven Worlds

Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Action/Adventure and Manga all blend into this Steampunk saga about interconnected worlds at the mercy of an invasion. Seven planets linked to one another by the multidimensional gates of a giant ring. Only the passage to Nemo, one of the Seven Worlds, has remained sealed for three centuries, in order to confine its people after they savagely attacked the rest of the Empire. When the infamous gate reopens and unleashes the ancient enemy, Timo and Luce, two teenagers from the planet Mose, are caught up in a war they were not prepared to fight.

Philosophy - A Discovery in Comics

This illustrated primer on philosophy is a great way to be introduced to a complex topic. In her easily accessible style, Margreet de Heer visualizes the history of Western philosophy and makes it approachable for those with little knowledge of the subject. The book explains the thoughts of philosophers such as Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, Spinoza, and Nietzsche, and ponders questions such as What is thinking? What is reality? Is there free will? and Why are these ideas still important? A perfect introduction to exploring philosophical concepts, this humorous yet substantive graphic account strips the subject of unnecessary complexity.

Ploneis the Uncertain

Far from any civilization, the purple river lazily traverses the jungle. On her shores, some seek fortune and those who found her squandering in girls and alcohol. And Ploneis, adventurer like the rest, will discover at his own expense that the house of Madame Lyrä rests on a terrible secret: the power that the mistress of the place transforms men into women. In spite of himself Ploneia, he will discover the macho reality and the life of a woman in the jungle.


Friday, June 23, 2017

Jack and Jill

Jack and Jill was a British children's comics magazine published between 27 February 1954 and 29 June 1985, a run of approximately 1,640 issues. The title was derived from the nursery rhyme of the same title but the characters 'Jack and Jill of Buttercup Farm' were otherwise unrelated. 'Jack and Jill of Buttercup Farm' was the cover strip for many years, originally drawn by Hugh McNeill and later by Antonio Lupatelli (Tony Wolf).
The stories of 'Jack and Jill' were related in rhyming couplets, as were a number of other early stories, although by the end of the 1970s the stories were written in normal prose form. Others were told in captions below the illustrations or text comics, a style of storytelling common to pre-war nursery comics such as Puck and Rainbow.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Little Vampire

There are three stories in the new Little Vampire collection. In the first, the little vampire makes friends with a living boy, Michael. In the second, the two overcome a bully. In the third, they protect a pack of dogs. If those sound simplistic, they should. The stories spun by the French cartoonist Joann Sfar are quite basic in structure. The monsters inhabiting little vampire’s home are more frightening and gruesome than cute. One monster is obsessed with poop and even pushes around a wheelbarrow full of it (which eventually becomes a minor plot point). In the story of the bully, the monsters actually kidnap and eat the bully that has terrorized Michael (acting out Michael’s dark fantasies). The story then becomes about using ghostly powers to return the bully to life.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Non Album Collection 7

Rock & Stone

2215. Caldoria's planet was exterminated by an experimental Artificial Intelligence. Among the rare survivors, Stan, a young boy, isolated for a year, is visited by a robot of industrial model, which, strangely, does not seem to obey the AI. Stan accepts him by his side, and gives him the nickname of Rocky. Together they go to meet potential survivors ...

Edgar Allan Poe - The Oval Portrait

"The Oval Portrait" is a short story by Edgar Allan Poe involving the disturbing circumstances surrounding a portrait in a chateau. It is one of his shortest stories, filling only two pages in its initial publication in 1842.

The Horla

(French: Le Horla) is an 1887 short horror story written in the style of a journal by French writer Guy de Maupassant, after an initial, much shorter version published in the newspaper Gil Blas, October 26, 1886.


Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Non Album Collection 6

Confessions dun canard sextoy

One day, the Almighty is bored and creates ... the sex toy duck! One can imagine too quickly a throbbing existence, made of pleasure and voluptuousness ... But when one is a perfect object of pleasure, life is nothing short of a permanent gag! The confidences of Sigmund the duck not always delighted with his condition and his conversations with Elise his friend the cow-toy, teach us that without being a dog's life, the relationship between the owner and her fetish gadget is not always of any rest. Man or girl, no doubt that these naughty confessions will make you vibrate with laughter!

Beauty

When the repulsively ugly Coddie unintentionally saves a fairy from a spell, she does not understand the poisonous nature of the wish granted her by the fairy. The village folk no longer see her as repulsive and stinking of fish—they now perceive her as magnetically beautiful—which does not help her in her village. A young local lord saves her, but it soon becomes apparent that Coddie’s destiny may be far greater than anyone ever imagined. Caustic and flamboyant, this fairy tale offers grownups an engrossing take on the nature of beauty.

The Collector

The Collector is a series of stories that follows a character known only as The Collector as he travels around the world trying to accumulate items that he values as “actors in history,” which, once accumulated, he buries in his collection never to be seen again. The episodes are in general well told, and usually involve a conveyor belt of betrayals and reprisals that call upon the need for the kind of stylish spaghetti-toned western action you’d expect given their central actor.



Monday, June 19, 2017

Billy the Cat

Billy the Cat is the title of a Franco-Belgian comic by the Belgian Stéphane Colman and Stephen Desberg, as well as an animated cartoon adaptation, amongst others. Both comic and cartoon deal with the everyday and secret lives of urban animals, although they take very different approaches to it, and while the characters are largely the same in both versions, the stories and situations are very different. The comic debuted in 1981.