The Louvre Collection:
Phantoms of the Louvre
Enki Bilal Superstar European SF and Fantasy comics artist Enki Bilal revisits the Louvre in twenty-two portraits... He imagines 22 fates of men, women and children whose lives have been affected by a work of art. 22 portraits for 5000 years of creation.
They haunt the halls of the Louvre ... they are long dead, often violently ... they are a Roman legionary, a muse, a painter, a German officer ... Each, one day, met a painter or a sculptor and was their model ...
Bilal felt them, wandering the corridors of the Louvre, close to the work that tipped their life: Mona Lisa, the Victory of Samothrace, Christ reclining, an Egyptian mask ...Bilal startlingly brings them back to life.
Both a work of Fantasy and a masterful homage, this was presented in a special exhibition in the Louvre in early 2013.
9x11 ½”, 144 pp., color POB, $29.99, 9781561638413
New bigger hardcover edition of the out of print paperback.
Nicolas De Crecy
With this graphic novel, for the first time in the US, ComicsLit brings over the latest enfant terrible of European comics, a mad genius, and for the first time, The Louvre museum is involved in a co-edition of a series of graphic novels, each a vision of this great museum by a different artist.
De Crecy, at the sight of the incredible richness of the museum's collection was overwhelmed and felt small and ignorant. The result is a story set thousands of years hence in a glacial period where all human history has been forgotten and a small group of archeologists fall upon the Louvre, buried in age-old snow. They cannot begin to explain all the artifacts they see. What could they have meant? Their interpretations are nonsense, absurd, farcical.
"Definitely a winner. Droll and deadpan, filled with dry wit that punctures the pomposity of art criticism."
-Andrew 'Capt Comics' Smith, Scripps Howard News Service
"De Crecy's storytelling is agile, witty, and peppered with surprising twists. Beautiful and muted watercolor panels."
-School Library Journal
"De Crecy is one of the brightest talents in French comics, not only because of the breadth of his whacked-out imagination and his penchant for absurd humour, but also for the detail of his beautifully coloured panels." -The Guardian
"Mischievous humor. A great find." -Library Journal
"A clever upending of the resilient myth that masterworks of art preserve the history and spirit of their era; the meaning of art, De Crecy suggests, belongs to the people who experience it."
"***, humorous, insightful, and touching." -Comics Buyers Guide
"Beautifully painted book." -Book Page
"De Crecy is a gifted storyteller whose eye for body language and ear for a funny line never fails him. He deftly combines art history, science fiction and simple philosophizing in a short but very sweet tale." -Publishers Weekly
"De Crecy's art is breathtaking, he lives up to his reputation as a mad genius with this amusing work." -Booklist
"De Crecy's gorgeous artwork and twisted sense of humor carry the day. The Louvre's graphic novel series is off to a very strong start. I look forward to seeing what the next three volumes have to offer."
-Marc Mason, www.comicswaitingroom.com
8 ½ x11 , 80pp., color POB, $22.99, ISBN 9781561638550
Dog Butts and Love. And Stuff Like That. And Cats.
Cartoons by Jim Benton Bestselling cartoonist Jim Benton of It’s Happy Bunny and Dear Dumb Diary fame has also been posting whimsical, dry humored, at times nasty, cartoons on Reddit. They have become one of the site’s most popular items. At last, here is a collection all in one place! From wry observation of the absurdities of life to acerbic comment, to poetic musings, from cats and dogs to humans, from one size to another, one style to another, this compendium will amaze as to the breadth of Benton’s inexhaustible talent for humor.
"Consistently brilliant, always hilarious, Jim Benton is one of the best cartoonists on the web right now." -Matthew Inman, TheOatmeal.com
"If Jim Benton had written this blurb, it would have been more shorter, smarter, and would have contained a salient observation on human nature." -Zach Weinersmith, Cartoonist, SMBC-comics.com
"If laughter is the best medicine, then your insurance company should reimburse you for the cost of this book. " -Jerry Zucker, Director, Writer, Producer More rants from apparently important people!
6x9, 96pp. full color trade pb. with flaps, $13.99 ISBN 9781561638468
Arthur De Pins Tempers are flaring around Zombillenium, the monster amusement park run by monsters. When one hires only the dead (or witches!) in a region where unemployment is in the double digits, one must expect some friction. But things get particularly ugly when the park’s security is breached from two sides: activists and a very strange visitor, mom to two peculiar sons the head of the park seems to remember from somewhere… Gretchen and Aurelian do their best to help save a precarious explosive situation! All presented in De Pins’ trademark tongue-in-cheek jubilant black humor and stunning art.
9x12, 48pp. full color POB, $14.99, ISBN 9781561638505