Etienne Davodeau

A Comic Artist And a Wine Artisan Exchange Jobs

Etienne Davodeau
The sold out hardcover now in paperback. Etienne Davodeau is a comic artist. He doesn't know much about the world of wine-making. Richard Leroy is a wine-maker. He's rarely even read comics. But these two are full of good will and curiosity. Why do we choose to spend one's life writing and creating comics or producing wine? How and for whom do we do them? To answer these questions, for more than a year, Etienne went to work in Richard's vineyards and cellar. Richard, in return, leapt into the world of comics. They opened a lot of bottles and read many comics. They traveled around, meeting authors and wine-makers sharing their passion for their jobs. The first time a book explores the nature of a man's vocation with a true life representation of it from two very different perspectives. They get to realize they both have that precious and necessary power to bring people together.
With guest appearances by Trondheim (Dungeon, Little Nothings), Emmanuel Guibert (The Photographer) and Marc-Antoine Matthieu (Museum Vaults)
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• A 2013 Publishers Weekly Critics Poll selection
• WINNER best wine book translation,

"Sadly, a bottle of the 2010 Les Noëls de Montbenault, the wine created during the course of this book, will now set you back over £200. Settle down instead with a decent affordable bottle, a view of a vineyard somewhere and read The Initiates in ideal circumstances. It's one hell of a way to spend an evening."
-Frank Plowright, Slings & Arrows
"As Davodeau notes early in the book, “Here’s something that counts: feeling the devotion and pleasure felt by the guy who made the wine . . .or the book.” It’s a simple point, but one that is frequently lost in our commodified world."
-Bill Sherman, Seattle Post Intelligencer
Best Graphic Novel of 2013. Enlightening and inspiring.”
Johanna Draper Carlson, Comics Worth Reading
"The artwork is gorgeous. Highly recommended."
-Benito’s Wine Reviews
"Compelling, entertaining tale!"
Richard Pachter, Miami Herald
"World Top 50 Wine Book 2013. One of the best ever written to understand wine, it does the same for comic books. A masterpiece."
-Gourmand Magazine
"Davodeau’s proficiency as a storyteller is apparent on every page of this entertaining and enlightening account."
"Davodeau's lines are clean and economically sparse, but powerful enough to forge the bonds that tie both professions together."
-Shelf Awareness
"The best book ever for explaining, viscerally, the toils of a terroirist. Davodeau brings an intelligent outsider’s perspective.”
Wine Searcher, read his interview on this leading wine blogger site
"It's hard to imagine a more pleasantly told story."
-The Comics Reporter
"This intensely thought-provoking graphic novel makes us pause to consider our relationships with other people and asks us to think about who we are, what we do, and how we perceive and relate to the world around us. Consummate skill in illustrating moments of careful consideration and reflection so important to both of his characters’ vocations."
-Publishers Weekly starred review
"Engrossing piece of comics reportage. The sheer amount of foresight and raw faith that goes into making wine as a commercial proposition is a wonder to behold, and Davodeau does his best to capture every step and draw every esoteric piece of equipment that Leroy deploys."
-The Onion-AV Club
"Truth be told, comic strips, graphic novels and animation leave me cold. Don’t hate ‘em, they simply hold no fascination for me. That said, I was enchanted by The Initiates. It’s a compelling read."
-Wine Harlots
"I’m just going to come out and say it: The Initiates is one of the best books about wine I’ve ever read, period. For anyone looking to break out of their personal and professional comfort zone, The Initiates is a well-illustrated inspiration.", leading wine blogger.
"The excellent writing, characterizations, and tranquil-yet-stimulating vibe make this a treat to savor slowly, like wine."
-Library Journal

"This nugget in black & white is both graphic novel and autobiography. Proposing discovery of the making of a wine and a book at the same time, the story is up to the natural and living nectar it’s looking to make evident."
-Le Monde

See his interview on Comic Book Resources
Recommended by Unshelved
8x11, 272pp., B&W trade pb: $19.99, e-book price $9.99
ISBN 9781681121338
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The Louvre Collection:
Etienne Davodeau

Fabian is supervisor at the Louvre. He loves his job. He also loves Mathilde. When it comes time, she presents him to her family in their vast country house and not without some apprehension, as the Benion clan is a bit special. There's her father, Louis, who heads since 1975 the family furniture company founded in 1947, and two brothers, Maxime and Joseph. They're not bad guys, just rather clumsy and with a decidedly unsubtle sense of humor. The fact that Fabian works in the Louvre is a welcome coincidence, since they just found in the attic a painting by an ancestor in the nineteenth century. It's a sorry representation of a cross-eyed mutt. What is the value? ask the Benion. Is this an eyesore or a masterpiece? Fabian, pretty embarrassed, punts on the question. So for the Benion, case closed, if it ain't an eyesore then no doubt it has its place on the walls of the Louvre! Fabian is left hoping the whole delusion will just go away, until one day the two brothers show up at the Louvre and ask. Getting the Cross-Eyed Mutt into the Louvre would demonstrate his commitment to becoming a member of the Benion family! Fabian is now in a pickle when he meets Mr. André Balouchi, an oddball frequent visitor of the museum who turns out to have quite a bit of clout…
A raucous satirical comedy that asks: Who decides what makes a work of art worthy of being in a major museum?
"Five out of five stars."
-First Comics News
"A superbly crafted graphic novel. Highly recommended."
-Midwest Book Review
"Grade 9/10. Fantastic!"
-Sequential Tart
"Amateur and professional art watchers alike will be amused and challenged." -Library Journal
"Davodeau takes readers on a comic romp that questions the nature of high art. What differentiates low art from pieces worth millions? In the end, Davodeau suggests that both sides of the spectrum are equally ridiculous, exquisitely incorporating classical sculptures and oils into his cartooning—but sparing a moment to laugh at his own form, too." -Publishers Weekly
7 ½ x 10 ½, 144pp., B&W hardcover, $24.99 NOW $4.99
ISBN: 9781681120973

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See also in the Louvre collection:
Leonardo 2
The Red Mother With Child
Guardians Of The Louvre
Phantoms of the Louvre
An Enchantment
On The Odd Hours
Sky Over The Louvre
Rohan At The Louvre
Glacial Period
The Museum Vaults
Cruising Through The Louvre



Etienne Davodeau
At the end of yet another unproductive job interview, Lulu, on a whim, takes off for the shore just to get away from it all. She's got a husband and kids left bewildered but it's nothing against them. This is just her time, getting away from the grind and being taken for granted with no other plan than savoring it. Surprised at her own temerity, she meets other people on the edge of the world. It wasn't meant to be for long. It wasn't meant to be anything but in the end, thrilling, fun, and possibly dangerous, this improvised experience will make of Lulu a different woman. By the author of the acclaimed The Initiates.
Recommended by Unshelved.
"BEST COMIC OF 2015. The art is extraordinary at capturing the ordinary, from Lulu's joyful homelessness to her daughter's surprise at where her mother's new life has taken her."
-The Beat
"Capably transitions from kitchen tables to beaches, talking heads to dance parties—no location or emotion is beyond the reach of his expression. Such art softens the blow of nothing ever turning out as expected and turns it to delight. Best experienced all in one sitting, like a long exhalation."
"This is a tale that can be related to by many people… I was instantly drawn to the mellow simplicity of it all."
-Bleeding Cool
"The graphic novel Gone Girl."
-Toronto Globe and Mail
"A wonderful addition to NBM ComicsLit’s library"
-Sequential tart
"A work of exquisite restraint and complex emotion, Étienne Davodeau’s lush illustration and precise sense of pacing enchant the reader with sublime storytelling craft, in this beautiful English translation from NBM." -Broken Frontier
"The quiet competence of the artwork brings a stillness to the work, as if characters and readers alike are holding their breath in anticipation of ... what? The narrative gives you an answer, but as with “Lulu Anew” in general, the reader will have a genuinely personal reaction."
-Andrew ‘Capt. Comics’ Smith, Tribune News Service
"The rather astonishing achievement of Étienne Davodeau's new graphic novel is that, despite telling a tale that screams "Lifetime movie," it's actually both surprising and unique."
-Etelka Lehoczky, NPR
“Have you ever wanted to run away from your life for a day, a month, a year? Meet Lulu, wife and mother of three, who does just that. A beautiful narrative, a thought-provoking journey, highly recommended for all adult audiences.”
-Library Journal starred review
"Mature readers will appreciate Lulu’s bittersweet journey as she sheds the trappings of an unfulfilling life and forges a new path for herself."
"Skillfully unsentimental characterizations, light and earthy watercolors, and everyday goings-on reveal a familiar recognizable world, but Davodeau (The Initiates) merges these elements into an enchanting realism. Davodeau’s brilliance is connecting it all into a deeply affecting story about how we seek to change our lives."
-Publishers Weekly starred review
"Pleased to see more of his work available in English, and looking forward to seeing how he fares with a fictional narrative."
-Comics Alliance
8 ½ x 11, 160pp. full color hc, $27.99, 978-1-56163-972-4

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