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Isle of 100,000 Graves

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Five years ago, little Gwenny's father found, inside a bottle, a map with instructions on how to reach the mysterious Isle of 100,000 Graves and its legendary treasures — and then he vanished. Now Gwenny, having stumbled across another bottle-shipped map, enlists the dubious help of a shipful of pirates, sets out to find the island, and her long-lost dad. Little does she realize that the Isle comes by its ominous name honestly, as the location of a secret school for executioners and torturers, where apple-cheeked youngsters are taught the finer points of extracting information from prisoners... and then putting an end to their lives in a wide variety of gruesome ways. And they've reached the point in their studies where theory should ideally give way to practice, so an influx of uninvited visitors comes as a blessing to the faculty. And yes, this story is a comedy. Albeit a dark one. For the first time in his career, Jason has enlisted a writer: Fabien Vehlmann. (Vehlmann has written a number of graphic novels for the French and American markets, including an installment of the legendary series and the three-volume continuity, of which two volumes have been released in English.) Vehlmann has managed to interiorize Jason's deadpan style and wit perfectly, creating a uniquely smooth and successful collaboration.

Review:

"Jason and Vehlmann's story of a young girl seeking the help of pirates to track down her lost father mixes elements of grim family drama with light and dark comedy to create an engrossing story that keeps readers surprised with sudden twists in both plot and mood. Gwenny, a girl living with her abusive mother, finds a treasure chest in a bottle, identical to the one that her father found before leaving her family. Gwenny leaves home and persuades a crew of pirates to seek the treasure on the isle of 100,000 graves, but it turns out the maps are actually a trap created by a school for executioners to gather live test subjects. The execution school is played astonishingly well for laughs, as its story is told through the perspective of a young student, Tobias, who decides to help Gwenny on her quest. As a pitched battle breaks out between the pirates and executioners that threatens to destroy the school and the island, Gwenny discovers an unexpected twist in her father's disappearance. Jason's characteristic style of animal people with minimal expressions conveys a surprisingly wide array of emotions, even when one wears a hangman's hood showing only eye holes and a thin mouth. Short and yet complex, it's a strong story with unexpected laughs. (June)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Synopsis:

A treasure map leads to an island with a terrible secret in Jason's new graphic novel.

About the Author

Jason hails from Oslo, Norway, but currently resides in the south of France. The Harvey and Eisner Award-winner continues to create new books at a breakneck pace--his books include Werewolves of Montpellier; Low Moon; Pocket Full of Rain and Other Stories; Hey, Wait...; Sshhhh!; The Iron Wagon; What I Did (collecting the previous three volumes); I Killed Adolf Hitler; The Last Musketeer; The Left Bank Gang; Why Are You Doing This?; The Living and the Dead; Meow, Baby!; You Can't Get There from Here; Tell Me Something; and Almost Silent (collecting the previous four volumes) and (with Fabien Vehlmann) Isle of 100,000 Graves.Fabien Vehlmann's 7 Psychopaths, illustrated by Sean Phillips (Criminal, Incognito), will be released by BOOM! Studios in English in late 2010; Vehlmann lives in Paris, France.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781606994429
Author:
Jason
Publisher:
Fantagraphics
Author:
Vehlmann, Fabien
Subject:
Graphic Novels-Literary
Publication Date:
20110615
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
56 pages of full-color comics
Pages:
56
Dimensions:
10.25 x 7.25 in

Related Subjects

Fiction and Poetry » Graphic Novels » Alternative
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Fiction and Poetry » Graphic Novels » Literary

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Product details 56 pages Fantagraphics Books - English 9781606994429 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Jason and Vehlmann's story of a young girl seeking the help of pirates to track down her lost father mixes elements of grim family drama with light and dark comedy to create an engrossing story that keeps readers surprised with sudden twists in both plot and mood. Gwenny, a girl living with her abusive mother, finds a treasure chest in a bottle, identical to the one that her father found before leaving her family. Gwenny leaves home and persuades a crew of pirates to seek the treasure on the isle of 100,000 graves, but it turns out the maps are actually a trap created by a school for executioners to gather live test subjects. The execution school is played astonishingly well for laughs, as its story is told through the perspective of a young student, Tobias, who decides to help Gwenny on her quest. As a pitched battle breaks out between the pirates and executioners that threatens to destroy the school and the island, Gwenny discovers an unexpected twist in her father's disappearance. Jason's characteristic style of animal people with minimal expressions conveys a surprisingly wide array of emotions, even when one wears a hangman's hood showing only eye holes and a thin mouth. Short and yet complex, it's a strong story with unexpected laughs. (June)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by , A treasure map leads to an island with a terrible secret in Jason's new graphic novel.
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