Synopses & Reviews
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. There will be four and each will be 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.
"The first in a series of graphic novels created in collaboration with the Louvre, this is a charming novella that celebrates the collections within the famed Paris museum and allows a nice showcase for De Crecy's detailed, engaging drawing. The story opens with a team of archeologists exploring the earth thousands of years from now, after a long glacial period. Cut off from their history, the ragtag bunch wonder aloud about what the planet might have been like. Serendipitously, they stumble upon the edifice of the Louvre and begin to explore inside. As they stroll through art history, they speculate on what kind of civilization could have produced such images and objects. De Crecy makes this both informative and humorous, as he affectionately riffs on art and life. And then the works themselves begin to speak to each other, telling us and them about life as it passed through the Louvre. It's all quite charming. 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. (Feb.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"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 newxt three volumes have to offer." Marc Mason, www.ComicsWaitingRoom.com
"[A] well-executed, if slight, combination of humor, whimsy and elegant draftsmanship....Perhaps a work of comics can hold the whole Louvre in its panels but, as with any work of art, something is bound to escape the page." Rebecca Porte, Rain Taxi
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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. There will be four and each will be a vision of this great museum by a different artist.
About the Author
Nicolas De Crécy is a comic artist whose work includes Bug Jargal, Foligatto, León la Came, and Salvatore 1: Transports of Love, as well as several other international works. He also contributed to the feature film La Vieille Dame et les Pigeons.