Synopses & Reviews
and#160; Itand#8217;s a perfect beach day, or so thought the family, young couple, a few tourists, and a refugee who all end up in the same secluded, idyllic cove filled with rock pools and sandy shore, encircled by green, densely vegetated cliffs.
But this utopia hides a dark secret.
First there is the dead body of a woman found floating in the crystal-clear water.
Then there is the odd fact that all the children are aging rapidly. Soon everybody is growing olderand#151;every half hourand#151;and there doesnand#8217;t seem to be any way out of the cove. Levyand#8217;s dramatic storytelling works seamlessly with Peetersand#8217;s sinister art to create a profoundly disturbing and fantastical mystery.
Praise for Sandcastle:
and#147;Begins like a murder mystery, continues like an episode of The Twilight Zone, and finishes with a kind of existentialism that wouldnand#8217;t be out of place in a Von Trier film.and#8221; and#151;Publishers Weekly, starred review
and#147;Sandcastle is a fast 112-page read you won't be able to put down.and#8221;and#160; and#151;Cleveland.com
and#147;Peeters and Land#233;vy convey some profound, if profoundly unsubtle, truths about the human condition. Weighty stuff, expertly told.and#8221; and#151;The Comics Bulletin
"A secluded beach becomes the stage for self-discovery for various strangers bound together during the most important moment of their lives in this graphic novel, which begins like a murder mystery, continues like an episode of the Twilight Zone, and finishes with a kind of existentialism that wouldn't be out of place in a Von Trier film. An early morning vignette with a mysterious swimmer and a perching voyeur is soon interrupted when families arrive at the beach, bringing their cluttered lives with them. The geological, primordial beauty of the cove can't soften the anger and sarcasm of the complicated generational relationships that land on it that morning the spousal bickering, the teenage angst, as multiple visitors snipe, attempt to escape from each other, demand attention that never comes, and fixate on tiny quirks about their day that soon blossom into something to panic about. When the members of the group finally understand their situation, they find themselves challenged to cherish every moment of life that might be left for them after years of never living at all. Levy is Peeters's collaborator on a film adaptation of the graphic memoir Blue Pills; together they take this idea to frantic, metaphoric heights." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
andldquo;Culbardandrsquo;s often silent pages, filled with a rich and sumptuous palette and clean-lined figures, are beautifully painterly more than pulpy, and the winding together of the tales is as artful as the events are unsettling.andrdquo;
andldquo;Fans of weird sci-fi comics will be sated by this award-winning series.andrdquo;
Verloc Nim has traveled with his brother Conrad to the desert planet Ona(ji) to recover the mysterious biorobotic experiment aama. The planet is home to an abandoned group of scientists who have been left to their fate, and in this second volume of Frederik Peetersand#8217;s critically acclaimed science-fiction series, Conrad sets up an expedition to find the professor who has taken aama to another part of the planet. With the assistance of their robot-ape Churchill, Verloc and Conrad embark on a journey that brings spectacular discoveries and unsettling encounters.
In Los Angeles, Ray is sitting in gridlock when he receives a call from an LAPD officer with news about his wife. Fearing the worst, he listens intentlyand#151;but suddenly the caller and everyone else around him disappears. In London, the moment two commuters catch sight of each other on a packed Monday morning tube train, everyone around them vanishes. In Japan, comic artist Yoshi has come to the Aokigahara Forest to hang himself. But when the attempt fails and he slides free, the forest comes alive with mythological creatures. Taking us through the empty freeways of Los Angeles, the deserted streets of London, and the dream world of the Aokigahara Forest, Celeste is an ambitious and profound graphic novel that explores what it means to be alive.
Verloc Nim and his brother, Conrad, depart on an expedition to recover the mysterious substance aama, which has transformed the environment of a distant planet. As they progress through a world that is both hostile and amazing, the mystery begins to unravelandmdash;but the truth about aama remains unknown, and reality begins to waver.
A graphic anthology of tales featuring collaborations between established writers and artists and debut contributors, The Lovecraft Anthology
showcases Lovecraftand#8217;s talent for the macabre. From the insidious mutations of and#147;The Shadow over Innsmouthand#8221; to the mindbending threat of and#147;The Call of Cthulhu,and#8221; this collection explores themes of insanity, inherited guilt, and arcane ritual to startling effect.
Praise for The Lovecraft Anthology: Volume I:
"It's a rich grab bag that brings the eerie and unspeakable to vivid graphic life, and both the newcomer and the seasoned Lovecraft fan will not be disappointed." and#151;Publishers Weekly
"When a graphic novel comes along representing some of Lovecraftand#8217;s greatest tales, it has a lot to live up to. Iand#8217;m happy to say that the graphic novel compilation The Lovecraft Anthology, Vol. 1 provides the goods." and#151;GeekDad.com
and#147;The Lovecraft Anthology is a wonderful adaptation and tribute to Lovecraft, and you can tell Lockwood is a fan of these stories.and#8221; and#151;Kirkus Reviews online
and#147;For the reader who wants to find out what Lovecraft is all about . . . The Lovecraft Anthology is a fitting primer.and#8221; and#151;Campus Circle.com
About the Author
Frederik Peeters is one of the worldandrsquo;s most important comics artists, best known for his autobiographical graphic novel Blue Pills. He has received five nominations in the Best Book category at Angoulandecirc;me and in 2013 won the Best Series prize at the same event for the first two volumes of aama. He is also the author of Pachyderme(Fall 2013, SelfMadeHero) and Sandcastle (Spring 2013, SelfMadeHero). Peeters lives with his wife and daughter in Geneva.