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West Coast Blues

West Coast Blues

West Coast Blues
by Jacques Tardi and Jean Patrick Manchette
Fantagraphics Books, 80 pages, $18.99.

You Are There
by Jacques Tardi and Jean-Claude Forest
Fantagraphics Books, 196 pages, $26.99.

It makes perfect sense that Fantagraphics would want to start their introduction (or should that be re-re-introduction) of French cartoonist Jacques Tardi to American readers with the release of West Coast Blues. The book, is after all, a tightly-plotted little crime noir, just the sort of thing that today’s discerning comic book readers seem to be interested in these days, given the proliferation of crime books recently.

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Fantagraphics to publish Tardi

You Are There

You Are There

Well, there goes one less potential column for Collect This Now. Over at Flog!, Fantagraphics co-publisher Kim Thompson announced the company will begin publishing the works of the legendary French cartoonist Jacques Tardi this summer:

“The first two releases will be West Coast Blues (Le petit bleu de la Côte Ouest), a hard-boiled crime thriller adapted by Tardi from the novel by Jean-Patrick Manchette, and You Are There (Ici même), a satirical, surreal story written for Tardi by Barbarella creator Jean-Claude Forest that many consider one of the first true French graphic novels. Both will be released simultaneously in August, in what series editor Kim Thompson (ahem) calls a ‘double-pronged shock-and-awe assault on the American readership, to immediately show off Tardi’s versatility.’

The real gem comes next summer when the company plans to publish what is largely regarded as his masterstroke, the WWI epic, In the War of the Trenches.

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