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      CommentAuthorTed
    • CommentTimeMay 17th 2008
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    The inestimable Dresden Codak pointed this out to me as a good thing to look at for anthropomorphic animals, and it's just too good not to share.

    BLACKSAD is some of the most beautiful work I've ever seen, not to mention most ingenious. I have now bought the first volume, despite having no monies and no space to put it.

    The sheer skill of anthropomorphising for the animals is fantastic; the only other time I've seen anything as coherent is Starkings' Elephantmen (which, based on what I've seen on this, I don't like as much visually).
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    I like it. Furries would love it. I always have been interested in French comics but they don't localize many of those. But I do happen to have one a friend brought back from a trip that is really sweet. To bad I can't read it.
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    Not a big furries fan, but I quite like this. Reminds me of Sokal's Canardo stories which were always good and gritty.
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    for my money, blacksad actually succeeds at the type of simple chandler-esque crime-noir story.

    plus, yeah, some of the best visual story-telling and draftsmanship in comics, period.
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    The art in Blacksad is gorgeous. Unfortunately I've only managed to flick through a couple of the volumes, and just picked up on some of the themes.

    I'll have to seek some of this out to have a read of it, I think.


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      CommentAuthorkahavi
    • CommentTimeJun 9th 2008
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    Blacksad is probably my favourite European comic. The second volume, Blacksad - Arctic Nation, is one of the best noir stories I've read.
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      CommentAuthorglukkake
    • CommentTimeJun 9th 2008
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    Moving in with my boyfriend granted me full access to his Blacksad book. Love it! More people should stare at every page for several minutes it's so beautiful and well done.
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      CommentAuthorreosarevok
    • CommentTimeJun 10th 2008
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    The images look great. And it seems the guys are not French but Spanish, and they're coming to my hometown :)
    This could be interesting (it's for Semana Negra, a noir literature / comic / culture yearly fair here. Ok, most of the fair is actually full of pub tents and funfair shit, but the cultural offer is pretty good for Spain anyway)
    • CommentAuthorMidweeker
    • CommentTimeJun 11th 2008
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    Blacksad's gorgeous, but unfortunately, with ibooks demise, now out of print. I'd join the other here in whole heartedly recommending anyone to pick up a copy before the prices start getting silly.
    ibooks also did a translation of Jacques Tardi's adaptation of Benoit Peeters' The Bloody Streets of Paris, a cracking wartime whodunnit, but that one (along with pretty much all of Tardi's translated work) is already fetching silly prices. I was lucky enough to find a copy at my local library recently, and it's great. Hopefully Fantagraphics or D&Q will eventually reprint some more (D&Q did translate some of his WWI strips in various issues of Drawn & Quarterly magazine, and I'd recommend hunting them down too).
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    The illustration is stellar. The two Blacksad books I've seen contain some of the finest picture-making I've ever seen in a comic. The stories, at least in translation, are disappointing- just one just cliche after another. They're a serviceable enough structure to hang all that gorgeous art on, but they've got nothing else to offer. I'd have been just as happy with an untranslated version.
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      CommentAuthorsebfowler
    • CommentTimeJun 11th 2008
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    Damn, that is incredible. Now I wish I'd tried harder with my high school French. That blows me away.
    In terms of other anthro comics, I assume you already know about Lackadaisy Cats, the beautifully drawn, hilarious prohibition-era set story by Tracy J Butler. Well worth a read. There's some great stuff in the gallery and really good tutorials in the Ishkabibble section (which are almost as funny as the comic itself).
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      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeJun 11th 2008
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    I should have bought them when I had the chance! We actually had the first two volumes at my Barnes and Noble two or three years back. I remember reading it and thinking that, oddly enough, it made complete sense that the characters were animals. And it didn't feel like a furry comic - I've seen enough of those to get a certain vibe form them, and Blacksad didn't have that. Not even the parts with fucking.