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King of the Flies Vol. 1: Hallorave

Details for this: Book
Author: Mezzo & Pirus
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 64
Dimensions: 9" x 12.5"
Colors: full color
Year: 2010
Publisher: Fantagraphics
ISBN-10: n/a
ISBN-13: 978-1-60699-320-0
Additional Details: translated by Helge Dascher

Price: $18.99

 


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Eisner Award Nominee SealAmazon Best of 2010 seal2011 Eisner Award Nominee: Best U.S. Edition of International Material

#5, Amazon Best Books of 2010: Comics & Graphic Novels Top 10

Named one of 2010's Best Comics and Graphic Novels by the Village Voice

Named a 2010 Graphic Novel Favorite by Politics and Prose

Set in a suburb that is both nowhere and everywhere, King of the Flies is a glorious bastard, combining the intricacy and subtlety of the best European graphic novels with a hyperdetailed, controlled noir style derived from the finest American cartoonists.

Mezzo and Pirus, previously best known in Europe for a series of cynical, brutal gangster stories, have abandoned their guns and gals for this cycle of suburban stories, but in King of the Flies the violence has just (for the most part) been interiorized.

King of the Flies first appears to be a series of unrelated short stories, each starring (and narrated by) a different protagonist, but it soon becomes obvious that these seemingly disparate episodes weave together to form a single complex narrative, with events that are only glimpsed (or even referred to) revisited from different perspectives — revolving around Eric, a ne’er-do-well, drug-taking teenager at war with his stepfather and, apparently, the whole world. (He is the titular King.)

King of the Flies is designed as a trilogy of albums, which will combine to form a single graphic novel of stunning intricacy and intensity.

Download an EXCLUSIVE 7-page PDF excerpt containing the entire first chapter (3.1 MB).

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"Although King of the Flies... is anchored in a sharply delineated but deliberately generic suburbia, the book plunges us into an often violent, always profane environment that recalls David Lynch's Blue Velvet. Using multiple narrators, the book is an intricately constructed series of interlocking short stories that acidly etch a disquieting portrait of modern alienation and unease." – Cliff Froehlich, St. Louis Post-Dispatch


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