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2013 Eisner Award Nominee: Best U.S. Edition of International Material
Many years ago, Jacques Tardi was introduced to American audiences with
“Manhattan,” a grim and grimy story of depression, madness and suicide in
New York City whose appearance in the premiere issue of RAW magazine was
instrumental in defining both that magazine’s virtuoso aesthetic and its dark
sensibility. Three decades later, New York Mon Amour collects “Manhattan”
and three other tales of the Big Apple — rendered by Tardi with just as much
panache and you-are-there detail as Paris or the trenches of World War I in his
other books — in one spectacular volume.
Aside from “Manhattan,” the centerpiece of the book is the graphic novel
“Cockroach Killer,” written by Benjamin Legrand. This violent, surreal conspiracy thriller, starring a hapless exterminator named Walter, features a striking two-color black-and-red technique unique in Tardi’s oeuvre, and remains one of
the cartoonist’s most startling, confounding works. New York Mon Amour is rounded off with two short stories written by Dominique Grange: “It’s So Hard” (starring John Lennon — but not
that John Lennon — and never before published in English) and “The Killing of Hung” (a story of revenge and redemption).
New York Mon Amour is a crucial and unique addition to Fantagraphics’ acclaimed Tardi collection.
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