2013 Eisner Award Nominee: Best Painter/Multimedia Artist
When confronted with his girlfriend’s request that they have a child together, Samuel fled that relationship. But now, a year later, when he receives a letter
from Alice announcing she is expecting a baby, old emotions flare up and he
embarks on a long journey to see Alice again — to re-open, or perhaps close
forever, that important chapter of his life. The Crackle of the Frost is the story of
what he sees, hears, experiences, and learns during that journey.
In 2011, Fantagraphics presented the extraordinary Stigmata, a stunning
display of Mattotti’s whirling, emotional, black and white linework put in
the service of a devastating story — as well as his painted illustrations for Lou
Reed’s The Raven. The Crackle of the Frost ups the visual ante even on those
masterpieces, combining the narrative drive of the former with the lush color illustrations of the latter to create a graphic-novel masterpiece with panel after panel of sumptuous full-color paintings, as if Edward Hopper had suddenly decided
to jump into comics.
"Mattotti is a master. It's obvious at one glance. His colors are music one can't help but dance to. Draw in closer, and Zentner's story conjures the psychic and emotional depth of Marguerite Duras and Murakami." – Craig Thompson (Blankets, Habibi)