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The gars are peaceful, happy animals living alongside all kinds of wondrous creatures in their Edenic, animistic home, Garland. Their shaman, Zachariah, helps them to interpret the spirits that foretell their future. But a strange vision bodes ill, and soon an unctuous newcomer takes advantage, endangering their halcyon existence. Meanwhile, the shaman’s son, the sweet, bumbling Hippolytes, can’t find his wife Cochineal. He goes off in search of her and winds up on a perilous odyssey that takes him far from home, setting in motion a series of events that will change all of their lives forever.
This long-awaited second collaboration between Italian artists Lorenzo Mattotti and Jerry Kramsky is masterfully drawn in soft, psychedelic black and white. Ten years in the making, its characters evoke Tove Jansson’s moomins and its settings the dreamscapes of Moebius and Hayao Miyazaki. Garlandia is a major work by a master cartoonist, an enchanting graphic poem of mythic scope and surprising political relevance.