After the teeth-rattling one-two punch of West Coast Blues and Like a Sniper Lining Up His Shot, Jacques Tardi makes a third appointment with ace crime writer Jean-Patrick Manchette for his wildest adaptation yet.
Peter Hartog, a rich industrialist, hires a troubled young woman, Julie, straight out of the psychiatric asylum to which she has been consigned for several years, to work as a nanny for his bratty kid Peter. But Hartog's seemingly altruistic impulse to help rehabilitate a troubled soul hides a darker motive: He plans to stage a fake kidnapping of his son, and use Julie as a scapegoat.
Unfortunately for Hartog, Julie proves infinitely more tough and resourceful than he expected, the kidnapping goes horribly, bloodily wrong, and now Julie and Peter are on the run, pursued both by the police and by Hartog's goons, led by the aging but fantastically dangerous contract killer Thompson — one of Manchette's most unforgettable creations, a golem of Terminator-like tenacity who is barely slowed down by physical punishment that would instantly kill a lesser man (he does not end the book with the same amount of eyes and feet as he started).
As with the other Tardi/Manchette books, Run Like Crazy... is full of moments of pitch-black humor, and a strong current of socio-political satire runs beneath its bleak surface. It's a ride to hell, but a devilishly fun one.
Jacques Tardi fans: we know you've been waiting ever so patiently for us to import more Tardi books over from Europe. Freshly translated, beautifully designed, and packed with action, Run Like Crazy Run Like Hell is a gritty adaptation of French crime novelist Jean-Patrick Manchette's book, Ô Dingos! Ô Châteaux!
And now here it is. These advance copies, with their eye-catching, bright orange spot gloss titles popping out against the dense black and white artwork of Jacques Tardi, are instant can't-put-it-down page turners. We'll have more previews soon to appease your hungry eyes (but, in the meantime, you can always pre-order the book in advance of its January debut)!
Scene 1: The man named Thompson waits in the shadows for his target to enter his bedroom, then kills the man silently. The job finished, he leaves. The very next morning, he meets a new client for a new job.
Scene 2: A sleek black car pulls up to the entrance of the asylum. One Michael Hartog emerges from the car, there to pick up Julie Ballanger, his new nanny. During the drive to her new home, she is questioned by Mr. Hartog on what she knows of him.
Comica continues rolling out the great cartoonists with Jacques Tardi. On Monday, November 10th, one hundred years after the outbreak of The Great War, Tardi makes his first ever public interview in Britain. He will be in conversation with Pat Mills, writer of Charley's War, the compelling saga of a young Cockney private enduring The First World War. An exceptional, unmissable encounter between two passionate anti-War comics creators. You can find these two in conversation at Foyles Bookshop, in The Auditorium, Level 6 (107 Charing Cross Road, WC2H 0DT) from 7-8:30pm. Tickets are on sale here at the Comica site.
Please note that Tardi will not be signing books at this event but the following night....
Meanwhile on 11th November, the anniversary of the First World War Armistice, Jacques Tardi, and his wife, the singer-songwriter Dominique Grange, will perform their work, Putain de guerre! (Goddamn This War!), a performance combining songs, readings and images in French & English, in the Ciné Lumière at the Institut Français in South Kensington from 7-8:30pm.
In a poignant evocation of the First World War, Grange will perform music from her own repertoire, as well as songs by unknown soldiers and pieces by Aragon and Ferré. Tardi will read caustic excerpts from Goddamn This War!, which he created in collaboration with the historian Jean-Pierre Verney, while his images, taken from the same work, will be shown on screen. They will be accompanied on stage by five musicians from the Accordzeam group. Followed by a book signing. Book your tickets at the Institut Français website.
The rest of us on this side of the pond will just have to be content to read the dark, beautiful new boxset, Tardi's WWI.
London - Throughout the year the non-profit arts group, Comica puts on various events around London, focusing on and showcasing the works of comic greats, while promoting new works. At this year's International Comics Fest, Fanta artists Jaques Tardi and Carol Swainwill be participating in featured events. This night from 7-8:30 pm, Carol Swain will be in conversation with others under the banner, "What makes a cult comic?". Find out the answer to this question, and maybe more! when you tune into the the Comica Comics Festival. (More Details)
Saturday, November 8th
Brooklyn, NY - First it changed its name, and now it's split into two days. But one that thing that hasn't changed is the spectacular line up of artists for Comic Arts Brooklyn 2014! Presented by Desert Island, join us for the first day of the festival at Our Lady of Mount Caramel to peep all our hot new releases, like the ZAP Collection, and get your probably smaller books signed by talents like Lane Milburn, Olivier Schrauwen, Dash Shaw, and Tim Lane (who designed that seriously amazing show poster). The show floor will be open from 11 am - 7 pm and it's FREE. (More Details)
Atlanta, GA - Find out if the pirate life is for you when you jump on board this spectacular joint signing with Drew Weing and Eleanor Davis at Criminal Records. We're celebrating the re-release of Drew's book, Set to Sea, in beautiful softcover. There will also be copies of the New York Times Bestseller, How to Be Happy, by Eleanor Davis on hand and ready for signing. Drew will also be presenting on themes shared in his book about poetry, living under the stars, and the water that holds us all together. This event begins at 3 pm. (More Details)
Tacoma, WA - Get set to jet set to Tacoma for their annual Jet City Comic Show! Special guests Peter Bagge, Ed Piskor and Megan Kelso will be joining us at the Fantagraphics booth to gab and sign their respective books like Buddy Buys a Dump, Hip Hop Family Tree, and Artichoke Tales. This one day show runs from 10 am - 5 pm, tickets available at the door. (More Details)
Sunday, November 9th
Vancouver B.C. - Head to the beautiful Heritage Hall this Sunday for the last Vancouver comic show of the year. Ed Piskor and Simon Hanselmann make their way up North to join fellow writers and artists Joe Keatinge, Leila del Duca, and Ed Brisson. Celebrate comics and support Vancouver Schools by donating gently used, age-appropriate books at the venue. You'll get free admission, and feel like less of a scumbag! Everyone wins! Come on down from 11 am - 5 pm. (More Details)
Brooklyn, NY - The second day of CAB dawns this Sunday with it's programming day. All programs take place at the Wythe Hotel from 11 am - 6 pm. There's great stuff all day, and we recommend checking out Charles Burns discussing Black Hole at Noon, and at 1:30Tim Lane joins Jim Rugg and Ben Marra to talk about neo noir in comics. All programs are FREE, but you'll want to pick up tickets in advance, or you might not get in. (More Details)
Monday, November 10th
Washington D.C. - Pat Thomas will be appearing at George Washington University to present a multi-media, multi-sensory presentation that combines music, images, and spoken word recordings to present a bizarre and engaging connection between the Partridge Family and the Black Panther Party; Timothy Leary and Eldridge Cleaver; Amiri Baraka and Motown; and Bob Dylan and George Jackson. Free and open to the public, events kicks off at 6:30. (More Details)
Jacques Tardi is back with another action-packed, neo-noir graphic novel adaptation of a Jean-Patrick Manchette novel. In Run Like Crazy Run Like Hell, a rich industrialist attempts to fake the kidnapping of his nephew and blame it on the nanny he's recently hired straight out of a psychiatric asylum.
Of course, the plan goes horribly, horribly awry. We've got the final cover design for you to ogle over until the book's debut in January.
This week's comic shop shipment is slated to include the following new titles. Read on to see what comics-blog commentators and web-savvy comic shops are saying about them (more to be added as they appear), check out our previews at the links, and contact your local shop to confirm availability.
100-page black & white 6.625" x 10.5" softcover • $14.99 ISBN: 978-1-60699-748-2
"the artist is heading back to his underground roots, citing the influence of ZAP and Weirdo and promising an exuberant, satirical and confrontational read…It'll be interesting to see how well the established audience for Sacco's journo-comix respond to this change of tone." –Tom Murphy, Broken Frontier
240-page full color 7.5" x 10.25" hardcover • $29.99 ISBN: 978-1-60699-795-6
"Before this point, most Uncle Scrooge stories played off of his greed and paranoia about safeguarding his wealth from the dastardly Beagle Boys, but this shift towards treasure hunting would be the way forward for the comics for decades, eventually inspiring the popular Duck Tales cartoon series in the 1980s." -Rich Barrett, Mental Floss
260-page black & white with color 8.25" x 10.75" hardcover • $39.99 ISBN: 978-1-60699-769-7
"Tardi is unremitting in his focus on the small, human details of the catastrophe-not just the look of uniforms and weaponry, but the way one soldier advances in an awkward, stiff-armed posture, 'protecting my belly with the butt of the rifle,' and the way another makes sculptures and rings from discarded shells, to sell to his comrades." - Gabriel Winslow-Yost, The New York Review of Books
Jacques Tardi is responsible for the two acknowledged graphic novel masterpieces about World War I: It Was the War of the Trenches and Goddamn This War! To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of WWI in 2014, Fantagraphics is proud to release a two-volume boxed set collecting these two perennial classics. The first book, It Was the War of the Trenches, focuses on the day to day of the grunts in the trenches, bringing that existence alive as no one has before or since with some of his most stunning artwork. His second WWI masterwork, Goddamn This War!, is told with a sustained sense of outrage, pitch-black gallows humor, and impeccably scrupulous historical exactitude, in masterful full color.
"'The war to end all wars' has become a magisterial comic book to end all comic books. I seldom give blurbs, but this book is an essential classic. Among all of Jacques Tardi's towering achievements as a comics artist, nothing looms larger than this devastating crater of a work. It’s a compulsively readable wail of Existential despair, a kaleidoscope of war’s dehumanizing brutality and of Everyman’s suffering, as well as a deadpan masterpiece of the darkest black humor. The richly composed and obsessively researched drawings — perfectly poised between cartoon and illustration — march to the relentless beats of Tardi’s three horizontal panels per page to dig a hole deep inside your brain. This is one Hell of a book." – Art Spiegelman
"Tardi's depiction of the First World War is so impassioned and visceral that it can be compared to the work of the artists who actually served in the trenches." – Joe Sacco
"French master Tardi gives an infantry-level view of World War I's meat-grinder carnage in grim vignettes that primarily keep tight, telling focus on the stories of individual soldiers. …[It Was the War of the Trenches] deserves a place on the top shelf of graphic lit.” – Cliff Froehlich, St. Louis Post-Dipatch
Praise for Goddamn This War!
"As brutal and horrific as the Great War itself, this book rivals All Quiet on the Western Front when it comes to the insane idiocy of the conflict." – Max Brooks
We expect to see Tardi's WWI boxset out in October. Until then, we'll have more juicy previews and unboxing video in the coming weeks. And as per usual, our presale for the boxset is up and raring to go.