They stole his ancestral lands of Mornemont, leaving him only the walls that subdivided them... Now poor half-mad Arthur There spends his days and nights atop these walls, eking out a meager living by charging gate tolls to those who have defrauded him, while plotting to regain his property. But little does he know that world-changing events in faraway Paris are about to spill over into his world…
Sprawling, slyly funny, sardonically satirical, and sumptuously drawn, Tardi and Jean-Claude Forest’s You Are There was hailed as a groundbreaking graphic novel upon its release forty years ago and remains as fresh, unique, and provocative as the day it was drawn.
"You Are There's crackpot sensibility comes from Forest, best-known for creating the similarly droll SF heroine Barbarella, but it's Tardi's art, with its keen compositions, carefully placed areas of black and white, and sensuous linework, that ties the untidy story together. When this cynical, surreal satire appeared in France in the late 1970s, it was seen as a landmark in the development of the bande dessinée; three decades later, it stands toplay a similarly valuable role by introducing American readers to one of Europes greatest cartoonists." — Booklist
"You Are There really stands out to me because of the way that Tardi is able to play with the medium and push the comics to a point of no return." — The Daily Cross Hatch
"You Are There is a masterpiece — a work unique in the history of comics, one of those books one reads and re-reads." — David B. (Epileptic)