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Giorgio Carpinteri, Translator: Jamie Richards


On sale date: September 15, 2020

A Raw artist returns, and Atlantis exists, in this new and original graphic novel from one of the great Italian comics masters, published in English for the first time.

In this graphic novel, Aqualantics maintain a fragile peace with their "surface brothers"—as long as their world remains a myth. But when an actor who plays the character of the "indefensible Earthman," all cynicism and vulgarity, is gradually possessed by his role, a chain reaction jeopardizes the entire kingdom and the uneasy peace between the two species. Giorgio Carpinteri's sheer graphic brilliance — fusing aspects of Futurism, Cubism, Russian Constructivism, and German Expressionism with echoes of Bauhaus and distinct whims of Art Deco — would be enough to carry this brilliant fantasy, but Aqualantic is also a lyrical, allegorical masterpiece exploring the relationship between the conscious and unconscious, the known and the unknown.


"Carpinteri's dazzling painted scenes employ motifs from futurist, art deco, and other modern art influences. Art comics fans will likely pick up the volume more for its look than its lesson." — Publishers Weekly

"Carpinteri's Aquatlantic world is richly imagined." — The Book Beat

"...imaginative world-building and astonishing illustration." — Library Journal

"It's not just Caprinteri's admittedly astonishing art that makes [reading Aquatlantic] such a joy. There is a welcome undercurrent of satirical humor, a rather fascinating protagonist, and just enough eccentricity for its own sake to keep your mind as glued to the page as your eyes will be." — Solrad


8.8" × 12.2"