Reviews and Interviews

JT Lindroos, Euro Comics Roundup: “Alack Sinner: The Age of Innocence” iss a contender for the best book of the year.”

JT Lindroos, Euro Comics Roundup: “Jerome K Jerome Bloche is a very likable lead and this is a fine introduction to a series I expect to only get better as it builds its world, characters and (most likely) its running gags. Beautifully printed in an affordable hardback, I’m eager for the next several volumes.

Steve Lieber, The Official Comic-Con Blog: “Munoz’s influence can be felt throughout today’s comics, but there’s no other work like this out there. No one else puts so much emotion on the page, or tells stories with this much rage and empathy and pain. I hope you’ll take a look at Alack Sinner, because it’s an absolutely spectacular example of what comics can be.”

The Slings & Arrows Graphic Novel Guide: “Paracuellos is a prime example of the power comics can have in their apparent simplicity…Despite the seemingly cartoon like style of the stories and the dark humour throughout, the comic achieves what [Scott] McCloud refers to as ‘amplification through simplification.’”

The Comics Journal: A wonderful interview with Jose Muñoz.

The Christian Science Monitor: ““One of the most memorable graphic novels of the past decade…. Each page is lushly illustrated in gorgeous watercolors. From the rooftops and the streets of Paris to the natural beauty along the Seine to every café interior, and life on and inside a barge, Gibrat’s art makes you feel like you’re looking in a window to the living past…. This is a wonderful book for graphic novel fans but also for history buffs and art lovers.” —Rich Clabaugh

ComicsAlternative: “The Comics Alternative discusses the adventure genre and how The Adventures of Dieter Lumpen taps into the rich tradition of this kind of comic by Franco-Belgian creators and what distinguishes Dieter Lumpen from those of Hergé’s Tintin — and even from the kind of American adventures found in the Indiana Jones movies.”

Scoop: “Like Under The Sign of Capricorn, Beyond The Windy Isles, and Celtic Tales before it, The Ethiopian transports the reader into a brilliantly crafted world, one in which Pratt continues his incredible blend of Ernest Hemmingway and Milton Caniff.”

Publishers Weekly: “Giménez’s powerful autobiographical work, a renowned classic in its native Spain, looks at the miserable lives of orphaned children and the offspring of the defeated during the regime of Franco. In short episodes set in the titular state home for boys, Giménez pulls no punches, depicting the unrelentingly bleak day-to-day existence of wide-eyed children who are harshly punished
…but nonetheless the boys endure, their small shoulders bearing the weight of a world that cares nothing for them.”

Library Journal: “[In Paracuellos] acclaimed Spanish creator Giménez (b. 1941) depicts brief vignettes from his life and that of other boys who lived in the fascist social aid “homes” that were by turns horrifying, pathetic, and poignant in this first English translation of this work…. These memories of the ease of a society in turning to cruelty against its least members is a cautionary tale for us all.”

NPR Books: “Giménez’ acute moral sensitivity, needle-sharp characterizations and knack for narrative make ‘Paracuellos’ comparable to ‘Maus’ and ‘Persepolis.’ His artwork may surpass them.”

Forbes: One of the Top Ten Graphic Novels of 2015: “A world classic of the comics form…. American readers have been waiting decades for an edition to match its lofty status…

Library Journal: “Classic adventure comics for adults, enjoyable but with depth. Strongly recommended.”

ComicsBeat: James Romberger says: “It is hard to overemphasize how significant I believe this project to be; Hugo Pratt is simply one of the greatest cartoonists to ever walk the Earth.”

The Gazette (Cedar Rapids, Iowa): “If you’ve yet to be captivated by the graphic novel, here’s the absolute place to start.”

Comicsandcola: “I’ve honestly not enjoyed a book as much as I have delighted and revelled in the sheer goodness and ability of Corto Maltese.”

Tor/Alex Mangles: “Pratt’s tales are like coming home to an entire oeuvre of fables you’ve never known existed but have always been waiting to read…I can guarantee that Corto Maltese will quickly become one of your most beloved protagonists.”

A.V. Club: “A stunning package that gives Pratt’s creation the respect it deserves…IDW’s collection brings Pratt’s iconic work to the U.S. without losing any of its heart and soul, and readers should quickly seize this opportunity to experience one of the medium’s great works.”

Publishers Weekly: (Simone Castaldi and Dean Mullaney discuss the translation with James Romberger)

Westfield Comics: (Dean Mullaney talks about Corto Maltese)

Comic Book Resources: (Corto is coming!)

Scoop: “The hype was right…A home run shot that is going to just keep going all the way out of the stadium and into orbit.”

The New York Journal of Books: “Corto Maltese: Under the Sign of Capricorn brings one of the most exciting and original adventure narratives in the world of graphic novels to American shores with the beauty and intelligence of the author intact.…Corto Maltese is as timeless as Batman or The Man With No Name in the Sergio Leones film series that made Clint Eastwood a star…Classic adventure literature of the highest order.”

The Big Glasgow Comics Page: “For English-speaking readers, this is the best introduction to the character you could hope to have. A great collection of Hugo Pratt’s excellent Corto Maltese stories. Anyone interested in the graphic novel form should check this out. It’s a fantastic book…”

Project-Nerd: “An absolute treasure, containing outstanding work by an acknowledged master creator, one who has long been out of reach of comic book fans… I recommend this to any true fan of comic book storytelling. It’s that good.”