From our continental correspondent – Blexbolex is coming to the UK
Good new for all fans of books that combine great graphics, a good deal of experimenting with form and great storytelling: Blexbolex is coming to the UK. Nobrow limited, purveyors of such gems as Nick White’s People I’ve Never Met & Conversations I’ve Never Had or Ben Newman’s collaboration with Scott James Donaldson, ‘The Bento Bestiary’, is publishing the English edition of Blexbolex’s Destination Abécédaria (Les Requins Marteaux, 2008).
Blexbolex, who received the award for the most beautiful book of 2008 at this year’s Leipziger Buchmesse (see here on the blog) was born in 1966 and graduated from the Ecole des Beaux Arts d’Angoulême in 1984. He started publishing in 2006, with a detective story that combined an ironic take on all mainstays of the private eye genre, with a fearless playfulness in the art, combining ligne claire with experimentation and all the constraints in the book.
(cover to the English-language edition of Destination Abécédaria from Nobrow Press)
Abecedaria is the tale of two bank robbers, Leon and Bernard Blanchet, and their decent into madness in the colony of Abecedaria and its outskirts, Katagonia. While we are still in the early letters of the alphabet, Katagonia seems to be a veritable paradise, but soon it becomes a hell, which doesn’t end until the two scoundrels reach the letter Z, and together with the reader they wade through “a nightmare with hints of dehumanization, to pseudo-scientific experiments performed on humans, torture, death”, as Papercuts put it.
Abecedaria by Blexbolex is available from early October onwards from Nobrow Press. Blexbolex will also provide the cover to the second issue of Nobrow Magazine.
Wim Lockefeer lives in Belgium and can recite his comics alphabet with confidence; you can read more of his thoughts on his own Ephemerist blog.