The Adventures of Jodelle from Fantagraphics
Author Guy Peellaert and Pierre Bartier
Translated by Kim Thompson
Supervision: Orson Peellaert
Printed by Fantagraphics
Of all the European Comics we have been reviewing for Titan lately it is awesome to see Fantagraphics getting into the parade and issuing the Adventures of Jodelle. If you spent any time in Europe you will see reprints of this ground breaking series from the 1960’s. The cool part is that this whole thing is in its normal lurid coloring schema that I saw on a couple of editions down in Gibralter in the 1990’s. I was wondering if this series would ever come to America, and totally happy that it is going to. Jodelle is an amazing character to follow along with (I speak French so was able to read it in its native language) while we were living in Europe. This just hit my must purchase list for the year.
So Jodelle is a hot sexy heroine that gets into some really awesome follies and adventures. There is a lot of pop art in this one, and you will recognize the textures, colors, and shapes from the 1960’s if you follow any of the Crumb style comic books. This was one of the trend setting 1960’s comics that you will see echoed worldwide during that time and when this style of pop art was raging as the most important thing since sex was invented. It was so fashionable that other artists copied and revisioned the entire pop art movement that made such an impression in 1969 and 1970. Before you are all thinking I am an old fart, hey I was just a baby then, but well-read later on down the road.
And where else on this planet are you going to get colors like this, or even story lines like this anywhere near mainstream comics right now.
This is available for pre-order, and I so need to get on their previews listing so I can read these bad boys early. I have not read this yet, but I am anticipating the arrival of this book. Hey Fantagraphics, your store is just down there in Georgetown, like 20 miles away from my house, can I get a copy? In the meantime check out the Fantagraphics previews and video on this one. It looks like it is going to be a beautiful book, like most of the books that Fantagraphics puts out, you can feel the love.