A Distant Neighborhood
Everyone dreams of going back to childhood - but when businessman Nakahara is catapulted back to his school days with his adult memories still intact, he sees his past in a different light. Two-time Eisner Award nominee Jiro Taniguchi takes readers on an awe-inspiring journey with what is widely considered to be his chef d'oeuvre to date.
The Walking Man
The Walking Man is a reprint of Jiro Taniguchi's most cherished title. It is a book in which nothing happens but everything occurs. The Walking Man follows a modern day Japanese business man as he strolls at random through urban Japan - often silent, usually alone - with his vivid dreams that let time stand still. Join him as he climbs a tree in bare feet, takes time out to observe the birds, plays in the puddles after the rain and returns a shell to the sea. It is an ideal way for readers and graphic novel-lovers to relax.
Guardians of the Louvre
A famous manga artist provides the latest entry in the Louvre collection of graphic novels. After a group trip to Europe, a Japanese designer stops in Paris alone, intent on visiting the museums of the capital. But, bedridden in his hotel room with fever, he faces the absolute solitude of one suffering in a foreign land, deprived of any immediate or familiar recourse. When the fever breaks somewhat, he sets out on his visit and promptly gets lost in the crowded halls of the Louvre. Very soon, he discovers many unsuspected facets to this world in a museum, meeting artists and their works from various periods, in a journey oscillating between feverish hallucination and reality, finishing at the crossroads between human and personal history. With this inner journey, Jiro Taniguchi invites us on a temporal and artistic trip to discover a sense of place under the leadership of some tutelary figures that appear to him, familiar or unknown ... the guardians of the Louvre.
A Zoo in Winter
Hamaguchi, who dreams of becoming an artist, moves to Tokyo and starts to work in the studios of a famous manga artist, were he discovers both the long hours of meeting studio deadlines and the nightlife and artistic haunts of the capital.
The ultimate samurai story! From the pages of history comes the legend of the Samurai Jubei and the book he has pledged to protect. The book has been stolen, and Jubei must retrieve it before Japan descends into bloody civil war.
The Summit of the Gods
On his third Everest expedition in June 1924, George Mallory and his climbing partner Andrew Irvine disappeared on the North-Eastern ridge during their ascent - having been sighted only a few hundred metres from the summit. In 1993, in a small Nepalese shop, Makoto Fukamachi, photographer for a Japanese expedition to conquer Mount Everest, stumbles across an old camera. Could it be Mallory's? And does it hold the secret of whether Mallory and Irvine made it to the summit almost 30 years before Hillary?
Chronique intime d'un amour destructeur, Carnation est aussi le portrait acéré d'une génération idéaliste en lutte avec le réel et les transformations libérales de notre monde. Xavier Mussat a mis dix ans à concevoir puis finaliser cet album dur et poignant, récit d’une grande densité, riche inventions et de ruptures graphiques qui bousculent les codes du genre. Représentant assumé d’une bande dessinée exigeante, radicale et évidemment militante, il a confié à Casterman le soin de publier ce livre à vif. On pense à Louis Calaferte ou à Jonathan Caouette, et tous apprécieront ce travail minutieux, d’une lisibilité parfaite.
Icaro is the mind-bending, fast-paced adventure of a young man, Icaro, with the ability to fly and a young woman, Yukiko, who risks her life--and more--to help Icaro achieve his dream. Best of all, it capitalizes on Taniguchi's ability to depict a vast and oppressive advanced science laboratory that has made Icaro its guinea pig and will use all its resources to keep him imprisoned for study. Icaro's fight to be free and Yukiko's sacrifice to aid him in his quest make this one of the most inspiring manga stories and one of the first significant original manga collaborations between East and West.
After a fight with Hellboy, Frankenstein's monster escapes the terrible Mexican laboratory where he was imprisoned and discovers strange creatures beneath the desert, where he'll learn some of the greatest secrets of the mystical world in the strangest Hellboy spinoff yet! "It's intimidating as hell to take on an icon like the Frankenstein monster. I'm trying to do something that's true to the origin Mary Shelley created for the creature but also captures a bit of the feel that Boris Karloff brought to the role in the classic Universal films. At the same time I'm throwing the monster into an entirely new environment, so I think the result will be something new. It's an odd one, but ultimately will add an important new wrinkle to the Hellboy/B.P.R.D. world." -- Mike Mignola
The Girl from the Chartreuse
The owner of the bookshop THE VERB TO BE, is a red-haired giant imprisoned in an enormous body and his solitude. One wet afternoon, driving a vanload of new and second-hand books, -tienneVollard knocks down and seriously injures a little girl, -va. In the hospital, he meets -va's mother, Th-r-se, a struggling single parent who lacks maternal instincts and whose dream is to be faraway, alone. Both are haunted by guilt: Th-r-se because of her lateness in collecting her daughter, and Vollard because he did not manage to stop his car on time (even if he knows that he could not have avoided -va: indeed she seemed to throw herself in front of the car). Vollard visits -va regularly while she is in a coma and reads books to her, while Th-r-se spaces her visits out. When -va eventually wakes up, she has become mute and is terribly weakened. A few weeks after -va has been sent to a rehabilitation centre in the Massif de la Chartreuse, Th-r-se gets a job faraway and asks Vollard to visit her daughter on her behalf. Soon, Vollard enjoys their walks in the mountain, where he tells her stories and poems he has memorized and tries to break her out of her mute, impassive shell. However, nothing seems to help 'La Petite Chartreuse' - Vollard calls -va that way in reference to the monastic order of the Chartreux - to enjoy life again. She becomes weaker everyday to such a point that Vollard decides to find Th-r-se and to take her back to her daughter before it is too late . . . Praise for La Petite Chartreuse: ' An extraordinary novel about the power of speech and the silence of childhood' ALAIN SALLES, * Le Monde'A novel that pierces the night as a small music. And that leaves the reader stunned with admiration' OLIVIER LE NAIRE, L'Express