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International Graphic Novels: Volume IX

February 2015

Image: Thomas Humeau, from "Black Spring"

Image: Thomas Humeau, from “Black Spring”

February brings our annual showcase of the international graphic novel. In sober reportage and whimsical speculation, whether transcribing a genocide survivor’s testimony or recreating a Colombian master’s moment of inspiration, these artists delineate character and plot in their singular styles. Veteran newsman and Rwanda authority Patrick de St-Exupery returns to Kigali, this time with the artist Hippolyte, and Spanish artist Soulman teams with French writer Maximilien le Roy to produce a sorrowful memoir of loss and reconciliation in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. From France, Maxence Emery and Thomas Humeau give voice to an exiled, and disillusioned, Cuban revolutionary and political prisoner. Manfredi Giffone, Fabrizio Longo, and Alessandro Parodi listen in on the damning testimony of a Cosa Nostra “man of honor,” while South Korea’s Kim Han-min delivers a searing indictment of immigration policy. And in two looks at creative genius, Paolo Bacilieri clues us in on the origins of the crossword puzzle, and Oscar Pantoja, Miguel Bustos, Felipe Camargo, and Tatiana Córdoba reveal the source of García Márquez’s most famous novel.

Black Spring
By Maxence Emery & Thomas Humeau
After Batista’s dictatorship, Castro had the support of an entire people.
Translated by Edward Gauvin
A Whim of the Gods
By Hippolyte & Patrick de Saint-Exupéry
Dump trucks from the Department of Public Safety came for the bodies.
Translated by Edward Gauvin
By Paolo Bacilieri
In hindsight, it couldn’t have happened anywhere but here.
Translated by Jamie Richards
By Maximilien Le Roy & Soulman
“You let Jews into your home? The people who killed your brother!”
Translated by Mercedes Claire Gilliom
Tell Me Where to Go
By Kim Han-min
You’re a born stranger. You’ll feel out of place in every country.
Translated by Jamie Chang & Sora Kim-Russell
A Human Act
By Manfredi Giffone, Fabrizio Longo & Alessandro Parodi
For very important murders, the consent of the commission is required.
Translated by Adrian Nathan West
Gabo: A Magical Life
By Oscar Pantoja, Tatiana Córdoba & Felipe Camargo
Gabo saw a shattered landscape, aged, forgotten by its people.
Translated by Lawrence Schimel