ROHAN AT THE LOUVRE is a “Must Read”

If you haven’t checked out Rohan at the Louvre yet, what are you waiting for?  The book is continuing to get some fantastic reviews…

What’s the matter?  You don’t like good comics?

“Rohan at the Louvre has all the elements of my type of story: fairy tale whimsy, attention to the artistic process, and an ending bathed in horror. The art is often times beautiful, yet other times absolutely chilling. And seen through the eyes of Rohan, who is cursed with the power to dissect those around him with a simple gaze, Rohan at the Louvre communicates how an artist views the world in a manner that I’ve never seen. Even those who are not fond of manga will be pleasantly surprised at this fantastic hardcover book. If you like art, horror, and fairy tale, Rohan at the Louvre is a must read.”

Ain’t It Cool News

 

“The previous, fourth title in the Louvre’s distinguished graphic novel series, The Sky Over the Louvre, set an even higher standard than the first three high-quality titles, and Araki’s gorgeous ghost story easily matches them all for plot, drawing chops, and emotional gut-punch. This excellent volume is recommended for dans of extrame manga artishness and for horror otaku.”

– Library Journal

 

“Rohan at the Louvre is a fun book, and it’s one that grows on you with time. I enjoyed it when I first read it, but a day later I found myself thinking about it and how effective some of the scenes in the book were…This is a dark, creepy book.”

Read About Comics

 

“Araki’s depictions of the ghostly attacks beneath the Louvre are darkly grotesque and effective, a strong counterpoint to the brightly hued images of the above-ground museum…Araki’s art contains a strong Western comics influence—his figures reminded me of ’70s Marvel more than once—and contains none of the visual short-cuts that can prove alienating to those readers less in sync with manga conventions.”

–  Blog Critics

So, what are you waiting for?

You can order it directly from us HERE or from your favorite comic store, book store or e-retailer.

ROHAN AT THE LOUVRE Has The Web Buzzing

Our latest volume of the Louvre series, Rohan at the Louvre by Hirohiko Araki has garnered quite a bit of attention.  Here are some of the latest reviews:

“A highly effective horror story, of the sort that will be familiar and welcome to fans of 21st century J-horror. Araki has a strong sense of design that leans hard and far away from the direction of what comes to the casual manga reader’s mind when they hear the word “manga,” and the panels are all big and rich in detail in a way that suggests European rather than Japanese comics art.”

Robot 6

“Everything here works; the art is lovely, the colors are striking, the story is interesting, and the presentation (hardcover and in proper right-to-left format) is excellent. The Louvre series continues to be absolutely magic for readers.”

Comics Waiting Room

“It’s a neat comic… a nice chance to see manga art in color, which is a rarity, at least for work that has been translated into English. It also seems like a good sample of Araki’s work, something that might point readers toward his other stuff, with expectations of nonsensical craziness and eccentric art, and the feeling that anything can, and probably will, happen.”

Warren Peace Sings the Blues

“An imaginative celebration of the Louvre Museum, conveying its scale, age, and majesty. Araki’s book is one of the most dramatically satisfying, achieving a near-perfect balance between telling a ghost story and telling the Louvre’s own story.”

The Manga Critic

Have you read it yet? What are your thoughts?

The Critics Speak! Reviews of ROHAN AT THE LOUVRE Hit The Web!

The latest volume in our Louvre series, Rohan at the Louvre by Hirohiko Araki has been out for a bit now and we’ve gotten many fantastic mentions and reviews.

“Triggers bodily mayhem of a type sure to warm the hearts of old souls who remember the author’s early ’80s bio-mutation opus Baoh.”

–  The Comics Journal

“Looking like the work of a Japanese P. Craig Russell, Araki’s art lends a wistful mood to the tale’s proceedings and arrests the eye with willowy figures and expressive faces. Previous volumes of this graphic novel series published by the Louvre itself have all been excellent, and this is no exception.”

Publisher’s Weekly

“Rohan at the Louvre is less aimed at the bovine teenagers grazing the manga aisles at Barnes and Noble and more toward the sort of mature, comics-as-artform crowd…The sort of bizarre, distinct, and memorable one-shot manga that rarely ever sees the light of day over in North America”

Otaku USA Magazine

“A refreshing, visceral exploration of the concept of the artistic muse and the desperate lengths most of us will go to capture and hold onto inspiration.”

Broken Frontier

Rohan at the Louvre belongs on everyone’s shelf!  This book has rocketed to the top of my “Best of” list for the year.”

Stumptown Trade Review

“I found Rohan to be an engrossing and welcomed change of pace from the majority of my comics reading these days. Rohan is also a beautiful book.”

Gay League

“Araki’s striking color work is marvelously effective, adding another level to his artistry. While the color emphasizes the fantastic, Araki’s line and figure work tends toward the realistic, creating an interesting and engaging contrast. Araki’s illustrations are meant to be looked at and appreciated not just as part of the story but as art.”

Experiments in Manga

“Araki’s style is flamboyant and flashy, an interesting merger between traditional Japanese linework and American slickness.”

Comics Bulletin

Have you read Rohan At The Louvre yet? What are your thoughts?

NBM in February: the next Louvre book

Here’s what we’ve got for February being solicited for now at your comics bookstore (as we like to call them- if they’re a comicbook store, they probably don’t carry us!).

The main news is another magnificent graphic novel in the Louvre collection, this time by a bestselling mangaka seen here for the first time:

ROHAN AT THE LOUVRE
Hirohiko Araki
After Glacial Period and The Sky Over the Louvre comes another completely original story with stunning art by a leading mangaka. Rohan, a young mangaka, meets a beautiful mysterious young woman with a dramatic story. Seeing him draw, she tells him of a cursed 200 year old painting using the blackest ink ever known from a 1000 year old tree the painter had brought down without approval from the Emperor who had him executed for doing so. The painting meanwhile had been saved from destruction by a curator of the Louvre. Rohan forgets this story as he becomes famous but ten years later, visiting Paris, he takes the occasion to try and locate the painting. Little does he know how violently powerful the curse of it is until he has the museum unearth it from deep within its archival bowels…
7 ¼ x 10 3/8, 128pp. full color hardcover, $19.99
ISBN 978-1-56163-615-0

see previews

And check out the others in this collection:

On the Odd Hours

Glacial Period

The Sky Over the Louvre

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And here’s what’s new from Papercutz:

New series!

DANCE CLASS #1 “So, You Think You Can Hip-Hop?”

ka, writer

Crip, artist

In this new dance based series, Julie, Lucy and Alia are BFF’s who share one passion: dance! Between programs in ballet and modern dance, they also slip in classes on many other styles including hip-hop, a class run by the hunk KT, who’s got all three competing for his attention. As they prepare for the ballet “Sleeping Beauty,” they’d love to see him play Prince Charming. Any of the millions of girls with a love for dance and taking classes will find this new gag-filled series irresistible!

8 x 10, 48pp., full-color hardcover: $9.99

ISBN 978-1-59707-254-0 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GARFIELD & Co #5 “A Game of Cat and Mouse”

By Jim Davis and Mark Evanier, writers

Ellipsanime/Dargaud Media, artists

Adapted by Cedric Michiels

Garfield isn’t a mauser. He doesn’t even mind mice—as long as they don’t get in his way, he couldn’t care less. But when his mouse friend Squeek invites his big family to stay at Jon’s, they quickly take over the entire house—turning the kitchen into a Mouse Paradise complete with tennis court, spa, and buffet. Jon gives Garfield an ultimatum: get rid of the mice, or Jon will call an exterminator. Also featuring “Pet Matchers” and “Catnap.”

6½ x 9, 32pp., full-color hardcover: $7.99

ISBN 978-1-59707-300-4


ERNEST & REBECCA #2 “Sam the Repulsive”

Guillame Bianco, writer

Antonello Dalena, artist

Life isn’t easy for Rebecca. Between parents at each other’s throats, a big sister with her own worries, and an uncle intent on her taking her medicine, it’s hard for Rebecca to keep smiling. Complicating things further, her health isn’t good and her parents would prefer she be cloistered all the time. But Rebecca has a solution to her problems: Ernest the bacterium who’s become her sworn pal and is out to reconcile her parents and fight off a new virus named Sam who threatens to make Rebecca’s health take a turn for the worst!

8 x 10, 48pp., full-color hardcover: $11.99

ISBN 978-1-59707-299-1

SEE MORE AT THE PAPERCUTZ SITE!

No Flying, No Tights, TCJ.com, Robot 6: howzat for company?

No Flying No Tights, the site popular with Libraries for reviews of graphic novels has become quite active again. Two reviews of NBM’s books in November to note:

Here’s what they say On Trondheim’s Little Nothings: “The humor is gentle and understated, full of appreciation for quiet moments, personal reflection, and self-deprecation. While each page could be considered a separate gag the effect is nothing like reading a collection of newspaper strips. Part of the reason is that the author is comfortable with letting a final moment on the page simply exist without ending, leaving you with a quiet smile and not locked in to that beat-beat-pause-punchline form that American comic strips slavishly follow. The book is an extremely easy read. You find moments that will make you think as well as plenty of moments that will make you smile. This isn’t a book that goes for the guffaw but rather the knowing wink. Readers will recognize these Little Nothings as moments that everyone has in their life, but it takes someone like Trondheim make us to realize how much we all should be paying more attention to them.”

 Of course, Little Nothings continues to be a once a week feature on this blog.

They also commented on Geary’s Sacco & Vanzetti: “Any book in Geary’s Murder series (A Treasury of XXth Century Murder or A Treasury of Victorian Murder) would be a great read for any teen or adult interested in historical fiction or true crime stories. His books are always meticulously researched and reported and his writing style is never dry – always lively and engaging. Mistaken identity, false imprisonment, doubt on both sides fill all of Rick’s stories to the point that the reader realizes that maybe they never really can know what truly happened.”

Speaking of Libraries: College & Research Library News also commented on Saco & Vanzetti in their November issue: “With a precise eye for detail and the ability to summarize a complex case with remarkable conciseness, Geary sets the standard for graphic historical narrative.”

TCJ.com is excited about our P. Craig Russell Opera set out this week.

And CBR’s Robot 6 is excited about our announcement of ROHAN AT THE LOUVRE, the next in the Louvre series, being solicited now in comics stores for February release.