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Islandia Vol 1: Boreal Landing

By Marc Védrines Publisher: Cinebook ISBN: 9781849184342 Fifteen-year-old Jacques has been living with his aunt and uncle. Although not poor, they’re struggling to live well and in order to make a living Jacques uncle must spend long periods at sea fishing in the North Atlantic. He’s keen to take Jacques with him but Jacques’ aunt […]

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Corto Maltese: The Early Years

By Hugo Pratt Publisher: Euro Comics ISBN: 9781684055036 These Corto Maltese collections have been wonderfully presented and, thankfully, reproduced at the correct size. At first glance the publisher made the odd decision to start with book 3, Under The Sign Of Capricorn and is only now, years later, returning to book 1. There seem to […]

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Bluecoats Vol 12: The David

By Lambil & Cauvin Publisher: Cinebook ISBN: 9781849184304 The Bluecoats always manages to trip me up slightly with my expectations. I think this is largely down to the disconnect between the playful cartoon style of the illustrations and the harsh reality that is war. Unlike an Asterix book, for example, when a Roman is launched […]

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Peterloo: Witnesses To A Massacre

By Polyp, Schlunke & Poole Publisher: New Internationalist ISBN: 9781780264752 Cartoons and comics are a powerful way of commenting on news and current affairs through satire and wry observation. Equally, they’re also very effective at conveying historical events. As a teenager I picked up the manga Barefoot Gen, a story about a child’s life in […]

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Asterix And The Chariot Race

By Ferri & Conrad Publisher: Orion ISBN: 9781510104013 I admit I’ve been hesitant in reading the new Asterix book. A few cartoonist friends got copies after its launch and their response made me cautious. That all said, the magic of Christmas had placed a copy beneath the tree for me so I’ve now read and […]

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