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CR Preview: Haunted, by Philippe Dupuy
posted February 3, 2008
 

imagePhilippe Dupuy is a co-winner of last week's Grand Prix at Angouleme, an award he shared with longtime creative partner Charles Berberian. Their Monsieur Jean series, which has been published in English by Drawn and Quarterly in several anthology shorts and the excellent stand-alone volume Get a Life, is one of the signature books of the 1990s French comics revolution. The duo has worked on several other projects together, including but not limited to the Henriette series and the autobiographical comics -- worked on separately but published together -- collected by Drawn and Quarterly as Maybe Later. Haunted is Berberian's latest sustained effort to tell solo comics stories, a book described by its publisher I think accurately in this statement from their press material. "Here, entirely independent, gone are the tightly constructed narratives and urbane, elegant graphics of his projects with Berberian. In their place, roughed-in drawings give an urgent, spontaneous feeling to a series of hallucinatory stories and dreamlike sequences that register the raw distress of solitude and self-doubt--the dark core of the material held in balance by Dupuy's acid humor and lyrical sensibility." CR is proud to present a sequence from this forthcoming book by one of the world's great cartoonists. -- Tom Spurgeon

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Haunted, Philippe Dupuy, Drawn and Quarterly, 208 pages, 1897299265 (ISBN10), 9781897299265 (ISBN13), February 2008, $24.95