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November 5, 2012

Bill Kartalopoulos Debuts His Rebus Books At BCGF With Ruppert/Mulot Effort Barrel Of Monkeys


imageThe longtime art-comics industry figure Bill Kartalopoulos announced earlier today that his Rebus Books will debut at this weekend's Brooklyn Comics And Graphics Festival. Its first offering is the graphic novel Barrel Of Monkeys by celebrated French comics creators Florent Ruppert and Jérôme Mulot. Kartalopoulos will have advance copies on hand at the show, and the pair's work will see its first U.S. exhibit at the Wayfarers Gallery in Brooklyn with an opening on November 9. Ruppert will be on hand at the show and the opening.

Ruppert and Mulot met while in art school in Dijon; their first book for L'Association was published in 2005. Panier de Singe -- the work that Rebus is publishing as Barrel Of Monkeys -- won the Prix Révélation at the Angouleme Festival in 2007, as described by Bart Beaty in effusive terms here. They have been published in German, Italian and Finnish, and contributed to Kramers Ergot #7. Rebus has a promotional video up here.

Kartalopoulos has a stellar pedigree for an arts comics publisher. He's worked with Art Spiegelman on a variety of projects, is a co-organizer of BCGF and at the Small Press Expo, contributes to Print, has taught at Parsons and was the person primarily responsible for two of the best on-line efforts about comics in the last decade, now defunct: his own EGON site and an ambitious take on Indy Magazine. I look forward to seeing what he does.

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