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published by Breakdown Press, 60 pages.
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I really like the way Antoine Cossé draws and the way he ‘works the grid’ – six panels per page most often in this book, and in most of his other work that I’ve seen. He seems to have the rhythms of that layout well under control. He gets a great deal of tone out of his inkwashes as well, which isn’t easy to do, and helps guide you through the page. I’m not sure how this was printed, but at least in my copy the solid blacks were very washed out on certain pages. That was too bad, since the various tones are important to the visuals here.
Just tracking Cossé’s characters as they interact with and move through their environments was probably my favorite part of the comic; I’m reminded of Sammy Harkham’s comment in a recent interview (support Mould Map 3!) that, “One cool thing about comics is that there is a novelty of reading any kind of scene if it’s cartooned well.” That’s a very apt description of my attraction to the pages of J.1137 that are focused just on a character’s movement or on an exploration of setting (Cosse also draws nice buildings).
However, I’m not sure that his two narrative threads — one depicted by the comic and another laid out intermittently through a series of captions — come together or complement each other in the way he seems to intend. There are some interesting moments that move towards metanarrative, beginning with an opening sequence of a movie within a movie (within, of course, a comic).That idea of fiction/narrative vs. reality — the main character is an actor — is present throughout the comic, but I’m not sure its build to any sort of satisfying conclusion. Likely merits a rereading, which I hope to get to soon.
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We had a *wonderful* time at CAB! Look for a full report and photos soon. This weekend we’ll be at Thought Bubble, looking basically like this, with these products available for sale. That’s right - it’s the UK debut of Windowpane 2 by Joe Kessler, J.1137 by Antoine Cosse and Treasure Island 1 by Connor Willumsen! Come say hi on table 146 x x
IN ONE WEEK. OFFICIAL LAUNCH!
Me and Antoine Cosse will have drawings on show.
Gosh Comics. Soho. London
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Mutiny Bay, work in progress.