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West Coast Blues

West Coast BluesJacques Tardi is one of France?s greatest cartoonists, a master of black-and-white doom and gloom, with beautiful shadings of emotion. In West...West Coast BluesComic Books/Graphic Novels, FictionJacques Tardi is one of France?s greatest cartoonists, a master of black-and-white doom and gloom, with beautiful shadings of emotion. In West...2009-11-24
Jacques Tardi, West Coast Blues | West Coast Blues by Jean-Patrick Manchette and Jacques Tardi

West Coast Blues by Jean-Patrick Manchette and Jacques Tardi

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West Coast Blues

Genre: Comic Books/Graphic Novels, Fiction; Author: Jean-Patrick Manchette, Jacques Tardi

Jacques Tardi is one of France?s greatest cartoonists, a master of black-and-white doom and gloom, with beautiful shadings of emotion. In West Coast Blues, he adapts a thriller by Jean-Patrick Manchette, and the result is as though Quentin Tarantino had directed one of Richard Stark?s Parker novels. In Manchette?s premise, an ordinary citizen, George Gerfaut, is brought together with a ruthless murderer after witnessing a killing. Gerfaut, dissolute and mean to his family (Tardi draws him with pinprick eyes and a perpetual hangover), gets drawn into violent scenarios that awaken him to a world that seemed dead to him. Existential? Yes. Pretentious? Au contraire. A-

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