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Barney and the Blue Note / Loustal-Paringaux ; translated by Frieda Leia Jacobowitz translation edited by Kim
Thompson. -- Rijperman; distribution, Fantagraphics Books,1988. -- 86 p. : col. ill. ; 30 cm.
(out of print)
1. Jazz musicians--Comic books, strips, etc. I. Loustal,
Series : Paul Rijperman comics.
cover and advertising. in The comics journal; 131, september 1989
"Barney and the Blue Note - a new landmark in the art of the comic strip"
Loustal-Paringaux presents an underground graphic novel with the usual bigtown stuff - Jazz, women, and cars. 87 pages in color illustration.
Soft cover book.
Availability: This title is out of print. Although it is no longer
available from the publisher.
By the late 1980s the masterworks of both European and Japanese crime comics had begun to be published in the USA by Catalan Communications in New York City, (no longer in business, alas). It was Catalan first, and later Fantagraphics of Seattle, who would provide an American audience with the graphic novels of Munoz and
Sampayo. It would be Catalan as well who would first publish the two most gorgeous color artists in the history of noir comics, the Frenchman, Jacques Loustal, and the Italian, Lorenzo Mattoti.
Loustal's Love Shots, and Mattoti's Fires are two authentic masterworks of the postmodern noir comics movement.
New York, Miami / [illustrated by] Jacques deLoustal ; [stories by]
Philippe Paringaux ; translated by Elizabeth Bell. -- New York : Catalan Communications, 1990.
-- 64 p. : col. ill. ; 32 cm. [
out of print] $11.95, Adult Graphic novel. Oversize pictorial wrappers. Fine
In this collection of short stories, the creators of LOVE
SHOTS perform their jaded ventriloquy on a new assortment of American
losers, and a few from other continents as well. From Death Row in the
Mississippi Delta to New York's backstage groupie scene, the imagery shunts
from eye-level subjective focus to the remorseless leer of the hidden
camera. The lighting trips brusquely with each vignette, enveloping us in
the indoor cloudiness of cheap hotel rooms, Africa's immemorial starlight,
the incandescent ghetto. Illuminated by the glare is a portrait gallery of
the used, the useless, the unchosen, the stooge, as the authors split the
spectrum of human desolation. Often we find ourselves eavesdropping at the
endpoint of some inevitability too dreary to be called fate: the moment our
subject ,catches on.,, The spare text of inner emptiness contrasts painfully
with the overwhelming visuals, resulting in a sort of high-decibel
understatement that is the Loustal/Paringaux genius. ....comics of unusual literary artifice and sensitivity..
inventive and beautifully executed drawing styles...(Publishers Weekly)
In such previous collections as Love Shots, Loustal's illustrational gifts, in
combination with Paringaux's fixation on lower-class squalor and upper-class decadence, produced a vision of America influenced by detective movies and crime journalism. The two Frenchmen again offer comics of unusual literary artifice and sensitivity with this new volume that continues to present oddly affecting extracts from the lives of their eccentric and convincing characters: the deluded rock groupie of "Miss Fan USA"; the mordantly witty-and stylishly rendered-sexual encounter of "The Question"; or the noirish male lovers of "Marcello" and their amusing and violent partnership. The drawing styles, inventive and beautifully executed, vary between stories, changing the mood of each. The collaborators' fascination with black American life, not always successfully utilized here, is best interpreted in "La Vie En Blues," where their ability to create lyrical period pieces captures both the blues sensibility and the gritty mythologies of 1940s urban black life. (May)
PUBLISHERS WEEKLY/ APRIL 13, I990, Vol.
237 Issue 15, p60, 2p by Kaganoff, P.
Reviews the graphic novel `New York/Miami 90,' by P. Paringaux, translated
by E. Bell, illustrated by J. Loustal. ISSN:0000-0019
Hearts of Sand / Loustal & Paringaux ;
transl. [from the French] by Elizabeth
Bell ; [ed. by Bernd Metz]. - New York : Catalan, 1991. - 64 p. : gekleurde
ill. ; 30 cm Trans.: Coeurs de sable. - Tournai : Casterman, 1985.
Paringaux and de Loustal ( Love Shots ) are neatly matched collaborators. The
interconnections between words and pictures are so well established that it is impossible
to just look at the images or read the text. De Loustal draws in the tradition of early
20th-century European artists, de Chirico and Picasso in particular. Paringaux's story
recalls modernist French cinema: lots of smoking, sweating and sex, and against the
clear-cut happy-ending tradition (not to mention the heterosexual tradition) many
Americans are accustomed to in popular fiction. The story involves an American tennis
player named Baby and three people who are attracted to her: her German chaperone, Eva; a
French soldier named Robert; and an Arab who kidnaps Baby out of love. Baby spends the
bulk of the story being passive while others take control of her actions. Eva and Robert
appear to be stereotypes--she, the classic lesbian bitch, he, the brave male hero--but
Paringaux turns the images on their ear. Eva receives no comeuppance for not being a
``proper'' woman, and Robert is an ineffectual drunkard with delusions of chivalry. A fine
work from two prime French talents. (May)
Publishers Weekly, 3/22/91, Vol. 238 Issue 14, p76, 1/6p by Kaganoff, P.Reviews the novel `Hearts of Sand,` by Philippe Paringuax, illustrated by Jacques de Loustal.
Paringaux's scripts combine the best elements of French modernist literature and film, and de Loustal unites Giorgio de Chirico's reverberating emptiness and Picassoesque faces. This story-involving a cosmopolitan cast and a bizarre love triangle-ridicules romance/adventure conventions with deep character insights: (Their other work includes Love Shots and Barney d the Blue Note.)
Library Journal, 6/1/91, Vol. 116 Issue 10, p134, 1p,
2 bw by DeCandido, K.R.A.
Reviews several comic books which are becoming a mainstream presence in popular culture. Includes `The Complete Crumb Comics,' by R. Crumb; `Love That Bunch,' by Aline
Kominsky-Crumb; `Hearts of Sand,' by Philippe Paringaux and Jacques de Loustal;
Java in the Shadow of Merapi / Loustal ; text and interview Jean-Luc Coatalem ; [transl. from
the French: Julie Harris]. - 1st ed. - Amsterdam : Publisher: Oog & Blik
Oog & Blik, 1996. -  p. ; 31 cm Oorspr. Franse uitg.: Paris : Desbois, cop. April 1996
. ISBN 90-73221-46-3 (hardcover)
Invited to Indonesia by the French Institutes for several weeks to present his work in serigraphy, Loustal decided to transform his trip into a work which would combine sketches, watercolors, and paintings. In Java, in the jam-packed markets of Yogyakarta, he says his first strong image was one of two black monitor lizards fighting over a dead fish in a basin. He is also known for his Japanese exercises, drawn each morning of the Merapi volcano, Java's enfant terrible - the glowing clouds and gushing lava which transforms the landscape, the mood of the
What he expected of her.
by Jacques de Loustal
A collection of beautiful, atmospheric drawings by the famous French author Jacques de Loustal. Limited to 1,000. English
text. (ISBN 90-5492-238)
HardCopy, 7x10, 64pg, Cover price $19.99,
Publisher: Oog & Blik, Amsterdam, 2002, Translated by Linda Cook
Little Lit: Strange Stories for Strange Kids
Art Spiegelman (Editor) Francoise Mouly (Editor)
Retail Price: $19.95
Format: Hardcover, 64pp.
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books
Pub. Date: September 2001
Recommend Age Range: 6
sales rank: 41,892
The Barnes & Noble Review
It's often bizarre, usually weird, occasionally creepy, and always fun. It's Little Lit: Strange Stories for Strange Kids, the second book in the quirky series that began with Folklore and Fairy Tale Funnies. With a roster of writers and illustrators that reads like a who's who of children's lit, this offbeat collection of stories and activities is as eye-catching as it is thought-provoking.
Marc Rosenthal offers an assortment of goofy jokes sure to tickle juvenile funny bones, while Paul Auster and Jacques De Loustal get serious with their tale about one man's experience when he steps -- quite literally -- outside himself. Francois Roca offers a picture of a cityscape in which at least 22 things seem oddly wrong or out of place, and for puzzle lovers, Lewis Trondheim has created the fittingly named
"A-maze-ing Adventure," a story shaped like a maze that follows the travails of a squatty little character who finds himself trapped inside.
From Britain's preeminent cartoonist, Posy Simmonds, comes the story of a vengeful and mean-spirited Mr. Frost, who drives home that old adage about being careful what you wish for. Kim Deitch takes readers along to
Katropolis, a world inhabited by cats and powered by dogs, while Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jules Feiffer tells the story of a boy trapped inside a comic book with a couple of battling superheroes. Caldecott-winning author Barbara McClintock follows the adventures of a runaway shadow, while Martin
Handford, the author of Where's Waldo?, asks readers to examine a busy full-page picture to try to find 11 odd socks, 10 aliens, and 6 worms. There's also an ugly little girl who hates the fact that she's turned pretty; a baby that eats everything in sight...including his family; a Fairy Godfather with a temporary case of amnesia; and a house that decides to run away from home.
Strange Stories for Strange Kids may not be your typical fare, but it's never dull. These colorful pages, quirky characters, and twisted adventures will provide hours of stimulating fun to young minds of all ages. (Beth Amos)
From the Publisher
The second groundbreaking anthology from the New York Times best-selling team of Art Spiegelman and Françoise Mouly is here! The everyday world is turned upside down and the ordinary becomes extraordinary in this collection of the strangest tales. From Art Spiegelman's "The Several Lives of Selby Sheldrake" to Maurice Sendak's "Cereal Baby Keller" to Jules Feiffer's "Trapped in a Comic Book," these stories are sure to entice any young reader. Also included are comics and features by Ian Falconer and David Sedaris, Paul Auster and
Jacques de Loustal, Crockett Johnson, Richard MGuire, and Barbara McClintock, a puzzle by Lewis
Trondheim, and make-your-own comic-book endpapers from Kaz, Little Lit: Strange Stories for Strange Kids continues the tradition of bring the pleasure of books and reading into the hands and minds of kids.
Philippe Paringaux (stories), Bernd Metz (Editor), Illustrated by Jacques de
Loustal Format: Paperback, 62pp.
8 1/2 x 11 inches large format
Publisher: Catalan Communications
Pub. Date: November 1988
Translated from the original French "Clichés d'amour"
Reviews and Commentary
From Publisher's Weekly:
The French authors meld a European sensibility, drenched in the estheticized introspection
of the outcast, with the violent and gaudy archetypes embodied in American film noir
classics. Hollywood stars, gangsters, boxing and the Louisiana delta figure prominently
here. Through the use of memory fragments, these stories delineate some ironic triumph
that ultimately diminishes and alienates the characters. The loosely rendered, richly
colored, epiphanic drawings are placed above the text sans word balloons. Impressive
watercolor-and-pen work captures the brooding darkness of a northern black pugilist in a
southern racist town (``The White Woman'') as well as the garishness of a
murder as stark as the brilliantly lit desert in which it takes place (``New Mexico'').
The best story of this admirable collection, ``Night of the Alligator,''
displays the collaborators' ability to reinvigorate American gangster mythology with lush,
romantic visuals while devaluing the glamour of those archetypes through the very savagery
and moral degradation that such myths often serve to conceal. (Nov.)
Love Shots is a moody, Polaroid-postcard style valentine to an America
of Forties and Fifties movie myth and literary legend. The stories capture
ironic snapshots of misfits and outcasts, spanning the wide land as it
bares the depths of its inhabitants' wounded souls. A uniquely American
vision from two frechmen.
ebay.com (sept. 2002)
Painted color interior. Beautifully drawn and painted art!
A moody, Polaroid post-card style valentine to an America of Forties and Fifties movie myth and literary legend.
The stories capture ironic snapshots of misfits and outcasts...A unique American vision from...two Frenchmen.
Contains some adult concepts and mild drawn nudity....
CATALAN SET 2
Joe`s Bar. By Munoz and Sampayo. Powerful b&w storytelling in the
tradition of Hugo Pratt.
Hurricane: Stella Norris 1. By Baldazzini and Canossa. Set in the 1940s,
this wonderful film noir mystery traps a lovely Hollywood starlet and four
others in an out-of-the-way Florida hotel during a hurricane.
Love Shots. By de Loustal and Paringaux. Five moody stories based
on 1940s and `50s movie myths and literary legends.
Published at $31.85. Adult
HEARTS / SPELL / MARK SET
Set of three graphic novels.
Hearts of Sand: By Loustal and Paringaux. Love and lust on the
shores of Africa, French Legionnaires and two women in the decadent 1920s.
Companions of the Dusk 1: (The Spell Of The Misty
Forest). By Francois Bourgeon. As the Hundred Years War ravages Medieval
Europe, a faceless knight leads a pair of orphans into the labyrinthine
darkness of the Misty Forest, where they fall under the spell of hellish