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Product Details

  • Series: Louvre Collection
  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: NBM Publishing; Original edition (February 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1561634832
  • ISBN-13: 978-1561634835
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,054,867 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

The first in a series of graphic novels created in collaboration with the Louvre, this is a charming novella that celebrates the collections within the famed Paris museum and allows a nice showcase for De Crecy's detailed, engaging drawing. The story opens with a team of archeologists exploring the earth thousands of years from now, after a long glacial period. Cut off from their history, the ragtag bunch wonder aloud about what the planet might have been like. Serendipitously, they stumble upon the edifice of the Louvre and begin to explore inside. As they stroll through art history, they speculate on what kind of civilization could have produced such images and objects. De Crecy makes this both informative and humorous, as he affectionately riffs on art and life. And then the works themselves begin to speak to each other, telling us and them about life as it passed through the Louvre. It's all quite charming. De Crecy is a gifted storyteller whose eye for body language and ear for a funny line never fails him. He deftly combines art history, science fiction and simple philosophizing in a short but very sweet tale. (Feb.)
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About the Author

Nicolas De Crécy is a comic artist whose work includes Bug Jargal, Foligatto, León la Came, and Salvatore 1: Transports of Love, as well as several other international works. He also contributed to the feature film La Vieille Dame et les Pigeons.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By eldil on November 20, 2007
Format: Paperback
De Crecy's art is great, the dialog and the premise are good - 1,000 years from now the earth is in a high ice age, and a band of explorers is on an expedition to find out what they can about their ancestors. The hero is a sentient, genetically-engineered dog, and there are species-relations tensions, a great setup. But when they discover the Louvre, the story falls apart - the art comes alive and the story becomes weightless fantasy. Probably the short length and having to advertise the Louvre killed this.
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By William C Pfaff on April 13, 2014
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A dog with a touch of pig DNA wandering through a post-glacial Louvre making comments that alternate between witty, snarky, deep philosophies, and madness? Yes....please. The art and tone of this book are nothing short of flawless. If I could have given it six stars I would have.
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This is the second book I've Read in the Louvre Series (published by the museum featuring graphic novel artists inspired by art inside). As with the other book (An Enchantment) I can't help but feel there is a good story here that somehow either gets sidetracked or bogged down by being 'inspired' by the Louvre.

In Glacial Period, an exploration expedition is crossing a European landscape blighted by a global climate shift a thousand years previous. Across the snowy landscape, they come across a building suddenly appearing up from the ground - and explore it, trying to decipher the culture that built it and created the works inside. Meanwhile, one of the characters, a dog-pig genetic hybrid with a nose that can decipher history, goes on a whimsical adventure when the museum pieces come to life.

Anyone who has read the seminal "Motel of Mysteries' graphic novel will know what to expect here: amusing interpretations of the culture (without knowing it is a collection of many) based upon the artifacts and paintings inside. E.g., Naked Greek goddesses and Titian paintings tend to indicate the society was lewd and women were repressed and a painting of a monkey painted indicated the culture wasn't literate and painted to communicate. I know the far flung conclusions were meant to be amusing - really, this is a riff on the ancient egypt archeology of the Victorian period. But as with the Enchantment, the musing on the artwork and their meanings just tended to drag the story. I think I would have liked this much better if they could have found a gas station or a department store instead - far more fun to be had figuring out the 'ancient ritual' of a 'for sale' sign than a Titian.

Also odd and a big jarring is that the museum exhibits come to life or exit paintings.
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By Jen on March 15, 2013
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The first time I saw Nicolas De Crecy's work was when one of my best friends came back from a European trip in the early 90's with sketch books he had purchased of a new young French cartoonist. Flipping through them I was mesmerized by such a strong vision. De Crecy's characters were both realistic and stylized in the same line. This was an artist that was closer to Egon Schiele than his contemporary brethren. The way he drew figures really showed you a glimpse of who they were. Most artists search years to find what De Crecy had found in his early twenties.

It was shortly after that an issue of Heavy Metal (March 1992) translated "Foligatto". I was finally able to read a Nicolas De Crecy story. His art translated amazingly well into the sequential form. His colors were beautiful. They created the mood of the story and dragged you into it. He put as much detail into the backgrounds as he did his people. He gave you a sense of the world around them. In turn it drew you deeper into his art. It's no wonder that years later his work would inspire the wonderfully unique animated film Triplets of Belleville.

When I found out that the Parisian museum The Louvre picked four cartoonists to create comics based on the museum and its work I was impressed. I thought it was nice to see such an esteemed establishment recognize comics as an art form that could elevate awareness of the museum itself. I was elated to read that Nicolas De Crecy was one of those artists chosen.

Glacial Period takes place thousands of years into the future. The earth is covered in snow and ice. This is a future where dogs have been bio-engineered to have thoughts and emotions that parallel humans. A group of archeologists are trying to uncover any thing that can give them some insight into the past.
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