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Abelard Hardcover – October 25, 2012

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NBM continues to import French comics culture, sometimes kicking and screaming, into the midst of our own. It’s not that these compelling but unfamiliar tales aren’t a natural fit so much as that they require some searching to find whom exactly they are a natural fit for. This graphic novel is, if anything, so very much more French than Dillies’ Bubbles & Gondola (2011). In it, a guileless but optimistic young bird leaves his comfortable marsh, journeying to America in hopes of finding the recently invented flying machine so that he may pick a bunch of stars for his untouchable love, Eppily. Filled with characters damaged by love, spouters of casual racism, and a bear who refuses to see hope until it may be too late, this is not so much for children, though its somber, textured, heavily crosshatched art trades in the anthropomorphization of classic cartooning. Its bittersweet tale of how one life can deeply touch another is meant for burgeoning existentialists and those who wish to see what comics are capable of through the prism of an idiosyncraticphilosophy. --Jesse Karp

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"Its bittersweet tale of how one life can deeply touch another is meant for burgeoning existentialists and those who wish to see what comics are capable of through the prism of an idiosyncratic philosophy." —Booklist (January 2013)


"BEST OF 2012! Renaud Dillies' achingly beautiful and poetic Abelard is a mesmerizing book and a truly powerful one at that." —www.GraphicNovelReporter.com


"We need work like that of Renaud Dillies to remind us that comics can transport us to magical places and times. Abelard is a real masterwork."  —Jared Gardner, Public Books
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: NBM Publishing (October 25, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1561637017
  • ISBN-13: 978-1561637010
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 9 x 11.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,117,579 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a coming-of-age story. Labeled as a "Magical Graphic Novel," Abelard does not disappoint. The art is incredibly cute, but don't be fooled- this work wanders into the darker truths of existence and stares fearlessly into the hypocrisy, futility, and pains of living.

The book is filled with clever one-liners that stir the heart like a Hallmark card and stir the mind like a Nietzschean aphorism. Its spirit is equal parts Beatrix Potter and Albert Camus.
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This is a philosophical tale and like "Betty Blues", though anthropomorphic, NOT for children. Abilard has never left his marsh in his entire life but he becomes smitten with a visiting tourist and the ever optimist Abilard leaves to acquire a bouquet of stars in hopes of capturing her attention. With his banjo in hand he sets out and meets up with a pessimistic bear. The unlikely duo become reluctant (on the bear's part) traveling companions and what follows is a bittersweet journey of opposites; naivete vs worldliness, faith vs denial and what happens when reality hits both types of personalities. Finally it is a sad, but touching story of life and death, and life after death both for the dead and the living. Touching and bittersweet. Lovely, emotional art! I must now read Dillies first book translated into English. His work is brilliant.
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My heart was betrayed in the best way possible. I bought this book thinking it'd be a cute tale and I got pulled in by this adorable, little bird chasing his dreams only to have my heart CRUSHED. A+ writing. Definitely would recommend.
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Abelard is an anthropomorphic Candide, an innocent who goes out into the world expecting the best from others, despite how he is treated. This book will break your heart . . .
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Wonderful drawings. Not a kids book, but a nice message. "We've got it good", is the message. A little treasure.
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