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Blacksad Hardcover – June 22, 2010
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Before I continue to pile effusive praise onto this book, I should probably explain just what it is: Blacksad follows three adventures of John Blacksad, a detective in a mid-20th century America that is populated entirely by anthropomorphic animals. On the surface, this seems like an overly complicated premise--after all, why throw talking animal-people into a perfectly acceptable detective character? I'm not sure what specifically motivated writer Juan Diaz Canales and artist Juanjo Guarrnido to go this route, but using animals allows them to tell standard noir detective tales with far more expressiveness and excitement than they would have had otherwise. Comics are a medium in which people and ideas are reduced down to more easily communicable images and figures. And since noir as a genre tends toward characters and ideas that use animals as stand-ins ("You dirty rat!" "He's a cold-blooded snake," etc.), the switch seems so natural that you forget you're reading about animals. The animal characters, too, seem to allow for more significance and resonance of the characters' actions than they would if they were simply depicted as humans.Read more ›
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Would have enjoyed bigger panels but the plots and art were great.Published 12 days ago by Hunter Miche
This French comic series is an American crime noir, but done entirely with anthropomorphic animals! Printed out in full-sized album books by Asterisk publisher Darguad, this was... Read morePublished 1 month ago by J. Alford
I loved this book. The art is beyond gorgeous, and the writing is top notch. Nothing appears to be lost in translation. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Knightmare94
The idea of anthropomorphism has been around for centuries. It has since then become among the most popular methods of storytelling. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Drew Harris
Great fun to read. The artwork is beautiful. So much so that I want to find more works illustrated by him.Published 3 months ago by Shiari Roy
5 FULL STARS! I AM IN LOVE WITH THIS GRAPHIC NOVEL! All three of the comics in this book are great, but I like the first two the best. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Melissa Martin's Reading List Blog
I had to get this for school but ended up changing classes. Read it for fun later on and i actually enjoyed it. It's interesting to see animals as "humans" lolPublished 6 months ago by Mandy
Great noire comic that takes place in various turbulent times in us history. The first story is a little slow, but after that I couldn't put it down. Read morePublished 7 months ago by David Pucii