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The Collector Hardcover – October 14, 2014
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About the Author
Sergio Toppi was born in 1932 in Milan, Italy. He began his career in illustration working in advertising and working for the renowned Italian publisher Utet. His comics and graphic novel work spans decades, including work for such comics series as Linus, Corto Maltese, Un uomo un’avventura and Il Giornalino in Italy and l’Histoire de France en bandes dessinées and La Découverte du Monde published by Larrousse in France. In recent years he has been published exclusively in Europe by the French publisher Editions Mosquito, including The Collector, winner of the Soleil D’Or prize for Best Series at the Soliès-Ville Festival. His art has been displayed in the “Masters of the European Comic Book” exhibit
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Archaia has done an overall wonderfull job with the printing and binding and this book matches up beautifully with my copy of Sharaz De. Hopefully we will see more of these volumes, but questionable as agreements were made for these prior to Toppi's passing.
For reading purposes I like the paper better in Sharaz De. I'm not sure why, but maybe it's just a tad glossier and tad heavier.
Your copy will most likely come scuffed as the cover is mostly white and Amazon is not bagging them in the box. So the cardboard rubs the white edges of the cover and scuffs it. I haven't been able to get the scuffs off.
I even tried getting a replacement copy, and while the Amazon auto return system was easy to work through and get the replacement, there is obviously no one reading the comments as the second was shipped exactly the same and in addition to the scuffed covers, the spine was bent and ripped at the corners. I sent the 2nd back and kept the first.
The scuff problem could also be solved with a dust jacket on Archaia's end, and while I sent a complaint to them as well, I never heard back from them either.
The stories are fine, they seem as much as anything an excuse to exhibit the stunning visuals, which is fine with me as that's what I bought the book for; the plots weren't boring but they also didn't leave me wanting more.
My only complaint is that the book arrived a little banged up.
This review is 4 stars because it was shipped in a soft envelope and arrived with bent corners and the spine is cracked. The pages are fine, but unfortunately they are printed on glossy paper which makes it hard to see because of glare.
I do not recommend buying this from Amazon.