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The Incal Vol. 1: The Black Incal by [Alexandro Jodorowsky, Moebius]

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"It’s one of the great comics team-ups." ― Rolling Stone

"The Incal is entrancing...It crackles with invention: if you like your sci-fi, you’ll love this." ―
The Guardian

"If there is one phrase you could assign to 
The Incal as a summary of it’s brilliance “like nothing else” is the most pure and accurate description I could think of." ― Nothing But Comics

"The Incal isn’t a book you just read. It’s a science fiction book you experience. A true classic in every sense of the world. It’s ingenious." ― Forces of Geek --This text refers to the paperback edition.

About the Author

Born February 7th, 1929, in Tocopilla, Chile, of a Jewish Ukrainian immigrant family.

Jodorowsky was multi-talented from an early age, becoming skilled in puppetry and mime, in addition to writing, by his late teens. He traveled with a pantomime troupe in the 1950s, and within a couple years had made his way to Paris where he collaborated with the world-renowned mime Marcel Marceau.

In the 1960s, Jodorowsky ventured further into the world of theater, creating in Mexico, the Panic Movement. This innovative artistic movement allowed him to creatively participate in over a 100 theater productions. The 1970s saw him transition into the world of film where he quickly put a defining stamp on all his cinematic works. He directed several cult films, namely the infamous "El Topo," a Midnight movie favorite. Shortly thereafter, Jodorowsky became attached to direct the adaptation of the famous Frank Herbert sci-fi epic novel "Dune." At the preparation stage of the film, he brilliantly assembled a team of extremely diverse and gifted artists such as HR Giger, Chris Foss, Dan O'Bannon, and Moebius, all of who would later be hired as concept artists on Ridley Scott's "Alien." The development of "Dune" came to a halt due to financial problems, but Jodorowsky, having been exposed to such immense visual talent, propelled himself into writing graphic novels, pairing up with the artist Moebius. This collaboration resulted in what many consider to be one of the most creative European sci-fi graphic novel series of all time, "The Incal," which went on to sell millions of copies worldwide.

Since penning "The Incal," Jodorowsky continued writing top selling comic books with a wide variety of Europe's most talented artists, such as "The White Lama" (with Bess), "The Metabarons" (with Gimenez), "The Technopriests" (with Janjetov), and most recently "Bouncer" (with Boucq).

Along with nurturing his many other talents, Jodorowsky remains a unique storyteller whose published contributions have secured his status as one of the world's most prolific graphic novel writers.

Jean "Mœbius" Giraud was a French artist, cartoonist and writer who worked in the Franco-Belgian bandes dessinées tradition. Giraud garnered worldwide acclaim predominantly under the pseudonym Mœbius and to a lesser extent under the name Gir, which he used for the Blueberry series and his paintings. Mœbius' most famous work was
The Incal, written by Alejandro Jodorowsky. He also contributed storyboards and concept designs to numerous science fiction and fantasy films, such as Alien, Tron, The Fifth Element and The Abyss. --This text refers to the paperback edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B00SVE70MI
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Humanoids; 1st edition (March 19, 2014)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ March 19, 2014
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 178020 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Not enabled
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  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 48 pages
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4.0 out of 5 stars Understand what you’re getting here
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Note: this review refers to the English hardcover edition, copyrighted 2019, not the Kindle version.
If you encountered Moebius’ Incal in the original format in Heavy Metal magazine, or in the Epic trade reprints from the late 80s, there are a few things to know about this Humanoids edition. Most importantly, this book is smaller; the actual art size here is about 90% of those.
The translation of the dialog and captions have been redone, with some minor editorial variances (e.g., “Emperoress” instead of “Emperoratrix”). As such, the lettering is not the original hand-lettered version, but is a computer font. While this font is more consistent in size throughout, it’s also considerably smaller, both relatively and absolutely. The physical text size is either 6 or at most 7 points high, which is extremely tiny (especially for older eyes). It also lacks some of the specialized custom treatments of the original.
The wonderful original coloring is retained, and while it doesn’t match some of the hallucinatory oversaturation of earlier versions, it’s more even and less blotchy, and may be a closer match to the original art. The paper and binding are high quality, and the included cloth bookmark is a nice touch.
At this point, I don’t ever expect to see an oversized “Absolute” version of The Incal (or Lieutenant Blueberry, for that matter) that would showcase Moebius’ extraordinary linework at the dimensions it truly deserves. But why not reproduce at least to the original magazine dimensions?
In the end, this edition is still a great bargain, but I’m disappointed and surprised that Humanoids would go to the bother of doing such a high-quality print job of this major work at a reduced size. That extra 10 or 12% makes a huge difference in legibility, for both the linework and and the ludicrously small text. Dark Horse published the comparably lengthy “World of Edena” – which I ordered at the same time – at the original size, and the difference in reproduction quality for the slight additional weight is significant.
For size comparison, I’m throwing in a photo showing a page from this book with the identical one from the larger 1988 Epic version, but am doubtful whether Amazon will allow it for copyright reasons; don’t be surprised if it’s not there.
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