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On the heels of his fanciful yet historically based Black Paths (2013), French cartoonist David B. turns to the wholly fantastic in this outlandishly imaginative tale of conspiracies and the occult. It begins with David’s obsessive search for copies of a nineteenth-century journal, Incidents in the Night, which he locates in a preposterously well-stocked bookshop, where mountainous piles of random volumes require a guide for an archaeological dig. The pages of the journal detail a plot to return Napoleon to power, with world conquest to follow. David’s further investigation reveals that the paper’s fanatical publisher, who had been disfigured at the Battle of Waterloo, is still alive, residing within the pages of a book in David’s own library. Furthermore, he learns that the Angel of Death is seeking to end the publisher’s immortality. The free-flowing, inventive visuals, boldly and confidently rendered, give the extravagant story the feel of a sustained but persuasive nightmare. The book ends in a cliff-hanger, to be resolved in a future installment of this intricate yarn. --Gordon Flagg

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L.A. Times Book Prize Finalist (Graphic Novel/Comics) 2013

Eisner Award Nomination (Best U.S. Edition of International Material)

“One of 10 Best Comics and Graphic Novels of the year.”—TIME

"Incidents in the Night immediately calls to mind postmodern works: Italo Calvino’s If on a Winter's Night a Traveler, Borges's short story "The Library of Babel," and Umberto Eco's Foucault’s Pendulum. Simultaneously, you are drawn into the nooks and crevices of a private detective story."—World Literature Today

"In its obsession with bookstores and libraries, in its nested dreams and tale-tellings, in its straight-faced conflation of history and impossibility, and in the tone of pulpy detective yarns that pervades its final third, Incidents owes more than a bit to Jorge Luis Borges’s short stories."—Douglas Wolk, Washington Post

"Best known from Epileptic, David B.'s black-and-white art depicts unrealities and realities with equal zest, teasingly holding out a journey that's more about getting there than the destination. A treat for sophisticated adult story omnivores with a taste for bizarre mysteries."—Library Journal

"French cartoonist David B. turns to the wholly fantastic in this outlandishly imaginative tale of conspiracies and the occult. [...] The free-flowing, inventive visuals, boldly and confidently rendered, give the extravagant story the feel of a sustained but persuasive nightmare."—Booklist

"Modern French master David B. brings the same heightened sense of reality he has to past classics like Epileptic to the start of an even more fantastic tale—a mystery that begins, like Incidents itself, with the opening of a book. With B. himself as a participant in his Umberto Eco-esque detective tale, the narrative zooms inward and outward as history, occultism, and obsession are illustrated in episodic passages of mythic graphics and bibliophile symbolism. [...]Little of Incidents In The Night [is] made from the dull logic of the awake… "—Onion AV Club

"[One of] the author's most personal and audacious creations. [...] influenced by classic conspiracy stories like Thomas Pynchon's The Crying of Lot 49 and Umberto Eco's Foucault's Pendulum. His character design, story flow and stark nature of the imagery are all flawless and striking."—Rob Clough, High-Low Comics

“I don’t throw words like “creative” and “intelligent” around lightly […]. A reader doesn’t just flip through a book that he has produced; one savors what David B. has offered the reader on each page.”—Sequential Highway

"As is often the case (literally and figuratively), the book is much more than just a book. [Incidents in the Night] is a love letter to the power of literature; to be transporting, to illuminate history, and to grant creators a kind of textual immortality."—iFanboy
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Product Details

  • Series: Incidents in the Night
  • Hardcover: 100 pages
  • Publisher: Uncivilized Books (July 30, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984681442
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984681440
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.5 x 9.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,169,017 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I loved David B's Epileptic, so I went ahead and bought Incidents volume 1 AND 2 based on the great reviews here. Halfway through the 1st volume and I just couldn't continue turning another page. It's just one chaotic, fantastical dream after another. I guess I've come to realize that I really don't care to know about or analyze an author's dreams/nightmares ad nauseum. This was probably a very cathartic exercise for the author, but for me it was plain boring.
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I'm a fan of David B's work and Incidents in the Night does not disappoint, the best comic I have read yet this year. I would recommend Incidents in the Night to anyone who likes David B's work or comics in general.
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Excellent graphic novel series from the creator of "Epileptic". The story is bookish library-fixated quasi-fantasy in the style of Umberto Eco, Jorge Louis Borges and the short stories of Neil Gaiman. It includes antiquarian book stores, occult mysteries, murders, angels, Napoleonic history, creation myths etc. The black and white illustrations are quite awe inspiring, David B. is one of the most stylish illustrators in the medium. I enjoyed the book. It could turn out to be a major achievement, I'll wait with a final judgement until more volumes are available.
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Strange and wonderful. I was pulled right into the pages! I wish more of David B.'s work was translated into English. Take advantage of this one!
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I luv the artist's visual style and this is an eerie, disturbing tale he's telling. Great read, imo. Very much suggested to graphic novel fans.
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