- Series: The March of the Crabs
- Hardcover: 112 pages
- Publisher: Archaia (March 31, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1608866890
- ISBN-13: 978-1608866892
- Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 0.6 x 10.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,458,551 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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March of the Crabs Vol. 1 (The March of the Crabs) Hardcover – March 31, 2015
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About the Author
French animator Arthur De Pins first gained notice with his animated short Bed of Roses. De Pins worked with producer Jeremy Rochigneux on Bed of Roses, and teamed up with him again for La Révolution des Crabes, or March of the Crabs. In addition to March of the Crabs he is the author of the comics Zombillenium and Péchés Mignons. His work has appeared in the magazines Max and Fluide Glacial.
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Top Customer Reviews
The story was based on a simple, yet cleverly presented morale. Some environmental additions (a pipeline to be build through the sea, Greenpeace activists and some guys doing a documentary on the crabs) made it more complex, which was not that bad, but personally, I would have preferred a shorter 'pure' story featuring only the crabs. The illustrations were done in a clear but very cartoon-ish way, which was easy on the eyes but is not exactly my favorite style. However, this book definitely sets itself apart from other graphic novels, and not just for its unusual main characters.
(Thanks to Netgalley, the author, and the publisher for a copy of the book, all opinions are my own)
The story centers around the square crab, who can only walk in a straight line. There lives can cross another crabs as long as that crab is moving in a line that crosses theirs. If they are lucky enough, they find a mate. If they are unlucky, the get stuck between two rocks and spend their lives moving back and forth a few feet at t a time.
There are also humans in this story who capture the crabs in buckets and on film, but the crabs aren't as helpless as they seem.
The original story has been translated into English, and the art looks like it's been adapted from an animated feature, but that's ok. The story works on a few levels. The humor might be a bit risque for younger readers, but there is a pretty good story here as well as some food for thought about the lines our own lives cross.
I received a review copy of this graphic novel from Archaia, Boom! Studios, and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this graphic novel.
With that said, the artwork is wonderful. It reminds me of art deco illustration that relies on a very narrow palette of blue-greens and orange-browns. Arthur de Pins gives these crustaceans real character, but the story was too thin to keep my interest.
At one point, a nature documentarian wonders who will buy their film on these crabs. It's a slightly meta moment that recognizes this is an unlikely subject for a graphic novel that might be a tough sell for most people.
Recommended for graphic novel fans to skim through in the library.