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Sharaz-de: Tales from the Arabian Nights Hardcover – January 1, 2013
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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’avventuraand Il Giornalino in Italy and l’Histoire de France en bandes dessinées andLa Découverte du Monde published by Larrousse in France. In recent years he has been published exclusively in Europe by the French publisherEditions 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 at the Bibliothèque Nationalein Paris and in the Museum of Comic Art in Angoulême.
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Italian artist Sergio Toppi had a singular, unique voice. His sense for layout has been "invoked" by many, but never imitated.
And now, thanks to Archaia, american readers will be able to know and enjoy it. Do yourself a favor and get this book, but do yourself a double favor and get it somewhere else if you want it in good condition. I tried three times and Amazon's terrible packaging service managed to ruin it all three.
Amazon's answer to this too frequent problem? Putting the book under review, as if there were something wrong with their stock, when what they should be "reviewing" is their unprofessional and highly inefficient packaging department.
The storytelling isn't the strongest, but it supports the images, and it isn't super heroes in tights... not that there is ANYTHING wrong with that. I love the genre. What I mean by the comparison is that what the stories really have going for them is that they are not the same old thing.
As for the story itself, it is essential a sample of tales taken from the The Arabian Nights: Tales of 1,001 Nights: Volume 1 (Penguin Classics), which I haven't read yet. It's the same source as the popular story of Aladdin and while that story doesn't appear in this book, there are a fair number of malevolent djinni's that make appearances. These are basically similar to Grimm's Fairy Tales, made more exotic to most Western readers by their setting. This isn't a book to give kids who loved the Avengers films, but rather something for more mature readers who love strange literature that isn't plot or character driven. Probably the most similar thing I know of in "mainstream" comics is what Mike Mignola is currently doing with Hellboy in Hell Volume 1: The Descent.
This english release of his most accomplished work is simply extraordinary.
A book must having even by the people whom aren't fan of comic art.
The perfect gift idea too.
Every page is a wonder.