Harum Scarum: The Spiffy Adventures of McConey

Harum Scarum: The Spiffy Adventures of McConey

by Lewis Trondheim
     
 

Join the cynical rabbit McConey and his erratic funny-animal pals as they blunder and wisecrack their way through a monstrous mystery that could destroy mankind as we know it. Action, humor and horror with a modern flair.Midnight. A small Parisian apartment in the 1930s. A rabbit, a cat, and a dog scream in terror as a giant monster lunges toward them...That's the

Overview

Join the cynical rabbit McConey and his erratic funny-animal pals as they blunder and wisecrack their way through a monstrous mystery that could destroy mankind as we know it. Action, humor and horror with a modern flair.Midnight. A small Parisian apartment in the 1930s. A rabbit, a cat, and a dog scream in terror as a giant monster lunges toward them...That's the opening scene of Harum Scarum, a European-style album that mixes action, humor, horror, and funny-animals with a uniquely modern flair. Written and illustrated (in stunning full color) by Lewis Trondheim, the hottest French cartooning talent to emerge in the '90s, Harum Scarum mixes sardonic wit with a genuinely thrilling story that involves a plague of horrible monsters and science gone awry... kidnappings, murder, arson, and pitiless beatings... fairy dust, time machines, and the teleportational cap... sinister commies, double agents, and corrupt commissioners... the niceties of tipping and the precise location of the jugular vein. Join the bunny, the cat and the dog as they blunder and wisecrack their way through a monstrous mystery that could destroy mankind as we know it. Trondheim has been nominated for multiple awards, and Harum Scarum is probably his most accessible (and most fun) work.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
YA--McConey, who looks like a well-dressed pink rabbit, is the voice of reason and sagacity among his friends, the closest of whom is a superstitious and puerile alley cat garbed like a retro hood. Their adventures in the series opener, Harum Scarum, revolve around magic powders that can turn the city's population (all of whom are animals) into self-destructing monsters. In The Hoodoodad, a cursed stone is at the crux of the action. The beautifully colored drawings, which show a terrific range of facial expressions and architectural details, along with the anthropomorphic characters, belie the fact that McConey's adventures really are best suited to mature readers. High school-aged boys, especially, will enjoy the frank machismo informing many of the exploits and the realistically foul language of Richie, the alley cat. The depictions are never truly gruesome or carnal; even the shootouts in Harum Scarum are no more graphic than Saturday-morning cartoons. Both books will be popular additions to collections serving teens.--Francisca Goldsmith, Berkeley Public Library, CA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781560972884
Publisher:
Fantagraphics Books
Publication date:
04/28/1998
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
8.70(w) x 11.60(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
15 Years

Meet the Author

Lewis Trondheim (one of the co-founders of the comics collective L’Association) lives and works in Montpellier,
France. He won the career-spanning Angoulême
International Comics Festival Grand Prize in 2006.

Kim Thompson was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 1956 and joined Fantagraphics in 1977. He lives in Seattle with his wife, his dog, and his thousands of comics.

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