Rohan at the Louvre

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Stunning illustrations depict an original fantasy story in this captivating graphic novel. As Rohan, a young Japanese manga artist, is drawing, he meets a mysterious, beautiful woman who tells him of a cursed 200-year-old painting. The painting was created using the blackest ink ever known, which came from a 1,000-year-old tree that the painter had cut down without the approval of the Emperor. The painter was executed for this, but the painting was saved from destruction by a curator of the Louvre. A decade ...

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Overview

Stunning illustrations depict an original fantasy story in this captivating graphic novel. As Rohan, a young Japanese manga artist, is drawing, he meets a mysterious, beautiful woman who tells him of a cursed 200-year-old painting. The painting was created using the blackest ink ever known, which came from a 1,000-year-old tree that the painter had cut down without the approval of the Emperor. The painter was executed for this, but the painting was saved from destruction by a curator of the Louvre. A decade later, Rohan visits Paris and asks the museum to unearth the painting from deep within its archives—but he is completely unprepared for the power of the curse he has unleashed.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
A departure from the typical shonen or shojo manga styles, this weird fantasy tale from the creator of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure tells of a young man’s encounter with a mysterious divorcée who moves into his grandmother’s boarding house and how that meeting returns to haunt him a decade later. During his teens, Rohan aspires to be a manga artist, and his fledgling efforts attract the attention of the beautiful, apparently emotionally disturbed boarder, who tells him of the darkest, most evil painting ever crafted. She violently destroys his first completed work, a story featuring her image as its female lead, and disappears, leaving behind several unanswered questions. Ten years later, Rohan visits the Louvre and discovers the mysterious evil painting is housed in one of the museum’s closed wings, after which Stygian horror ensues. Looking like the work of a Japanese P. Craig Russell, Araki’s art lends a wistful mood to the tale’s proceedings and arrests the eye with willowy figures and expressive faces. Previous volumes of this graphic novel series published by the Louvre itself have all been excellent, and this is no exception. (Apr.)
From the Publisher
"Mischievous humor. A great find."  —Library Journal on the previous books in the series

"A great story of a hearing-impaired young man trying to find his way."  —Miami Herald on the previous books in the series

"It's a straightforward, beautifully drawn, and delicately colored tale, filled with emotional bursts, sudden death, and the scent of eternity. It's also a great deal of fun." —Foreword (June 2012)

"Wondrous insanity." —www.TCJ.com (The Comics Journal)

"A must read! With its attention to the artistic process and the almost INDIANA JONESesque mystery of an ancient relic, mixed with a little bit of Japanese fairy tale whimsy, Rohan at the Louvre is a truly unique reading experience." —www.AintItCool.com

"The previous . . . title in the Louvre's distinguished graphic novel series, The Sky Over the Louvre, set an even higher standard than the first three high quality titles, and Araki's gorgeous ghost story easily matches them all for plot, drawing chops and emotional gut-punch. This excellent volume is recommended for fans of extreme manga artishness and for horror otaku." —Library Journal (May 2012)

"Araki's book will be relished by readers who are fans of the manga format, especially those interested in art." —VOYA magazine

"Published in a large hardcover format this unique title should find an audience. Should be popular with manga fans." —School Library Journal (July 2012)

VOYA - Donna Miller
As with the previous graphic novels in The Louvre Collection series, this fourth installment features well-rendered art and a compelling plot. This title, however, is unique in that it is in manga format. Japanese author/illustrator Araki is a mangaka (manga artist) whose vast talents are well reflected in this engaging work. Protagonist Rohan is also a mangaka who is drawn into a fantastical, horrifying world as he searches for an ancient painting created with an "ink blacker than any black" by a painter who disregards the local despot's order to preserve the thousand-year-old tree that holds this mysterious substance. Because of his disobedience, the painter loses his life, and the painting he created becomes cursed for all times. Rohan discovers that the painting has been stored somewhere in the Louvre, and thus begins his quest to find it. He is drawn into a world of supernatural horrors like no other as he comes into contact with a mysteriously seductive young woman and subsequently explores the deepest bowels of the museum to find the painting. Rohan and his companions soon experience the curse firsthand, resulting in insatiable violence and destruction by the evil forces involved in the curse. Araki's book will be relished by readers who are fans of the manga format, especially those interested in art and art collections. Reviewer: Donna Miller
Library Journal
Beguilingly odd manga artist Rohan Kishibe wears pen nibs as earrings, but his main eccentricity is his "Heaven's Door" ability: he can open up a person's face like a book and read his or her memories. Creepy? Yes, and it gets megacreepier in Araki's stunning, pastel art. Tracking a clue left by a mysterious and beautiful woman from his past, Rohan inveigles his way into the Louvre to see a hidden painting, its black pigment supposedly compounded from an accursed tree. The painting is indeed of the missing woman, but the other occupants of the locked compartment seem to be out to kill all intruders. Rohan is a sideline character from part IV of Araki's JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, not yet translated into English. VERDICT The previous, fourth title in the Louvre's distinguished graphic novel series, The Sky Over the Louvre, set an even higher standard than the first three high-quality titles, and Araki's gorgeous ghost story easily matches them all for plot, drawing chops, and emotional gut-punch. This excellent volume is recommended for fans of extreme manga artishness and for horror otaku.—M.C.
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—Rohan, a young manga artist, tracks down a cursed painting at the Louvre and unleashes dangerous powers. Painted with the darkest ink known, the work of art attacks its viewers with the vicious ghosts of their ancestors. This melodramatic horror story should be popular with manga fans, especially with those who are also manga artists. While more detailed and realistic than most manga, the artwork has a stiff, amateurish quality that may actually endear it to beginning artists. The black-and-white drawings are bathed in pastel shades of pink, blue, and lavender, adding to the otherworldly tone of the story. Published in a large, hardcover format, this unique title should find an audience.—Lisa Goldstein, Brooklyn Public Library, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781561636150
  • Publisher: N B M Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 4/1/2012
  • Series: The Louvre collection Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 297,106
  • Product dimensions: 7.36 (w) x 10.44 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Hirohiko Araki is a manga artist and the author of the JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure series and the Steel Ball Run series, both of which have been serialized in the popular weekly magazine Shonen Jump.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2012

    Must buy.

    Hirohiko Araki's 'Rohan at the Louvre' is a must buy for any fan of the JoJo series, as Araki's works are hard to come by. Let alone released in the English language! There are roughly 126 full color pages and a few throwaway pages showcasing the Louvre's collections. There are a few typos scattered around, but it doesn't detract from the story at all.

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