Sharaz-de: Tales from the Arabian Nights

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A set of tales inspired by the Arabian Nights by European comics master Sergio Toppi, exploring a barbaric society where the supernatural is the only remedy to injustice, as Sharaz-de, captive to a cruel and despotic king, must each night spin tales to entertain her master and save her head from the executioner. Featuring tales filled with evil spirits, treasures, risk, and danger, but ever at their center the passions of gods and men.

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Overview

A set of tales inspired by the Arabian Nights by European comics master Sergio Toppi, exploring a barbaric society where the supernatural is the only remedy to injustice, as Sharaz-de, captive to a cruel and despotic king, must each night spin tales to entertain her master and save her head from the executioner. Featuring tales filled with evil spirits, treasures, risk, and danger, but ever at their center the passions of gods and men.

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The late Toppi has been a longtime star of the European comics scene, yet English translations of his highly regarded works have been hard to come by for years. Sharaz-De, published in lavish hardcover, shows his exquisite illustrations at their best. The tale is familiar: faced with execution in the morning, Sharaz-De spins tale after tale for her barbaric king, with each story delaying her impending doom. Two chapters are given over to vibrant watercolors, adding a psychedelic undertone to the tightly woven ink work elsewhere, as jinn, devils, and selfish men do battle upon the pages. Toppi does not use conventional comic panels, but allows his illustrations to sprawl behind and around them, with a singular illustration depicting multiple aspects of the story depending on where your eye first lands. A foreword from Walter Simonson pays tribute to the artist, who died in August, 2012. The Tales from the Arabian Nights may be well enough known, but Toppi’s unparalleled skill at twisting fine art, design, and comic book structure together render this a real treat. (Dec.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781936393480
  • Publisher: Archaia
  • Publication date: 12/25/2012
  • Edition description: Young Adult
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 305,725
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2013

    Bellisimas ilustraciones de Toppi ojala en un futuro publiquen m

    Bellisimas ilustraciones de Toppi ojala en un futuro publiquen mas de su trabajo.

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