The Actus Box: Five Graphic Novellas

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Their year 2001 release is a deluxe boxed set, featuring FIVE 32-page, full color, perfect bound graphic novellas. Included in the set are: THE PANTY KILLER by Rutu Modan — A chain of mysterious murders terroize Tel Aviv, in which all the victims are found with their panties on their heads. The investigation leads the police to a seedy nightclub, frequented by unusual types. WE ARE SEVEN by Batia Kolton — A unique visual interpretation of an Irish folk song, a Wordsworth poem and a pop tune. The juxtapositions of...

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Overview

Their year 2001 release is a deluxe boxed set, featuring FIVE 32-page, full color, perfect bound graphic novellas. Included in the set are: THE PANTY KILLER by Rutu Modan — A chain of mysterious murders terroize Tel Aviv, in which all the victims are found with their panties on their heads. The investigation leads the police to a seedy nightclub, frequented by unusual types. WE ARE SEVEN by Batia Kolton — A unique visual interpretation of an Irish folk song, a Wordsworth poem and a pop tune. The juxtapositions of text and images infuse both with an original, contemporary meaning. CRUMPET LADIES by Yirmi Pinkus — An amateur dog thief, a flatulent midget, a sentimental cook, and a woman with no short-term memory are just a few of the characters in this story about an old woman as an existential state. ROYAL SABLE by Mira Friedman — A Jewish furrier from Prague and his sister escape to Tehran during WWII. Their dire situation changes when they receive a phone call from the Shah's Palace. Based on a true story. PRETENDERS by Itzik Rennert — A bitter taxi driver, that desperately needs a change, meets a high-tech career woman and his life is transformed far beyond his wildest dreams. When forced to confront himself, he realizes he isn't really himself, or at least not his only self. ...Don't miss this excellent boxed set from the premier Israeli comics team.

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Comics Journal
The comics of Actus Tragicus are beautifully designedyet they radiate a peculiar energy, in the same way that many of the non-American products do, maybe because they're free of the domestic up-the-gutter sensibility.
Zitty
What the members of Actus Tragicus have in common is their radical and aggressive artistic expression They prove that comics can be international They play with the medium and create good, thrilling stories.
Publishers Weekly
The Israeli comics collective Actus Tragicus demonstrates again their ability to charm and disturb. This effort presents the twisted ways people attempt to console themselves in the face of disappointment with life. Each slim, full-color volume in this boxed set showcases the work of one of the collective's five members. The gloomiest and most abstract of the series, Batia Kolton's We Are Seven, presents three sets of lyrics juxtaposed with eerie illustrations that subtly reinterpret the lyrics' themes. The protagonists of Mira Friedmann's Royal Sable and Itzik Rennert's Pretenders are destroyed by their own fears of worthlessness. In the first, a Czech tailor living in Tehran receives a commission to create a fur coat for the princess but loses confidence in his ability to create it. Meanwhile, his untalented sister indulges self-delusions of a film career. In Pretenders, a bitter taxi driver fancies himself an artist and projects his desires onto a wealthy, high-powered career woman. Failing to live up to his artist fantasies, their relationship sours and in a surreal twist, he is forced to literally confront himself. Rutu Modan's comical The Panty Killer presents a lighthearted treatment of a police investigation into a serial killer who, due to a trivial childhood trauma, pulls underwear over victims' heads. The most touching volume, Yirmi Pinkus's Crumpet Ladies, surveys the psychological states loneliness, boredom, humiliation of a series of older women. Each of these artists offers a unique visual pleasure, but taken together, their graphic novellas deliver an impressively concentrated collective vision of social anxiety. (Nov.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789659022137
  • Publisher: Top Shelf Productions
  • Publication date: 10/21/2002
  • Edition description: Not appropriate for children
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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