The Crackle of the Frost

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Full-color graphic novel of love and loss from the co-creator of Stigmata and The Raven.When confronted with his girlfriend’s request that they have a child together, Samuel fled that relationship. But now, a year later, when he receives a letter from Alice announcing she is expecting a baby, old emotions flare up and he embarks on a long journey to see Alice again — to re-open, or perhaps close forever, that important chapter of his life. The Crackle of the Frost is the story of what he sees, hears, experiences,...

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Overview

Full-color graphic novel of love and loss from the co-creator of Stigmata and The Raven.When confronted with his girlfriend’s request that they have a child together, Samuel fled that relationship. But now, a year later, when he receives a letter from Alice announcing she is expecting a baby, old emotions flare up and he embarks on a long journey to see Alice again — to re-open, or perhaps close forever, that important chapter of his life. The Crackle of the Frost is the story of what he sees, hears, experiences, and learns during that journey.Last year, Fantagraphics presented the extraordinary Stigmata, a stunning display of Mattotti’s whirling, emotional, black and white linework put in the service of a devastating story — as well as his painted illustrations for Lou Reed’s The Raven. The Crackle of the Frost ups the visual ante even on those masterpieces, combining the narrative drive of the former with the lush color illustrations of the latter to create a graphic-novel masterpiece with panel after panel of sumptuous full-color paintings, as if Edward Hopper had suddenly decided to jump into comics.

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This whimsical tale, set in the aftermath of a failed love affair, follows the self-indulgent, fanciful Samuel Darko as he attempts to come to grips with the breakup of his relationship with Alice, and his own pervasive fears about fatherhood and other matters. Mattotti’s brightly colorful, atomic-powered panels steal the show, and that’s a good thing considering that Zentner’s convoluted psychologizing feels like being forced to listen to someone else’s interminable dream, which, as Paul Bowles once noted, is never much fun. As Samuel flies to another country to find Alice, he becomes engrossed by a book about an invincible warrior named Liu. That and a few other subsequent parenthetical narratives are actually the most enjoyable and readable parts of the story, if only because Samuel is so relentlessly self-absorbed that any effort at empathy falls flat. Zentner’s writing serialized in Heavy Metal can sometimes be quite delightful, but Samuel’s neuroses and ruminations quickly wear thin over the course of this long, jumbled foray into one man’s oppressively unrelenting angst. Despite the depressing story line, Mattotti’s truly inspired lines, expressive forms, and wild visual imagination will captivate. (Sept.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781606995433
  • Publisher: Fantagraphics Books
  • Publication date: 9/19/2012
  • Pages: 120
  • Sales rank: 1,382,039
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Lorenzo Mattotti is a highly sought-after illustrator ( with frequent appearances in and on The New Yorker) and acclaimed graphic novelist. He lives in Paris, France; his work includes The Raven, a collaboration with Lou Reed re-imagining the works of Edgar Allan Poe. He s also working on a major new graphic novel.

Jorge Zentner has written many graphic novels, including the Pampa series illustrated by Carlos Nine. This is his first graphic novel to be translated into English.

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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