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ISBN-13: 9781595823939
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Publication date: 06/22/2010
Series: Blacksad Series
Pages: 184
Sales rank: 104,622
Product dimensions: 8.60(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Juan Díaz Canales is a Spanish animation artist and comic book author. He is best known as the cocreator of Blacksad series with artist Juanjo Guarnido. Originally published in French and Spanish, the series has been translated into many languages and won two Eisner Awards and an Angoulême Prize.

At an early age, Juan Díaz Canales became interested in comics and their creation, which progressed and broadened out to include animated films. At the age of 18, he entered a school for animation. In 1996 he founded, together with three other artists, a company called Tridente Animation. Through this, he has worked with European and American companies, providing plots and scripts for comics and animation films, as well as directing animated television series and animation movies.

During this period he met Juanjo Guarnido, with whom Canales decided to create comics based around a private investigator, Blacksad. After contacting several editors, Guarnido and Canales finally signed on with French publisher Dargaud, and in November 2000, Somewhere Within the Shadows was published. It was a great success with both critics and the public, and was awarded the Prix de la Découverte at the Sierre International Comics Festival and the "Avenir" Prize at the Lys-lez-Lannoy Festival, in Switzerland and France respectively. In March 2003 the second album Arctic-Nation, was released. It was once again a great success, winning the Angoulême Audience Award and the Festival Prize for Artwork in 2004. The third instalment of the Blacksad series, Red Soul, was published in 2005. In 2006 it was awarded the Angoulême Prize for a Series. The author lives in Madrid, Spain.

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Blacksad 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
CuteFluffyMurderNoodle More than 1 year ago
The idea of anthropomorphism has been around for centuries. It has since then become among the most popular methods of storytelling. Proof of that is the wide collection of animated shorts by Disney and Warner Bros. featuring beloved funny animal characters like Mickey Mouse and Bugs Bunny and comics like The Far Side, Garfield, The Smurfs, and, of course, Blacksad, which may be the leading example of modern mature anthropomorphism. The mix of the fine writing of Juan Díaz Canales and the beautiful watercolor art of Juanjo Guarnido is a brilliant concoction that must be read. This book contains the first 3 volumes in the series. The first one, Somewhere Within the Shadows (2000), deals with a murder case involving a former lover of the titular black cat character, John Blacksad, and he hunts down the killer. Next, Arctic Nation (2002), which is a kidnapping case that takes place in a suburb with a big racism problem. It also serves as the introduction of Blacksad's weasel sidekick, Weekly, who works for a tabloid magazine. Finally, there's Red Soul (2005), where Blacksad uncovers a nuclear conspiracy in which an old friend of his happens to be involved in during the Red Scare in late 1950's America. While the writing is top notch for a crime drama such as this, the highlight is the art style. Like I said earlier, it's absolutely gorgeous. Each panel is like a work of art. Even the dark scenes are lovely to look at. The character designs have a lot of variety and can range from being delightfully cute to tastefully sexy. However, there are some that argue that many of the female characters look too similar to humans, especially the feline ones. While I can see why it would be off putting to some, I still don't think it's such a heavy flaw the makes the whole comic fall apart. It offers enjoyable stories and characters that will satisfy not only crime drama fans but also comic fans in general.
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BookSakeBlogspot More than 1 year ago
Review by Chris for Book Sake This is amazing. If you love mystery or noir, this is the book for you. Both the art and the writing are spot on. The art pulls you in and then the story just won’t let you go. I felt like I was watching a movie. This has to be one of the most impressive graphic novels I’ve read. If you don’t like this book, then you will never like any comics. Don’t let the art fool you. Yes, I know it looks like a Disney movie. Maybe bringing memories of Disney’s Robin Hood to mind, but this book is not for kids. Yes, the characters are talking animals but they aren’t singing and dancing. This is a straight up, gritty, noir, detective story. There is murder, hate crimes, sex, knife fights, shootouts and anything else you’d want from the genre. So incase I wasn’t clear, yes read this book, then show it to your friends. Just keep it away from the little eyes. Review by Jessica for Book Sake This is the kind of graphic novel story I like. I'm not big into superheroes and I love a good story. This was a little weird, pretty dark and mysterious, and filled with conflicting emotions. While it does have some sex and violence to it, it isn't misplaced or gratuitous. It's still not for kids though. The art was awesome, and I agree with Chris about the Robin Hood look as well - but even darker. Animals with human-like qualities are the main characters and racism is written into the book in a pretty clever way. I'll be reading the next one to continue adoring the story and the artwork.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
blacksad has great art, idea, and ART. i love the art, it is part of the story. the mood is just there with the fine detail and light-tone. i read it and re read it. it is without doubt one of the greatest comic books out today.