by I. N. J. Culbard


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In Los Angeles, Ray is sitting in gridlock when he receives a call from an LAPD officer with news about his wife. Fearing the worst, he listens intently—but suddenly the caller and everyone else around him disappears. In London, the moment two commuters catch sight of each other on a packed Monday morning tube train, everyone around them vanishes. In Japan, comic artist Yoshi has come to the Aokigahara Forest to hang himself. But when the attempt fails and he slides free, the forest comes alive with mythological creatures. Taking us through the empty freeways of Los Angeles, the deserted streets of London, and the dream world of the Aokigahara Forest, Celeste is an ambitious and profound graphic novel that explores what it means to be alive.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781906838768
Publisher: ABRAMS
Publication date: 05/20/2014
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 1,196,366
Product dimensions: 6.80(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

I. N. J. Culbard is an author, artist, and animator whose work has appeared in several comics anthologies, includ­ing Dark Horse Presents, Judge Dredd Magazine, and 2000 AD. He has also adapted and illustrated several classics for SelfMadeHero and The New Deadwardians for Vertigo.

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Celeste 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
isniffbooks More than 1 year ago
Celeste is a very unique and compelling reading experience full of adventure, surprises, and gasp-inducing events.   It’s a true pager turner as you really have no idea what is going to happen next.  But despite all the unknowns, at no point did I feel confused.  On a couple of occasions, I literally had to close the book and catch my breath — something really freaky had just happened and I needed time to process it!  And even though, admittedly, I do not fully grasp (or partially grasp) the symbolic meaning behind the pink flower petal, Culbard still presents an exceptional story with with darn fine illustrations. Like another SelfMadeHero title that was published earlier this year, Aama volume 1: The Smell of Warm Dust, Celeste is another one of those stories that you can only give a vague-ish, yet glowing, review about — anything more would spoil the story. Celeste does have  a smidge of violence, profanity, and suggestive sexual content so this book is definitely for ages 18 and up.   Normally I shy away from this type of content, but the narrative and art completely won me over and I was hooked from the beginning.  Celeste is outstanding and there is lots to think about while you are reading and after you have turned the last page.   Mind=blown. isniffbooks[dot]wordpress[dot]com Disclosure:  I received a complimentary review copy from Self Made Hero an imprint of Abrams.  The opinions are my own.