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The highly successful series of graphic novels co-published with the Louvre museum in Paris (“Glacial Period”, “Museum Vaults”) continues with its next outstanding graphic novel. This time, the author invites us on a guided tour of the museum… by night… when the works of art come alive. Our guide: a deaf night watchman who somehow manages to communicate with the souls of those ethereal and timeless works of art. A visual tour de force with a strong edge of the frighteningly fantastic.
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This third installment in the series of graphic novels co-produced between ComicsLit and the Musée du Louvre lives up to the enigmatic standards already established in this series, and succeeds more artfully in telling a compelling story. Eric Liberge's deaf protagonist is the most fully-developed character then we have seen in this series so far, and the notion of using a deaf character to interact with the artworks of the Louvre is a highly effective plot device. In a similar vein to the Glacial Period title in this series, On the Odd Hours climaxes with a freeing of the artworks themselves, seemingly suggesting that the sequestering of these treasures behind the walls of a museum is a sad fate for them and for humanity. With a more cohesive story and some beautiful artwork by Liberge, On the Odd Hours is the best title in this series thus far.
Eric Libérge's new book, ON THE ODD HOURS, the third graphic novel to be published jointly by the Louvre Museum in Paris and Comics Lit ('Glacial Period' by Nicolas De Crecy and 'Museum Vaults' by Marc-Antoine Mathieu), is quite simply stated a work of art. Because of the efforts of a few contemporary writers/illustrators the Graphic Novel is becoming a recognized art form. This seems in keeping with the current trend away from publishing houses who are deferring publication of 'real hardback paper novels' to the internet pay as you go form of publication such as the Kindle format. Reading this inordinately beautiful novel should make us pause to rethink the importance of books in general, and to recognize that this new art form of the graphic novel has taken flight. Eric Libérge is not only a quality draughtsman, but his ability to draw and paint is extended by his imagination and beautiful incorporation of imagery from the art world. But back to this novel. In ON THE ODD HOURS we meet a rather sad soul, Bastien, who is a deaf mute and striving for a work, looking for an Internship that will train him for a career. He comes to the Louvre and is convinced to take on the job as a night watchman by the retiring Fu Zhi Ha (also deaf mute) BECAUSE he is a deaf mute: history has it that deaf mutes are able to communicate with the art in the museum because they are not confined to to the world of two dimensions. Our main character Bastien discovers the essence of the art as the Winged Victory of Samothrace flies through the dark of his night in the Louvre, and the Mona Lisa winks at him. He slowly discovers his gift of seeing and hearing the artworks' souls. Libérge starts here and takes us on thriller of a trip of suspense and strange events but in the end it is the coming to grips with the gifts Bastien has that allows him to see his 'handicap' as a treasure. And it also is as fascinating re-appreciation of the treasure of the Louvre from a wonderfully different stance! The various works of art that Libérge weaves into his artwork and story are hauntingly real, and the flavor of atmosphere in the nocturnal museum is intoxicating. But one of the strongest aspect of this rare novel is Libérge's ability to draw the sign language that Bastien must use when he is not writing notes in order to communicate: this is fluid art at its best and certainly a fine addition to the literature on deaf mute signage as near musical. ON THE ODD HOURS is a thoroughly engaging work, both as a story and as a work of art! Grady Harp