by Simon Bossé
(Conundrum Press)
Graphic Novel
BDANG Imprint
ISBN 1-894994-85-X
This is a new book from Conundrum’s imprint devoted to translating French-language Quebec bande dessinee into English. Simon Bossé has been on the scene for decades and this book collects three of his shorter books, including the 2010 Doug Wright Award-nominated Bébête (The Wild Ones), 2012’s Les Flâneurs (Loiterers), and 2002’s Intestine (Demon Sweat). From the publisher:
“Demon Sweat is a dark fable of a boy navigating a Montreal-like dreamscape, fighting off his demons. The Wild Ones is Bossé’s collection of energetic, complex, and visually stunning wordless comic strips. His style is informed by both Fritz the Cat and Eraserhead – technically astute, absolutely dense, and worth every inch of texture Bossé fills with his pen. It was nominated for a Doug Wright Award in 2010. The title story follows two anthropomorphized teens through playgrounds and suburban backyards looking for that perfect discarded cigarette butt. Together these stories display the dazzling abilities of a mature artist at the height of his talent.”