ISAAC THE PIRATE, Vol.1: To Exotic Lands
Isaac is a talented artist with no money but with a wonderful lover back in the 18th century. He runs into a rich Captain who is taken by his abilities and hires him with a handsome stipend to come along in his voyages. It turns out he's a pirate. Isaac went to make some quick money and come back and marry the love of his life but has embarked upon a series of at turns hilarious and dark adventures on the high seas from the Caribbean to the icy North, with apparently no end in sight. Meanwhile, his girlfriend is getting attention from another... As for The Speed Abater, this shows Blain as a master story-teller of human emotion as well as suspenseful adventure. Winner of the top prize in France for Best Album.
"Christophe Blain is one of those supercreators in France. Blain has a real expressive style of art with which to tell his stories." -IComics
"Another triumph for the creator of The Speed Abater"
-Ray Olson, Booklist
"Keeping readers off balance, Blain's mix of naturalism and cartoonyness creates a story of surprising depth." -Publishers Weekly
"Eagerly awaiting Vol.2." -Andrew Smith, "Capt. Comics" Scripps-Howard papers
"Blain skillfully deploys the resources of his medium to give life to his cartoony characters and emotional impact to their escapades." -R.C. Harvey
"The striking emotions and real-life consequences of her story balance the action of the naval scenes and bring a surprising level of depth and complexity to the work."
-School Library Journal
"The dialogue is razor sharp, and the story line moves like the stormy seas and sword fighting contained within." -VOYA
"Blain's art is instantly likable, his writing is smart, lyrical and often hilarious."
65/8x9, 96pp., full color trade pb.: $14.95, ISBN 978-1-56163-366-1