Hubert & Kerascoet, Mallié, Vehlmann

 

DARKLY SHE GOES
Coming in June!
DARKLY SHE GOES
Hubert, Vincent Mallié
Once upon a time there was a fallen knight, who believed that saving a princess would allow him to atone for his crimes. Once upon a time there was a dark princess, who believed that it was up to her to atone for the crimes of her parents...
Banished for a fault that forever taints his reputation, Arzhur wanders from tavern to field of battle in search of the next contract which will fill his purse. One night, three mysterious old women offer him to regain honor and fortune if he frees the daughter of a neighboring king, held captive in the ruins of an abandoned castle. But Islen is not the damsel in distress that he expected to save...
Magnified by the virtuoso art of Vincent Mallié, Hubert questions the weight of family heritage and delivers, under the finery of a tale, an intimate reflection on our inner monsters.
Darkly She Goes is an ode to redemption where determinism and free will clash, carried by two masters of the fantasy genre.
9x12, 160 pp. full color HC, $29.99, ISBN 9781681123134
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BEAUTY

Coming in June!
BEAUTY
Hubert, Kerascoet
Now in paperback!
When the repulsively ugly Coddie unintentionally saves a fairy from a spell, she does not understand the poisonous nature of the wish granted her by the fairy. The village folk no longer see her as repulsive and stinking of fish—they now perceive her as magnetically beautiful—which does not help her in her village. A young local lord saves her, but it soon becomes apparent that Coddie's destiny may be far greater than anyone ever imagined. Caustic and flamboyant, this fairy tale offers grownups an engrossing take on the nature and corrupting power of beauty, in our age of obsession with it.
Reviews
Best Graphic Novel 2015 Firecracker Award
Nominated for an Ignatz Award
A Publishers Weekly Recommended Gift Book

“Featured recommendation” -Unshelved
“This cautionary tale by the French writer Hubert is illustrated by "Kerascoet,” a husband and wife team of French cartoonists. They employ a style reminiscent of Japanese woodblocks and other art from that country’s rich illustrative tradition. This retro style is perfectly suited to a fairy tale– nothing modern would have worked as well – while the Asian influence lends an exotic, timeless touch to Western eyes."
-Andrew ‘Capt. Comics’ Smith, Tribune News Service
"Takes the fairy-tale trope and removes from it all the cheesecake Disneyness, giving the cautionary tale back its edge and teeth. This engrossing, subtly feminist story will have adult readers wanting to examine the underbelly of other traditional fairy stories. The combination of simple yet expressive figures against lush, painterly backgrounds is an exquisite example of European comic making."
-Eva Volin, Booklist
"Kerascoet’s work on this book is a spectacle of comics achievement I’m betting I will not see again for a long time. It’s the kind of work, that makes me wonder how a human mind can even think in these forms, let alone have the power to display them. I’m envious beyond imagining."
-Coverless Reviews
"Epic." - Comic Book Resources
"Highly Recommended." -Midwest Book Review
"Satiric, flamboyant fairy tale. Recommended for older teens and adults looking for out-of-the-way fantasy."
-Library Journal
"Beautifully illustrated with Kerascoët's magical, dreamy, richly coloured art, Beauty is set to be one of 2014's comic highlights."
-Publishers Weekly
Read the interview of Kerascoet on The Comics Journal

8 ½ x 11, 152pp. full color pb, $19.99, ISBN 9781681123158
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8 ½ x11, 152pp. full color hc, $27.99, ISBN 9781561638949

   
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SATANIA
SATANIA
Kerascoet, Fabien Vehlmann

Charlotte, aka Charlie, a pretty redhead, sets up an expedition to find her brother. The young scientist, who disappeared underground several months ago, claimed, to everyone's astonishment, to be able to prove the existence of Hell by using Darwin's theory of evolution! The little group, led by Charlie, plunge underground in his pursuit. The deeper they progress into the entrails of our planet, the more they enter another world that hides other forms of life heretofore never experienced. The discovery changes them gradually in a way they cannot perceive.
Reviews:
"Satania's great strength is that it provides adventure and visual spectacle on a scale and with an energy that isn't often achieved with such technical prowess in comics."
-Comics Beat
"Seems to burst forth from an innocent, morally chaotic imagination. Thoroughly surprising. When the bizarre conclusion begins to unspool, events blaze across the page in an ecstatic riot of line and color." -Etelka Lehoczky, NPR
"Win's Christmas Gift Recommendation: A Daring Dip into the Dark Underside of Life… 9/10. An astounding voyage of discovery with breathtaking vistas and inventions, Satania explores the human condition in ways both uncomfortable and wondrous."
Win Wiacek, Now Read This
"Page by page, this volume is a masterclass performance."
-Bookgasm
"A great comic, visceral in its storytelling, sophisticated in intention." -The Comics Journal
"Captivating to the final page, highly recommended"
-Midwest Book Review
"A relentless visual feast of crazy action sequences that never allow the characters or reader more than a moment of rest before the status quo changes."
-Rob Clough, High Low
Publishers Weekly top ten pick for the Fall!
"Dizzyingly spectacular. A thought-provoking, eye-catching, and thoroughly enjoyable descent into the bowels of hell." -Booklist
"Upends readers' expectations with subversive force. Kerascoet's art transitions from the wide-eyed cartoonishness of young adult graphic novels to a more intricate, gruesomely beautiful style."
-Publishers Weekly Starred Review
"4 ouf of 5 stars. I recommend you read this for whenever you are in the mood for something dark and terrifying."
-Hit or Miss
"Another sumptuously illustrated adventure into horror by the creators of Beautiful Darkness"
9x12, 128pp., color hardcover, $24.99, ISBN 9781681121437,
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MISS DON’T TOUCH ME

MISS DON’T TOUCH ME
The Complete Story
Hubert, Kerascoet
Now in an omnibus complete large format hardcover edition. Paris in the thirties. The ‘Butcher of the Dances’ is on the prowl for young loose women. Blanche works as a maid along with the only family she knows, her sister, fun-loving Agatha. Suddenly, Blanche loses her to what she saw was murder but others only write off as suicide. She decides to take matters into her own hands. In her pursuit, she ends up hired into a luxury house of call-girls. She even becomes quite good at certain lascivious practices while still remaining a virgin! But she also doesn’t lose sight of her goal: find the Butcher.
A suspenseful spicy tale as only the French could so lightly get away with, yet deceptive in its depth and realism. 
“This smart coming-of-age shocker is irresistible!”
-Publishers Weekly Starred review
"Would make a heck of a movie. Hubert's writing is first-rate, Kerascoet's storytelling and character designs are vibrant, and the overall look of the book is delightful. That's why Miss Don't Touch Me earns the full five out five Tonys."
-Tony Isabella, Comics Buyers Guide
“A more orthodox piquancy infuses Miss Don’t Touch Me, a charming, Gallic twist on the murder mystery… and anything but prudish.” -Carlo Wolff, Boston Globe
“MISS DON’T TOUCH ME is one of the most interesting blends of wickedly dark humor and grisly gore in recent memory. The script makes no bones about its brothel setting and the goings on at such a place, reveling in some wonderfully smutty humor, and the interpersonal relations between the employees, friendships and jealousies alike, pop off the page with a razor-edged wit.
It’s almost ridiculous how NBM seems to keep finding brilliant work.
Highly recommended.” -Marc Mason, ComicsWaitingRoom
"The mystery is involving and proceeds at a sprightly pace. It's refreshing to see a sex-positive story and heartening to see a female lead character who's quick-witted and brave. There's no American analogue for this kind of breathless comic book mystery. It's all so perfectly French."
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The Stranger
"Call me twisted, but this book is, in fact, charming. Kerascoet moves the story forward breathlessly, and his disarming simplicity keeps "MIss Don't Touch Me" feeling like a light-hearted bedroom farce when it could easily veer into horror or soft-core porn."
-Andrew "Capt. Comics" Smith, Scripps Howard News Service
"Miss Don’t Touch Me is really nothing more than a murder mystery and period piece, but it sure is a good one—so good, in fact, that you may find yourself needing to be reminded how un-ambitious an unpretentious it actually is. " -Newsarama
"It’s hard to imagine a sequential art story better than this in terms of character development, plotting, realization of settings, and interconnection between visual and narrative elements.The coloring alternately provides glowing light and scary shadows in fine re-creations of crowded streetscapes, the boudoir of a black transgender escort, the depths of the murder dungeon, and a nearby chapel. Police corruption, aristocratic privilege, and petty jealousies among the working girls all figure in Blanche’s efforts to identify Agatha’s killers."
-Booklist Starred Review
A BOOKLIST TOP TEN GRAPHIC NOVEL 2009.
Recommended by Unshelved.com
"Kerascoet depicts action and emotion beuatifully and elegantly, with great feeling and boundless humor."
-Richard Pachter, The Miami Herald
"The plot fairly gallops in this naughty adult soap opera; snappy dialog keeps up the pace. Richly detailed full-color art offers both humor and pathos, creating engaging characters and a strong sense of place. [Those] who like outrageous plot twists and offbeat characters should enjoy this romp." -Library Journal
"Hubert and Kerascoet tell this episode with artfulness and empathy that allow readers to appreciate Blanche’s dignity as well as her energy and creativity." -Booklist
8 ½ x11, 192pp. full color hc, $29.99, ISBN 9781561638994
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