New York Mon Amour

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A quartet of big-apple-centric stories by Tardi including "Cockroach Killer" and "Manhattan."

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Many years ago, Jacques Tardi was introduced to American audiences with “Manhattan,” a grim and grimy story of depression, madness and suicide in New York City whose appearance in the premiere issue of RAW magazine was instrumental in defining both that magazine’s virtuoso aesthetic and its dark sensibility. Three decades later, New York Mon Amour collects “Manhattan”and three other tales of the Big Apple — rendered by Tardi with just as much panache and you-are-there detail as Paris or the trenches of World War I in his other books — in one spectacular volume.

Aside from “Manhattan,” the centerpiece of the book is the graphic novel “Cockroach Killer,” written by Benjamin Legrand. This violent, surreal conspiracy thriller, starring a hapless exterminator named Walter, features a striking two-color black-and-red technique unique in Tardi’s oeuvre, and remains one of the cartoonist’s most startling, confounding works. New York Mon Amour is rounded off with two short stories that have never been published in English, both written by Dominique Grange: “It’s So Hard” (starring John Lennon — but not that John Lennon) and “The Killing of Hung” (a story of revenge and redemption).

New York Mon Amour is a crucial and unique addition to Fantagraphics’ acclaimed Tardi collection.

Additional Information

Author Jacques Tardi / Benjamin Legrand / Dominique Grange / Kim Thompson (translator)
Publisher Fantagraphics Books
Page Count 80pp
Publication Size 9 x 11.75
Publication Notes hardcover, two-color
Publication Date June 20, 2012
ISBN 978-1606995242

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