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In this graphic novel by two world-class creators, an idyllic animal kingdom is threatened, and the shaman’s son, Hippolytes, goes on a quest to find his lost wife.
The gars are peaceful, happy animals living in Garland. Their shaman, Zachariah, helps them to interpret the spirits that foretell their future. But a strange vision bodes ill. This long-awaited second collaboration between Italian artists Lorenzo Mattotti and Jerry Kramsky, ten years in the making, is masterfully drawn in soft, psychedelic black and white.
About the Author
Lorenzo Mattotti is a highly sought-after illustrator ( with frequent appearances in and on The New Yorker) and acclaimed graphic novelist. He lives in Paris, France; his work includes The Raven, a collaboration with Lou Reed re-imagining the works of Edgar Allan Poe.
Jerry Kramsky, aka Fabrizio Ostani, is an Italian comic book writer whose previous collaboration with Mattotti won the 2003 Eisner Award for Best U.S. Edition of Foreign Material.
The loose, stream-of-consciousness narrative showcases Mattotti’s flowing, delicate black-and-white art and the endlessly imaginative settings. His world is developed with clarity, originality, and a touch of poetry.
— Publishers Weekly
Garlandia's art is so virtuosic, so gorgeously replete, it almost doesn't matter what the book is about. Its inexorable momentum is entirely visual. Things like character motivations and plotting merely provide a frail scaffolding for page after page of billowing, ecstatic linework.
— NPR Books
Mattotti has total control over his medium, and it’s his careful attention to visual world-building that makes Garlandia an artistic triumph worthy of experiencing.
— The Comics Journal