The first of two volumes presenting all of the world-renowned hardboiled crime graphic novels (one of which has never before been collected in English!) in a luxurious oversize format.
In the never-before-collected Griffu, the titular character is a legal advisor, not a private eye, but even he knows that when a sultry blonde appears in his office after hours, he shouldn't trust her — and she doesn't disappoint. Griffu is soon ensnared in a deadly web of sexual betrayal, real estate fraud, and murder. In West Coast Blues, a young sales executive goes to the aid of an accident victim, and finds himself sucked into a spiral of violence involving an exiled war criminal and two hired assassins. This volume also offers a bonus, 21-page unfinished story by Manchette and Tardi, as well as a single page introduction to another incomplete story, both appearing in English for the first time.
About the Author
Tardi is a pioneering European cartoonist. His Adele Blanc-Sec series was adapted into a feature by Luc Besson, and he was behind the recent animated film April and theExtraordinary World. His comics are award-winning (including the U.S.'s Eisners). He lives in Paris with his wife, the singer Dominique Grange, and their cats.
The Marseilles-born Jean-Patrick Manchette (1942-1995) authored ten short, tough-minded, highly acclaimed crime novels, as well as a multitude of other books, screen- and teleplays, magazine columns, and translations of American crime and science fiction novels. A lifelong comics fan, he also wrote the hardboiled graphic novel Griffu for Jacques Tardi in 1978, and in the late 1980s, was selected to translate the French edition of Watchmen.
Kim Thompson (1956-2013)was born in Copenhagen, Denmark. He was the co-publisher of Fantagraphics Books and a champion of alternative and global comics. He lived in Seattle, WA, with his wife, Lynn, and their dog.
Jenna Allen is a freelance translator based in Colorado.
The stories in Streets of Paris are absorbing, enigmatic, counterintuitive, and sometimes offbeat. The images don't just echo the narrative, they propel it forward, convey mood, and expanded my notion of the types of stories that noir can tell.
Immerse yourself in Manchette's cruel, violent world, and thank Tardi for bringing his brilliance to comics in his clear, unfussy style.
Tardi's noir depictions of 1950s Paris capture the city's landscape, eliciting the appropriate sense of foreboding.
What stays with you is Tardi's ability to conjure up Paris on the page. It's a vision of Parisian stone, rain, desire and death.