graphic novels (was RE: RARA-AVIS: Re: Apology to Kevin)

From: Mark Sullivan (
Date: 02 Sep 2009

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    I'm looking forward to the Manchette adaptation. I welcome any new Manchette in English after being blown away by Prone Gunman and Three to Kill. And I enjoyed the one Malet adaptation I read by Tardi. Guess you got an advanced copy, as Amazon doesn't show the release date until October 20. And I'll add my praise to the Parker adaptation and Britten and Brulightly. Mark

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    > Date: Wed, 2 Sep 2009 10:23:50 -0700
    > Subject: RARA-AVIS: Re: Apology to Kevin
    > For the record, Jacques' allegedly insensitive use of the word
    > "handicapped" is NOT what I objected to in my original reply to him.
    > And any pressure for him to "apologize" for using the word, if any
    > such pressure even existed, did not come from me.
    > Got that? IT DID NOT COME FROM ME.
    > So please, spare me the snide pot shots, and spare us all the usual
    > whining and hand-wringing and off-topic pontificating about the evils
    > of political correctness. Those arguments were already growing
    > tiresome back before Reagan was even senile.
    > Let's get back to crime fiction.
    > Anyone read Jacques Tardi's adaptation of Manchette's WEST COAST BLUES
    > yet? Tardi's simple, B&W, vaguely cartoonish style belies the dark
    > bleak mood of the story, a bored, angsty French businessman's freefall
    > into hell, thanks to a random chain of events, but also forces us to
    > really look at the characters as real people. It's a trick Tardi's
    > used before, in adapting other hard-boiled and noir novels (most
    > notably the Malet adaptations), but it's a good trick, and he does it
    > well.
    > I tell ya, it's turning into a banner year for graphic novels for hard-
    > boiled crime fans. BRITTEN AND BRULIGHTLY, the PARKER adaptation, and
    > now this.
    > Any updates on the new Vertigo books? Are they worth the price tag?
    > Kevin
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