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Animal'z

Dans ce monde dont on ne sait trop s’il est l’émanation d’une histoire parallèle ou simplement le récit de notre futur, le dérèglement climatique s’est brutalement généralisé. La catastrophe porte un nom : le Coup de Sang. Sur la planète dévastée, martyrisée, l’eau potable est soudain devenue un trésor, et la survie individuelle l’obsession de chacun. Désormais, les transp
Vicky

Jun 30, 2011

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it was amazing

It’s a reread, it was a gift from my other half two years ago when it came out in 2009, and, knowing my love for bilal’s drawings, he just bought me “Julia & Roem” so I’m rereading this one first and then will move on to “Julia & Roem”.

I love Bilal’s drawings, I love how you can distinguish the pencil strokes… I feel in love with his work with the first instalment of the “Nokopol trilogy” which was in color (even though it shows a particular relation to color, but that’s another story)

I love Bilal’s drawings, I love how you can distinguish the pencil strokes… I feel in love with his work with the first instalment of the “Nokopol trilogy” which was in color (even though it shows a particular relation to color, but that’s another story). I wasn’t surprised a few years later when I found galleries selling some of his drawings. …but these two last ones, they’re in tones of grey (everything from white to black) with a burst of red here and there. I’ve been flipping through them all week, looking at the drawings, delaying the reading as I use to do as I child when I was served something I really liked, lingering to taste it, making it last, saving the best for last.

I hate that they’re called comic books in English, this sounds so derogatory… Bilal’s work is art, nothing less. Whether someone likes the stories he writes or not is a matter of taste and to each his own, I respect that, and frankly I find the stories secondary to the art, they “support” the drawing. …but the drawings… They are amazing, and they are unique, altough they are dark and bold, and daring… And I’m not dark, but for having drawn once, for knowing what it’s like to hold a pen and to create from nothing, I can’t help but love and respect what he creates, and my other half who is a true “BD” (comics) fan and who has perhaps even more culture than I have (LOL I can definitely hold my own) says that Bilal is not about the stories, each drawing being a work of art, I agree… Once you know his work you can spot it anywhere, you can spot his influence so often. But here I am going on and on and I haven’t even started to reread Animal’z… Let me read and feast my eyes a little… I’ll be back, but expect me to take my time, this is not something I want to rush through! 😉

If it is possible I loved it even more this time…, the drawings, the nearly end of the world, the surreal dialogues filled with quotations (Nietzche, Camus, Beckett, etc.), the animalistic side of the hybrids. It fully deserves the five stars I’m giving it!
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Nuno Ribeiro

Jun 27, 2016

rated it
it was amazing

Shelves:
dystopian

Here Bilal fuses the tone of his drawings with the atmosphere of his narrative perfectly.

The opening of the trilogy is astonishing. The french author’s themes come to us with a fresh new style. Enki Bilal usually seems to draw from cinema a lot of his inspiration, and has created for the 7th art too, with 4 titles already in his filmography.

But here it seems like theatre was the inspiration.

All the setting, what would be the movie set, was removed, and characters seem to move in a simplified pl

The opening of the trilogy is astonishing. The french author’s themes come to us with a fresh new style. Enki Bilal usually seems to draw from cinema a lot of his inspiration, and has created for the 7th art too, with 4 titles already in his filmography.

But here it seems like theatre was the inspiration.

All the setting, what would be the movie set, was removed, and characters seem to move in a simplified place. His style is refined into what seems at the same time a sketchy look and a very sophisticated stylized approached. Colors are first removed into a monochromatic-ish palete and then used (mostly red and blue) to make objects and details stand out.

We have, most of all, dialogue and characters. Like we would have in a theatre, with a play.

And not, like other work from Bilal, large scale representations, complex architecture, cityscapes, with urban elements, the degradation and technology being a huge part of the plot and being there visually.

Here, there is a melancholy that arises from the narrative, that fuses elements of western, post-apocalyptic, drama dialogue, and that is as much represented in the flow of the words as in the drawings, in the poses of the characters, in the fine irony of how technology and ecology are introduced.

Bilal’s art is at its finest.

His characters are gorgeous. Not because he just tries to draw beautiful people. And I don’t know if I can explain myself. There is a way he draws the bones of the face, the shades, the glow of the eyes, in a dark panel, the tilt of the head. He must observe people a lot. By looking at his humans, I can only love people more. His art is a tribute to our species. Even, or specially writing a story about how humans have put the planet, not on the brink of disaster, but over it.

We are animals.

Beautiful, dangerous animals.

May we listen to cautionary tales more.
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