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Monday, December 7, 2009

Jacques Tardi & Jean-Patrick Manchette's great graphic novel West Coast Blues

This is an unber-cool title by Jacques Tardi and Jean-Patrick Manchette -- West Coast Blues. If you are a fan of Jean-Pierre Melville's ultra-magnificent films, you are going to love this graphic novel. Manchette has two novels in English and both are crime books of sorts. The Prone Gunman and 3 To Kill are awesome. And you can add this graphic novel West Coast Blues to the list of greats by this total fab (and late) French author.

What gives Manchette that edge was his interest in Guy Debord/Situationists as well as left-wing politics. That combination plus his interest in crime fiction added a certain specific quality that is lost in most crime novels. Tardi is a well-known graphic novelist and he adopted Manchette's narration with great visuals.

(Click here to order a copy of West Coast Blues)

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