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The charm of Renaud Dillies strikes again: after the mouse of Bubbles and Gondola, here is another dreamer, little chick Abelard. To lure pretty Eppily, Abelard sees only one solution: to catch the moon for her! So off he goes to America, the country which invented flying machines. Armed with his banjo and his proverb-sharing hat, he launches out on the country roads, meets Gypsies, then Gaston, a grumpy bear with whom he will share a good bit of his way… As opposed to dreamer Abelard, Gaston has his feet firmly planted on the ground. With this funny animal road-movie where the absurd becomes poetry, Régis Hautière and Renaud Dillies offer us another small jewel.
• 2013 Harvey and Eisner award nominee.
“Abelard is a magnificently well-told story. Set in the early twentieth century, Abelard skillfully blends the fantastic with the realistic. The anthropomorphic characters, Abelard’s magical hat, even Abelard’s marsh near the imaginary Kananivka, are all fantasy. However, the story is as gritty and real as it gets. Don’t let the first quarter of this book fool you, there’s a lot of harsh reality in the pages of this story. Abelard tackles topics like racism, bigotry, assault, and religious zealotry though the eyes of the truly innocent.” – Panels on Pages
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“This stealth graphic novel starts out feeling like a sweet, whimsical pastoral children's graphic novel and slowly morphs into a wonderfully moving adult story that kind of sneaks up on you with its craft, intelligence and interesting themes. I'm going to remember this little bird for a while.” - Jason Sacks
“Dillies’ artwork is quite beautiful, his charming characters almost deliberately at odds with some of the themes and actions of the tale, yet never feeling wrong. His stylised colours are perfectly suited to detailing all the wonders, all the misery, all the dreams Abelard finds along his journey.”
The Comics Journal
•American comics magazine
“Dillies is certainly a skilled artist. I like his rough, sketchy, cartoonish line. I like the way he uses thick, black brush strokes to outline his characters. I like the map that he draws to outline Abelard’s travels with gypsies and the way he designs a page so that the panel borders look a gypsy caravan. Those little bits are genuinely charming.”