Arsène Schrauwen

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October 2014

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“Olivier Schrauwen is extraordinary ... [He’s] the most original cartoonist I’ve fallen onto since Ware or Katchor.”
– Art Spiegelman

In 1947, the author’s grandfather, Arsène, traveled across the ocean to a mysterious, dangerous jungle colony at the behest of his cousin. Together they would build something deemed impossible: a utopia of modernity, in the wilderness – but not before Arsène falls in love with his cousin’s wife, Marieke. Whether delirious from love or a fever-inducing jungle virus, Arsène’s loosening grip on reality is mirrored by the reader’s uncertainty of what is imagined or real by Arsène. This first full-length graphic novel from the critically-acclaimed Olivier Schrauwen is an engrossing, sometimes funny, slightly surreal and often beautiful narrative.

“This is where an interesting cartoonist becomes one of the great cartoonists.
Arsène Schrauwen is that rarest of reads, something both truly deep and truly fun, not to mention utterly beautiful.”
– Matt Seneca

“I don’t know much about Olivier Schrauwen, [but I] know that he’s some sort of postmodern comics genius.”
— Eisner Award-winning comics critic Tom Spurgeon

“...[T]he greatest story ever told!!!! It’s not cool to say that you wished everything was like ‘this thing’ or ‘that thing’ but I almost seriously wish everything WAS like this book!… IF YOU DON’T READ THIS YOUR LIFE WILL NEVER GET BETTER.” – Sean Christensen A.B.T.,
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•Comics website

“Olivier Schrauwen one of the most amazing, inventive and original cartoonists to come along in decades? Well, duh. If you’ve read The Man Who Grew His Beard, My Boy or perhaps the initial chapter of this (I’m assuming) invented tale of the author’s grandfather, you know how creative and fearless he can be. This might well be the book I’m most looking forward to this year.”

Comics & Cola

•Comics blog

“This seems to have slipped under the radar a bit, where it should be loudly touted news: a new Olivier Schrauwen book that follows the story of his grandfather as, in 1947, he travels across the ocean to a mysterious, dangerous jungle colony at the behest of his cousin.”

The Comics Journal

•American comics magazine

“I readily urge you deeper into this fascinating and disquieting experience.”