The Initiates

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March 2013

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“[An] engrossing piece of comics reportage. The sheer amount of foresight and raw faith that goes into making wine as a commercial proposition is a wonder to behold, and Davodeau does his best to capture every step and draw every esoteric piece of equipment that Leroy deploys.” – The AV Club

Étienne Davodeau is a comic artist. He doesn’t know much about the world of wine-making. Richard Leroy is a wine-maker. He‘s rarely even read comics. But these two are full of good will and curiosity. Why do we choose to spend one’s life writing and creating comics or producing wine? How and for whom do we do them?

To answer these questions, for more than a year, Étienne went to work in Richard’s vineyards and cellar. Richard, in return, leapt into the world of comics. They opened a lot of bottles and read many comics. They traveled around, meeting authors and wine-makers sharing their passion for their jobs.

The first time a book explores the nature of a man’s vocation with a true life representation of it from two very different perspectives. They get to realize they both have that precious and necessary power to bring people together.

With guest appearances by Trondheim (
Dungeon, Little Nothings), Emmanuel Guibert (The Photographer) and Marc-Antoine Matthieu (Museum Vaults).

• Nominated for the Slate/Cartoon Studio Prize for Best Graphic Novel of the Year 2013

• A 2013
Publishers Weekly Critics' Poll selection

• Judged the Best Wine Book Translation, Gourmand Wine Book Awards 2013

“I was enchanted by
The Initiates. It’s a compelling read.” – Wine Harlots

This nugget in black & white is both graphic novel and autobiography. Proposing discovery of the making of a wine and a book at the same time, the story is up to the natural and living nectar it’s looking to make evident.” – Le Monde

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•Literary review magazine

“Davodeau’s proficiency as a storyteller is apparent on every page of this entertaining and enlightening account.”

Publishers Weekly

•Publishing trade magazine

“This intensely thought-provoking graphic novel makes us pause to consider our relationships with other people and asks us to think about who we are, what we do, and how we perceive and relate to the world around us. Consummate skill in illustrating moments of careful consideration and reflection so important to both of his characters’ vocations.”

The Comics Reporter

•Comics website and blog

“It's hard to imagine a more pleasantly told story.”