The graphic design mavens at It’s Nice That recommend Barrel of Monkeys by Ruppert & Mulot. Get your copy today at rebusbooks.net.
Barrel of Monkeys is a hypnotic, innovative work that drifts along like a dreamlike rhythm… Ruppert and Mulot take delight in experimenting with the comic form, playing with multiple media and provoking the reader to think about languages and visual systems.
Don’t miss Eric Lambé in conversation with Rebus Books publisher Bill Kartalopoulos at the primary TCAF location at 1:30pm on Saturday. This will be a rare opportunity to hear this groundbreaking Belgian cartoonist talk about his work and the overall movement towards a poetic expression of Franco-Belgian comics.
A quick sneak preview of some of the beautiful books Rebus Books will be bringing to TCAF in Toronto this weekend. Find us at table B6. Eric Lambé will be with us, signing and drawing in copies of his wordless masterpiece Le fils du roi.
Additionally, Rebus Books publisher Bill Kartalopoulos will appear on the State of Small Press panel on Saturday at 10:00 am at the Toronto Marriott Bloor Yorkville Hotel, High Park Ballroom.
Eric Lambé’s “Le fils du roi” (Frémok, 2012) on display at the Center for Book Arts in NYC. Eric will discuss his work tonight in his final NYC appearance at the New York Comics and Picture-story Symposium at Parsons.
Rebus Books is proud to host groundbreaking Belgian comics artist Eric Lambé for parts of his rare North American tour. Lambé is in the US in connection with the exhibit “From Bande Dessinée to Artist’s Book: Testing the Limits of Franco-Belgian Comics” at the Center for Book Arts in NYC. Among the books exhibited will be Lambé’s magnum opus Le fils du roi (Frémok, 2012), an allusive wordless graphic novel drawn entirely in ball point pen. The book will be available for purchase at Lambé’s events.
Full tour dates:
Friday, May 3: Eric Lambé in conversation with Bart Beaty at the Center for Book Arts, New York City
Sunday, May 5: SUNY Purchase Zinefeast, Purchase, NY (Rebus Books table)
Monday, May 6: The New York Comics & Picture-Story Symposium, New York City
Saturday and Sunday, May 11-12: TCAF: The Toronto Comic Arts Festival, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (Rebus Books table)
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Rebus Books will be exhibiting at this exciting new event at SUNY Purchase, organized by Olivia Fox. Groundbreaking Belgian artist Eric Lambé will be with us, signing copies of his amazing new wordless book “Le Fils du Roi,” published by Frémok.
Barrel of Monkeys by Florent Ruppert, Jérôme Mulot
Two men climb the gate and enter the Jardin des Plantes to film evidence of the guards bestiality parties. Their “adventure” is interspersed with often unrelated comics, many of which involve the photographers.
Why I picked it up: I wanted to read it after I read this.
Why I finished it: Most of the book is laugh-out-loud cruel, and best of all it’s crass in a way that caught me off guard. In the first short featuring “The Portraitists,” one photographer unexpectedly started insulting the eight-year-old boy whose picture he was taking. In the second, there’s a sequence of speculations (via wordless panels featuring images of their thoughts) about how a man got numerous scars on his face. Things get weirder (but not pornographic) when the photographers set out to document a freaky orgy.
I’d give it to: Richard. He’d like the horrifying parenting in evidence in the sequence in which a father tells his son how to assemble a phenakistoscope, so that a series of drawings on a round disk will, when spun, look like a cartoon. He’ll like that the instructions work, too, and are necessary to view the other phenakistoscopes in the book. (If you don’t have time for the instructions, you can see a few of these from the book here.)