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mediatoon November 2018
Winter ’18: Mainstream & Graphic Novels

 
Rugby and road-trips: the splendid variety of "bande dessinée"
 
Dear all,

As winter draws nearer and the days grow shorter, what better excuse to stay inside than to curl up with a comic or graphic novel? In the below newsletter, you’ll find a surprising variety of new mainstream works, graphic novels, and special editions from our publishers to take you through the end of the year.

From the 25th volume of the eminent series “Blake & Mortimer” to the fifth “Vieux Fourneaux” volume (being published simultaneously in English through Europe Comics), to the latest adventures, this time through the snow, of the Faldérault family in “Les Beaux Étés” (also available through Europe Comics), and so many more, we need not fret about getting down to the bottom of our stack before the daffodils begin to appear…

Remember that many of our series and one-shots are available for evaluation in complete English translations through Europe Comics, which celebrated its three-year anniversary this summer.

We’ll be in touch next week with information about one of the most talked-about releases of the season: “Aniel” of the Thorgal saga, the final album drawn by the artist Grzegorz Rosinski. An illustrious adieu by a venerated artist, and an opportunity to revisit the entire series and its many offshoots…

From January 24th to 27th, we’ll be at the The Angoulême Festival (booth RL10). Reach out to us to schedule a meeting at the fair!

The MFR Team

Compilations & special editions

BEST-SELLERS

 
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Blake & Mortimer

La Vallée des Immortels – Menace sur Hong Kong (25)

By Berserik, Sente & van Dongen

Mainstream Comics
Publisher: Blake Mortimer
Genres: Crime & Mystery, Action & Adventure, Suspense & Thrillers 

One of the most prestigious symbols of European “bande dessinée,” this best-selling series appeals to a wide public and has represented all that is best in the genre since its first publication in 1950. Elegant artwork combined with an engaging storyline and strong colors make for a series which stands out from all others.


 
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Thorgal

Aniel (36)

By Rosinski & Yann

Mainstream Comics
Publisher: Le Lombard
Genres: Fantasy & Esoteric, Action & Adventure 

In the midst of a sea storm, a Viking expedition discovers a baby in a small skiff. The child is given the name Thorgal. He grows up to be a gifted archer and a fierce defender of freedom and justice. He’ll go to any lengths to protect his loved ones and live a peaceful life. But his is the story of a man that the gods have decided to put to the test. Perhaps, through his trials and adventures, he will one day solve the mystery of his origins.


 
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XIII – Nouvelle collection

L’enquête – Second part (13)

By Xavier, Vance & Van Hamme

Mainstream Comics
Publisher: Dargaud Benelux
Genres: Action & Adventure 

This is the continuation of the “Enquête”, the thirteenth volume of Jean Van Hamme and William Vance’s saga. Along the same lines, this volume is peopled with characters we’ve previously encountered in volumes 14-19. Jean Van Hamme wrote the texts, but Philippe Xavier, whose style respects that of Vance, is the artist; and he creates his own graphical identity in this gripping second part of “Enquête.”


 
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Les Vieux fourneaux

Bons pour l’asile (5)

By Cauuet & Lupano

Graphic novel
Publisher: Dargaud Benelux
Genres: Humor 

More shenanigans from everybody’s favorite geriatric anarchists and their offspring as fathers and sons are treacherously set up, people from the past make an unexpected comeback, pranks go awry, familiar faces say goodbye, and a rugby match takes a shocking turn. A perfect cocktail of mayhem, madness and merriment, with a few lessons on social justice thrown in for good measure.


 
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Buck Danny

Vostok ne répond plus… (56)

By Formosa & Zumbiehl

Mainstream Comics
Publisher: Dupuis
Genres: Action & Adventure 

From the bloody episodes of WWII in the Pacific to the most modern developments in aviation, aviator Buck Danny and his colleagues cross a half-century of American and world history. Uniting an extraordinary sense of detail with the action of great epics, Buck Danny’s adventures not only keep us on the edge of our seats, but they also reveal the hidden side of global geopolitics.


 
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Michel Vaillant – Nouvelle Saison

Macao (7)

By Benéteau, Lapière & Graton

Mainstream Comics
Publisher: Dupuis
Genres: Action & Adventure 

Created in 1957 by Jean Graton, Michel Vaillant embodies an ideal: an honest, loyal, brave motor racing champion. A member of team Vaillante, founded by his parents, he is an exceptional driver who’s always prepared to put himself in danger in order to help others, denounce an injustice or unmask cheats and crooks.


 
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Les Tuniques Bleues

Sallie (62)

By Lambil & Cauvin

Mainstream Comics
Publisher: Dupuis
Genres: Action & Adventure, Western 

The fat one is Cornelius Chesterfield, a zealous sergeant of the US Army. The small one is Blutch, a crafty little man who is always moaning, and dreams only of deserting. Caught up in the midst of the American Civil War, these two do what they can to escape the problems that come their way in the shape of narrow-minded superiors, ridiculous orders, and, quite simply, bad luck. Through these hilarious, action-packed tales, Lambil and Cauvin present a caustic critique of the absurdities of war and obtuse militarism.


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Face de lune

Face de lune (1)

By Jodorowsky, Boucq

Publisher: Le Lombard
Genres: Fantasy & Esoteric 

Face de Lune is both mysterious and exceptional: apparently mute and simpleminded, he cannot die, and he seems to be able to control the weather. All of this makes him a particularly troublesome individual in the eyes of the Democratic Ovarian Republic — which takes its name from its primary economic resource — ruled by a merciless dictator in a world parallel to our own. In “Face de Lune” the authors offer up a complex and eye-opening world dominated by political and religious forces that are as oppressive as they are ever-present.


 
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Tango

Sable rouge (2)

By Xavier & Matz

Publisher: Le Lombard
Genres: Suspense & Thrillers, Action & Adventure 

After depriving a drug cartel of millions of dollars, John Tango is hiding out in Bolivia, and he thinks he’s found a village to retire to that’s about as remote as it gets. But his new neighbors have a few skeletons of their own in the closet. It’s not long before violence breaks out in their peaceful little corner of the Andes.


 
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Southern Bastards

Southern Bastards (4)

By Latour & Aaron

Publisher: Urban Comics
Genres: Suspense & Thrillers, Action & Adventure 

Returning to Craw County, Earl Tubb has only one thing on his mind: empty the house of the old uncle Buhl and get out as fast as possible from the little town in Alabama he left 40 years ago. A quarrel with the locals at the town diner is enough to transform his trip into a living hell. A hell specially designed by Euless Boss, the soccer coach, a sworn enemy to sheriff Tubb, Earl’s uncle.


 
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MIDNIGHT TALES

Midnight Tales (2)

By Collective

Publisher: Ankama
Genres: Fantasy & Esoteric 

Since the beginning of time, the Midnight Order has operated in total secret to fight against the dark forces…


 
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Chevaliers du ciel Tanguy et Laverdure (Les)

Le Sabre du désert (7)

By Philippe, Zumbiehl & Buendia

Publisher: Dargaud
Genres: Action & Adventure 

Michel Tanguy and Ernest Laverdure, otherwise known as the “Riders of the Sky,” are an inseparable duo who’ve been on the scene since the very first issue of Pilote magazine in 1959. The first is brave and rather reserved, and the second eccentric, boastful, and a bit of a heartbreaker. But despite his never-ending quips and silliness, Laverdure is the wingman Tanguy relies on when he gets himself into tricky situations. Adventure and espionage make up the day-to-day life of our two heroes who, on the ground or in their plane, manage always to maintain their unwavering patriotism.


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Texas Jack

Texas Jack (One-shot)

By Armand & Dubois

Publisher: Le Lombard
Genres: Western 

Texas Jack is as good as it gets with a revolver. But contrary to the myth that surrounds him, he’s never used his talents for anything other than his legendary circus act. Until one day he receives a challenge he can’t refuse, without losing his heroic reputation: he must set out to track down the bloodthirsty Boone and his band of killers. Luckily for Texas Jack, Boone is also in the crosshairs of two real legends of the Far West: the marshals Sykes and O’Malley.


 
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Les Beaux Étés

La Fugue (5)

By Zidrou & Lefebre

Publisher: Dargaud Benelux
Genres: Humor, Drama 

After a difficult year marked by a loss in the family and some unexpected financial setbacks, the Faldéraults could use a break. But with Julie cramming for exams and Louis hell-bent on seeing Pink Floyd in concert, a family Christmas trip seems impossible. With the help of some friends, new and old alike, will Pierre and Madeleine manage to pull off one final, classic Faldérault vacation before 1979 comes to a close?


 
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Le chant du cygne

Le Chant du Cygne (One-shot)

By Herzet, Babouche & Dorison

Publisher: Le Lombard
Genres: Historical fiction 

Lieutenant Katz and his soldiers are no cowards. Hardened warriors, they are used to charging out of their trench into a hail of bullets. But today, they’ve had enough. The criminal incompetence of their officers threatens once again to lead them into disaster. They decide to desert. But not to run away, nor to hide. Instead, they will go to Paris together, to present a petition to Parliament in the name of their brothers-in-arms. It’s the beginning of an extraordinary, and desperate, journey…


 
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Rampokan

Rampokan (One-shot)

By Van Dongen

Publisher: Dupuis
Genres: Historical fiction 

1946: The Dutch have been driven out of Indonesia by the invading Japanese, but they refuse to recognize the country’s declaration of independence. In an attempt to recapture their former colony, the government mobilizes the Royal Dutch Indian Army. When this fails to regain control, an unofficial force is sent to subdue the “terrorists.” Among the volunteers is Johan Knevel, who has personal reasons for joining up: he wants to find out what happened to his Indonesian nurse. But far from rediscovering the lost idyll of his youth, he is confronted by the complex realities of a country in turmoil.


 
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Crapule

Crapule (2)

By Deglin

Publisher: Dupuis
Genres: Humor 

“Crapule” is the touching story of a woman who inherits her mother’s cat and must learn, suddenly, how to take care of him. As the story evolves, the cat occupies an increasingly important place in her life. This is a graphic novel for those who love cats and will certainly find themes to identify with throughout its pages.


 
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La petite Bédéthèque des Savoirs

Le roman-photo. Un genre entre hier et demain. (26)

By Mélois & Baetens

Publisher: Le Lombard
Genres: Non-Fiction 

Born in Italy at the end of WWII, the “fotoromanzo” or photonovel quickly became one of the most popular media forms of the 20th century. Often made fun of for its brazen kitsch, the photonovel is actually a rich, subtle form of expression. This volume of the “Petite bédéthèque” series attempts to give back to this storytelling genre the dignified attention it deserves!


 
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Le Petit livre de…

Le Petit Livre French Pop (One-shot)

By Bourhis & Tanquerelle

Publisher: Dargaud
Genres: Non-Fiction 

In this volume, Hervé Bourhis and Hervé Tanquerelle offer up their shared passion for French pop music, from its beginnings in 1956 all the way to 2017, a year marked by the passing of the legendary Johnny Hallyday. From pure pop to underground, from old refrains to recent trends, from Françoise Hardy to Daft Punk, with a special place reserved for Serge Gainsbourg, at the center of it all. And through these pages, the authors manage to bring France itself to life, painting a vivid portrait of a rapidly changing country.


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Vintage and Badass le cinéma de Tyler Cross

Vintage and Badass le cinéma de Tyler Cross (One-shot)

By Brüno & Nury

Publisher: Dargaud
Genres: Artbook 

Each volume of “Tyler Cross” draws its visual inspiration from a handful of films that take place in the precise atmosphere of the album in question. In this book, Fabien Nury and Brüno bring together all of the film and image-related references that contributed to the emergence of their famous American gangster.


 
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Artbook Boucq

San Antonio (1)

By Boucq & Dard

Publisher: Dupuis
Genres: Artbook 

This is an artbook presenting 103 original drawings created by François Boucq for the new covers of his “San-Antonio” novels, by Frédéric Dard. Each drawing is reproduced here in a new format, and various other elements (articles and interviews) make up the rest of the editorial and contextual matter included in the album.


 
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Cahiers de la Mer de Chine

Tara Expédition (One-shot)

By Cailleaux

Publisher: Dupuis
Genres: Non-fiction 

The “Tara Pacific” left France on May 28, 2016 on an expedition whose goal was to carry out an original study on the capacity of coral reefs to adapt in the face of climate change. During the “Tara Pacific” expedition, 30 countries were traveled, 70 stops were made, and more than 40,000 samples were taken in the name of studying and protecting ocean life.


Compilations & special editions

COMPILATIONS AND SPECIAL EDITIONS

Dargaud
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Antarès – Intégrales

Antarès – Intégrale (One-shot)

By Leo
Action & Adventure
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Dargaud
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Barbe-Rouge – Intégrales

L’Or et la Gloire (11)

By Gaty & Ollivier
Action & Adventure
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Dargaud
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Blueberry – Intégrales

Blueberry – Compilation (8)

By Giraud & Charlier
Western
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Dargaud Benelux
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Djinn – Intégrales

Djinn – Compilation (3)

By Dufaux & Miralles
Action & Adventure, Erotica
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Le Lombard
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Bob Morane - N. Intégrales

Bob Morane - Compilation (10)

By Coria & Vernes
Action & Adventure
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Dupuis
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Lady S – N. intégrales

Lady S – Compilation (1)

By Aymond & Van Hamme
Action & Adventure, Crime & Mystery
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Le Lombard
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Reconquêtes Intégrale

Reconquêtes - Compilation

By Miville-Deschênes & Runberg
Action & Adventure
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Dupuis
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Amère patrie intégrale

Amère - Compilation

By Blier & Lax
Action & Adventure
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