Nicole Claveloux’s short stories—originally published in the late 1970s and never before collected in English—are among the most beautiful comics ever drawn: whimsical, intoxicating, with the freshness and splendor of dreams. In hallucinatory color or elegant black-and-white, she brings us into lands that are strange but oddly recognizable, filled with murderous grandmothers and lonely city dwellers, bad-tempered vegetables and walls that are surprisingly easy to fall through. In the title story, written with Edith Zha, a new houseplant becomes the first step in an epic journey of self-discovery and a witty fable of modern romance—complete with talking shrubbery, a wised-up genie, and one very depressed bird.
This new selection, designed and introduced by Daniel Clowes, presents the full achievement of an unforgettable, unjustly neglected master of French comics.
This NYRC edition is an oversized hardcover and features multiple extra-thick paper stocks, full color, and new English hand-lettering.
“Darkly humorous, existential, erotic, trance inducing — these comics wield a rare and innovative power….The brilliance of [Claveloux’s] comics lies in what they require of the viewer, to be intimate with what is not known, both within the work and themselves.” — Leopoldine Core, The New York Times
Nicole Claveloux contributed to the French comics magazines Métal Hurlant and Ah! Nana, and drew a popular comic strip Grabote. Championed by Harlin Quist, she has also illustrated a number of successful children’s books, including an award-winning version of Alice in Wonderland. She lives in France.
108 page full color hardcover
New York Review Comics, 2017