Saturday, April 2, 2011

Somewhere Within the Shadows (Fuck Yeah, Blacksad!)

Have you heard of Blacksad? Me either, until earlier this week. And then last night, when I DEVOURED it, until I passed out, book in hand.

Blacksad. is. the. SHIT.

"I don't read comics," you might say.

"Shut up," I say. "Me either." (With the exception of Johnny the Homicidal Maniac, and my other new comic I have soon to read, Hothead Paisan, Homicidal Lesbian Terrorist. Hmm...common theme? All of these comics were gifts. Weird other common theme.)

John Blacksad—who happens to be a big, black cat in a suit—is part private investigator, part tortured soul, and complete bad ass. (For some reason when I was reading it last night, the character reminded me of Don Draper. Except Don Draper is played by Jon Hamm. And Jon Hamm is not a cat. But he is a goof!)

Anyway, Blacksad, the collective creation of former Disney artist Juanjo Guarnido and writer Juan Díaz Canales, is a film-noir style comic set in the late 1950s. All of the characters are anthropomorphic animals. (I'm only telling you that cause I wanted to type anthropomorphic.)

And I'm not going to tell you anything else. Get yourself a six pack and go read it! I promise, you're in for a good time.

Here's a quick little teaser, which really tells you nothing, other than that Blacksad is a pimp.

No, I'm not really reading it en francais. But it'd be a lot cooler if I was.

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