Europe Comics

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    Once an animator at Disney Studios, Nicolas Keramidas now makes a living as a cartoonist in Grenoble. He's married to a wonderful woman, Chloé, has two energetic sons, and plays soccer every Sunday with his pals. He was also born with Tetralogy of Fallot, a rare combination of four heart defects that in 1973 made him one of the youngest children ever to undergo open-heart surgery. Forty-three years later, when his congenital condition stops him short during a soccer game, he'll have to face surgery again, a saga he details in this moving, humorous, and above all, very human memoir.

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    The Beach Boys and the Beatles are filling up the airwaves, but
    halfway between California and Liverpool, another band is putting
    together a sound that will change rock `n' roll forever. Andy Warhol
    discovers the Velvet Underground in a little tourist bar in New York,
    and he soon becomes the producer for this group whose songs aren't so
    much about girls and hot rods but shooting up, alternative
    lifestyles, and the melancholy after the party. It's the late
    sixties, but not quite everything is flower power. The radio wants
    nothing to do with the Velvets, but the cool kids know who they are,
    and the enormous influence of this short-lived band has yet to abate.

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    Mathieu Sapin has made a career as a nonfiction cartoon chronicler. In a blend of witty, insightful diary and documentary vérité, he has tackled topics from moviemaking to the making of a presidential campaign, and provided behind-the-scenes looks at the presidential Palais d'Élysée. But the French government is no match for his latest subject: larger-than-life film star Gérard Depardieu, the most famous Frenchman in the world! From Azerbaijan to Bavaria, passing through Moscow and Portugal, Sapin tags along on a wild ride, creating a faithful portrait of a man full of contradictions.

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    This is an autobiographical tale in which Michel Kichka goes back over the significant moments of a childhood, an adolescence, and a life overshadowed by the Holocaust, from Belgium to The Promised Land, from nightmares to funny anecdotes, moments of joy and liberation.

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    Fed up with his life in France, Paul Gauguin sets out for Tahiti, where he subsequently decides to settle. As he immerses himself in the culture of a tropical country that couldn't be more different from his own, the painter not only gains a new lease on life, but begins producing some of his most inspired work.

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    Marie Curie is the only woman ever to have received two Nobel prizes: the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1903, shared with her husband, Pierre Curie, and the Nobel Prize for Chemistry for her work with polonium and radium in 1911. She was also the first woman ever to teach at the Sorbonne. This inspired comic is set at the time she received her second Nobel Prize, when a vicious press campaign was launched against her, denouncing her affair with the physician Paul Langevin. Through her flash-backs, we're invited to witness the key moments of this exceptional woman's life and work.

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    Canterbury, Connecticut, 1832: a charming female boarding school has found success among the locals, with two dozen girls enrolled. Some in town question the purpose of educating young girls-but surely there's no harm in trying? At least not until the Prudence Crandall School announces its plans to start accepting black students. Thirty years before the abolition of slavery in the United States, in the so-called "free" North, these students will be met by a wave of hostility that puts the future of the school in question, and their very lives in peril. Even in the land of the free, not all of America's children are welcome.

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    This is the tale of Luisa Casati Amman, otherwise known as 'The Marchesa', an Italian heiress whose life ambition was to transform herself into a living, breathing work of art. She was obsessed with beauty and extravagance, and devoted her entire family fortune to purchasing the means to astonish her contemporaries with her daredevil style. But her originality extended to more than just the adornment of her own person; she embellished her whole life with a succession of fantastical parties, large houses, ostentatious pets and outrageous public appearances. But, as ever, such exorbitance can hardly last forever... This intriguing biography traces the rise and fall of one of the 20th century's most fascinating personalities.

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    A graphic novel about Charles-François Daubigny, an important precursor of Impressionism.

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    "Before, there were trees and countryside. Man didn't intervene. Stalin decided to "rectify" that space, and now, instead of trees, there are concrete buildings, everywhere. Stalin had a factory built. Thanks to that, lots of people got jobs, like my dad."
    Born in 1979, Marzi is a 7-year-old Polish girl who looks wide-eyed at the world around her: her parents, her family, her school friends and the crabby women at the grocery store who don't even smile for a fruit delivery. Marzi lives on a council estate in an industrial town, and is a cheerful, carefree, mischievous and perceptive little girl, bound to run into many adventures!

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    One day, while visiting her family in the countryside, Marzi comes across a trail of ants, and decides to have a little fun, blocking their way with sticks and rocks. Is that what it's like to be God? In this second volume, we discover more about Marzi's fascinating life in 1980s Poland, torn between the daily stresses of near-war and even bigger questions like the existence and powers of God. Can He really see and know everything, even when she's all alone in her room, even when it's just a thought in her head? So many burning questions, with her First Communion right around the corner! Another absorbing series of stories about a little girl who loves life-even as she struggles to understand it.

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    "What's going on? Where is my dad? Are we at war? The city is so quiet and dark that it seems hostile and it scares me." Marzi is a little girl like any other. She plays with dolls, gets lost in the woods, covets chewing gum and ballet lessons... Except that she's growing up the behind the Iron Curtain in the 1980s, and the Soviet regime sometimes casts an unsettling shadow over her otherwise carefree childhood. But, somehow, she always manages to bounce back! Marzi's clear-eyed, playful storytelling continues in this third volume of coming-of-age tales from Communist Poland.

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    Marzena Sowa continues her endearing memoir recounting childhood behind the Iron Curtain in Poland. Even at the height of summer vacation deep in the countryside, the noise of urban unrest carries, bringing news of rations, strikes, and Solidarno´s´c. Amid a young girl's typical worries-the witch neighbor, the school nurse, her mother's angry temper-come the echoes of the strange and confusing world of adults.

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    This is the story of the distinguished Don Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, and the misfortunes and blessings to be visited upon him over the course of his most remarkable life.

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    The fall brings more than changing leaves as massive strikes in Marzi's little hometown help change the course of Polish history. She's proud of her dad, but can he come home now? Eight-year-old Marzi tries her best to keep up, but it can be hard when you keep outgrowing your shoes! With one foot in the adult world, where nothing is black and white, and one foot in the fantasies of childhood, where greyscale girls can dream in color, she puts her very own twist on everything she sees and hears. Lucky for us, she likes to tell stories.

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    This is the story of the distinguished Don Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, and the misfortunes and blessings to be visited upon him over the course of his most remarkable life.

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    The communists are gone, but life is still full of challenges. Both for Poland, and for 12-year-old Marzi, the strong-willed kid finding her voice in a country undergoing radical changes. As the country faces new issues like drug abuse and AIDS, Marzi's piercing gaze notices fraying seams in her own community. "What ever happened to solidarity? If you want help, you'd better not be different." Marzi is a natural champion for being different: she can't stand the new capitalist shops, or how boy-crazy her friends are becoming. Will she find a place where she can just be herself?

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    "This summer, my factory can send you to summer camp. To the mountains or the sea. I've never been to the sea, but now you can go for me." What awaits Marzi on the Baltic shore? It's the summer of 1992. Preteens at camp in newly-democratic Poland are crazy for Madonna, Pepsi, Russian video games... and seances. Notebook in hand, Marzi observes it all with her wry sense of humor, but that doesn't keep her from getting swept off her feet...

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    In the aftermath of the murderous attack on the Charlie Hebdo offices on January 7, 2015, cartoonist Catherine Meurisse struggles with the trauma of losing her friends and looks for a way to move forward with her life and her art. She soon enters a dissociative state where she loses her memories, especially those associated with esthetic experiences. This leads her on a quest to seek beauty and lightness in the world around her with the help of guiding lights including Proust, Stendhal, Baudelaire, and two provocative graffiti artists. Throughout the book, Meurisse uses her limber cartooning and dynamic writing to weave a tapestry of raw emotion and philosophical reflection laced with a strain of wry humor.

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    This is the fascinating life story of Robert Louis Stevenson, the beloved author of classics such as "Treasure Island" and "Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde," from his early days as an aspiring writer to his first published works, his love affair and then marriage to Fanny Osbourne, his success as an author, his many travels across Europe and the U.S., and finally his voyage to the islands of the South Pacific, where he eventually built the house of his dreams. Stevenson never let his weak lungs (which he referred to as pirates waging a battle inside him) and delicate constitution stand in the way of his insatiable thirst for adventure, living life on his own terms until the very end.

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    Everyone knows about Dracula the vampire, but have you ever heard of Voivode Vlad Dracula of Wallachia? Perhaps you know him better by his nickname: Vlad the Impaler! The bloodthirsty prince was the inspiration for Bram Stoker's notorious character, but although the real Dracula gained infamy for his favorite method of execution-impaling-few know the true details of his life. Swysen and Solé have created an intimate and accurate portrait of this vicious tyrant, allowing you to follow his journey from childhood to death, with guaranteed laughs along the way.

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    Born into an aristocratic family, Percy Bysshe Shelley has no intentions of following in his father's political footsteps. The rebellious young poet finds himself drawn to more scandalous pursuits: supporting anti-royalist and anti-clerical causes, championing vegetarianism, and extolling the virtues of atheism, an act that ultimately leads to his expulsion from Oxford University. Book 1 of "Shelley" lets us dive into Percy's tumultuous childhood, giving us an insight into his friendships with some of the finest progressive thinkers of the times, not to mention his blossoming relationship with his future wife and author of "Frankenstein," Mary.

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    Jessica Blandy hasn't been the same since her brush with death in the Florida Everglades. Back in San Francisco, she tries to drown her sorrows in whiskey and the kisses of a dark, handsome stranger... a saxophonist with sad eyes and a deep connection to Charlie Parker. But how much does she know about him, really? And what does he have to do with the women who keep disappearing from the club where he plays?

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    The Shelley story continues, the focus now on Mary. Percy has just declared his love for her, but upon being told by her father that he may not take her as his companion, implores her to join him in a suicide pact. Thankfully cooler heads prevail; Mary runs away with Percy-her sister Claire also joining the lovers-and thus begins their European adventure. On their journey, they will meet up with the flamboyant Lord Byron, whose rainy-day suggestion in Switzerland to each write a ghost story will change Mary's life forever...

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