Reviews of Farel Dalrymple’s It Will All Hurt and François Vigneault’s Titan over at Comics Bulletin:
“It’s worth the money for the tactile experience of reading a comic where somebody actively cared what paper it as printed on, not to mention living in a world where there’s more physical evidence of Farel Dalyrmple’s art… some of his best work yet. All imperfect lines and understated watercolors, he relies on three-tier, six-panel layouts as a default but seems itching to break the formula, which he does frequently and gleefully, often making amazing use of the negative gutter space as parts of his panels bleed out into it or inhabit the white space entirely. It’s always interesting for the reader as the artist keeps himself on his toes.”
—Danny Djeljosevic, 4.5/5 stars
“François Vigneault has created a multifaceted, fully dimensional universe in these opening two chapters of a six-part series. Any science fiction fan can quickly find themselves comfortable in the setting of this tension-filled moon. But the setting on the moon feels unfamiliar because it’s so specific, so unique to Vigneault’s imagination and so full-fledged in its vision… The settings of the mining colony are presented in small but telling details in the foreground and background—we’re neither overwhelmed nor underwhelmed by detail. Instead we get just enough detail in Vigneault’s artwork—wonderfully presented in black, white and orange—to make Titan come alive as we read about it.”
—Jason Sacks, 3.5/5 stars
François Vigneault, interview by Suzette Smith
Compared to the eloquent tone of illustrator/publisher/comics artist François Vigneault, I write like a stampeding rhino. I’m pretty sure I was asked to interview him because my name is French and I don’t intimidate easy. François told me he usually feels pummeled with questions about organizing/editing/publishing so I tried to steer conversation towards fighting and plush ladies instead. If you are my friend you will pretend that’s not what I always write about.
François, I’m making up some questions to ask you for your super personal deeeeeeep Gridlords interview. What if I just ask you for advice the whole time? Financial advice.
We can talk about anything. Usually when I am interviewed it is about my role in organizing/editing/publishing, so I’d be delighted to talk about art for a change? I am reading from my sci-fi comic Titan, so I’d be happy to talk about that. Themes that will be involved with that comic someday: Sexual chemistry, worker/management issues, genetic fate, music and culture, economics, getting caught up in the tide of history, science fiction stuff. You know.
Titan #1 Available for Pre-Order Now!
Family Style is delighted to present the first full-length comic from François Vigneault in over five years, Titan #1! Wowza!
Titan is the story of MNGR João da Silva, a music-loving productivity expert sent from Earth to the moon of Titan, where he finds himself embroiled in the dangerous tensions between the geneticaly-engineered Titan workers and their Terran management, a situation that threatens to boil over at a moment’s notice. Is the union representative Phoebe Mackintosh a friend, a foe, or something else entirely? With mysteries and danger lurking at every turn, João must rely on his intellect and his powerful “i” device to protect himself and maybe even turn a profit. The start of a six-issue sci-fi epic that combines action and adventure with a deep look at the best and the worst aspects of human nature.
Titan #1 collects Part 01: Far, Far Away and Part 02: 99 Problems, both of which can be seen on the Study Group Comics website. The print edition features lush, two-color printing on newsprint interiors, and a fully-painted color cover. The entire book has been re-edited, re-designed, and re-lettered for this new edition.
Titan #1 is premiering at the Stumptown Comics Festival on Saturday, April 27th, where it will be available at the Press Gang booth (along with lots of other new items, including the Esiner-nominated It Will All Hurt by Farel Dalrymple and issue #2 of Study Group Magazine).
You can pre-order Titan #1 right now; mail orders will be shipped out immediately after Stumptown! Pre-orders are greatly appreciated, since they help to defray upfront printing costs… All pre-orders will be signed by the artist and will receive some fun bonus goodies!
Titan Part 03: Hard Headed Woman will be starting up on the Study Group Comics site soon, and a new issue of Titan should be out before the end of the year.