Knockabout Comics, 9780861661725, 192pp.
Publication Date: April 25, 2011
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Winshluss' graphic novel is an adult noir movie that has elements of both comedy and tragedy. The narrative begins with a shooting, before flashing back to Pinocchio's creation (he is now a robot-like android) and adventures, echoing Collodi's original story, which was far darker than Disney's version. The artwork is primarily done in pen and ink and watercolour, but switches to paint for larger splash panels.
About the Author
Winshluss, born in France 1970, published his first work in the fanzine The Adventures of Miguel in 1995. After an appearance in UPSA Comix, his work appeared in the journals Jade, Scrap Hospital and Brut. Two years later came Super Negra in which the author was already raising the foundations of his very personal graphic style, with his sharp line emphasizing a corrosive and devastating cynicism. He participated in collective Comix 2000 and Lapin in collaboration with Cizo Welcome To The Death Club, 2001. Les Requins Marteaux also in 2001 produced M. Feraille, an iconoclastic book in which he and Cizo brought joy to the heart with a brilliant and hilarious parody of the world of cartoons of the 1950s and Triumphal American capitalism. In the same spirit, they brought their offbeat and irreverent humor to "The Supermarket" and "The Scrap Museum," two of the best ever exhibitions at the Angouleme comics festival in France. The year 2004 saw the release of Smart Monkey. He struck again in 2006 and 2007 in co-producing with Cizo two albums of Buzz & Wizz. These last three albums earned him many nominations at the Angouleme Festival. His most recent book is In God We Trust. In parallel, he started a career in animation and film shorts with Raging Blues and Oh Boy What Nice Legs (with Cizo) and the animated feature Persepolis (under his real name Vincent Parronnaud and co-directed by Marjane Satrapi). The film got the Special Jury Prize in 2007 from the Cannes Film Festival and was nominated in 2008 for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature and a Golden Globe. They are currently teaming up again to adapt Satrapi's 2006 book Chicken with Plums.