Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Entry 96: My Favorite Things- Part 2: Six Hundred And Seventy-Six Apparitions of Killoffer

Here we go, My second "Favorite Things" post. Last time I posted about Gyo. If you checked it out based on my recommendation, I hope you weren't disappointed.

This time I'm posting about Six Hundred And Seventy-Six Apparitions of Killoffer by French artist Patrice Killoffer.

The first time I looked through this book at my buddy D.J.'s I knew at a glance that it was something that I wanted and I quickly shut it as not to spoil it. The work is just so great looking, and when I finally got a copy for myself I found that it doesn't just look good. This is some masterful comic making.

The character in the book is Killoffer himself. He's visiting Montreal, his dirty dishes still in the sink back home in Paris, festering.  He is a man with urges. Every attractive woman he sees he wants. He's ravenous, and these urges Begin to take on lives of there own. Literally! He sees a beautiful woman and suddenly there are two of him, one that goes about his business and the other who drops everything to act on his urge and pursue the woman.
The idea of all of these doubles of him spontaneously appearing comes about so naturally in the comic book format since a comic page usually contains multiple images of a single character existing on a page simultaneously. This simultaneity is even more apparent in the montage style pages that Killoffer uses in this book. When Killoffer divides there's no suggestion of how this happens physically, it's merely the comic character  taking two different paths, existing on the page simultaneously.
With every depraved thought that Killoffer has taking on its own life, soon there are hundreds of Killoffer doubles. And they all seem to be the worst of him, horny violent slobs. Needless to say things get ugly fast. The last scenes in this book are not for the faint of heart. It's savage, disturbing, and to me, thrilling.

This is Killoffer's first work to be translated into English and I have to say, "please, more Killoffer."   This book is so great, I'm anxious to see more from this guy.


  1. so amazing! really good stuff. thanks for the link

  2. wooow, I love the abstract characters. even moreso that they all have shit in their carts.
    You know, when you posted the Herge homage pages and the astroboy piece i was going to ask if you had considered trying a cartoonier style?
    I think after seeing this I see something percolating in the back of your mind, even if you don't realize it, that I feel is similar to what's going on in mine, which is to eventually overhaul your work at some point down the line, maybe the way Mignola did with his.
    But I think we may be of one mind in that we have to flush that Homage Studios influence out of our systems. Personally, I think there's still something to be said in that style-vein, and maybe Charest is saying it right now, but he's so slow that it ends up getting lost a little.
    Maybe that makes sense to you maybe not.

  3. I know what your talking about. Something has been percolating in the back of my mind. I guess you could call it a style overhaul, though I'm not thinking of going cartoonier. I'm always pushing my style in different directions and I have tried a few things in a cartoon style and I think cartooning is something that is present to different degrees in everything I do. It hasn't been as big a factor in Shield as it was in Knights of the old Republic for tonal reasons. I guess what I feel like I'm working towards is a style that is less fussed over. I'm not talking about less detail. For me detail is like cartooning in that it's what I'm going to do or not do for the tone of the project. I'm talking about just being faster about it and not worrying if lines are straight or if my perspective is accurate, stuff like that. I just want to quickly capture what I want to capture and move on.
    I don't think I'll be able to give myself over to that approach until I'm working on a story of my own.