Sammy Harkham (Editor, Kramers Ergot)
"...an enjoyable slap in the face from two of the most unique and exciting cartoonists I've come across yet."
Lilli Carré (Heads or Tails)
"Now that I can read it, I'm delighted by how evil and mean-spirited the work is."
Dash Shaw (Bottomless Belly Button, Bodyworld)
Winner of the Prix Révélation at the Festival International de la Bande Dessinée d Angoulême
Florent Ruppert (b. 1979) and Jérôme Mulot (b. 1981) began their creative partnership as art students in Dijon, France. Their intensely collaborative comics are drawn by both artists in a shared visual style simultaneously abstract and gestural that obscures the individual contribution of either hand. Throughout their work, Ruppert and Mulot deftly interweave the naturalistic and the synthetic, playfully manipulating productive tensions in comics, cognition and social culture. Their complex and dazzling comics pages incorporate visual devices from related media, including film and optical toys. Their cinematic figure drawing enlivens mask-like, schematic faces that alienate even as they solicit involvement. Disorienting, bracing and darkly comedic, Barrel of Monkeys prismatically examines the human bestiary at its most surreal and transgressive. It is their first book to be published in an English-language edition.
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Published January 23, 2013
by Rebus Books.
Comics & Graphic Novels.