The Initiates by Etienne Davodeau
A Comic Artist and a Wine Artisan Exchange Jobs

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...The Initiates is not your slam-bang mainstream graphic entertainment: sweetly contemplative, it looks at both its worlds with curious appreciation and an eye for telling specifics.
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Winner of:
Gourmand Magazine Best US wine book translation
Slate Cartoonist Studio Award nominee

A graphic novel that explores the nature of one’s vocation, this book offers a look at the daily devotion to craft in two dissimilar professions. Étienne Davodeau is a comic artist—he doesn’t know much about the world of winemaking. Richard Leroy is a winemaker—he’s rarely even read comics. But filled with good will and curiosity, the two men exchange professions, and Étienne goes to work in Richard’s vineyards and cellar, while Richard, in return, leaps into the world of comics. Providing a true-life representation of how both professions work, this insightful book investigates two fascinating fields, exploring each man’s motivations and ultimately revealing that their endeavors and aspirations are not much different.

 

About Etienne Davodeau

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Étienne Davodeau is a French comics author who has won multiple awards and authored numerous critically acclaimed graphic novels.
 
Published March 15, 2013 by NBM Publishing. 272 pages
Genres: Comics & Graphic Novels, Education & Reference, Cooking.
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Publishers Weekly

Above average
on Apr 01 2013

...what comes through clearly is that both men genuinely appreciate others...Davodeau reinforces this idea of quiet appreciation with a muted color palette...

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Blog Critics

Above average
Reviewed by Bill Sherman on Aug 02 2014

...The Initiates is not your slam-bang mainstream graphic entertainment: sweetly contemplative, it looks at both its worlds with curious appreciation and an eye for telling specifics.

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NY Journal of Books

Below average
Reviewed by Paul W. Jameson on Mar 01 2013

Graphic novel fans may find the subject matter too unusual, while readers interested in wine may find the format too unusual.

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