Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Blacksad - Detective Cat

Will you read a comic, where a black cat with haunting eyes is a hero? Well, I’d rather jump and read the book than killing myself in curiosity. Actually, I don’t mind as long as it’s a comic book.

I was introduced to these books by Knavukalin Kathalan, a blogger, regular visitor and constructive commenter on Mr. J’s blog.

At my first glace I was stunned by the colourful art & narration style. Set in a teeming, 1940s-style metropolis. I couldn’t wait too long to read all three books. I managed to convince and get this book from one of my friends who returned home on a vacation from UK.

As I said earlier, a black cat is the hero. He is aided by a side kick named “Weekly”. Problem with this Weekly is the odour that he’s got. This guy hates soap and water. :)

Though the characters got animal face, they’ve got human body. When you read the books these books will remind you some personalities such as Adolf Hitler. Humanoid characters are far better than ordinary comics characters.

As I said earlier there are three books. First book is published in 2000 and the last book Red Soul was published in 2005.

  1. Somewhere Within the Shadows (2000)

  2. Arctic Nation (2003)

  3. Red Soul (2005)

If you ever wanted to read above mentioned comics, I suggest you to start with “Somewhere Within the Shadows”. It’ll give you a head on start in the series and you’ll have good understanding about the characters, though “Weekly” is introduced in second book “Arctic Nation”.

Somewehre Within the Shadows (2000)

Blacksad Part 1
Story goes most of the time in narrative style which I prefer most. Black cat, John Blacksad, who is a private detective, goes hunting for a culprit who killed a renowned actress.

Interesting part is, the actress who got murdered is detective Blacksad’s ex. It doubles his anger.

You can meet interesting characters from Rat to Goanna.

PS: I own this book :D

Arctic Nation (2003)

This book gives you an understanding about inter-racial violence and racial segregation of the 1950s in a pseudo-American suburbia called the Line.

Blacksad meets his sidekick in the scene where a black vulture is hanged. Their first meeting was not a good meeting at all. Blacksad’s sidekick ‘Weekly is a reporter for news agency called “What's News”.

You can read full Tamil review on this book, written by Kanavukalin Kathalan.

Red Soul (2005)

(I yet to read…) Excerpt from Wikipedia to give you an overall idea about the story line.

Blacksad is employed as a bodyguard for a rich old tortoise called Hewitt Mandeline, who goes on a gambling trip to Las Vegas. After returning home, Blacksad's last assignment is to accompany him to an art gallery

However, all is not going well for Liebber and the Gotfield Foundation; the lecture hall is mobbed by anti-communist rioters and Blacksad takes an instant dislike for Gotfield, who makes a mockery of the lecture.

Read the rest in the book or read the full plot in Wikipedia. I hate revealing the plot. :)

Movie in Future??

These days you can see comics are debut into movies and making box office hit. No wonder people are rumouring that this comic going to make into a movie. Wow!

Fathers of Blacksad

After telling all these, if I fail to talk about author and artist then I should be sentenced to death. Artist Juan Díaz Canales is a Spanish artist and an animation film director. He’s popularly known for his work with Blacksad books. Again Juanjo Guarnido is a Spanish illustrator and the co-author of this comic book series.

Although it was the creators' first comics endeavour, the first volume was an immense success, selling more than 200,000 copies in France alone. The series has been translated from the original French and Spanish into Bulgarian, Croatian, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Serbian, Swedish and Taiwanese.

Guarnido and Diaz Canales have received several prizes for the impressive, lavish visualisation and the books as a whole, among these three nominations for the Eisner Awards, and an Angoulême Prize for Artwork.

And with a special thanks to Kanavukalin Kathalan, I’m closing this post.

My Rating (9/10)

See you soon in another review :)


  1. நண்பரே,

    ப்ளக்சாடின் மூன்று கதைகள் குறித்த சுருக்கமான ஆனால் சுவையான பதிவு.

    மூன்று கதைகளிலும் எனக்குப் பிடித்தது ஆர்க்டிக் தேசம் தான். ஆனால் மூன்று கதைகளிலும் ஓவியர் சிறப்பாக உழைத்திருப்பார். மூன்றாவது ஆல்பத்தின் கதை எனக்கு திருப்தி தரவில்லை.

    எனக்கு நீங்கள் நன்றி கூறவே வேண்டியதில்லை. புதிய காமிக்ஸ் கதைகளினை நண்பர்களிற்கு தயங்காது அறிமுகப்படுத்தும் உங்களிற்குதான் நான் நன்றிகள் கூற வேண்டும். என் பதிவுக்கு சுட்டி அமைத்ததிற்கு நன்றி நண்பரே.

    உங்கள் அடுத்த பதிவும் ஆவலைத் தூண்டுகிறது. காத்திருக்கிறேன். உங்கள் நண்பர் தன் வெளிநாட்டுப் பயணங்களை இனி உங்களிற்கு தெரிவிப்பாரா என்பது சந்தேகமே :))

    ஒர் வேண்டுகோள். சிங்கள காமிக்ஸ்கள், காமிக்ஸ் சஞ்சிகைகள் பற்றி நீங்கள் எழுதிட வேண்டும் செய்ய்வீர்களா.

    உற்சாகத்துடன் தொடருங்கள்

  2. super post mr J.

    want more from you on the native comics.

    காமிக்ஸ் பிரியன்.
    இவன் பேரன்பும் பெரும் கோபமும் கொண்டவன்.
    காமிக்ஸ் பிரியனின் பதிவுகள்

  3. @கனவுகளின் காதலன்
    மீண்டும் பின்னூட்டத்திற்கு நன்றிகள் நண்பரே.

    சிங்கள காமிக்ஸ் பற்றிய பதிவுகளிற்கான தகவல் சேமிப்பதில் சிரமம் இருக்கின்றது. இருந்தாலும் முயன்று பார்க்கின்றேன்.

    நண்பன் கரகரத்துக்கொண்டே வந்தான் ;)

    பின்னூட்டத்திற்கு நன்றி நண்பரே

    @காமிக்ஸ் பிரியன்
    வரவிற்கும் பின்னூட்டத்திற்கும் நண்றி நன்பரே

  4. I envy U Mr.J Blacksad is out of Print for a long time & I have been hunting for the series like crazy...Thankfully Darkhorse has bought the rights and finally we'll be seeing all three books available sometime next year.

    Have read two of them though can't wait to own them :)

    Came here via Rafiq's Comicology!


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