So I went back to the Hugo Pratt exhibit with a friend of mine. It was later in the day, so it was slower and I had more opportunity to take more blurry pictures.
Here are the findings.
I went down to the Hugo Pratt exposition at La Pinacothèque de Paris. Corto Maltese is one of the greatest comic books ever produced, a massive influence on how I write comics, and who I want to be when I grow up, so I was dying to go. I knew I would love it, but I didn’t expect it to be so damn massive.
Here are some shots I was able to sneak in with my camera phone. Forgive the blurriness, but this shit had to be covert.
It gets better.
So then I saw this.
And was shocked to see a room filled with every. single. page of Ballad of Salt Sea, in order. All originals, of course.
That looked like this.
And here’s a few more blurry shots of brilliant art.
And there you go.
It’s really a damn shame Corto Maltese isn’t available in English right now. I hope the Universe collections come out and don’t suck.
Give it a read to find out what Angouleme finds I tore into first, what comic makes me think the entire industry is drunk, which publisher is not getting the recognition it deserves and just how many times I’ve read and reread and reread again every single issue of Casanova.
Ok, well; maybe that’s a slight exagerration, but it’s how my brain feels right now.
But, well, Corto Maltese is coming back.
This is one of my all-time favorite comics and it hasn’t been in print in the United States, in English, since the early 90s.
I am so fucking stoked right now.