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.