I’d love to take a walk around the inside of your head; I imagine it would be like a journey through The Beatles’ Magical Mystery Tour. How did you come up with the idea for Moonhead & the Music Machine?
Victor Hussenot, the creative talent behind the Nobrow graphic novel The Spectators. Victor studied the Fine Arts in Nancy (France) and now lives and works in the capital, Paris.
Q1: Where did the concept for The Spectators come from?
The idea of Spectators came from the identification of a link between several stories I had written. I realised all my thoughts were based on the observation of a town.
Q2: Your artwork is spectacular, can you describe the process?
Thank you! I worked in several stages. First text then the storyboard, then I pencilled boards. Only at the end did the realization of watercolour appear on the final boards. But I wanted all the stories to be connected visually as well. That is why the person embodies each role, the mind / actor. The true character of the story is his shadow,
Q3: What’s next for Victor Hussenot?
I am preparing a comic that will be a reflection on time … And following the comic book output in Chronicles “The Land of lines”.
Q4: Where do you find your inspiration? Which illustrators do you admire?
The inspiration of my life come mainly from questions I ask myself about the world, about life. But also of philosophy, film, comics and illustration.
I am greatly influenced by Albert Camus or in other areas, Eric Rohmer, Bergman, Fritz Lang, for example. Or, André Juillard Francois Ayroles, the publishing house “The association”.
Check out these photographs of Victors creative process – there are some lovely imagaes of early sketches.
A Dystopian World where Mad Max meets Robocop
During the end of days, all technology and robotics were locked underground in what has become known as the Cyber Realm. The oppressive leader now uses this technology to control the population.
Coming soon – published by Nobrow as part of its 17 x 23 series.
Meet Joey Moonhead. A normal kid in every way. Except one… He has a moon for a head.
Published by Nobrow
Moonhead and the Music Machine
A psychedelic coming of age story.
First stir in the title sequence to Saved By the Bell
Sieve in the sound of The Jimi Hendrix Experience
After that add two drops of the essence of Wassily Kandinsky
Sprinkle with my fading memory of Galaxy High
Then add 2 ladles of surrealism from The Mighty Boosh
Fold into the mixture the triumph of Napoleon Dynamite
Mix together with a bottle of talent and an awesome story and… perhaps, you’d end up with something close to Moonhead and the Music Machine.
I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this book.
El Deafo is a 2015 Newbery Honor Book and deservedly so. It is a story all of us (young & old) can relate to. Starting a new school and making new friends, we’ve all been there and it can be difficult, try doing all of that with a large hearing aid attached to your chest
Cece Bell’s charming autobiographical story is both funny & moving. A graphic novel that tells the story of her formative years as she learns to cope and adjust to her hearing loss. Cece loses her hearing at 4 years old. She experiences education in a school for deaf children and then later she experiences main stream schooling. More than anything Cece just wants to be treated normally, to fit in and make friends.
Published by Amulet Books
Julie Birmant and Clément Oubrerie’s award-winning graphic biography of Pablo Picasso captures the prolific and eventful life of one of the world’s best-loved artists. Pablo takes in Picasso’s early life among the bohemians of Monmartre, his turbulent relationship with Fernande, and the development of a career that began in penury, continued on through scandal and frustration, and reached its climax with the advent of Cubism and modern art.
This stunning graphic biography shows how Picasso’s art developed through his friendship with the poets Max Jacob and Guillaume Apollinaire, the painter Georges Braque, as well as his great rival Henri Matisse.
Sam Bosma‘s debut graphic novel finds our unlikely duo come face-to-face with “He of the Giant Steps,” the ancient guardian of the bountiful tomb they have set out to plunder. In order to fulfill their mission however they’re going to have to abide by the ancient law of the land and better their opponent in a game of hoops! The question is, can they trust their bandaged adversary to play by the rules?
Fantasy Sports is a funny and action-filled graphic novel that will capture the reader’s imagination and re-invigorate a love for the art of comics.
Barbara Stok has become a well known comic artist in The Netherlands for her candid autobiographical comic strips. In 2009 she won the Stripschapprijs, the most prestigious comic awards in the Netherlands, for her entire oeuvre. In addition to her work for newspapers and magazines, she has nine books to her name.
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Stok spent three years working on Vincent, about the artist Vincent van Gogh. In this graphic novel, artist and writer Barbara Stok takes the reader on a journey to the brief and intense period of time that the painter spent in the south of France.
Vincent dreams of setting up an artists’ house in Arles for himself and his friends. However, his attacks of mental illness confuse and disorient him, culminating in the notorious incident with his ear and leaving his dreams shattered. Throughout all of this, Vincent’s brother Theo stands by him, offering constant and unconditional support.
Published by Abrams & Chronicle
I am proud to present this AMAZING graphic novel to my readers. If you haven’t heard of Nobrow before, they are an independent platform for graphic art, illustration and art comics. They started business in 2008 and since then have made a name for themselves as a leading proponent of quality in book design and a standard bearer for original creative content in print publishing.
You’re probably familiar with their children’s books, published under the name of Flying Eye Books.
I’ve said it many times before and I will say it countless more… I am a HUGE, HUGE fan of everything they do!
Marvel at the mesmerising illustrations by Victor Hussenot.
What if we are merely shadows, our characters defined by a simple inflection of light? The realm of possibilities opens up, because in our world we are nothing but spectators.
The Spectators unfolds as a poetic and philosophical introspection on the nature of man. Hussenot’s palette is awash with subtle colour, gently carrying the narrative and allowing the reader to envelop themselves in the lyricism of the work. Reminiscent of French New Wave cinema with its clipped dialogue, gentle pacing and departure from a classic narrative structure, The Spectators is an exciting new graphic novel.
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Image by Victor Hussenot