London Inferno, the crime graphic novel I created with LF Bollée, is now available to pre-order from Comixology. It’s released digitally on 22 June, and in print on 17 August. 87 pages, mature readers. Click here:
Originally created in 2003 and published in France by EP Editions, Bollée and I re-acquired the rights to it last year. I translated and re-lettered it, and am very happy to see it available for an English-language audience.
The artwork, Indian ink on Bristol Board, shows the influence of artists such as Frank Miller, Eddie Campbell and Mike Mignola, who I was preoccupied with at the time. My love for experimental page layouts and story-telling tricks were sometimes reined in by the editor, Emmanuel Proust, who was trying to curb my wilder instincts so as not to put off French BD fans, who tend to prefer sober page layouts and not too many close-ups.
Two London coppers, John Cope and Mark Hollis, face many dangerous cases together. But Cope is in love with Valerie, Hollis’s wife.
One night, Hollis throws a party. John and Valerie manage to be together during the evening, but Cope leaves… and a terrible crime is committed.
Betrayal, intrigue, and a violent quest for the truth: London Inferno is Sin City meets Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, and it won’t put you down until the end.
“LF BOLLÉE HAS CONSTRUCTED A VERY EXCITING PLOT WITH MULTIPLE TWISTS… THE INK ILLUSTRATIONS OF ROGER MASON PROPEL THE READER THROUGH AN HALUCINATORY THEATRE OF SHADOWS AND LIGHTS.”
“MASON HAS A LOT OF TALENT AND IS A VIRTUOUSO IN BLACK AND WHITE… [LONDON INFERNO] HAS ENOUGH TWISTS TO SPUR THE READER ON RIGHT UNTIL THE END.”
“ELEGANT AND DYNAMIC BRUSHWORK… THE SOBRIETY OF THE DRAWING ADDS UNEASINESS TO THIS GLOOMY AND HOSTILE WORLD.”