London Inferno is now available to buy from Markosia, through this link, both book and pdf. Crime graphic novel, 86 pages, mature readers.
“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.”
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.
Originally created in 2003 and published in France by EP Editions, LF Bollée and I re-acquired the publishing rights last year. I translated and re-lettered it, and am very happy to see it available in English.
The artwork, Indian ink on A3 Bristol board, shows the influence of artists 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.
“MASON HAS A LOT OF TALENT AND IS A VIRTUOSO 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.”
Read my other graphic novel The Mice, on this site, HERE.