Love: The Dinosaur

LOVE: The Dinosaur

WE ALL HAVE SAVAGE DAYS…

Life in the primordial swamps of prehistoric Earth was a daily trial of survival, especially for the smaller dinosaurs just trying to get by without being trampled, attacked, or eaten.  Not even the biggest beasts were safe, as there always seemed to be an even bigger threat looming on the horizon. This exciting tale, written by Frederic Brremaud, is told without narration or dialogue, conveyed entirely through the beautiful illustrations of Federico Bertolucci.  A beautiful, powerful tale of survival in the animal kingdom that explores the all-too-identifiable, universal concepts of Courage and Survival.

The fourth volume in the lavishly illustrated series of wildlife graphic novels, each following a single central animal through an adventurous day in their natural environment. Each tale depicts genuine natural behavior through the dramatic lens of Disney-esque storytelling, like a nature documentary in illustration.

  • Written by Frédéric Brrémaud
  • Illustrated by Federico Bertolucci
Publishers Weekly

“...Breathtaking Beauty…”

“…gorgeous full page illustrations that recall Disney’s animated classics.”
Kirkus Reviews

“Visually lavish and unforgettable.``

“…a visually arresting tale of survival and reunion.” “…the book is gorgeous and the panels, breathlessly paced…”
SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL

``Expertly controlled...``

“A beautiful slice-of-life graphic novel…”
Comicbook- resources (CBR)

“a monument to modern sequential narrative.”

“…gorgeously rendered and ultimately heartwarming story”
THE COMICS BEAT

``Animalistic Ferocity has Never Looked as Gorgeous as it Does in LOVE``

“…If you are someone who loves comics for its ability to grant narrative meaning to still images, this book was made for you.”
J.H. WILLIAMS III

(Eisner Award Winning Artist of SANDMAN & PROMETHEA)

“…A stunning visual delight that paints the natural world with a lush sense of wonder and graceful wit. You will joyfully lose yourself in its abundance.”
Whatcha- reading .com

``a perfect example of what this medium can achieve.``

“Their storytelling is not only fluid and approachable but utterly beautiful.
Pastramination.com

10 out of 10

“If you’re a huge dinosaur buff like myself, or if you just like to read quality comics, then your going to want to pick this book up.”
  • Pages: 80 pages
  • Format: Hardcover with spot-glossed elements and curved corners
  • Size:  8.5″ x 11″
  • Cover Price: $17.99
  • ISBN:  978-1-942367-36-9
  • DOC:  NOV161681
  • RELEASE DATE: January, 2017

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LOVE: THE FOX

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LOVE: THE TIGER

A lush paradise when viewed from a distance, providing camouflage to a daily Hell of trials and survival for those who live there. Portrayed as a day in the life of the king of the jungle, this lavishly illustrated story follows a single majestic tiger through a wordless adventure as it hunts prey and defends itself from other would-be killers defending their own territory.

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INTERVIEW with Fred and Fed!

How do you create compelling characters and story, when your cast is all wild animals and the whole thing is wordless?

FREDERIC:  This is a very good question, because Love is not a series where we just try to cover a list of animals. After The Dinosaur, we will not simply make “The Insects.” There are themes that we want to develop, and we look in nature for how to illustrate them. Whether it is normal daily survival and providing for yourself, as with The Tiger; or surviving disaster through instinct with The Fox; social inclusion with The Lion; or betrayal and persistence with The Dinosaur, animals reflect themselves on us. Many readers were surprised when we chose to present The Lion.  They physically resemble felines, but only physically. I believe that the lion and the tiger have a totally opposite life. The first is social, the other not.

Of course, there is also partially a desire to illustrate an entire microcosm. Who has not dreamed of a story with clashing dinosaurs, huge trees, and flying carnivores?  To write these silent stories, I talked a lot with documentary filmmakers, notably with Jacques Perrin’s team (director of OCEANS and WINGED MIGRATION). For the Love stories, as in documentaries, editing and rhythm are paramount. It is impossible to build a story based on an animal eating a mouse, then a rat, then a rabbit, and so on until the end. It is necessary to vary the scenes with contemplation, calm then action, find the right balance and ensure that the reader does not read through the story in 2 minutes. On the contrary, you want the reader to get lost in each panel, and to forget that it is a comic book. The sounds of nature must come to mind automatically (something more difficult to achieve when there are word balloons).

Discoveries on what dinosaurs might have looked like are rapidly evolving. How did you decide how to visualize the extinct creatures in Love: The Dinosaur?

FEDERICO:  I tried to represent the dinosaurs according to the latest theories that scientists have proposed, and especially considering that their direct relationship with the birds of this was definitely something concrete.

What are some of your favorite depictions of dinosaurs in other media?

FEDERICO:  Surely the cinema, with Jurassic Park, has marked our imagination and gave us really striking images, but also many BBC documentaries, made with the latest technologies of computer graphics, have made the world of the past within the reach of the general public. My favorite dinosaurs, however, are always the ones designed by Bill Watterson in his comic strip Calvin and Hobbes.

Why the series name “Love”? What does that mean to you, in this context?

FREDERIC:  Love, in our series, has a global meaning, even divine. It belongs to a world where all elements have a place. A great whole, which man does not often perceive, and often unintentionally destroys. At the beginning of each book, we find it important to remember this definition:

“In the animal kingdom, animals neither love nor hate each other.  Love and hate are parts of a natural whole. A supreme balance many consider to be universal, or even divine. an elemental love.  A Love that mankind could never experience.”

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