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Blacksad. 5, Amarillo
Díaz Canales, Juan, 1972-
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First edition.
Publication Information:
Milwaukie, OR : Dark Horse Comics, 2014.
Physical Description:
63 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 29 cm.
In this highly anticipated follow-up to the multiple award-winning A Silent Hell, hardboiled detective John Blacksad finds himself on the road across 1950s America, cruising in a golden Cadillac Eldorado west from New Orleans, while taking a much-needed break from the deadly dramas that dog his feline tail--or so he thinks. Before long, Blacksad's hard luck catches up with him, landing him smack in the middle of another murder and in pursuit of a down-and-out Beat generation writer whose own luck might just have run out.--[P.4] cover.
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When feline detective John Blacksad lands a side job driving a rich Texan's Cadillac across 1950's America, he thinks it will provide him with a well-earned rest. Before long, however, the car is stolen and Blacksad finds himself caught up in another murder mystery. Roughneck bikers, a shifty lawyer, a down-and-out Beat generation writer and some sinister circus folk form part of this troubled journey. A tightly-written story and sumptuous artwork form another instantly appealing instalment, a twisted anthropomorphic take on the great American road trip.

Author Notes

At an early age, Juan D#65533;az Canales became interested in comics and their creation, which progressed and broadened out to include animated films. At the age of 18, he entered a school for animation. In 1996 he founded, together with three other artists, a company called Tridente Animation. Through this, he has worked with European and American companies, providing plots and scripts for comics and animation films, as well as directing animated television series and animation movies. During this period he met Juanjo Guarnido, with whom Canales decided to create comics based around a private investigator, Blacksad. After contacting several editors, Guarnido and Canales finally signed on with French publisher Dargaud, and in November 2000, Somewhere Within the Shadows was published. It was a great success with both critics and the public, and was awarded the Prix de la D#65533;couverte at the Sierre International Comics Festival and the "Avenir" Prize at the Lys-lez-Lannoy Festival, in Switzerland and France respectively. In March 2003 the second album Arctic-Nation , was released. It was once again a great success, winning the Angoul#65533;me Audience Award and the Festival Prize for Artwork in 2004. The third instalment of the Blacksad series, Red Soul , was published in 2005. In 2006 it was awarded the Angoul#65533;me Prize for a Series. The author lives in Madrid, Spain.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

The return of feline 1950's-era gumshoe John Blacksad is always worth looking forward to. In the wake of the tragic events of the previous story, A Silent Hell, Blacksad seeks short-term employment in any field other than private investigation and accepts a wealthy Texas's offer to drive his flashy Cadillac from New Orleans to Tulsa. That seemingly simple gig gets crazier when a pair of radical beatnik poets riding steal the car and take it to Amarillo, Texas, where a traveling circus, a mysterious woman with a secret, attempted rape, a vengeful former FBI agent, and a gang of bikers straight out of The Wild One swirl in a maelstrom of cold-blooded murder. Once again Canales and Guardino pull off a noir tour de force, skillfully crafting a riveting script bolstered by stunning watercolor illustrations, proving that their previous Eisner and Harvey awards - and acclaim in Europe, where Blacksad is an icon - were no hollow accolades. But while the script is a solid Chandler-esque thriller, it's Guarnido's animation-influenced artwork that's the true draw here, with each panel rife with detail, color, and unforgettable character designs. (Oct.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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