This just in: the capacious Rachel Cooke, writing in The Guardian, has made a list of her five favorite graphic novels of the past year, and not only did Chantal Montellier’s Social Fiction make the cut, it’s one of only two translated volumes to do so.
With its focus on the horrors of totalitarianism — I like the newlywed eugenics one! — it won’t make for the cheeriest of Christmas presents, but it is gripping and sometimes darkly funny.
It’s a terrific list. And as I’m posting this from Montreal, it’s especially nice to see NYRC flanked by two Drawn & Quarterly titles: Roaming, by Jillian Tamaki and Mariko Tamaki, and Juliette, by Camille Jourdy (translated by Aleshia Jensen).