Mitchum - Blutch
Mitchum - Blutch - (232 pages, English, softcover, published by New York Review Comics)
Originally released as a series of comics in the 1990s, 'Mitchum' is a collection of short stories by French comic book creator Blutch, translated by Matt Madden. The stories share overarching themes, in which the artist and the complicated relationship with his muse are central. With his expressive handwriting and ad hoc storylines, Blutch freely associates with American pop culture, film noir as well as Matisse and Picasso. Just like his handwriting, the (erotic) stories flow and blot together.
'Blutch' is the pseudonym of the French illustrator/comic artist Christian Hincker (1967). He is known for his expressive ink work and (sometimes) absurd and cynical humor. As an illustrator he works for Libération and The New-Yorker, among others. As a comics maker, he made his debut in 1988 in the magazine Fluide Glacial with 'Pecos Jim' and several short stories. Over the years he published the series 'Johnny Staccato' and 'Mademoiselle Sunnymoon'. Christian Hincker won the Grand Prix de la Ville d'Angoulême in 2009 and was director of the same festival in 2010.