Fantagraphics has announced that it will be releasing a series of hardcovers featuring the work of French cartoonist Jacques Tardi.
In August, the publisher will release West Coast Blues, a hard-boiled crime thriller, and the surreal and satiric You Are Here.
“Tardi has always been one of my top favorite European cartoonists,” said series editor Kim Thompson, who will also be translating the books. “I’ve wanted to do this for many years — pretty much as long as we’ve been publishing — and I think the time is ripe. In today’s graphic-novel world, the audience is finally ready for Tardi.”
In Spring 2010, Fantagraphic will release It Was the War of the Trenches, a graphic novel set in World War I.
Tardi, who is best known in the U.S. for his Dark Horse-published heroine Adèle Blanc-Sec, has won every French cartooning award including the Grand Prize of Angoulême, and has created over 30 graphic novels in a wide variety of genres.