The Sea (Hardcover)

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A seafaring tale soaked in surrealism — the English-language graphic novel debut of Danish cartoonist Villadsen.

A fisherman traversing the ocean is used to danger and surprise, but what happens when he pulls up his net and catches a newborn baby and a talking fish? Thus begins a story full of provocative symbolism and a madness that doesn’t just bubble beneath the surface of the water, but drenches the sailor—and reader—like a tidal wave. Danish cartoonist Rikke Villadsen makes her English-language debut with this seafaring tale soaked in surrealism that is ultimately about the end of one life, the beginning of another, and a man, literally and figuratively, lost at sea.

About the Author

Rikke Villadsen is an artist and cartoonist from Denmark. She participated in the 2010 Nordicomic workshop and anthology and has been nominated four times for the Ping Award.

Praise For…

Elegant and evocative. ... Villadsen sails on a surrealist tide in this wispy ode to the unknowable depths of the ocean.
— Publishers Weekly

A mesmerizing read.
— New York Journal of Books

Villadsen’s art embraces a curious mix of realism and the absurd.
— Broken Frontier

The trip itself is worth the cost of any cruise on Villadsen's idiosyncratic sea.
— PopMatters

Villadsen's cartooning is as lush as it is strange. With the first page turn you can see the power in it; her graphite illustrations are stunning.
— Comics MNT

Coupled with Villadsen's vision of woman unfettered by man, the symbolic core of The Sea and her captivating illustration make it a powerful read.


Product Details
ISBN: 9781683961499
ISBN-10: 1683961498
Publisher: Fantagraphics
Publication Date: January 15th, 2019
Pages: 104
Language: English