de Crécy on Kyoto

Nicolas de Crecy has an eclectic and satisfying collection of work  from what seems to be a visit to Kyoto. some fast ones at a cafe, and some more constructed ones mixing Japanese mythology and busy afternoon traffic.

Humanoids recently published a hardcover collection of his comics: THE CELESTIAL BIBENDUM, which is quite heavy with hard covers, slipcase and about 200 pages. it’s full of melting architecture, talking sea dogs and old guys with flat single color bodies.

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in truth, the French are much better at depicting New York than New Yorkers. It’s a fictional New York you can only visit in his books.

which brings to mind the animated feature The Triplets of Belleville.

It is not accidental that de Crecy’s aesthetic is all over that film, he was a part of the production early on, but then left (apparently due to artistic conflict) and the director continued with the art. Here is a great de Crecy-esq background by Evgeni Tomov from that film.

and one last drawing by de Crecy before we’re done.

3 thoughts on “de Crécy on Kyoto”

  1. Whoa- these are amazing. I’ve always found his comics a little too muddy and yucky looking so I could never really “get it”… but now I see.

  2. These are super… I only have read his “Salvatore” Vol. 1 book about this dog mechanic that steals parts from each car he fixes so he can build this one kick-ass mega car to go to South America in to see this other dog he has the hots for.

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