The creative collaboration between Ruppert and Mulot – who written and drawn by both artists in a "shared visual style" – began when they met at the National School of Arts in Dijon, France. Their work has been published in France for close to a decade. Astute Copacetic customers may recall seeing their 2008 work, Le Tricheur (The Cheat), in the Finnish edition published by Huuda Huuda, in the import area of our small press table. Originally published in France in 2006,Barrel of Monkeys is their first work to be published in an English-language edition, and is the first release of Rebus Books, the newly launched publisher headed by noted comics scholar, Bill Kartalopoulos. It is, like all of Ruppert and Mulot's works that we have been exposed to, a graphically inventive presentation of people behaving badly. It's been getting plenty of good press, much of which you can access via the Rebus Books Tumblr page.
The latest from the renowned French comics team of Ruppert & Mulot – and, crucially, colorist Isabelle Merlet, whose choice of palette and overall color scheme is central to this work's appeal – weaves together artistic production, modern technology and contemporary sexual mores in a tapestry of self-abnegation in the service of self-realization.
According to Fanta, The Perineum Technique is "a contemporary meditation on seduction and intimacy in our era of hyperconnectivity. Playing skillfully with visual metaphor in lieu of sexual explicitness, Florent Ruppert and Jérôme Mulot invite you to follow them into a charged maze of emotional head games, as experienced through the subconscious of young romance."
IS it French? Yes, very. (But, of course, here quite serviceably translated into the English language by Jessie Aufiery.)
Full Color (with color by Isabelle Merlet) | Hardcover | 8 1/2" x 11" | 104 pages