I’m always grateful when I see beautiful French graphic novels being translated in English, particularly when it’s work as wonderful as Ingrid Chabbert and Carole Maurel’s graphic novel WAVES. Originally published in French in March 2017 by Steinkis under the title Écumes, Ingrid Chabbert and Carole Maurel created a deeply personal heart-wrenching tale about motherhood, loss, sorrow, love and renewal. They manage to find an innovative way to talk about grief and processing loss that I’ve found quite touching.
BOOM! Studios has kindly provided The Beat with an exclusive preview of the first ten pages of the upcoming English edition of the original graphic novel WAVES coming out in May 2019. It will be published under BOOM! Studios’ Archaia imprint, which has been publishing some terrific work these past few years such as Mouse Guard by David Petersen, About Betty’s Boob by Vero Cazot and Julie Rocheleau and Bolivar by Sean Rubin.
WAVES is the moving and personal story based on the author’s Ingrid Chabbet’s experiences trying to conceive. Here’s how BOOM! Studios describe the book:
After years of difficulty trying to have children, a young woman and her wife finally announce their pregnancy, only to have the most joyous period of their lives become one of unexpected heartbreak. While drowning in an ocean of sorrow following their loss, the young couple begin a journey of renewal and hope as they learn to live and love again.
Without further ado, see below for a preview of WAVES