Fantagraphics has been publishing translated editions of graphic novels by French cartoonist Jacques Tardi, also known simply as Tardi, for over a decade. The publisher’s latest translated offering, of Tardi’s first solo graphic novel, Farewell, Brindavoine, is due out next month, and today Fantagraphics has released, exclusive to The Beat, a trailer for the forthcoming graphic novel, which is being translated into English by Jenna Allen.
Here’s how Fantagraphics describes Farewell, Brindavoine:
Paris, 1914. In one auspicious night, Lucien Brindavoine’s humdrum life is thrown into wild disarray. Out of the blue, a strange old man visits Brinvadoine’s flat and implores him to go to Istanbul to seek his destiny. No sooner are these fateful words spoken than a shot is fired through the window and the man is murdered by a mysterious assailant. Thus kicks off a madcap adventure wherein the mild-mannered dilettante Brindavoine races to the Middle East — by boat, plane, and jeep —with cutthroat assassins threatening him at every turn. After much ado, he encounters an iron city in the desert where an eccentric American billionaire will decide his fate.
Farewell, Brindavoine was originally released by French publisher Casterman in 1974 as Adieu, Brindavoine. The book’s titular character would go on to play a role in Tardi’s Adèle Blanc-Sec stories, titled The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec, which have been previously translated and released by Fantagraphics in two volumes in 2010 and 2011. Director Luc Besson adapted The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec to film in 2010.
Farewell, Brindavoine is due out in stores on Tuesday, June 8th, and is available for preorder directly from Fantagraphics now.