Written by Nicolas DeCrecy, Art by Nicolas De CrecyVol. 1: Transports of Love (2010)
Vol. 2: An Eventful Crossing (2011)
Published by NBM
Salvatore is about three love stories. The titlecharacter is a miniscule mechanic who pours all his love into the constructionof his Julie-mobile, so that he can travel to South America to be with hislove. Lea is a goth cat—all the characters are anthropomorphized animals—whofinds, and pours all her maternal love onto, a little piglet. Amandine is a sowand mother of Lea’s piglet. So myopic that she’s practically blind, she has allbut turned her back on her twelve other children in her obsession to find herone lost child.
The stories share themesof blindness and obsession. Each character is in love and tries reshaped theirworld in honour of their love. But their world’s aren’t as malleable as theybelieve and while they each pursue their ideals they leave behind aconsiderable amount of wreckage. Salvatore has built his vehicle by stealingparts from his clients. Lea’s parents, who are quite rich, are deeply opposedto having a pig in their house and, because Lea absolutely refuses to get ridof it, are manipulating things in the hopes of getting her to do what theywant. And Amandine’s ignored children have turned to a life of crime and fraudin order to support themselves. Everything is constantly on the verge of ruin,and yet everyone pushes on. Salvatore and Amandine have deeply compromised themselvesin their pursuit of love. Lea’s wealth has helped keep her hands clean, but herfather has set up a long line of dominoes and it is obvious a day of reckoningis coming.
I enjoyed De Crecy’s Glacial Period very much and pickedthese up with great expectations. I was not disappointed. His is the work of a fullymatured and gifted cartoonist, and he tells each of these stories withsympathy, but without excuses. I am sure you’ll enjoy them as much as I did.
Originally Pubished at: David Bird