Chien Rouge Chien Noir by Bezian

Chien Rouge Chien Noir by Bezian

Where did Lou go? Disappeared for three weeks, Franck worries and begins to ask questions. When he questions his entourage, everyone seems to know him well, but opinions are mixed, even confused. Originally published in 1999 at PMJ, a new life is now offered to Red Dog Black Dog thanks to Carabas editions. After Do not touch anything or Soldiers of honor who have probably allowed Bézian to reach a wider audience, this is an opportunity to return to a more confidential work. The paw of the author is immediately recognizable with his graphic so personal, nervous and angular. The atmosphere is very intimate, not to say stifling, based on a duotone (black, white and gray-green) giving the whole a dim light. The characters themselves seem to lack space, ending up in a bar, a bed, a stairwell, or a dark alley. No wide shot, just frames giving the impression of following the action closely, a camera on the shoulder. And then comes this red color. The story is interspersed with empty boxes with red edges, totally irregular, unexpected. A way to impose a certain rhythm of reading? The scenes follow one another, gradually raising the veil on this mysterious Lou and the relations he has with the various actors. And when the author finally seems willing to give us the key to his enigma, it is only to better misguide us. First an old neighbor raising questions about consciousness and the imaginary. Then a sequence all red, elusive, with boxes arranged in the same places as those left empty before, as to indicate that they had been removed to be collected at the end of the album. What is the meaning of all this? Perhaps it is necessary to look for those few books seen on a shelf, like Ulysses by James Joyce. One thing is certain, many readers may be confused and disoriented. Red dog Black dog is an album that is in the end quite hermetic. However, it is well worth the detour as Bézian is an author in the original style leaving nothing to chance, with the desire to make the most of the possibilities offered by comics. (www.bdgest.com)

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