Men at Sea

by Riff Reb's

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Editions:Paperback Original with French Flaps: $ 24.95
ISBN: 9781682473870
Size: 8.00 x 11.00 in
Pages: 120

Men at Sea is an opus of eight spectacularly drawn dark, poetic stories adapted by Riff Reb’s.

This collection offers:

● “A Smile of Fortune,” from Joseph Conrad

● “The Sea Horses” and “The Shamraken Homeward Bound,” from William Hope Hodgson

● “The Galley Slaves” and “The Far South,” from Pierre Mac Orlan

● “A Descent into the Maelstrom,” from Edgar Allan Poe

● “The Three Customs Officers,” from Marcel Schwob

● “The Shipwreck,” from Robert Louis Stevenson

These eight tales, themselves interspersed by seven double-page spreads dedicated to extracts from illustrated classics, deliver a rich, poetic, and masterfully crafted work of life and death on the sea.

Reviews:ADM. James G. Stavridis, USN (Ret.), sixteenth Supreme Allied Commander, NATO, former Dean of Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University wrote:

“The extraordinary combination of both chilling art and literary text make this superb graphic novel a ship upon which the reader can sail the oceans — in all their power and glory.”

Publishers Weekly wrote:

“A storybook style that entrancingly depicts deep emotions with its use of stark, macabre colors, harsh shading, and darkly cartoonish faces.”

ICv2 wrote:

“This is a visually beautiful book…. For an adult reader who wants graphic versions of sea stories, this is a remarkable piece of work.”

Sea History wrote:

“The artist’s vivid illustrations give us a compelling visual interpretation of maritime tales by classic writers of the nineteenth century…. Reb’s has done his nautical research. His many drawings of vessels—the deck fittings, the rigging and sails—are all precisely and accurately drawn. The people in his drawings are more stylized, especially the faces. This makes the characters more expressive and interesting… This volume provides satisfying tales of the dangers and excitement of a life at sea.”

Comics Grinder wrote:

Men at Sea is one of the most striking collections of short works in comics seen in some time…. This is a virtual treasure trove for those who love art, literature, and history.”

—Comic Book Creator wrote:

“...Stunning. The large, beautiful illustrations and solid scripts—translated by Joe Johnson, who does a fine job—float together in crashing waves of enjoyment.” wrote:

Men at Sea includes an adaptation of eight short stories from authors like Edgar Allan Poe and Robert Louis Stephenson. If you loved The Lighthouse and The Terror: Season 1 this book will have something for you. With new lettering for this translation by Mitchell, all of the stories have horror elements, but the fallout is different each time. Some of them will hit that personal horror sweet spot…. Others are like horror movies you stay up too late to watch and then wish you hadn’t because you can’t shake it off…. These unnerving sea tales won’t easily be forgotten.”

The Ensign wrote:

“This graphic novel collection has eight grim sea stories by the likes of Robert Louis Stevenson and Edgar Allen Poe. Riff Reb’s illustrates each in a monochromatic style that hooks your attention.”

Sequential Tart wrote:

“If you like creepy stories, tragedies, stories about the sea, pirates, and historical fiction, or if you like the list of included authors, then definitely get this book! You won't be disappointed.”

Virtual Mirage wrote:

“From galley slaves being inspected by a young lady of royal blood to Homer's Odyssey, with Ulysses standing on deck navigating between Scilla and Charybdis, the journeys are graphically represented…. An interesting gift for the millennial or Gen X'er in your life.” wrote:

“Riff Reb’s is a truly remarkable storyteller; his artwork is timeless and evocative and his skills at writing easily match it. As a man who has always loved the sea, I have always been aware of the element of the unknown it embodies. It looks beautiful but it can be dangerous, and this fine graphic novel captures this perfectly. Riff has adapted classic stories from Edgar Allan Poe, Jack London, Robert Louis Stevenson, Jules Verne and more, in the most perfect and unique fashion…. Strange and beautiful in equal measure, this is a fine example of what can be done with the medium of the graphic novel.”

About the Contributor

Riff Reb’s was born in Algeria and lived his formative years in Le Havre, France. He attended The School of Decorative Arts and later co-founded the Azylum Studio, a place of creativity for now-recognized artists. Their first project, Spartakus and the Sun Beneath the Sea, an animated series, was adapted simultaneously as a comic book. After years of publishing comics in France and developing a bittersweet drawing style, Riff Reb’s has become a leading figure in a new school of comic books, skillfully blending a dynamic, innovative drawing style with an often-irreverent style of speech.