Run Like Crazy Run Like Hell

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Fantagraphics Books
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7.6 X 10.6 X 0.7 inches | 1.3 pounds
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About the Author

The Marseilles-born Jean-Patrick Manchette (1942-1995) authored ten short, tough-minded, highly acclaimed crime novels, as well as a multitude of other books, screen- and teleplays, magazine columns, and translations of American crime and science fiction novels. A lifelong comics fan, he also wrote the hardboiled graphic novel Griffu for Jacques Tardi in 1978, and in the late 1980s, was selected to translate the French edition of Watchmen.
Tardi is a pioneering, internationally award-winning European cartoonist. His Adele Blanc-Sec series was adapted into a feature by Luc Besson, and the animated film April and the Extraordinary World was inspired by his cartooning. He lives in Paris with his wife, the singer Dominique Grange, and their cats.
Doug Headline is the son of Jean-Patrick Manchette, and a prominent French journalist, editor, writer and director.


...[A] fantastic series of chase scenes, reversals, close calls on both ends, betrayals and surprising new allies. Through it all, Tardi's figure work, fluid panel-to-panel transitions and mastery of using backgrounds to enhance rather than detract from a narrative dominate the story.--Rob Clough
The maniacs in this comic don't even give you a chance to breathe, it just ramps up and starts rolling.--A.J. McGuire
Tardi's atmospheric visuals, with their inky line work and solid compositions, are perfectly suited to Manchette's noirish milieu. The cartooniness of his figures, juxtaposed against the soundly realistic settings, perfectly matches the matter-of-factly over-the-top nature of this blackest of mordantly comedic capers.--Gordon Flagg
Each page looks besmirched with the muck and grime of the French countryside -- or, eventually, with brains, blood and gnarly bits of bone. The book's centrepiece, a chaotic chase scene through a crowded town square and supermarket, reads like a master class in comic-book storytelling. This is a fine, tough, bloody one.--Sean Rogers
The whole work drips with style and that hardboiled 70s crime feeling - you could easily imagine this with a suitable soundtrack as a storyboard for a Tarantino movie. It cracks along at a great pace... A fabulous, hard, tough crime fiction ride, perfectly depicted by Tardi.--Joe Gordon
Run Like Crazy Run Like Hell is a fine introduction to the works of both Tardi (the cartoonist) and Manchette (the novelist), ...[and] has the immediacy and tense back-breaking sense of dread and revulsion that should be familiar to Manchette fans. For Tardi fans, here's yet another example that the old master has lost little - if any - of his trademark flair for crafting deep, thrilling, and often violent entertainment.--Nathan Evans