The Spectators


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Nobrow Press
Publish Date
7.6 X 9.9 X 0.7 inches | 1.0 pounds
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About the Author

Victor Hussenot is a French artist who has already seen major success in his career and is continuing to go from strength to strength. While studying Visual Arts at Beaux-Arts de Nancy in France, he was shortlisted for Angoulême's Young Talent Prize. From this he went on to meet Warum, his first publisher, and has since published several other books in French. Hussenot has exhibited his work all over France.


Beautiful, ethereal [...] Hussenot moves from full page to small frame with fluidity, and his style is impressionistic, as if portraying a series of shadows come to life.
--Los Angeles Times

Hussenot's work combines the colorful geometric look of Brecht Evens and the powerfully metaphorical comic abstractions of Olivier Schwauwen in a book that's a dark, visual delight filled with big ideas.
--Publisher's Weekly

The Spectators brings all the gravity and nuance one would expect from such a unique talent. The art alone is not what makes this graphic novel stand out so brilliantly, but also the main theme Hussenot dives into: the philosophical idea of everyone being a spectator in their own lives. [...] A philosophical idea on its own is very hard to explain, and even more so with few words and pictures. Hussenot shows how it can be done right with this book, and as a result, readers all become spectators of something magical. Nobrow produced this graphic novel in their gorgeous bound hardcover editions, with intense detail to color and presentation, and they have created a beautiful addition to anyone's collection. [...] Truly a wonderful read, to think upon and to take in --- and one you will cherish for looking at on multiple levels.
--Graphic Novel Reporter

It's a treat, honestly, this art. It's almost luxurious in how comfortable you feel just gazing upon it. It guides you as you float from page to page, unsure of how you know you'll keep moving forward. [...] The Spectators is not your average comic.

The introspective nature of the text is tempered by the bright hues of the gorgeously rendered watercolor panels, lending an unsettling, almost cheery intensity to the intentionally vacant facial expressions. Hussenot's angular illustrations glow with sunset colors or slip into shadows, matching the quietly eerie tone of the text. [...] those interested in exploring the idea of individual realities will have plenty of fodder for discussion.

A beautiful work of stunning color and subtle complexity, The Spectators establishes Hussenot as one of comics' great humanists, an artist who asks great questions with an intuitive grasp of their innate simplicity.
--Loser City

Stylized palettes of particularly blues and purples with shots of red and orange, or strong combinations of primary colors dominate. The striking combos flatter the soft watercolor or gauche artwork. Overall the entire piece is reflective on the transient nature of people and life, but it's not without its whimsy. The narrator shifts from person to person and takes identities off like a pair of boots or unzips them entirely like a costume. The transference of character is compelling to follow and well worth a read.