Graphic Novel Review: ‘Betty Blues’ by Renaud Dillies

An early animal-populated striking novel by a creator of Abelard and Bubbles Gondola, Renaud Dillies’ Betty Blues (NBM) tells a story of a destitute intrigue between jazz trumpeter Rice Duck and his guileless partner Betty. Wooed divided from a musician by a rich cat named Patton, a comely bird learns to bewail her choice, yet not until after her ex- has fled a universe of jazz and gotten caught in a dangerous tract opposite an nobleman pig.

Looser and some-more digressive than his newcomer myth Abelard, Betty Blues proves a unhappy hearing of a ways that a singular greedy act can impact a expel of others. On training of Betty’s unfaithfulness, for instance, Rice Duck tosses his wail off a overpass where it lands on a conduct of a prime bird on holiday with his wife. We intermittently lapse to a integrate and a predestine of that trumpet, half awaiting it to walk a approach behind to Rice – yet Dillies is over such easy contrivances. Our favourite will lapse to music, yet it won’t indispensably save him.

Dillies’ art character – that owes to “Krazy Kat” creator George Herriman – is a snippet some-more deliberately rough-hewn that it is in his after work. His musical clarity of visible combination stays top-notch, though, many particularly in a dream method where Rice is lectured by his wail for tossing it into a drink. It’s a predecessor to a some-more elaborate dreamscapes of a most reduction story-bound Bubbles Gondola, that changed into full-blown Fellini-esque fantasia. Here, however, Dillies’ storytelling is closer to progressing Fellini transport (there’s even a anxiety to Nino Rota’s thesis from La Strada) with a bluesy take on tellurian romance.

Recommended for those who consider articulate animals don’t always have to only be funny animals.

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