From The Desk Of Of Montreal: “The Extraordinary Adventures Of Adèle Blanc-Sec” By Jacques Tardi

of Montreal’s music is hard to define, given it changes more often than frontman Kevin Barnes’ sequined and feathered outfits during a live show. One album might be heavy on the drum machine and synthesizer, while another showcases Barnes’ best high-pitched Prince wail with more traditional strings and percussion. The Atlanta band boasts a prodigious body of work; in a decade and a half, Barnes and Co. have churned out 10 albums, eight collections and 29 singles and EPs, including their most recent effort, thecontrollersphere (Polyvinyl). Barnes and of Montreal’s two art directors—wife Nina Barnes (a.k.a. geminitactics) and brother David Barnes—will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week. Read our brand new Q&A with him.

Nina: The Extraordinary Adventures Of Adèle Blanc-Sec by Jacques Tardi is by all means a graphic-novel extraordinaire. Tardi’s fantastical story evolves around writer Adele, who suddenly finds herself investigating a series of strange events on the streets of Paris. Tardi ”forced” her to cryogenically hibernate during World War I, Tardi explaining, “Her feisty nature made it impossible to provide her with a place in the war. She would not have been allowed to fight and could no more have settled for being a nurse than she could have remained home rolling bandages.” This lady is so fierce and cool and such a deadpan kind of hero. You end up wanting to be her, as you find yourself wishing Paris still was filled with pterodactyls and occult-obsessed madmen. Perhaps it is—what do I know? The art in itself is freaking brilliant!

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