Swiss cartoonist Frédérik Peeters is a master draftsman and a wildly creative storyteller.
In Sandcastle, he collaborates with writer Pierre Oscar Lévy in an engrossing, touching, and baffling fable of sorts that illuminates as much as it obscures. The concept wouldn't be out of place in an episode of The Twilight Zone, but the follow-through is understated and down-to-Earth, building slowly but unstoppably.
His solo graphic novel Pachyderme is surrealistic in a Lynchian manner, but illustrated with beautiful brushwork and subtle colors. It's a bit of a mystery, with bizarre non-sequiturs and nervy drama.
And his four-volume science fiction cycle Aama is his most ambitious project to date. Philosophy mixes with psychedelia and classic sci-fi with modern tools. The whole thing gets weirder and weirder as it goes along. Aama features expansively beautiful, intricate, and imaginative designs for all sorts of science fiction visuals, crossing Moebius with elements of Dr. Suess.
I'd say more about the plots of these pieces, but reading them is most rewarding when you go in fresh.
I'm still serializing my own science fiction graphic novel, Flesh Machine, at my website, michaelavolio.com. Early this morning I posted three new pages there.
If you're someone who hasn't yet read Flesh Machine, it's best to start from the beginning, which you can do for free there on the site. The comic mixes sci-fi with romance and war story flavors, and it recently won a SFR Galaxy Award for Best Sci-fi Romance Webcomic of 2016.
And if you don't already, you can support my comics work with a monthly pledge on Patreon. I'll be continuing Flesh Machine until I reach the story's planned end (pages 1-179 are online now, and it'll run about 300 pages all told), and after that I plan to make some short comics that I'll be sharing on Patreon before starting work in earnest on my next graphic novel. The more money I make making comics, the more comics I can make, so I encourage you to pledge if you enjoy my work — there'll be a lot more where Flesh Machine came from!
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