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New York Mon Amour

3.51  ·  Rating Details ·  156 Ratings  ·  23 Reviews
Many years ago, Jacques Tardi was introduced to American audiences with “Manhattan,” a grim and grimy story of depression, madness and suicide in New York City whose appearance in the premiere issue of RAW magazine was instrumental in defining both that magazine’s virtuoso aesthetic and its dark sensibility. Three decades later, New York Mon Amour collects “Manhattan”and t ...more
Hardcover, 64 pages
Published July 2nd 2012 by Fantagraphics (first published 2008)
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Jun 17, 2012 Tosh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jacques Tardi is pure gold. I almost want to say he's my favorite filmmaker, but he's not a filmmaker, he's a graphic novelist/artist. He has done everything from turn-of-the-century Paris noir to classic crime noir, to this book "New York Mon Amour," a snapshot of 1980's New York...that is noir. One feature length story and three short one's - and what he captures is the foreigner's on their last legs looking at NYC as an exit to even maybe even a worst world out there.

The first (and the most
Aug 03, 2012 Hamish rated it really liked it
Fantastic. I first got into Tardi through his story "Manhattan" that was in Read Yourself RAW. I have a fascination with the decaying New York of the 70s and 80s, and in that piece Tardi was able to perfectly capture the feel of that time and bring it to life for the reader. Granted a story needs much more than a strong setting, no matter how evocatively done, but that little tale succeeded on a few other levels too. So naturally I was very, very excited when Fantagraphics put out this volume of ...more
William Holm
Another Tardi volume from Fantagraphics. This one collects four hard boiled stories set in New York during the early eighties. Two of them reference the killing of John Lennon.
The longest piece in the book is called "Cockroach killer", written by Benjamin Legrand. It is in black and white except for the main characters uniform, the blood and some other stuff that are in red. This color setting (black, white, and red) was used quite a lot in Sweden during the sixties and seventies and was called
David Schaafsma
May 22, 2015 David Schaafsma rated it liked it
Shelves: gn-crime, gn-european
Tardi first got the attention of American audiences re: noir with a short story, "Manhattan," which was published in Raw, and which is included in this collection of New York tales. And that's a good one which he wrote and drew, though it is not THAT great. Two other shorts are included, that are less good, in my opinion, and all those three shorts are black and white.

The centerpiece of the collection is "The Cockroach Killer," written by Benjamin Legrand and drawn (beautifully) by Tardi. Make n
David Gallin-Parisi
Sep 23, 2012 David Gallin-Parisi rated it it was amazing
Sleazy times square, New York Cit-ay rendered in Jacques Tardi's hyper-realistic and hyper-mediocre ways. Captures all the everyday grime in scabby, scraggly, lovingly, strikingly black and white. And sometimes red too. I used the think Frank Miller was the best noir comic maker with his very first Sin City. Now I think it's mostly bullshit macho postureing. Instead Tardi's work has way more heart, soul, grit, funk, and human empathy. Compassion shines through all the dirtbags' conflicting ...more
Feb 15, 2016 Zac rated it liked it
I read this in the library while I was killing some time yesterday. 4 short stories by 3 different authors (one of them by the illustrator of the collection, Jacques Tardi). Aside from sharing an artist, the stories are all fairly similar in that they have first-person narration, perhaps reminiscent of a hard-boiled noir detective, and all have satisfying endings (though 'Manhattan' was pretty grim). Also, most focus on foreigners in New York, with the possible exception of the hunchbacked ...more
Oct 27, 2012 Ian rated it liked it
I've been including one of Tardi's graphic novels whenever I order something from Amazon, because they're that good. This one is a collection of shorts, though one story, 'Cockroach Killer', takes up most ofthe book. A German in New York works as a pest controller, and one day inadvertently overhears a conversation in an apartment. He tells a Latino drug dealer, who goes to check it out, and thus kicks off a vicious spiral of violence and death. It's all about The Manchurian Candidate but it's ...more
May 05, 2013 Miss rated it it was ok
I can't figure out the point of this book.

For me, a successful book either has to teach me something or make me feel. This did neither.

The last story was the only one that came close? I could feel more for Loan then I did any of the other protaganists. Wasn't best pleased by the ending though; I didn't necessarily require (view spoiler).

I don't know, I'm still
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Aug 27, 2016 Josephus FromPlacitas rated it really liked it
Gorgeous work, weird overlay of the unlovable sadsack exterminator cartoonily rendered against a detailed, almost separate NYC. A little silly in the ultra-violent fantasy, but a neat use of the overblown stereotype of bankruptcy-era New York as a place of total paranoia and absolute criminality and racial-cultural-economic swampiness. Sort of Taxi Driver hanging out with Kafka and Burroughs. I wish I could have read it twice so I could have understood it better, but the library recalled it ...more
To be fair, it's tough for anyone to top the intensity and raw, disturbing beauty of Tardi's WWI books, so to compare this with his best stuff almost isn't fair. But even without that, this is still a middle-of-the-road collection. The feature story "Cockroach Killer" is somewhat intriguing, but it was a little too abstract by the end for me to be able to get my hooks into it. I liked the use of red in an otherwise black-and-white tale, though. Striking and unusual. My favorite story, primarily ...more
Jun 22, 2013 Ctgt rated it liked it
I have really enjoyed several of the earlier Tardi books, but this one didn't grab me. I still love his art but the stories didn't move me like It Was the War of the Trenches or The Arctic Marauder.
Oward Bodie
Jul 31, 2016 Oward Bodie rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novel
Collection of pulp short stories set in NYC in the early 1980's. Kinda interesting to get a French perspective on the time and place but this isn't a travelogue: it's stylized pulp fiction. It's a bit too short, and the offerings mostly don't go anywhere (really, the only one worth reading was "Hung's Murderer"). Not recommended as the book to start checking out Tardi's work.
Sep 24, 2012 Peacegal rated it liked it
This was a decently-presented graphic novel. The main story, featuring a haunted, mentally ill exterminator (perhaps inspired by Naked Lunch) could get rather jumbled and difficult to follow as the story went on. The three short stories were much more intriguing (especially the last two) and could become promising full-length graphic novels on their own if the author should so choose.
May 19, 2013 Jason rated it really liked it
A Frenchman's vision of New York in the 1980s captured in noir--with splashes of red. This collection features one longer main story which is a thriller with tinges of nightmarish fantasy. The other three are short stories, including an extremely good one about a Vietnamese woman who seeks revenge on a GI--only to eventually find him as a completely washed out alcoholic.
Dan K
Jul 08, 2012 Dan K rated it liked it
I could tell from reading a few pages that this wouldn't be a masterpiece, but compelling enough that I bought it to finish anyway.
Aug 21, 2012 Sam rated it it was ok
This graphic novel pulled me right in with its storytelling but I have to say that the story itself was mostly just disturbing. And the cockroaches. This book gave me nightmares.
Jul 26, 2012 Terry rated it liked it
Not bad, but not written to make you give a shit about the protagonists, exception of last story. Creepy art, violent, yadda, yadda. Could have been better.
Emilia P
Jun 29, 2015 Emilia P rated it really liked it
Shelves: comic-books
More gritty goodness from Tardi. Why was I avoiding him for so long? The mean streets of New York through Francophone eyes! El swoon. Or le swoon, I suppose.
Sep 05, 2012 Bjornv rated it really liked it
A great tour-de-force from the early 1980s that perfectly captured NYC at that time in a graphic bottle.
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Jacques Tardi is a French comics artist, born 30 August 1946 in Valence, Drôme. He is often credited solely as Tardi.

After graduating from the École nationale des Beaux-Arts de Lyon and the École nationale supérieure des arts décoratifs in Paris, he started writing comics in 1969, at the age of 23, in the comics magazine Pilote, initially illustrating short stories written by Jean Giraud and Serge
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