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Glacial Period (The Louvre Collection #1)

3.42  ·  Rating Details ·  527 Ratings  ·  84 Reviews
For the first time in the US, ComicsLit brings over the latest enfant terrible of European comics, a mad genius, and for the first time, The Louvre museum is involved in a co-edition of a series of graphic novels. There will be four and each will be a vision of this great museum by a different artist. De Crecy, at the sight of the incredible richness of the museums collect ...more
Hardcover, 80 pages
Published February 1st 2007 by Turtleback Books (first published September 1st 2005)
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Jan Philipzig
Intriguing, gorgeous, half-baked, pretentious. Style over content - the curse of European comics...
Is hulk a pig or a dog?

Duh, he's an archeologist.

But still, come on, just answer the question. Is he a pig or a dog?

A dog?

I spent the first ten or so pages of a book really stressed out about that particular question (the Pig vs Dog question.) It turns out Hulk really is a dog, but a few pages after I felt confident about that fact, I discover that he is a pig too! Genetically modified pig-dog who uses his sniffer to carbon date all forms of artifact. He also speaks fluently and becomes a mes
Jun 07, 2014 Sesana rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dystopian, comics
Sadly, it fails to deliver on its fascinating premise. It would be interesting to see what future archaeologists would make of us from our museums, but that isn't really what we get here. Only a few pages even attempt to address that, and I'm not sure that any of the conclusions drawn on the page would be reasonably drawn in real life. Why would an archaeologist assume that an art gallery means a civilization hasn't mastered writing yet, particularly when some of the art works are labeled? Most ...more
Nate D
An obese dog archeologist and various humans seek the ruins of the Louvre beneath the post-climate-collapse ice. Weirdly, it was commissioned by the Louvre itself, as part of an initiative to get new comics artists to interpret their collection, so it's full of classic paintings being entirely misinterpreted by a future attempting to learn everything about our civilization from a purely classical, painted record. Nicolas de Crecy is one of the better people who I've found purely via random issue ...more
David Schaafsma
This has an odd and amusing premise with really lovely artwork. Most people, based on the low overall rating, appear to not like it much, though I haven't read any reviews yet to see why. Maybe because it is that odd premise, which is that global warming has pretty much destroyed the planet and we see archaeologists a century in the future apparently exploring in the arctic, or on another planet, but no, it is here and they are looking for ancient buildings, such as The Louvre, which they in fac ...more
I'm kind of torn by this book, on one hand the premise sounded great but it didn't really meet it and the language is a little funny/stilted/just doesn't feel right while on the other hand I did still find it interesting and the art work is amazing. There was also significant bits of this that didn't get explained including the pig dogs/dog pigs and the talking statues and other art in the museum (this confused me so much I read the book twice to try and find out what was going on!). I don't kno ...more
Michael Ronn
I'm not sure how I feel about this one. The premise was really unusual and intriguing. Global warming destroys most of humanity and our culture is forgotten, covered by glaciers. A group of archaeologists stumble upon the Louvre, covered with ice, and since all human culture was lost, they try to figure out what our lives were like by looking at and interpreting the paintings. Wow!

The problem was th execution. The dialogue was stilted and uncomfortable, and there was a lot of unexplained things
Jan 24, 2016 Corinne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: art lovers
I had such high hopes for this graphic novel. The premise was fascinating to me: the time is earth in the distant future and humans have survived another ice age. A group of explorers come upon the Louvre, buried in snow. These archeologists use the Louvre itself and the artifacts (paintings, statues etc) they find there to try to make sense of us as a civilization. And, to be honest, the parts of the book where the archeologists were making assumptions about what we're like as a people based on ...more
Aug 21, 2015 Michel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graph, sci-fi, fantasy, doulce
A very interesting idea, beautifully illustrated, superficially executed.
A shame because the question of how archeologists would study our civilisation in a few millennia is so poorly answered.
Feather Mista
Jan 25, 2012 Feather Mista rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Artistas y afines
Recommended to Feather by: Que estaba a mano
Historia bonita, graciosa, ingeniosa, analítica, delirante, bien dibujada, bien desarrollada, bien cerrada. Pero, con nosequés que hicieron que me quedara con ganas de más. No de más páginas, o de una segunda parte (aunque seguramente tampoco le haría asco si apareciese), sino con ganas de que me transmitiera algo más. Quizás tiene que ver con mi ignorancia artística y mi poco conocimiento sobre las obras de arte referenciadas, que son muchas. Quizás sólo con que lo leí medio a las apuradas y si ...more
Loved the art, the voices used, but this comic failed to connect into a coherent story.
Matthew Hundley
Jun 27, 2015 Matthew Hundley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beautifully drawn and with an interesting premise Nicolas De Crecy's "Glacial Period" brings us face to face with ourselves. The book begins with a group of explorers wandering an icy/snowy terrain. One would assume they were investigating one of the Poles, but we later learn they are wandering a glacial terrain above Paris. We also learn this is a couple hundred years into the future (maybe more). When they finally stumble upon a building it is the Louvre. The team tries to make sense of the wo ...more
Jul 02, 2014 Charty rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't sure what to expect the premise sounded intriguing: the Louvre partners with various writers and artists to produce new works that use the Louvre and it's artistic treasures as theme or inspiration.

In Glacial Period, de Crecy envisions our world frozen under a new ice age. A mixed band of humans and genetically modified dogs is on an expedition to find an ancient city. What they stumble on is the Louvre, buried in ice and still housing many of it's treasures.

I quite enjoyed how de Crecy
Jul 29, 2016 Arlian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I checked digital copy of this book from a library when I was on vacation because I was desperately behind on my yearly reading goal, and I wanted a bunch of short things to read to get caught up. Cheating, I know; but I guess you just can't trust me.

I am surprised to see that a lot of the other reviewers didn't like this comic. This was truly an astounding work of art. Its a hilarious, surreal, and complex piece set in the far, fat future. A bunch of archaeologists are doing an expedition in th
Inna Komarovsky
After a glacial period in which much of today's civilization ends while a few people survive by going south, an expedition of people and some genetically modified dogs goes to look for information about the past. They find the Louvre and try to understand the past. The dog helps the artworks escape when the museum is about to fall into a fault.

This novel has some really wonderful drawings, color decisions, and composition. The drawings have a nice, unique, often atmospheric feeling. The depictio
A dystopian graphic novel set on the Glacial earth--hence, the title--far away in the future, Glacial Period questions multiple subjects. The characters--human and canine--interact with each other without any linguistic and professional barriers. At some point, the characters even flirt with the specietal divide between the two. The main point is that prejudice against animals is even criminilized--politically incorrect. But that's not nearly everything that this 70-odd-page long graphic novel q ...more
Jeff Lewonczyk
I love the premise of this book - future archaeologists of a new Ice Age stumble upon the Louvre and attempt to piece together Western civilization from what they find. That said, the book feels a bit thin and not terribly thought-out - for instance, the future characters can still read Latin characters but don't have any connection with the visual traditions that went along with the language? Whatever, if you can suspend your disbelief, there are some lovely passages, particularly the section w ...more
Jun 01, 2015 Kinsey_m rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
There are some clever ideas in this comic book/graphic novel about an expedition of historians in future frozen Earth who manage to find the Louvre museum, but when I read I expect to feel something, and this just left me completely cold. Maybe it's me, or maybe it's related to the fact that when I browsed this on the comic book store I had envisioned a completely different story. I know my expectations shouldn't colour my review, but I happenend to land in one page with some witty dialogue betw ...more
Oct 06, 2012 Barbara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lovely art, which would probably have looked better in a bigger format. Quite an original story, perhaps too short: it felt to me there should have been more of it.
Jan 29, 2014 Elsbeth rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I really wanted to like this book, but it had a lot of inconsistencies of style combined with a very conservative panel layout. I feel like this book faults probably lie more with a lack of a strong, modern editor/publisher. I would have been really interested in what this could have been if it had come from a publisher like First Second. I think that, this is an artist that could really flourish with the help of an editor and publishing house more open to a modern style and less stuck in a trad ...more
Nov 11, 2011 Jeff rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book after Marc-Antoine Mathieu's Museum Vaults: Excerpts from the Journal of an Expert, which is out of order, given that De Crecy's Glacial Period is the first volume in this series co-published by the Musee du Louvre. [return][return]In the end, that mis-sequence turned out to be a good thing, since De Crecy's is the better tale, and sets the stage for these graphic novel explorations of the great art museum so well. This is a sort of post-apocalyptic tale, set in future days afte ...more
Eraklis Petmezas
Mar 12, 2013 Eraklis Petmezas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

The first time I saw Nicolas De Crecy’s work was when one of my best friends came back from a European trip in the early 90’s with sketch books he had purchased of a new young French cartoonist. Flipping through them I was mesmerized by such a strong vision. De Crecy’s characters were both realistic and stylized in the same line. This was an artist that was closer to Egon Schiele than his contemporary brethren. The way he drew figures really showed you a glimpse of who they were. Most artists se
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This is the second book I've read in the Louvre Series (published by the museum featuring graphic novel artists inspired by art inside). As with the other book (An Enchantment) I can't help but feel there is a good story here that somehow either gets sidetracked or bogged down by being 'inspired' by the Louvre.

In Glacial Period, an exploration expedition is crossing a European landscape blighted by a global climate shift
Dec 19, 2013 A rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quick, lovely, engaging. The premise: 3,000 years in the post-new-ice age future, a team of human archaeologists and a pack of super-intelligent, genetically modified dogs are exploring the massive glacier that used to be the continent of Europe, looking for signs of ancient civilizations (i.e. us). They stumble upon the Louvre, and much head-scratching and grandiloquent theorizing ensue. What sort of primitive race would use images as a mode of communication/expression? What is the correct sequ ...more
Sep 02, 2014 Alane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The key to this book - zero expectations. Other reviewers knew the premise and were disappointed. I was confined to the bed with epilepsy and unable to read anything without pictures and was fascinated. So I say, hand it to someone with no explanation and it is delightful. No matter how you have been prepared or unprepared it is strange. And I strongly recommend it for the 10 - 13 year old sci-fi, art history, alt history crowd.
Koen Claeys
Na het magistrale Prosopopus ( waren mijn verwachtingen misschien wat te hooggespannen. Het is verre van een slecht album, het bevat een sterk concept en nogal wat goede vondsten. Op het moment dat men het Louvre betreedt en de strip meer leest als een geschiedkundige koortsdroom werd het voor mij persoonlijk wat minder. Het blijft echter fascinerend. Ik vind het moedig van Crécy dat hij zijn experimenteerdrang nimmer inperkt en de lezer achter laat met d ...more
Oct 17, 2015 Monique rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting concept, interesting characters and great art, Glacial Period was an enjoyable read.

I wish more time was spent to develop the story. It had so much potential. Esteban and Gregor pretty much got shafted right at the end, which is a pity. But I loved Hulk, and his interactions with all the art in the Louvre was very amusing.

It's a very cute comic that might not be for everyone, but was right in my wheelhouse.
Apr 04, 2015 Boiling rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Interesting premise but book veers towards bizarre towards the end. It starts as normal and then becomes fantasy with little logic or flow.The best parts were a few politically incorrect statements here and there.

I feel they should have made footnotes of the painting or works mentioned on that page or explained in that panel itself instead of having to check everything on the last page.

Little character development.
I picked this book up because I had to fulfill my graphic novel requirement and did not want to read anime. The pictures were really intriguing and beautiful but the words and the story was really boring. I thought this would be an easy read but i was a chore to get through. I did not like the clipped dialogue. Perhaps I'll now have to give anime a try...
Nov 06, 2007 B-MO rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Graphic Artists
Shelves: graphic-novels
Interesting concept. The book takes place in a world where western civilization of today exists as a set of ruins. The knowledge of the world has been forgotten. A set of archaeologists comes upon old Paris, specifically the art museum and Pyramid. Here begins the quest to decipher the clues left behind. The archaeologists make laughable claims about our society such as "they communicate with pictures...illiterate". It was funny to watch as they took pictures....famous pieces of art...and tried ...more
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