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Gretchen (Zombillenium #1)

3.97  ·  Rating Details ·  644 Ratings  ·  95 Reviews
Après avoir débuté dans les pages du magazine Spirou, Arthur de Pins a multiplié les collaborations dans l'animation, l'édition et la publicité. Sa série à succès Péchés mignons, chez Fluide glacial, revisite avec humour les classiques de la BD coquine. Avec Zombillénium, il aborde un autre registre, celui de la comédie fantastique des plus loufoques, truffée de clins d' i ...more
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published August 27th 2010 by Dupuis
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Melissa Martin
Well, I just loved this book! I wish the library had all of them that are out or that I could afford to buy them all that are out on Amazon!!!!!

So you have Gretchen and she's a witch that works at Zombillenium an amusement park for monsters.

The book starts out with some of the monsters going to pick up one of their friends that decided to leave because he never got a good gig and he was always picked on or laughed at by the kids.

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Meanwhile, Gretchen is sitting in a bar and this dude is trying
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Nicolo Yu
The English translation suffers from giving the characters American backgrounds when in fact, the setting is undeniably European. All the characters appear to be continental, except for Gretchen, who is undeniably British.

The concept of a zombie theme park populatwd by real monsters is intriguing. I'm a bit disoriented with the pacing but I'll probably get a hang of it if I continue the follow the series.
Erica
We're putting this in our adult collection but I think it's safe for YA.

Anyway.

This is cute, light-hearted and fun. I enjoyed the illustrations immensely as well as the concept/story idea. It reminded me a bit of the Boneyard: Volume 1 - In Full Color books (also published by this group).

The one problem I had was with the actual writing. It needs some work. The conversation doesn't flow...heck, even the word bubbles don't flow well in many cases. The overall story ends up being clunky.

So while I
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Peter Derk
Sep 04, 2014 Peter Derk rated it liked it
In this book you've got real monsters, and as a solution to the problem of how they live in a world where people are not monsters, they all work at a monster-themed amusement park. Sort of like Adventureland, except with zombies instead of disaffected youth. Although there is a mummy who seems to be a disaffected youth, so maybe even MORE like Adventureland than I thought.

I was thinking about about Disneyland. Because that's the obvious analogue when someone talks about a theme park, right? The
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Raina
Aug 14, 2014 Raina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Best cover for paranormal folk ever: play themselves at a Halloween-themed amusement park!

It's goofy and fun and silly and great. There's a mummy and a vampire and a werewolf and a witch and an invisible being and a demon and a ghost and a... The beings have to tangle with the corporate offices quite a bit, which is amusing.
It's a fun world to play in, and slides in somewhere between the all ages appeal of Ghostopolis and the gravitas of iZombie.

I didn't notice that it's translated, and the il
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Tabitha (Pabkins)
Zombies, Werewolves, Vampires, Mummies, You name it this Amusement Park has em!...and Cotton Candy!

Good Freaking Times! Zombillenium has beautiful illustrations, snarky dialogue and awesome characters all around. But not only that Zombillenium IS an an amusement park! This is my kind of place, indeed I wish I could spend my vacation here instead of Disneyland. All the park employees are bona fide monsters...and doesn't it suck for them, there is no union, wages & jobs seem to suck and if y
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Anna


AMAZING!!! Like laugh-out-loud kind. Characters - all the mosters - have their own personalities and all of the pop culture references were hilarious. Exactly what I need atm.
Highly recommend.=)

And Aurelian, ah... That guy.

Moving to #2! Woo-hoo!

P.S. Thank you for showing this in your video, Estelle!!!(*_*)

Fiction State Of Mind
What if there was a prk open all year long devoted to horror ? Thats what Zombillenium is all about. However finding employees can be hard. The upside is the employees usually stay forever since they are zombies, mummies and werewolves. In this story we meet Gretchen a young witch who keeps an eye on current employees and sometimes procures employees for the park. In this issue we meet a young man who becomes a ybrid creature that may be dangereous for the park and its guests. This is a very qui ...more
Nicola Mansfield
Aug 02, 2013 Nicola Mansfield rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first English translation of de Pins Zombillenium series comes to us with book one entitled Gretchen. Gretchen is a witch who works at the above mentioned theme park. I wouldn't call her the main character of this book, as she shares the spotlight equally with a number of others, but she does become the most interesting by the book's tantalizing ending. The art is bold and sleek. The humour is light, yet dark and this is a comedy just as much as it is a paranormal tale. I immediately fell in ...more
Morgan
Cute, quick reads about an amusement part staffed entirely by the undead/supernatural creatures.

The library had two of the hardcovers, and it seems like there is only one more volume that exists. I need a dislike button for that alone, because these characters are entertaining and I want to read more about them. The art is also just great.
Hannah Givens
I really liked the book design. Oversized, with a lot of panels per page, and stylish art. The plot is also interesting and doesn't seem rushed like some books of this type, it's creative in playing out its premise.
Murry
Jun 01, 2015 Murry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the story of a theme park filled with the supernatural. It has witches,vampires,demons,werewolves etc. The art was really good. The story is interesting and the humor is on point. Its a quick read but enjoyable.
Pop Bop
Feb 20, 2016 Pop Bop rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
A Clever and Funny, High-End Cartoony, Comic Delight

This book, (the first of three volumes in the "Zombillenium" series), was a terrific find. The author dispenses entirely with any pretence of the earnestness, deep meaning, superhero angst, allegory, or moral judgment of so many genre comics and goes straight for the knowing and good-humored laughs.

The premise is simple. Zombillenium is an amusement park staffed and run entirely by authentic creatures of the dark - vampires, werewolves, zombies
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Scott
Oct 26, 2015 Scott rated it it was amazing
At first, I didn't know what to make of Zombillenium. My tastes have always run to the somewhat macabre, but when I saw the title, I groaned inwardly, thinking it was yet another take on the now stumbling-rather-than-shambling, over-saturated Zombie craze.

Oh, how wrong I was. I am just positively over the moon about this quirky, charming French import.

In this first volume, we are introduced not only to the key players, but also the source of the title: An amusement part, staffed entirely by mo
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Joseph R.
Oct 27, 2014 Joseph R. rated it really liked it
What if a horror-themed amusement park was actually staffed by werewolves, zombies, vampires, witches, and all sorts of creatures of the night? That's Zombillenium, a theme park that's not doing too well. The authentic mummy (3000 years and still around!) has quit because he gets no respect from the patrons. Some co-workers find him hitchhiking and bring him back. As they argue on the way, they accidentally hit a guy crossing the road. The vampire driver bites him to bring him back to the living ...more
Clearwater Public Library Staff Picks
Vampires, Werewolves, and Witches -- oh my! This comic has it all, but in the best of ways.

Initially published in France, America is finally getting treated to this rare gem. I thoroughly enjoyed this and am actually going to purchase it for my personal collection. The art is superb, flows well from panel to panel, and still manages to look a little different from your normal comic-type fare. The characters were all interesting and had well-thought out designs and coloring schemes - I loved Gret
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David
Nov 05, 2014 David rated it liked it
Great art, well-written with an interesting hook: an amusement park made-up of real-life monsters! Comical, but unfortunately, the plot seems to be somewhat lacking. A little too much of everybody, and yet not enough of any one character to really establish an interest. Reading this volume does raise the question: who is the protagonist is this story? Who do we (the readers) really wanna pay attention to, put our guesswork into the background of, guessing their motivations?

Enjoyed the story, reg
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Meagan
This is one of those books that I have a really hard time rating. It's a great concept: all the Halloween-y monster creatures are real, and they all have "jobs" at a horror theme park called Zombillenium. I say "jobs" because they're not really given a choice about it. If you're unfortunate enough to be turned into a zombie, or a vampire, or a werewolf, etc., then you either work at Zombillenium when the job offer is made, or you die. For good, this time. And forget about quitting! No loafing on ...more
Galleane
Oct 13, 2014 Galleane rated it really liked it
Ce premier tome est hyper sympa. J'ai aimé l'univers, le contexte, les personnages et comme entrée en matière, c'était parfait. J'ai souri et adoré les passages plus noirs, ces différences de tons sont bien maîtrisées. Bref j'ai été complètement embarquée, mes réserves se sont effacées comme peau de chagrin (des réserves que je ne comprends toujours pas d'ailleurs), dès les premières pages et j'en suis ravie. La fin brusque oblige presque à se jeter sur la suite, suite que j'avais sous la main p ...more
Yoda Bor
Jan 03, 2016 Yoda Bor rated it liked it
Aurélien Zanher est embauché après avoir été percuté par une voiture. Les dirigeants du parc hésitant à le transformer en loup-garou ou en vampire, il va finalement prendre la forme d’un gigantesque démon rouge qui mute lorsqu’il est en colère.


Il va, sans le vouloir, rendre les zombies jaloux de son succès et ceux-ci vont tenter de se débarrasser de lui.

Heureusement, il peut compter sur Gretchen, une mystérieuse stagiaire sorcière, pour veiller sur lui.

L’image est très belle, je suis particulièr
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Nicole
A quick, fun read. Not something I would buy, but something I am happy to continue checking out of the library. Zombillenium is a theme park that gives a front to modern-day creatures of all kinds (vampires, zombies, werewolves, demons, witches, etc.). The story is silly fun, watching these creatures go through the day-to-day hassles of working regular jobs while also every now and again having a special crisis of some kind that needs to be resolved. In volume 1, we find part of our focus is on ...more
Deby Fredericks
Jun 20, 2015 Deby Fredericks rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My husband checked these out from the library, and I'm so glad he did. This is a gem of a graphic novel. In parts horror and office comedy, it features interesting characters who all happen to be monsters. They all work at a struggling amusement park, so it also riffs on the eternal fascination with circuses and circus folk. The characters are so sympathetic, it's easy to forget they all became what they are for a reason. The plots are dark, with just enough of a turn to remind us an even worse ...more
Kristen
Aug 10, 2014 Kristen rated it it was amazing
The wonderful Pabkins of Not Yet Read sent me this graphic novel ages ago. I was cleaning my shelves the other day and found it and realized I must read it. The cover alone is to die for, especially for a graphic novel, and the book is HUGE, I have to turn it sideways on my shelf. Also, it has zombies, vampires and other sorts of fun paranormal creatures, who all pretty much work for an amusement park, Zombillenium.

I loved Gretchen, who is the main character of the book. I can only assume the ot
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Effymathers
Mar 04, 2014 Effymathers rated it really liked it
Comment ne pas être surprise face à cette Bande Dessinée ? J'en avais beaucoup entendu parler, sans jamais vraiment y faire attention. Chose très paradoxale, d'ailleurs. Je ne savais même pas que le livre était humoristique. N'ayant pas lu une immense quantité de BD dans ma vie, mais seulement beaucoup d'humoristiques, je retombe donc dans quelque chose qui me plait.




Au niveau de l'histoire, c'est une entrée dans un monde complètement délirant. C'est d'ailleurs ce qui m'a plu. L'auteur est extrêm
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Valeriane
Mar 03, 2016 Valeriane rated it really liked it
Bienvenue dans l'horrible monde de Zombillenium. Un par d'attraction où les seuls vivants sont les visiteurs. Les employés sont, entre autres, vampires, loup-garous ou momies. Trompé par sa femme, Aurélien s'apprête à faire un cambriolage dans un bar. Stoppé à temps par la mystérieuse Gretchen, il ressort du troquet et se fait renverser par une voiture. Le voilà alors embarqué, malgré lui, au parc Zombillenium, où il va y re-retrouver Gretchen. Cette dernière est en fait une sorcière stagiaire.. ...more
El Templo
"Aurélien no se había planteado cambiar de trabajo, como mucho tenía pensado cometer un atraco. Sin embargo, en un abrir y cerrar de ojos lo atropellan, la palma y se encuentra convertido en un vampiro o quizá en un hombre-lobo y con un contrato indefinido como vendedor de algodón de azúcar en el parque de atracciones, Zombillenium. Zombillenium no es un parque de atracciones de los de toda la vida. Los encargados son un vampiro y un hombre-lobo; los trabajadores, muertos vivientes, momias, chup ...more
Ceinwin
Nov 03, 2011 Ceinwin rated it really liked it
Shelves: bd-manga
Cette BD est un vrai petit régal.

Nous assistons au fonctionnement d'un parc d’attraction géré par des monstres et dont le personnel est entièrement composé de vampires, zombies, démons, loups garous etc... Ces employés macchabées se font totalement exploiter. Pas de congés ni de vacances, et respect des horaires requis sous peine de licenciement. Et pour des morts, être licencié signifie plus que de pointer à l'ANPE. Arrive Aurélien, totalement à l'ouest, qui va compter sur la sorcière Gretchen
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Erika
Jan 31, 2016 Erika rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
A fun book, I liked the art, it's bright and colorful which I especially liked considering the book deals with monsters, horror, the undead...those are usually drawn dark and forbidding, I liked the switch here. The story line is intriguing, I love the idea of monsters forced to work at an amusement park...I know it would be my idea of hell...The characters are fun and interesting and I want to know more about them and what is going on. Looking forward to reading more.
Mark Schlatter
Feb 21, 2014 Mark Schlatter rated it it was ok
Shelves: shreve, new_book_area
Picked this up at a whim at my library. The artwork (cartoony with wonderful coloring and no pencil or ink lines) is great, and I liked the concept of monsters running and staffing a monster-themed amusement park. But I found the plot so-so --- we meet our protagonist at a bad point in his life, but we never really see the details. As a result, I found the emotional impact muted --- it was hard to connect the dots between the history and the actions.
Marissa
Dec 31, 2015 Marissa rated it liked it
The art is beautiful, the story is interesting, the dialogue is super clunky and trips everything up.

Horror-themed amusement park staffed by actual horrors. Run by the (a?) devil. What's up his sleeve? Why does he treat his employees so terribly? Was that demon always a demon? These questions and more remain unanswered! (But there is a second book, so I guess we'll maybe find out.)

Anyway, that's 64, I'm taking a nap.
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