Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Wanted TPB: Gipsy Omnibus

Writer: Thierry Smolderen
Artist: Enrico Marini
The Gipsy/Gypsy Omnibus Should Contain: Issues/Albums/Volumes #1-6

Omnibus Why (besides the obvious): In 1997 & 2002 there were two oversized softcovers printed by NBM under the title Gipsy. In 2007 Heavy Metal put out a digest sized TPB under the title Gypsy - this TPB include issues/albums/volumes #1-3.

Clipped from Wikipedia: Gipsy (in some translations spelled as "Gypsy") is a science fiction comic series by the Swiss artist Enrico Marini and his writer Thierry Smolderen. The eponymous main character is a charismatic Roma truck driver who works on a worldwide net of motorways as a freelance trader with his own large truck.
The series is drawn in a style that combines elements from the ligne claire school, American comics, and Japanese manga, and was first published in 1992 by Dargaud. It has six volumes so far published as of 2010. It has also been translated from the original French to German, Dutch, Danish and English,and rights have been sold in multiple other languages

Story: The 'Gipsy' setting posits a near future (roughly several decades into the 21st Century) where ozone layer damage has forced all air travel to be abandoned (except for some airships), while the world is now spanned by an interconnected mega-motorway system called C3C. At the same time, global cooling has intensified, and large areas of the globe are covered in snow, inhospitable and difficult to cross, but also allowing land connections via the northern arctic. This stylistic tool allows the series to imagine a globalized future world where it still takes weeks to travel to from one point to another, and where private truckers and megacorporations compete (and sometimes fight) over lucrative freight. It also allows the series individual books to be set pretty much anywhere in the world, often travelling through remote and dangerous areas. The comics have so far been set in the arctic from Alaska to Siberia, in Mongolia, fictional Middle Eastern and Latin American countries as well as in Germany.

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