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Glacial Period (Louvre) Paperback – 30 Mar 2007


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  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: NBM Publishing Company; Original edition (30 Mar. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1561634832
  • ISBN-13: 978-1561634835
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1 x 22.9 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 496,078 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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During a glacial period set thousands of years from now, a small group of archeologists fall upon the Louvre, buried in snow, and do not understand all of the artifacts that they encounter.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Starts off promisingly but turns into nonsense 20 Nov. 2007
By eldil - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
De Crecy's art is great, the dialog and the premise are good - 1,000 years from now the earth is in a high ice age, and a band of explorers is on an expedition to find out what they can about their ancestors. The hero is a sentient, genetically-engineered dog, and there are species-relations tensions, a great setup. But when they discover the Louvre, the story falls apart - the art comes alive and the story becomes weightless fantasy. Probably the short length and having to advertise the Louvre killed this.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Glacial Period 13 April 2014
By William C Pfaff - Published on Amazon.com
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A dog with a touch of pig DNA wandering through a post-glacial Louvre making comments that alternate between witty, snarky, deep philosophies, and madness? Yes....please. The art and tone of this book are nothing short of flawless. If I could have given it six stars I would have.
Interesting But.... 6 Nov. 2013
By Talvi - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
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 a thousand years previous. Across the snowy landscape, they come across a building suddenly appearing up from the ground - and explore it, trying to decipher the culture that built it and created the works inside. Meanwhile, one of the characters, a dog-pig genetic hybrid with a nose that can decipher history, goes on a whimsical adventure when the museum pieces come to life.

Anyone who has read the seminal "Motel of Mysteries' graphic novel will know what to expect here: amusing interpretations of the culture (without knowing it is a collection of many) based upon the artifacts and paintings inside. E.g., Naked Greek goddesses and Titian paintings tend to indicate the society was lewd and women were repressed and a painting of a monkey painted indicated the culture wasn't literate and painted to communicate. I know the far flung conclusions were meant to be amusing - really, this is a riff on the ancient egypt archeology of the Victorian period. But as with the Enchantment, the musing on the artwork and their meanings just tended to drag the story. I think I would have liked this much better if they could have found a gas station or a department store instead - far more fun to be had figuring out the 'ancient ritual' of a 'for sale' sign than a Titian.

Also odd and a big jarring is that the museum exhibits come to life or exit paintings. In one case, a cow carcass painting comes to life and eats a character. Others, like ancient statues or ornamental pieces, talk a bit about their history and being stuck underground in the snow for so long. There is even a frozen corpse of a guard staring at a painting of a woman. Therein lies the problem for me - is this a horror? a fantasy? a riff on history? Glimpse of the future of humanity (simple people who quarrel a lot)? An exploration of a museum and culture? It seems like a melange of various themes cobbled together to form a half realized story. If anything, I would have suggested it needed an editor before undertaking.

Other issues, such as the museum supposedly being on a huge faultline causing it to randomly and ludicrously rise out of the snow right in front of the group as they are traveling as well as start to fall apart (yet without damaging any of the exhibits, which are intact and neat), further confuses. Add in the characters riding a giant dog full of the exhibits to 'save' them and you kind of get the idea that this is one strange story.

That said, the characters of the pig-dogs are well drawn and fascinating. In fact, they are far more interesting than the humans, who are rather petty and lifeless. I wish the book had been from the perspective of the pig-dog only since he was such a fully realized character.

So while I didn't dislike this graphic novel, I didn't really get into it, either. Extract the Louvre elements and I think there could have really been an interesting dystopian here.
Enjoyable, quirky graphic novel 24 Jan. 2009
By wiredweird - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The Louvre Museum has collaborated with NBM in producing this, the first in a series of four graphic novels that feature the museum's collection. This story takes place in some distant future, where an ice-covered Europe is remembered only vaguely, as a legend. An exploration team, including glasses-wearing, genetically engineered, talking dogs, explores the frozen wasteland that once was Paris, and rediscovers the Louvre.

The fantasy elements begin once the explorers enter the building. The artwork comes to life for Hulk, one of the dogs. The story takes on a parable quality, too, with ambiguous commentary on how art is perceived, chosen, and possibly made. The fantasy elements build until the end, a purely fantastical construct that could in fact be a beginning to a whole new story - one I think I'd enjoy.

Something like a hundred of the Louvre's artworks appear here, at least in sketchy form, with a helpful index at the end that identifies them. This crossover between the worlds of the finest art and the often under-rated graphic novel intrigues me. That might be partly because I just saw the Inkheart movie, with its crossover from the world of the written word onto the big screen. Future books in this series will each present a different vision of the Louvre by a different comic artist. I can't wait to see those views, too.

-- wiredweird
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Gorgeous stuff. 19 Aug. 2014
By monica - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
4 1/2 stars. I've been googling reviews, as I usually do upon finishing a book, and have been surprised to find that relatively few reviewers have the almost unreserved admiration that I do for Glacial Period. Given that much of the criticism has been for what the book lacks--identifiable genre, unconventional use of panels, a light-hearted approach to works of art, a petrol-station, and so on--it's probably best read without expectations (and without delving deeply into those reviews because too much is given away in some of them).

The story is imaginative and fascinating, with some unexpected turns. And given the length of the book it's surprising that Crecy was able to move from adventure to satire to touching moments to humour to history to protest and it's admirable that he could do so smoothly. The main characters are distinct and the protagonist himself is quite endearing.

Ah, but the pictures. I passed some several hours with this book simply because I spent so much time revelling in Crecy's artwork. He uses a subtle and superbly-chosen palette, his treatment of light is equally subtle and equally superb, and that boy is a dab hand with a wash. And imagine skittish but controlled pen and ink cloisonne lines against watercolour in quiet hues--leagues from anything that comes to mind upon hearing the words 'comic book'. (The 'Look Inside' sample shows only rough approximations: The lines, colours, lighting are stark rather than nuanced in it.) I've catalogued my books on another site where for convenience I've tagged them; to the 'comics' tag for this I've added the 'art' tag (just as I've done for Stray Toasters and Color Engineering). The image and the text are inextricably and wonderfully entwined: The pigdog's enquiring nature is suggested in the tilt of his head and the viewpoint from which that enquiring posture is shown somehow reinforces the character's charm.

Perhaps I'm a bit carried away because I've only just finished reading Glacial Period, and won't be so enthusiastic when I look at it again, or because I've read too many dystopian novels set in petrol stations in which Cycladic artifacts are used as comic relief and have got blase about them. For the moment at least, I wholeheartedly recomment this.
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