Mac Tin Tac TPB (2004 Conundrum Press) comic books
Written by Marc Tessier and Stéphane Olivier.
Mac Tin Tac, a dystopic allegory of modern life told through a unique combination of myth and hard-edged realism, was originally serialized in five comics between 1990 and 1995, but was uncollected until now. To illustrate their vision, Montreal authors Tessier and Olivier commissioned the emerging talent of Quebec's avant garde. The story is a mix of Orwell's 1984 and Gabriel Garcia Marquez's magic realism. Mac's desperate attempt to create beauty in a bleak world is the overarching theme in the book. But the dazzling variety of drawing styles keeps the reader immersed in the lives of various peripheral characters as well.
Mac Tin Tac, which includes new material done especially for this edition, is an impressive cultural document from Quebec's fin-de-siècle underground.
Softcover, 160 pages, B&W. Mature Readers
Cover price $17.95.