At the start of the nineteenth century, John James Audubon embarked upon an epic ornithological quest across America with nothing but his artist’ s materials, an assistant, a gun and an all-consuming passion for birds...
This beautiful volume tells the story of an incredible artist and adventurer: one who encapsulates the spirit of early America, when the wilderness felt limitless and was still greatly unexplored. Based on Audubon's own retellings, this graphic novel version of his travels captures the wild and adventurous spirit of a truly exceptional naturalist and painter.
About the Author
Fabien Grolleau has written and created several comics for Vide Cocagne (which he co-founded) as well as the graphic novel, Jaques a Dit.
Jérémie Royer is an illustrator and designer. After studying art for two years in Nice, he specialized in comic book art and illustration in Brussels.
Read an Excerpt
Jean Rabin. Fougère. Laforêt. Jean-Jacques Audubon. John James Audubon. A man of many names and many lives - an adventurous and complex spirit. Though his journey was rich in real life stories and incidents, these weren't always enough for the man who lived through them: there is no doubt he invented, embellished or modified certain episodes - sometimes in good faith or forgetfulness, perhaps finally believing in his own confabulations.
His writings in particular have inspired our own retelling, which should be read as a more 'romanticised' version of Audubon's life. We hope this will give a fuller sense of the man than the mere facts ever could. The views expressed in Audubon's writings and in the speech of the characters is reflective of the oppressive attitudes and terminology of the time towards African Americans and indigenous peoples, and does not acknowledge the destruction caused by colonial expansion.
Despite the foibles, history will remember Audubon as an unparalleled ornithological painter, one of fledgling America's pioneer landscape adventurers, as well as a writer and one of the fathers of modern American ecology.
Table of Contents
117. New Orleans
143. Great Britain