Eden - Sophie Guerrive - 17,5 x 24,5 cm - 88 pages - Graphic Novel - Fall 2022
"This story promises to be a delight for anyone who loves to be bored…” This is how the book begins. Tulipe, a pot-bellied and good-natured monk, lives in a community led by Prior Cosmos. Life at the monastery is peaceful, punctuated only by sermons, soup and naptimes. But one day, the tree under which the bear is quietly resting, sets him a challenge: “Instead of idly dreaming, will you be brave enough to find the real Garden of Eden?” Could the Paradise that Cosmos talks about in his sermons really exist? What beautiful flowers and unknown birds can be found there? Tulipe surprises everyone and sets off on a journey full of surprising encounters and wonderful discoveries until, finally, it doesn’t matter if he ends up in Eden or not…
In this surprising story, full of finesse and beauty, Sophie Guerrive embarks her bear Tulipe on a wonderful adventure, much to the reader’s delight. All the characters from this well-known series (4 titles already published) are there, but new readers can easily dive in too. The medieval setting is mastered to perfection, and the author adds a subtle spiritual dimension to Tulipe’s poetic and philosophical digressions with great sensitivity and intelligence… Sophie Guerrive is at the height of her art.
Sophie Guerrive was born in 1983 in Marseille and studied at the University of Aix-en-Provence, followed by the Ecole des Arts Décoratifs in Strasbourg. She began to contribute to fanzines and magazines, before opening a little illustration gallery in Marseille. As a child, influenced by Peanuts, Calvin and Hobbes or Mafalda, she wanted to create comic books and in 2007, began publishing her first strips. She began with short, light and minimalist stories, before gradually building up a body of work influenced by medieval illumination, engraving and Japanese prints. Her talent has been rewarded multiple times at Angouleme and with a Bologna Ragazzi Award.