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By Jul Maroh
Translated by David Homel
Categories: Graphic Novels & Non-Fiction, Music
Paperback : 9781551525525, 160 pages, 2014
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By the author of Blue Is the Warmest Color: a stunning graphic novel on the downfall of a rock legend.

Jul Maroh burst onto the scene in 2013 with Blue Is the Warmest Color, a tender, bittersweet graphic novel about lesbian love, in which a young woman named Clementine becomes infatuated with Emma, a girl with blue hair. The book spawned a controversial and acclaimed feature film that won the Palme d'Or at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival as well as accolades for its stars Adele Exarchopoulos and Lea Seydoux; the book itself is a New York Times bestseller (with almost 40,000 copies in print) and received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Library Journal.

Jul's follow-up graphic novel, Skandalon, marks a startling change of pace: a fiery, intense story about the recklessness of fame. "Skandalon," found in the Gospels, refers to a persistent trap or obstacle, such as the one that confounds the mesmerizing, Jim Morrison-like lead character Tazane. He is a true rock icon: passionate, arrogant, selfish, and sometimes violent, the charismatic singer is a beacon for controversy and scandal. But the public that worships him and the media that lavishes attention on him are waiting for him to fall from grace. At times shocking, Skandalon is a powerful and relentless meditation on the high cost of fame, and the demons awaiting anyone who refuses to be wary of them.


Maroh's use of color -- dark reads, washed out greens, warm pinks, deep blues -- to set tone and pace creates a beautiful, sensitive tone. Her panels look like individual paintings and give the story a dreamy quality. For a book about a rock star, there is an astonishing amount of silence in her art. Word balloons often feel like an intrusion as Maroh communicates her story through images alone. Her gift for taking the explicit expressiveness of manga and transforming it into her own style has only gotten stronger. -Comicsgirl

- Comicsgirl

Maroh's colorful illustrations tell most of the story and keep it from growing too dark Although emotionally taxing, Skandalon is well worth the effort. -The Advocate

- The Advocate