*Blue Is the Warmest Color (aka Blue Angel) — Recommended

You may have heard of Blue Is the Warmest Color earlier this summer. The French movie adaptation won the Cannes film festival Palme d’Or, followed by the author Julie Maroh denouncing the film. (The movie is due to be released in North America in October 2013 through Sundance Selects/IFC Films (USA) and Mongrel Media (Canada).)

Now, the graphic novel is being translated into English, and it’s well worth reading. It’s the story of Clementine, a high schooler coming to terms with her attraction to Emma, an older student with striking blue hair.

Much of the book is in flashback, as an older Emma reads Clementine’s diaries. She sees (as we do) her teenage feelings and struggles during major turning points in her life. The watercolor images are well-suited to the memories, particularly with the sepia tones used for the historical sequences. Emma’s blue hair stands out even more, drawing our eyes and symbolizing the way Clementine is drawn to someone more self-assured than she is.

Clementine’s situation is complicated by the bigotry she experiences when her friends and family start thinking she’s a lesbian. She doesn’t know herself exactly what she wants, and she feels forced into the box they’re creating … and hating. Her struggles are authentic and painful to experience but ultimately inspiring.

Blue Is the Warmest Color captures the entire life of a relationship in affecting and honest style. It can be ordered from your local comic shop with Diamond code AUG13 1086. It’s due out in late September. There are preview pages available at the publisher’s website. (The publisher provided a digital review copy.)

3 Responses to “*Blue Is the Warmest Color (aka Blue Angel) — Recommended”

  1. Blue Is the Warmest Color (Guest Review) » Comics Worth Reading Says:

    […] Blue Is the Warmest Color by author and illustrator Julie Maroh is a graphic novel first published in French in 2010 by Glenat as “Le bleu est une couleur chaude”. The English-language edition published in 2013 by Arsenal Pulp Press was initially slated to be released under the title Blue Angel. However, much of the artistic tension established with the original title would be lost, and it also helps to maintain consistency with the award-winning movie adaption coming out this fall. […]

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    […] Blue Is the Warmest Color (aka Blue Angel) […]

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    […] story of first love and lesbian awakening is adapted from a graphic novel by Julie Maroh. This DVD will be a low-extra release, with a “full special edition […]




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