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Angoulême Prize Winner and brilliantly drawn. Our Highest Recommendation. By Carlos Trillo. Art by Roberto Mandrafina. A highly original and complex noir adventure. A beautiful young woman in an early 20th Century banana republic is dragged into a life of deceit and lust, as she turns to one man after another to help her survive abuse by a despotic dictator. Ultimately she finds a down-and-out ex cop, who cannot resist her charms and is determined to save the poor girl. But her other seducers and now a hired assassin, The Iguana, are after them to make a martyr of her and a corpse of both. A long, luxurious hardback featuring rich, intriguing color for the first time! Nudity, adult situations. Titan Comics, 2020. Adult Material.

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A highly original and complex noir adventure. A beautiful young woman in an early 20th Century banana republic is dragged into a life of deceit and lust, as she turns to one man after another to help her survive abuse by a despotic dictator. Ultimately she finds a down-and-out ex cop, who cannot resist her charms and is determined to save the poor girl. But her other seducers and now a hired assassin, The Iguana, are after them to make a martyr of her and a corpse of both. A long, luxurious hardback featuring rich, intriguing color for the first time! Nudity, adult situations.

A young woman’s virginity makes her an honored national figure, but also the center of a disturbing mystery which escalates into a national scandal. An enigmatic hitman called The Iguana will stop at nothing to conceal the truth. There is a reputed to be another book, called The Iguana, which we will stock if we can.

This is presented in full color for the first time. Trillo is a brilliant writer, one of the most famous in Argentine comics, where this first appeared. And artist Roberto Mandrafina is also absolutely brilliant. At times reminds us strongly of Alex Toth, and he paints in a style that also makes me think at times of Dan Brereton, who I plan to introduce to this if he doesn’t already know of it!

Born in Buenos Aires, Carlos Trillo began a prolific career as writer at the age of 20, penning his first story for Patoruzú magazine. Trillo, together with Horacio Altuna, created the strip El Loco Chávez, which appeared every day at the back of the newspaper Clarín from July 26, 1975 to November 10, 1987. After that, the strip was replaced by El Negro Blanco, which he wrote for the artist Ernesto García Seijas until September 1993.

He participated in the creation of several comics including Cybersix in 1992, with Carlos Meglia, and the erotic Clara de noche and Cicca Dum Dum series with Jordi Bernet. He has also collaborated with Alberto Breccia and Alejandro Dolina.

In 1999, his work La grande arnaque (The Big Hoax) won the Prize for Scenario at the Angoulême International Comics Festival.

Domingo Roberto Mandrafina’s first comic was published in Patoruzito, before he became an assistant to Lito Fernandez in 1971. A year later, he joined the art studios that created the “Sahos” series, which was published in Billiken. At the same time, Mandrafina made comic adaptations of movies for Columbian publishers and contributed to Top magazine. In 1974, Mandrafina created several comics with scenarists like Saccomano and Robin Wood, including “Lady Shadow”‘ “Derek, le Condamné” and “Saravève”.

Mandrafina started a longtime collaboration with Trillo in 1979, which resulted in series and comics like “Ulises Boedo”, “El Pinon Fijo’, “El Husmeante”, “Peter Kampf”, “Cosecha Verde” and the series “Spaghetti Brothers”. The French publisher Albin Michel published his police series “La Grande Arnaue” (1998, 1999) and “Vieilles Canailles” (1999). Later he worked for Ediciones Record (Lady Shadow and El condenado). His other works include Dragger (written by Carlos Trillo), Cosecha verde and Race of Scorpions, for the American publisher Dark Horse Comics.

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1 review for THE BIG HOAX

  1. Michael Massa (verified owner)

    I’m half way through this intriguing 124 page graphic novel and so far I’m very impressed with the story and the great artwork. I’m a big fan of Hard Case Crime books and after reading Bud’s description and praise, I HAD to buy this. So glad I did!

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