Alack Sinner

Created by Carlos Sampayo and Jodee Munoz

In a stylish, impressionistic comic strip, Argentinian-born New York gumshoe and former New York cop ALACK SINNER, cold, cynical, and with a face scarred by who-knows-what, is a brooding, obsessed man who hangs out at a local watering hole, Joe's Bar. Bit by bit, his painful past is revealed--the girl left behind in Peron's Argentina, his subsequent exile, his almost-forgotten father. Originally a rather standard P.I. series, albeit a bit more dark and sombre than most, it soon evolved into "the life's chronicle of a down-on-his-luck private eye as he witnesses the world go to hell around him," (March 1, 1988, Amazing Heroes). Sinner's obsessions run deep, and his contempt for the corrupt cops and greedy lawyers he has to deal with don't make life any easier.

One of the most evocative tales told in this medium (and far ahead of the curve), full of the pain of a man trying to justify and come to terms with both his past and present. The artwork captures the mood perfectly, full of shadows and darkness, and populated by a characters who seem to have escaped from a circus freak show, and it all takes place in a mythic New York that probably has more to do with movies than the real city (according to legend, neither creator had ever been near NYC when they began the series). The authors, Carlos Sampayo and José Munoz, are Argentinian exiles themselves, living in Europe, whose most well-known work, Le bar à Joe (Joe's Bar), was a spinoff from Sinner.

COMICS

  • ALACK SINNER
    (1975-, 1992, Linus)
    Serialized in Italian in Linus
    In French in Charlie Mensuel, à suivre
    Writer: Carlos Sampayo
    Art: José Munoz.
  • "Conversation avec Joe"
  • "L'affaire Webster"
  • "Fillmore"
  • "Constacio er Manolo"
  • "Pepe, l'architect"
  • "Citta oscura"
  • "Souvenir 1"
  • "Souvenir 2"
  • "Otages" (Fevrier 1992, à suivre)

  • LE BAR À JOE
    (1980's, à suivre)
    Serialized

Sinner appeared now and then in installments in this spinoff

ALBUMS

  • Alack Sinner (1975)
  • Le Bar à Joe (1981)*
  • Flic ou privé (1983)
  • Rencontres (1984)
  • Viet Blues (1986)?
  • Histoires amicales du Bar à Joe (1987)*
  • Nicaragua (1988)
  • L'age du innocence . Buy this book

*Not exclusively about Sinner

ENGLISH TRANSLATIONS

  • SINNER
    (1989, Catalan/Fantagraphics)
    12-issue series
  • "Life Ain't a Comic Strip" (1990, Sinner #5)
  • "Nicaragua"

  • PRIME CUTS

20-page origin story

The first of two volumes that will collect -- at long last -- all of Alack Sinner's adventures, arranged in chronological order in English for the first time.

Report submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.


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