Dimensions:7.5in x 10.25 x 1 in | 0.3 lb
Page Count:48 pages
We're all just animals after all.
Before the beekeeper arrived, the Crimson Quays was just a well-appointed tourist trap: a luxury travel resort replete with swimming pools, musical performances, and amusement park rides. However, the resort's crowning glory--the very feature that drew the beekeeper to the island in the first place--was the zoo.
Although the beekeeper, a biologist by trade, was tasked with the construction of the zoo, he was rarely spotted at resort events. Instead, he spent his evenings chasing other zoological pursuits--specifically, he was attempting to crossbreed a new species of wolf that would thrive in the resort's arid climate. The beekeeper's odd behaviour went mostly unnoticed... until the night the animals got out.
Originally published in Globus Magazine as a serial comic, Crimson Quays was written by travel journalist Jonathan Bousfield and illustrated by celebrated comic artist Igor Haufbauer, creator of the Alcuin Society Award-winning Mister Morgen. In Crimson Quays, Bousfield and Haufbauer reveal a nightmarish tale of human manipulation gone very, very awry.
Igor Hofbauer was born in 1974 in Novi Zagreb (Croatia), where he still lives and works. He attended the local Academy of Fine Arts for three years. He illustrated several books by the Croatian novelist Edo Popovic, and has contributed illustrations and comic strips to international magazines and anthologies. In 2007, he published his first collection of graphic novellas, Prison Stories for Otompotm Editions in Zagreb. This was followed by Firma, a volume of sketches for Turbo Comix (2010), and Grumizna Laguna(2015), which was published in installments in the Croatian weekly Globus before being issued in book form by URK/Mocvara in 2019. Grimizna Laguna is now Available as
Jonathan Bousfield is an English writer living in Zagreb, Croatia. He has written extensively on travel, culture and the history of Central and Eastern Europe, and is the author of guidebooks to Croatia, Poland, Bulgaria, Slovenia and the Baltic States
Igor Hofbauer's stories niggle at the dark recesses of the psyche. They are visits implying there's much more to face, panels awaiting uncovering, but we don't want these scenes of extended hideous horror to be so easily explained or, for that matter, to come much closer.
--The Comics Journal
Igor Hofbauer is the Charles Burns of the Balkans.