Stig and Tilde: Vanisher’s Island
Max de Radiguès
Published by NoBrow
£9.99 | ISBN: 978-1-910620-64-9 | 279 x 202mm | 64pp | Paperback
Daring escapades abound in the action-packed adventures of plucky twins, Stig & Tilde.
Keeping with a local tradition, Stig and Tilde hop on a dinghy and head to a desert island to survive alone without adult supervision. However, an unexpected detour leads them to the wrong island and it looks like it’s inhabited by something that isn’t too fond of guests…
Stig and Tilde: Leader of the Pack
Max de Radiguès
Published by NoBrow
£9.99 | 64pp | 279 x 202mm | Paperback | ISBN 9781910620656
After a narrow escape the first time round, Stig and Tilde find themselves shipwrecked once more on a mystery island… where they’re immediately greeted by a pack of feral wolves!
With their boat in bad shape, and only each other for back up, will they make it out unscathed? Or end up in the belly of several hungry beasts? Find out in the second instalment of Stig & Tilde…
The Review: NoBrow have further expanded their already impressive and carefully curated catalogue with these two wonderful adventure stories, winners of the Prix Rossel in 2019, by the accomplished Eisner-nominated Belgian comic creator Max de Radiguès, who’s also co-author of titles such as the more adult Hobo Mom and Bastard, published by Fantagraphics.
Initially echoing the set up of a classic adventure story as teenagers Stig and Tilde set out on what they think will be a very diluted version of their community’s coming of age traditions, the pair are quickly plunged into what I’d describe as a quirky fantasy thriller, told over three books. In Vanisher’s Island, they battle a stalker-like ghost on a deserted island in the opening story, published last year, Vanisher’s Island, and face off wolves and solve a family mystery in Leader of the Pack, which has just been released.
I was instantly reminded of Enid Blyton’s early Famous Five adventures as I began reading the first of these award-winning Stig and Tilde books, but soon realised I had been wrong footed. Max de Radiguès is an author more than capable of delivering a thoroughly enjoyable teen-focused adventure strewn with fantasy elements that make both stories entirely beguiling, centring on two capable characters thrown into scrapes that would give Bear Grylls a run for his money.
Just like his stories, Radiguès art is similarly deceptive in its apparent simplicity, belying an extraordinary sense of pace and visual drama, with a carefully chosen and entirely appropriate colour palette that echoes classic children’s tales but is thoroughly modern in delivery.
Needless to say, these delightful stories are well worth your attention and consideration; and there are just a few scant months before the third adventure, The Loser Squad, is available, too.
If you like your Young Adult graphic novels crammed with adventure, mystery and just a touch of quirky fantasy, then you should check out Stig and Tilde. Recommended to all aspiring ghost-hunting survivalists out there – as well as those perhaps less adventurous!
• Stig and Tilde: Vanisher’s Island and Leader of the Pack are available now from all good bookshops or direct from the NoBrow online shop; and here and here from AmazonUK (Affiliate Links); The Loser Squad is out in July and can be pre-ordered here on AmazonUK
Max de Radigùes, who lives in Belgium and is a co-owner of the publishing house L’Employee du Moi, is a graduate of the Centre for Cartoon Studies in Vermont. His YA book Moose, published by Conundrum Press, was nominated for an Eisner Award.