Twenty years after the publication of the novel Aliss, a very dark rereading of Lewis Carroll’s masterpiece by Patrick Senécal, here is the comic book for adults Aliss. This spectacular and explicit adaptation of the bestseller is signed by Patrick Senécal and Jeik Dion, an exceptionally talented cartoonist. This hellish duo dazzles with this story of sex, drugs, power games, illusions and disillusions.
Alice, a beautiful and daring 18-year-old heroine, leaves CEGEP and her family cocoon in the suburbs to settle in Montreal. For her, it is the city of all possibilities and she intends to take advantage of it.
However, the neighborhood she settles in is bizarre and she is surrounded by shady individuals and eccentrics. Ready for anything, she nevertheless sets out to discover pleasure, drugs, sex, while reading Nietzsche’s prose. But will she really be ready for anything?
Patrick Senécal, the Quebec master of horror, explores all the faults and dark sides of the human soul in Aliss, where “Wonderland” appears in version XXX, on 272 pages. Jeik Dion, an artist also passionate about horror and the fantastic, has captured everything, multiplying the qualities of the novel with his sharp pencil line. The result is sensational: an abundant, disturbing, delirious, carnal, uncensored and very dark universe.
20 years ofAliss
In an interview, Patrick Senécal is full of praise for Jeik Dion, who worked for more than two years, full time, on this sociofinanced project. “We wanted the book to come out this fall, to mark the 20th anniversary ofAliss. “
Jeik first sent him the character sketches, quickly capturing the characters of Alice and Charles. He made the disgusting character of Wart very well.
“The character he’s worked on the most is the Red Queen. In my novel, it is not a girl who is that beautiful, according to the canons of traditional beauty, but she had to have no class and a great sexual charge should emerge from her. . “
Patrick Senécal wondered how he would find himself in the world ofAliss. “Jeik has achieved a lot through the layout, which is fragmented and unsettling, like Aliss’s world is. He said to me: we have to feel that this world is a bit crooked and “weird”. Looking at the boxes and bubbles, we have to feel this state. I think he has succeeded perfectly and it works: we are in a world that is both unhealthy and attractive. ”
The writer found it “wonderful” to have no limits, unlike the cinema. “We can do whatever we want. And besides, it was a trap at first. Jeik had the intelligence to see it coming and told me that the risk was to put so much sex and violence that it would become complacent. He didn’t want to fall into this. The sex scenes are gradual and the sexuality reaches its peak in the orgy at the Palace. “
The author specifies that he and Jeik wanted to make a “trashy” book, but to do it intelligently. “I did not want to fall into the trap of excessive excess.”
In addition, Patrick Senécal has gone through the confinement period well and is not too worried about the future of the world. “Maybe that’s my usual cynicism … Me, I find things going wrong all the time in the world anyway. The pandemic is like yet another sign. And it will pass, while human bullshit will not pass. ”
♦ Patrick Senécal is considered the master of horror novels in Quebec.
♦ We owe him many bestsellers, including Aliss, series Malphas, Hell.com, The Seven Days of Talion and 5150 rue des Ormes.
♦ His next novel is very advanced and he has written a podcast that will be out soon.
♦ His TV series was not shot due to the pandemic.
♦ The cartoonist Jeik Dion has adapted many Quebec works, including Turbo Kid and Amos Daragon.