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The Pineapples of Wrath

by (author) Cathon

translated by Helge Dascher & Robin Lang

Pow Pow Press
Initial publish date
Nov 2018
Humorous, Mystery & Detective, Crime & Mystery
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Nov 2018
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Set in the heart of Trois-Rivières' world-famous (and perfectly fictitious) Hawaiian district, The Pineapples of Wrath follows amateur detective Marie-Plum as she investigates the suspicious death of her next-door neighbour. While the local police believe the former limbo champion was the victim of a fatal piña colada overdose, Marie-Plum is convinced there's more to the case than meets the eye. A funny, loving tribute to tiki kitsch and old Agatha Christie novels.

About the authors

Montréal-based artist Cathon makes children's books and comics. After self-publishing a couple of critically acclaimed zines, she published her first professional book, La liste des choses qui existent, in 2013 -- an absurd encyclopedia co-created with established cartoonist Iris. Her first solo book, Les ennuis de Lapinette, was published in April 2015 by Comme des géants. Vampire Cousins sees her exploring moodier territories, while still retaining her uninhibited drawing style.

Alexandre Fontaine Rousseau spends most of his time writing film reviews and comic books. His first graphic novel, Pinkerton, created in collaboration with François Samson-Dunlop, was nominated for a Joe Shuster Award. His second book, Poulet grain-grain, pondered the subjects of chickens and revolution. With Vampire Cousins, he conjures up a humorous homage to old-school Hammer horror and Jean Rollin's cult vampire classics.

Cathon's profile page

Helge Dascher has for 25 years translated texts with a dynamic relationship to images. A background in art history and literature has grounded her translation of over sixty graphic novels, many by artists who have broadened the medium's storytelling range. Her translations included acclaimed titles such as Julie Delporte's This Woman's Work (co-translated with Aleshia Jensen, Drawn and Quarterly, 2019), Sophie Bédard's Lonely Boys (co-translated with Robin Lang, Pow Pow Press, 2020) and Michel Rabagliati's "Paul" books (Drawn and Quarterly, Conundrum). She also translates exhibitions, digital stories, and films, most recently Theodor Ushev's The Physics of Sorrow (with Karen Houle, NFB, 2019). A Montrealer, she works from French and German to English.

Helge Dascher's profile page

Robin Lang's profile page

Editorial Reviews

"What film noir, detective novels, and comic books have in common is that they have long been considered low-brow trash. The Pineapples of Wrath is both a fun whodunit comic book and an interrogation of the genre."
--Crystal Chan, Montreal Review of Books

"As with any good Agatha Christie whodunnit, the bodies pile up, which sends Marie-Plum into the depths of the seedy Tiki underworld, including the cutthroat world of professional limbo competition."
--John Seven, The Comics Beat

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