Flesh Empire



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Yann Legendre is an internationally recognized illustrator, designer and art director based in Paris. His illustrations have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The New Yorker, and Perspective Magazine. And he regularly creates illustrations for Universal Music in London, The Steppenwolf Theater in Chicago, Janus Films, and The Criterion Collection in New York.

While Flesh Empire is Legendre's first comic book, his experience as an illustrator and poster designer give each page an impressive mastery.

From the publisher:

Somewhere between Blade Runner and Sin City, a breathtaking sci-fi tale of technical mastery.

This world is called Singularity. It is controlled by an all-powerful Senate, which stores the memory of each resident in DataCenter, a gigantic database, and in ready-to-use synthetic bodies. At any time, the residents' memories can be disconnected, and their existence erased forever ...

Determined to fight this dictatorship, the researcher Ray Zimov secretly develops a material allowing each resident to experience a previously unknown sensation: the pleasure of the flesh...

Yann Legendre, inventor of kaleidoscopic forms, pushes the limits of black and white and points the reader to contemporary questions: social control, Big Data or even artificial intelligence...


Entre Blade Runner et Sin City, un récit de science-fiction époustouflant de maîtrise technique

Ce monde a pour nom Singularity. Il est contrôlé par un Sénat tout puissant, qui ordonne les existences en stockant la mémoire de chaque résident au sein de DataCenter, une gigantesque base de données. À tout moment, la mémoire des résidents peut être déconnectée, et leur existence effacée à jamais... Décidé à lutter contre cette dictature, le chercheur Ray Zimov développe en secret une matière permettant à chaque résident d'éprouver une sensation jusqu'alors inconnue : le plaisir de la chair...

Inventeur de formes kaléidoscopiques, Yann Legendre repousse les limites du noir et blanc et renvoie le lecteur à des questionnements contemporains : le contrôle social, le Big Data ou encore l'intelligence artificielle...

From yannlegendre.com:

Yann Legendre was born in France in 1972, where he was raised by a supremely accomplished cook (his mother) and an acclaimed architect (his father). He was exposed, at a very young age, to progressive ideas and a steady parade of some of France's most well known artists and designers, who came to visit his parents. His grandfather, a book printer and binder, taught him important lessons of craftsmanship: the value of materials, surfaces, fit and finish.

Yann's decision to focus on illustration and poster was a direct result of the intersection of these strong influences and inspirations. Travel became an important--and conscious--part of his development as a metaphorical thinker and communicator. Between 2001 and 2004, he traveled extensively throughout the United States, including trips to New York, California, the Arizona desert, and Chicago, where he eventually settled in 2005.

Today, Yann works fluidly between Chicago and Paris as an internationally recognized illustrator, designer and art director. His illustrations have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, GQ, Creative Review, Stylist Magazine¬Ö He is the art director of the french publisher Inculte, designing each book cover and every illustrated book series. He regular creates illustrations for Universal Music in London, the Steppenwolf Theater in Chicago, Janus Films and the Criterion Collection in New York. In 2011, CB2 (Crate&Barrel) commissioned him to illustrate a new collection of home furniture called « Fresh Ink ». In 2010 he started a collaboration with the american film maker Joe Swanberg, designing and illustrating all of the directors movie posters and from the SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Yann received the « Award of Excellence for the Best Movie Poster Design ».

Interior book images courtesy Legendre's website.


Yann Legendre

Condition & Attributes

Very Fine, issued without dustjacket



Publishing Information


Physical Description

10.9 inches
7.75 inches
128 pages
black & white
pictorial boards