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Catalan Communications was a New York publishing company, operated by Bernd Metz, which mainly focused on English-language translations of European graphic novels, presented in a series of high-quality trade paperbacks.

Company history

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Page five from New York/Miami (Catalan, 1990) by Loustal and Philippe Paringaux, translated by Elizabeth Bell

The company published through the 1980s from a large loft located at 43 East 19th Street. Metz was the editor, and Elizabeth Bell provided English translations for the French titles, including Max Cabanes' Colin-Maillard (Heartthrobs). In 1990, the Cabanes graphic novel was the winner of the Grand Prix at France's Angoulême International Comics Festival. One of Bell's translated books for Catalan revealed errors in an earlier Heavy Metal translation of the same story. James Keller translated the German edition of Sacher-Masoch's Venus in Furs (Guido Crepax) in 1991, the year the company released its last titles. Tom Leighton was another Catalan translator.[1]

Some outstanding books published by Metz were Jacques Loustal's Love Shots, Lorenzo Mattotti's Fires, Massimo Mattioli's Squeak the Cat series, and Barcelona artist Marti Riera's The Cabbie, with an introduction by Art Spiegelman. Published in five languages, Trip to Tulum by Federico Fellini and Milo Manara, with essays translated by Elizabeth Bell, was selected by Publishers Weekly as one of the best trade paperbacks of 1990. PW reviewed:

A beautiful woman falls into a pond chasing Fellini's windblown hat. Under the water's surface is an eerie world of preserved shipwrecks and planewrecks, a resting place for ghostly references to Fellini's films. Inside a submerged seaweed-encrusted 747 the woman is astonished to find Fellini himself. He sends her off with a very handsomely drawn Marcello Mastroianni—Fellini's alter ego—to make a movie of unknown content. They stop in Los Angeles and finally reach a grand hotel on the Mexican coast where magical transformations abound. Fellini and Manara have brought the dreamlike beauty of Fellini's cinematography to the comics medium. A consummate linear draftsman, Manara's deft portraits of Fellini and Mastroianni are complemented by his dazzling imaginary architecture, his characteristic lyrical eroticism and the playfully self-referential exchanges between Fellini and the characters in his story.[2]

In 1989–90, Catalan expanded its line with the "Comcat" line of comic albums aimed at all ages, focusing on non-adult European comic albums such as Blake and Mortimer, The Adventures of Yoko, Vic and Paul, Code XIII and Young Blueberry.


Catalan titles

Title Art Script Year ISBN
A Matter of Time Juan Gimenez 1985 ISBN 087416012X
Abominations Hermann 1990 ISBN 0874160804
Anarcoma Nazario 1984 ISBN 0874160006
Bell's Theorem #1: Bell's Theorem Matthias Schultheiss 1987 ISBN 0874160375
Bell's Theorem #2: The Connections Matthias Schultheiss 1988 ISBN 0874160626
Bell's Theorem #3: Contact Matthias Schultheiss 1989 ISBN 087416074X
Billy Budd, KGB François Boucq Jérôme Charyn 1991 ISBN 0874161118
Bodyssey Richard Corben Simon Revelstroke 1986 ISBN 0874160324
Breakthrough Various 1990 ISBN 0874160979
Burton & Cyb: 1 José Ortiz Antonio Segura 1990 ISBN 0874161010
Cases from the Files of Sam Pezzo P.I.: 1 Vittorio Giardino 1988 ISBN 087416057X
Click! : A Woman Under the Influence Milo Manara 1985 ISBN 0874160553
Companions at dusk: The Spell of the Misty Forest François Bourgeon 1991 ISBN 0874161266
Corben Collected Works #1: Underground 1 Richard Corben 1985 ISBN 0874160189
Corben Collected Works #2: Underground 2 Richard Corben 1986 ISBN 087416026X
Corben Collected Works #3: Rowlf - Underground 3 Richard Corben 1987 ISBN 0874160316
Dark Tales Jordi Bernet Enrique Sánchez Abulí 1990 ISBN 0874160820
Den: Neverwhere Richard Corben 1984 ISBN 0874160030
Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde Guido Crepax 1990 ISBN 0874160790
Dulled Feelings Igort 1990 ISBN 0874160901
Edgar Allan Poe. The Fall of the House of Usher and Other Tales of Horror. Richard Corben 1985 ISBN 0874160138
Erma Jaguar #1: Erma Jaguar: 1 Alex Varenne 1990 ISBN 0874160995
Erma Jaguar #2: Erma Jaguar: 2 Alex Varenne 1991 ISBN 0874161177
Evaristo: Deep City Francisco Solano López Carlos Sampayo 1987 ISBN 0874160340
Exterminator 17 Enki Bilal Jean-Pierre Dionnet 1986 ISBN 0874160243
Fires Lorenzo Mattotti 1987 ISBN 0874160480
Ghita of Alizarr #1: Ghita of Alizarr 1 Frank Thorne 1991 ISBN 0874160952
Ghita of Alizarr #2: Ghita of Alizarr 2 Frank Thorne 1985 ISBN 0874160103
Good-Bye and Other Stories Yoshihiro Tatsumi 1988 ISBN 0874160561
Giuseppe Bergman #1: The Great Adventure Milo Manara 1988 ISBN 0874160634
Giuseppe Bergman #2: An Author in Search of Six Characters Milo Manara 1989 ISBN 0874160715
Giuseppe Bergman #3: Dies Irae Milo Manara 1990 ISBN 0874160774
Giuseppe Bergman #4: Perchance to dream Milo Manara 1990 ISBN 0874160863
H.R. Gigers Necronomicon 2 H.R. Giger 1986 ISBN 0874160294
Hearts of Sand Loustal Philippe Paringaux 1991 ISBN 0874161347
Heartthrobs Max Cabanes 1991 ISBN 0874161282
Hidden Camera Milo Manara 1990 ISBN 0874160987
Ice Age #1: Blind Mists Christian Gine Didier Convard 1990 ISBN 087416107X
Ice Age #2: Death Bird Christian Gine Didier Convard 1991 ISBN 0874161320
Indian Summer Milo Manara Hugo Pratt 1989 ISBN 0874160308
Jeremiah #13: Strike Hermann 1990 ISBN 0874161061
Joe's Bar José Muñoz Carlos Sampayo 1987 ISBN 0874160464
Justine Guido Crepax 1991 ISBN 0874161363
Killer Condom Ralf König 1991 ISBN 0874161460
Kogaratsu #1: The Crest of the Blood Lotus Marc Michetz Bosse 1990 ISBN 0874161037
Kogaratsu #2: Treasure of Eta Marc Michetz Bosse 1991 ISBN 0874161312
Kogaratsu #3: Spring of Betrayals Marc Michetz Bosse 1991 ISBN 0874161339
Light and Bold Jordi Bernet 1990 ISBN 0874161223
Little Ego Vittorio Giardino 1989 ISBN 0874160693
Love Machine Horacio Altuna 1991 ISBN 0874161207
Love Shots Loustal Philippe Paringaux 1988 ISBN 0874160596
Mark of the Dog Silvio Cadelo 1991 ISBN 0874161134
Max Friedman #1: Hungarian Rhapsody Vittorio Giardino 1987 ISBN 0874160332
Max Friedman #2: Orient Gateway Vittorio Giardino 1987 ISBN 0874160413
Morbus Gravis Paolo Eleuteri Serpieri 1990 ISBN 0874161150
Necron #1 Magnus 1989 ISBN 0874160723
Necron #2 Magnus 1990 ISBN 0874161185
Necron #3 Magnus 1991 ISBN 087416107X
New York/Miami Loustal Philippe Paringaux 1990 ISBN 0874160731
Nikopol #1: Gods in Chaos Enki Bilal 1988 ISBN 0874160499
Nikopol #2: Woman Trap Enki Bilal 1988 ISBN 0874160502
Outer States Enki Bilal 1990 ISBN 0874160855
Paper Man Milo Manara 1986 ISBN 0874160227
Peter Pank Max 1991 ISBN 0874161193
Pioneers of the Human Adventure François Boucq 1989 ISBN 0874160758
RanXerox #1: RanXerox in New York Tanino Liberatore Stefano Tamburini 1984 ISBN 0874160278
RanXerox #2: Happy Birthday Lubna Tanino Liberatore Stefano Tamburini 1985 ISBN 0874160081
Realms Paul Kirchner 1987 ISBN 087416043X
Rebel Pepe Moreno 1986 ISBN 0874160200
Remember Jonathan Cosey 1990 ISBN 0874161045
Rocco Vargas, The Astral Adventures of #1: Triton Daniel Torres 1986 ISBN 0874160251
Rocco Vargas, The Astral Adventures of #2: The Whisperer Mystery Daniel Torres 1990 ISBN 0874160960
Rocco Vargas, The Astral Adventures of #3: Saxon Daniel Torres 1990 ISBN 0874161142
Romantic Flower Silvio Cadelo 1990 ISBN 087416088X
Shooting Stars Rod Kierkegaard Jr. 1987 ISBN 0874160286
Shorts Milo Manara 1989 ISBN 087416060X
Snowman Milo Manara Alfredo Castelli 1990 ISBN 087416124X
Squeak the Mouse Massimo Mattioli 1989 ISBN 0874160707
Stella Norris #1: Hurricane Roberto Baldazzini Lorena Canossa 1991 ISBN 0874161126
Superwest Comics Massimo Mattioli 1987 ISBN 0874160359
Tex Arcana #1: Tex Arcana John Findley 1987 ISBN 0874160367
Tex Arcana #2: Tex Arcana Meets the Toast of Europe/Part 1 John Findley 1991 ISBN 0874161290
The Ape Milo Manara Silverio Pisu 1986 ISBN 0874160197
The Cabbie Marti Riera 1987 ISBN 0874160421
The Hunting Party Enki Bilal Pierre Christin 1990 ISBN 0874160537
The Last Voyage of Sinbad Richard Corben 1988 ISBN 0874160545
The Magician's Wife François Boucq Jérôme Charyn 1987 ISBN 0874160456
The Man from Harlem Guido Crepax 1987 ISBN 0874160405
The Ranks of the Black Order Enki Bilal Pierre Christin 1989 ISBN 0874160529
The Specialist: Full Moon in Dendera Magnus 1987 ISBN 0874160448
The Survivor #1: The Survivor Paul Gillon 1990 ISBN 0874161169
The Survivor #2: The Heir Paul Gillon 1991 ISBN 0874160839
The Talking Head Paolo Baciliero 1990 ISBN 0874161053
The Towers of Bois Maury #3: Germain Hermann 1990 ISBN 0874161002
The Town That Didn't Exist Enki Bilal Pierre Christin ISBN 0874160510
Torpedo 1936 #1 Alex Toth, Jordi Bernet Enrique Sánchez Abulí 1984 ISBN 0874161258
Torpedo 1936 #2 Jordi Bernet Enrique Sánchez Abulí 1985 ISBN 0874160146
Torpedo 1936 #3 Jordi Bernet Enrique Sánchez Abulí 1986 ISBN 0874160235
Torpedo 1936 #4 Jordi Bernet Enrique Sánchez Abulí 1987 ISBN 0874160391
Torpedo 1936 #5 Jordi Bernet Enrique Sánchez Abulí 1988 ISBN 0874160588
Torpedo 1936 #6 Jordi Bernet Enrique Sánchez Abulí 1991 ISBN 0874160782
Torpedo 1936 #7 Jordi Bernet Enrique Sánchez Abulí 1991 ISBN 0874161258
Trip to Tulum Milo Manara Federico Fellini 1990 ISBN 0874161231
Venus in Furs Guido Crepax 1991 ISBN 087416091X
Video Clips Tanino Liberatore Stefano Tamburini 1985 ISBN 0874160154
Werewolf Richard Corben 1986 ISBN 0874160073
Zeppelin Pepe Moreno 1986 ISBN 0874160219
Zora and the Hibernauts Fernando Fernandez 1984 ISBN 0874160014

Catcom titles

Title Art Script Year ISBN
Blake and Mortimer #1: Time Trap Edgar P. Jacobs 1989 ISBN 0874160669
Blake and Mortimer #2: Atlantis Mystery Edgar P. Jacobs 1990 ISBN 0874160944
Yoko Vic and Paul #1: Vulcans Forge Roger Leloup 1989 ISBN 0874160650
Yoko Vic and Paul #2: The Three Suns of Vina Roger Leloup 1989 ISBN 0874160766
Code XIII #1: Day of the Black Sun William Vance Jean van Hamme 1989 ISBN 0874160618
Code XIII #2: Where the Indian Walks William Vance Jean van Hamme 1989 ISBN 0874160812
Code XIII #3: All the Tears of Hell William Vance Jean van Hamme 1990 ISBN 0874160928
Magic Crystal #1: Magic Crystal Marc Bati Moebius 1989 ISBN 0874160677
Magic Crystal #2: Island of the Unicorn Marc Bati Moebius 1990 ISBN 0874160847
Magic Crystal #3: Aurelys's Secret Marc Bati Moebius 1990 ISBN 0874161029
Blueberry, Young #1: Blueberry's Secret Moebius Jean-Michel Charlier 1989 ISBN 0874160685
Blueberry, Young #2: A Yankee named Blueberry Moebius Jean-Michel Charlier 1990 ISBN 0874160871
Blueberry, Young #3: The Bluecoats Moebius Jean-Michel Charlier 1990 ISBN 0874160936


  1. Stewart, Bhob. "Screaming Metal", The Comics Journal no. 94, October, 1984.
  2. Publishers Weekly, 1990.

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