When feline detective John Blacksad lands a side job driving a rich Texan's Cadillac across 1950's America, he thinks it will provide him with a well-earned rest. Before long, however, the car is stolen and Blacksad finds himself caught up in ather murder mystery. Roughneck bikers, a shifty lawyer, a down-and-out Beat generation writer and some sinister circus folk form part of this troubled journey. A tightly-written story and sumptuous artwork form ather instantly appealing instalment, a twisted anthropomorphic take on the great American road trip.
At an early age, Juan Diaz Canales became interested in comics and their creation, which progressed and broadened out to include animated films. At the age of 18, he entered a school for animation. In 1996 he founded, together with three other artists, a company called Tridente Animation. Through this, he has worked with European and American companies, providing plots and scripts for comics and animation films, as well as directing animated television series and animation movies. During this period he met Juanjo Guarnido, with whom Canales decided to create comics based around a private investigator, Blacksad. After contacting several editors, Guarnido and Canales finally signed on with French publisher Dargaud, and in November 2000, Somewhere Within the Shadows was published. It was a great success with both critics and the public, and was awarded the Prix de la Decouverte at the Sierre International Comics Festival and the Avenir Prize at the Lys-lez-Lannoy Festival, in Switzerland and France respectively. In March 2003 the second album Arctic-Nation, was released. It was once again a great success, winning the Angouleme Audience Award and the Festival Prize for Artwork in 2004. The third instalment of the Blacksad series, Red Soul, was published in 2005. In 2006 it was awarded the Angouleme Prize for a Series. The author lives in Madrid, Spain.