The script for the comic book version is written by Benoît Sokal and François Schuiten together. The designs and dialogues are by Benoît Sokal. The cover of the first album was made by their four hands 1).
The album is published in two volumes by Rue de Sèvres 2). The first volume was published in 2017. Due to the death of Benoît Sokal in 2021 the second album was not finished by Sokal. François Schuiten draw the final pages of this album 3). The second volume was published in 2022.
|2017||Aquarica - Roodhaven||French||Rue de Sèvres||72||HC||9782369811305|
|2017||Aquarica - Roodhaven||French||Canal BD||84||HC||9782912804839||Luxe edition|
|2018||Aquarica - Roodhaven||Dutch||Daedalus||72||HC||9789088109034|
|2019||Aquarica - Roodhaven||German||Splitter Verlag||72||HC||9783962192891|
|2022||Aquarica - La Baleine Géante||French||Rue de Sèvres||80||HC||9782369816799|
|2022||Aquarica - Der Riesenwal||German||Splitter Verlag||72||HC||9783962192907||Announced for October 26, 2022|
|2022||Aquarica 2 - De Reuzenwalvis||Dutch||Daedalus||72||HC||9789463945080||Announced for December 16, 2022|
USA, 1930, in the idle whaling town of Roodhaven. When a fantastical, gigantic crab washes ashore it causes a stir in the village and the scientific community, drawing young researcher John Greyford to the scene. A young woman named Aquarica has travelled aboard the beast as if from another world… to enlist Greyford to help save her people.
In addition to the standard edition, a deluxe version was published by CANAL BD 5). This deluxe edition is limited to 1.200 copies and takes the standard version of Rue de Sèvres and enhanced it with:
Some pages of Aquarica - Roodhaven.
Upon the release of the first volume of Aquarica, Benoît Sokal and François Schuiten were invited to spend the day at the headquarters of Ouest France, to illustrate the next DOF (Dimanche Ouest France), which appeared on October 8th 6).
See also: Ouest France with Benoît Sokal.
Benoît Sokal and François Schuiten gave several interviews after the release of the first volume of Aquarica. In the following video four interviews are captured:
The title of the second volume is La Baleine Géante. The publication date was announced for October 2020 but was not published due to the illness of Benoît Sokal.
After the death of Benoît Sokal in May 2021, François Schuiten announced in July 2021 that he will finish this album. He had to draw about 15 pages to complete the album. A hard and emotional loaded task. This second volume was released in May 2022.
Greyford, Lieutenant O’Bryan, and Aquarica are now en route to her distant homeland, supposedly on the back of a gigantic whale. This world is outside of any known reality but with a fragile balance. A world that Baltimore and his crew, whose ship was previously ravaged by an enor- mous whale, intend to make disappear forever. A chase has begun between the whaling crew and our three heroes with the survival of an entire people at stake. Will the trio succeed in stopping the blind madness of the crew set on vengeance, who are alone because of their mis- fortunes and their beliefs?
François Schuiten presents his book “Aquarica, T2” co-written with Benoît Sokal. A video realized by the bookshop Mollat during the Festival Etonnants Voyageurs in Saint Malo 7).
Some pages of Aquarica - La Baleine Géante
For the release of the second album of Aquarica an exhibition was organized at Galerie Champaka in Paris. Many of the pages of Aquarica by Benoît Sokal were sold.