Melusine

Love Potions

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Melusine decides to make love potions, but she’d better be careful: One too many drops of libidinous toad’s saliva and the decoction will be explosive; minus three hairs off an enamoured bat and the charming prince will become a hideous monster.
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Gilson and Clarke (born the same day, November 16, 1965!), both former art school students, earned their spurs in the comic strip world by creating the magazine Cafard together. As a team, Gilson and Clarke discovered the charms of sorcery while launching Melusine in 1995.

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Publisher
Cinebook
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Published on
Mar 24, 2013
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Pages
48
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ISBN
9781849186407
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Language
English
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Genres
Comics & Graphic Novels / General
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This content is DRM protected.
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MOON DOG, by Arthur C. Clarke
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KEEP OUT, by Fredric Brown
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