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Jessie Bi

27
Jun
08
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73304-23-4153-6-96-8 by Thomas Ott

In place of the title, there are six numbers and you try and read them. But if they convey some pluralities, which are those ? You read them but what do they mean ? Seventy three thousand three hundred and four, twenty three, four thousand one hundred fifty three, six, ninety six, eight, a series based on [...]

09
Nov
07
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La Vénéneuse aux Deux Eperons by Stéphane Blanquet

Having nothing to hide would make us transparent and invisible beings. But with too much flesh to belong to the first state, only the second seems possible. For scientists, invisibility would occur through projecting in front of oneself, on oneself, what one’s opaque body is hiding from the eyes of the ones watching. In a [...]

06
Apr
07
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Priape by Nicolas Presl

In a wordless comic strip, the word or words of the title are still absolutely necessary, if only to allow the work to be referenced in bookshops, libraries or databases. The author’s best move, therefore, is to choose this title — with a sense of playfulness, perhaps — thus avoiding easily-generalised, uncontrolled improvisations. In the [...]

16
Mar
07
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La Malédiction du Parapluie by Lewis Trondheim

Do little nothings fill huge voids ? Can a lot of “not much” come up with what matters ? And who really is Lewis Trondheim ? A few month ago, the whole world (including Le Monde) was convinced he was Frantico. Even though he denied, doubts remains for many. Here is an author who dabbles in autobiography, who [...]

30
Sep
98
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Julien Boisvert by Dieter & Michel Plessix

The fourth and last Julien Boisvert story, Charles, was originally published with a ten-page insert of sketches by Plessix, showing the development of several pages. The most interesting part of this supplement is the final drawing, in which Julien Boisvert and his dog Gilbert do an imitation of Tintin and Snowy. This presence of this [...]

31
Aug
98
025_-_Mattotti Couverture Lorenzo Mattotti

Lorenzo Mattotti Entretien de Jessie Bi

(Before reading the following lines, dear reader, reader my love, be aware that Lorenzo Mattotti speaks French very well but with the musicality of an Italian accent — a small detail for your interior voice as you read these words.) Jessie Bi : You haven’t released a book for a long time. Lorenzo Mattotti : Yes, since [...]

31
Aug
98

Black & White by Matsumoto Taiyô

Just as we were getting used to stacks of little books written right-to-left, just as manga has spread to the point where it is henceforth part of the comics reader’s landscape — in this universe of sleek lines and flawless patterns, with its characteristic big eyes and little panties — Black and White hits us [...]

31
Aug
98
021_-_Baudoin Couverture Baudoin

Baudoin Entretien de Jessie Bi

Transator’s note : There are two problems in presenting this interview to English-speaking readers : first of all, it was recorded almost 4 years ago, so the information is hardly up to date ; more importantly, there is to date essentially no Baudoin available in English. My main reason for translating this, though, is to eventually generate enough [...]

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