29
Jan
16
Charles Burns - bandeau Couverture The inner worlds of Charles Burns

The inner worlds of Charles Burns Entretien de Xavier Guilbert

With his strong imagery where profound unease meets platic perfection, Charles Burns is definitely an artist one recognizes at first sight. Often compared to David Lynch, he took a decade to complete Black Hole, and just brought to conclusion (with Sugar Skull) the trilogy that began with X’d out. From Burroughs to Tintin, portrait of a creator haunted by his obsessions.

22
Jan
16
Andrew White - bandeau

Dorénavant – Andrew White Dossier de Andrew White

I first encountered Dorénavant through the cartoonist Derik Badman. I asked him for a piece of writing or criticism in French that I could translate, and he mentioned Barthélémy Schwartz’s 73 Notes on Comics. I read it, and then I read it again. I was taken with it right away. First, I’d like to note […]

22
May
15
Bandeau

Time is a liquid, memory is a cup Dossier de Pedro Moura

In The Fantastic : A Structural Approach to a Literary Genre, Tzvetan Todorov wrote that in the realm of art, “evolution operates with an altogether different rhythm : every work modifies the sum of possible works, each new example alters the species” (Cornell University 1975 : pg. 6). Despite the problematic use of the word “evolution” in the […]

22
May
15
Bandeau2 Couverture Richard McGuire

Richard McGuire Entretien de Xavier Guilbert

Twenty-five years later, Richard McGuire comes back to “Here”, a story like no other, initially published in the pages of RAW in 1989. In this twenty-five-year-span, the initial six pages have grown to become three hundred, without losing any of its singularity or its evocative power.

24
Jan
15
Olivier Schrauwen - bandeau Couverture Olivier Schrauwen

Olivier Schrauwen Entretien de Benoît Crucifix

Between anthologies and magazines, between self-publishing, small-press and big-shot publishers, Olivier Schrauwen’s work seems to be all over the place. Yet, he is already a key player on the international alternative scene. Fantagraphics recently published Arsène Schrauwen, a 300-page doorstop about the adventures of his grand-father in the ‘Colony’, told in a most unconventional fashion. The perfect opportunity to set on mapping new territories.

11
Jul
14
Yekini - bandeau

Yekini, le roi des arènes by Lisa Lugrin & Clément Xavier

Here is a book that brings together several genres together, complicating the borders between them but without dissolving any of them. This means that it’s actually possible to describe this book via those same genres, without missing the point. Yekini, le roi des arènes is then, at one time, a reportage book, a biography, a […]

23
May
14
This One Summer - bandeau

This One Summer

Even if not everyone, many of us will share the experience of our teenage-years’ summers as neat narratives. Contrarily to the rest of the year, usually spent in the same environment with the same people time and again, and whose small differences are downplayed by the backdrop of sameness, summers have a definitive touch of […]

25
Apr
14
Tom Gauld Couverture Tom Gauld

Tom Gauld Entretien de Xavier Guilbert

Those past two years have seen his first full-fledged graphic novel Goliath and the first collection of his Guardian cartoons You’re all just jealous of my jetpack — indeed, Tom Gauld has been particularly busy, and yet still manages to remain incredibly funny. And very, very British.