22
Sep
17
Couverture Max Andersson

Max Andersson

Entretien de Mola Lontes

The comic world strives to break codes, kill borders, abolish standards. In these words, Max Andersson is one of his most faithful representatives. Introduced in France through the Association, which since 1997 publishes the works of this crazy Sweden, the man takes us by the hand and explores through its course the mazes of his universe. Mason of the dream, of the absurd, it wanders on the plains of an unknown territory and yet strangely familiar. It appears simple, whole, raw. It is only to better set up the world as an immense virgin canvas and project its strangeness. Between low temperature, high music, seductive indigestions and bitter humor, travel in a country where music is not always played where you are expected it.

15
Sep
17
Couverture Simon Hanselmann

Simon Hanselmann

Entretien de Xavier Guilbert

Not many cartoonists can boast being married to their art — sporting a full wedding dress to boost! But Simon Hanselmann is definitely one of a kind: revolving around a small cast of characters, his prolific work manages to be both utterly politically incorrect and deeply endearing. To quote Lou Reed: Take a walk on the wild side.

09
Dec
16
Couverture Big Planet Comics

Big Planet Comics

Entretien de Voitachewski

In Northern America, fans of alternative comic books naturally head toward Seattle (Fantagraphic’s home), or Montreal (for Drawn + Quarterly). Probably that no one would have the idea to pass by Washington DC, a city mostly known for its federal administration and international organisations. However, DC is also home of a comic chain called Big Planet, which a few years ago started to partner with a Philadelphia-based publisher, Retrofit Comics. This publishing house started with mini-comics that would come out every month. Slowly, it increased its catalogue and is now developing projects that are more and more ambitious, thanks among other things to Kickstarter campaigns. Today, it publishes artists who are well-know and recognised (James Kochalka), younger people with already a strong track-record (Eleanor Davis), and very promising new comers (Sam Alden).

11
Nov
16
Couverture Luke Pearson

Luke Pearson

Entretien de Xavier Guilbert

In spite of the success of the luminous adventures of Hilda, Luke Pearson also has a dark side. With Everything we miss, the young British author did bring a more ominous look on his fantastical universe, thus oscillating between the optimism of childhood and the anxieties of adulthood.

28
Oct
16
Couverture Sammy Harkham

Sammy Harkham

Entretien de Xavier Guilbert

Does Sammy Harkham really needs any introduction? Both noted cartoonist (from Poor Sailor to Crickets) and famed Kramers Ergot editor, he had nevertheless maintained a low profile these past years, following the release in 2012 of a polarizing KE8 and a personal anthology with an ominous title (Everything Together)… that is, until 2015 came around, and became the stage for something of a re-invention.

30
Sep
16
Couverture Simon Moreton

Simon Moreton

Entretien de Xavier Guilbert

With his fragile little stories, Simon Moreton follows in the steps of John Porcellino, sharing his attachement to self-publishing. After releasing the tenth and final issue of his ‘zine SMOO last year, it seemed a good opportunity to discuss his evolution so far, as well as his new project, Minor Leagues.

16
Sep
16
Couverture Aidan Koch

Aidan Koch

Entretien de Xavier Guilbert

With one foot in comics and the other in contemporary art, Aidan Koch is definitely a polymorphic artist who draws, sculpts, works on fabric, publishes littles books and makes installations. In every one of her projects, she works with fragile things, connects fragments, suggests impressions — building with every stroke a narrative that is both elegant and cristalline.

15
Apr
16
Couverture On Editing Yoshihiro Tatsumi : Interview with Adrian Tomine

On Editing Yoshihiro Tatsumi : Interview with Adrian Tomine

Entretien de Benoît Crucifix

The recent canonization of Yoshihiro Tatsumi and the reception of his comics in the Anglophone world is intimately linked to Adrian Tomine. Since the early 2000s, the cartoonist and illustrator has edited, in collaboration with Drawn and Quarterly, the English translations of Tatsumi’s works, from his early graphic novels to his short stories from the 60s and 70s to his latest productions. If Tomine is above all known for his own comics, he tried to avoid putting himself at the forefront of these editions. Looking back on this experience, he shares some of the choices and decisions that guided his editorial and design work on Tatsumi’s comics.