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.

18
Mar
16
Couverture Mochizuki Minetarou

Mochizuki Minetarou

Entretien de Xavier Guilbert

Most of us discovered Mochizuki Minetarô with Dragonhead, a story as desperate as it was claustrophobic, where the end of the world had rarely been so bleak. He’s back now with Chiisakobe, with a narrative both luminous and delicate — and deeply Japanese. From darkness to light, the story of a metamorphosis.

11
Mar
16
Couverture Sunday Comics Reloaded – An Interview with Peter Maresca

Sunday Comics Reloaded – An Interview with Peter Maresca

Entretien de Benoît Crucifix

Since 2005, Sunday Press has committed itself to reprinting early-twentieth-century comic strips at the scale of the original color Sunday supplement. Just as the graphic novel was demonstrating the aesthetic and narrative importance of format, Peter Maresca was putting forward the same argument for his archival reprints. And so, Sunday Press demonstrated how pioneers of the comic strip approached the huge space of the newspaper page, and how readers would be confronted with it.

11
Mar
16

The Comics that Time Forgot

Dossier de Peter Maresca

Around a hundred years ago, Sunday newspapers were home to the likes of Brainy Bowers, Simon Simple, Hugo Hercules, and Billy Bounce — hardly pillars in the pantheon of comic art. These and dozens of other characters were part of an era that has essentially been passed over by the numerous comics retrospectives of the […]

12
Feb
16
Couverture Dylan Horrocks

Dylan Horrocks

Entretien de Xavier Guilbert

As the second millenium was coming to an end, New Zealand brought us Hicksville, a touching declaration of love for comics. But after three promising issues of Atlas, nothing — Dylan Horrocks had vanished, facing what turned out to be a long crisis of faith… until the (almost) surprise release of Sam Zabel and the Magic Pen. Or how he stopped worrying and learned to love comics — again.

29
Jan
16
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

Dorénavant a 30 ans

Dossier de Andrew White Dorénavant – 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

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 […]