Tag: Graphic Novel

Isadora Duncan, Reborn in a Graphic Novel

Ninety years after her death, long-forgotten American dancer Isadora Duncan is now back in the spotlight. Franco-American actress Lily-Rose Depp played her in the movie The Dancer three years ago, and she is now the lead character in a graphic novel published in France by Dargaud in 2017 and translated into English this week by SelfMadeHero. Isadora retraces the fanciful...

Lucky Luke, a Cowboy in Paris

Lucky Luke is the main character in a Francophone comic-book series, but is all but unknown in the United States where the market is dominated by superheroes from the Marvel franchise. For the first time ever, in Lucky Luke, a Cowboy in Paris published in French and English, the sheriff has left the American West to visit France during the Belle...

Ninety Years On, Tintin Is Still Struggling to Conquer America

The little Belgian reporter invented by illustrator Hergé is undeniably a 20th-century hero in France and Belgium. But even with Tintin in America, which saw the journalist travel to Chicago and the Wild West, the character has always struggled to carve out a niche in the U.S.A. where Marvel reigns supreme. As General de Gaulle liked to say, “In actual...

Sergeant York Gets His Very Own Comic Book

An avenue in Manhattan bears his name, but who really remembers Sergeant York, the most decorated U.S. soldier of World War I? He proved his mettle in France during the Meuse-Argonne Offensive, whose 100th anniversary is currently being commemorated, and is now the subject of a comic book published by Association of the United States Army. On October 8, 1918,...

Illustrator Portrays Maternity in France and the United States

French feminist artist Emma has made a name for herself with biting illustrations about gender equality and raising children. In her latest work, she compares maternity care in France and the United States. Emma — her pseudonym — has been invited to take part in a series of articles for The Guardian focused on the American system’s shortcomings in terms of...

Jean-Jacques Audubon in America

Like Lafayette before him, Jean-Jacques Audubon (1785-1851) is one of several French people who are less known in France but who enjoy immense popularity in the United States. The French ornithologist and naturalized U.S. citizen wrote the reference work The Birds of America, and spent the early 19th century exploring the American wilderness of Louisiana, Missouri and Mississippi, where he...

The Graphic Novel Unveiling the Underbelly of Silicon Valley

In 2013, along with her husband and daughter, French cartoonist Laureline Duermael left Metz and moved their video games developing business to San Francisco. The experience quickly became a living nightmare. She started to blog her misadventures as a comic strip, which was then published as a graphic novel called Comme convenu (As Agreed) in 2015. She recently launched an online crowd-funding campaign to help...

Sempé, the Last Cover

Jean-Jacques Sempé is retiring. The Paris-based French cartoonist, 84, announced he would no longer grace the New Yorker's covers with his spirited drawings, ending a 38-year-long collaboration with the American weekly magazine.

“Pablo”, A Lively Portrait of Picasso

Pablo is a four-tome biography started in 2012, retracing the artist’s footsteps from his first difficult experiences in Paris to his success as the cubist “Picasso”. The full graphic novel has been translated into English by SelfMadeHero, and is now available in the United States as a single volume, and more recently as a digital version. Pablo opens with the...[Subscriber]

Cruising Through the Louvre

Co-published by the Louvre Museum in Paris, this graphic novel takes the form of a surreal stroll through the renowned institution, and has just been translated into English. The Louvre launched its own graphic novel collection ten years ago, offering carte blanche to a meticulously chosen panel of artists such as the Frenchmen Nicolas de Crécy and Étienne Davodeau, the...[Subscriber]

Gauguin, Off the Beaten Track

Paul Gauguin (1848-1903) gave us the Pont-Aven School master paintings, mystical canvases of a yellow Christ in a style almost imitating fauvism, and the long, lithe bodies of Polynesian women languishing on the beaches in Tahiti. A far cry from this post-card paradise, this beautiful new graphic novel follows the last two years of the artist’s life, from his arrival...[Subscriber]