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I didn't get time on this trip to spend ages browsing in a bookshop, but I managed to do a lightening blitz of the news agent next to the place I picked up everyone's breakfast pastries.

I grabbed Spirou because I'd heard Paul Gravett mention in during his panel talk last weekend at Caption, and I also grabbed Tchô, which is much better inside than its shiny naff cover suggests. As tempting as it is, I won't post any pages for copyright reasons, but at least here you can get a little peek at how the pages look (Spirou on top, Tchô beneath):

I wasn't impressed by the Tchô website, but Spirou's website lets you see some drawings by the contributors (click auteurs on their navigation strip - this is a seriously good link).

And this morning was so wonderful because the postman brought a parcel from chamonkee in Sheffield with this fantastic drawing on it! I am so keeping this for when he's famous, but then I still won't give it away.

I'm feeling very humbled because I only drew on his envelope very fast with a blunt Sharpie.... sorry, Will, I'll do better next time! Will Kirkby is awesome.


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Aug. 16th, 2008 12:53 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you like it I need to go watch that film again! I'm not too sure about the famous thing though... possibly infamous...
Aug. 16th, 2008 03:22 pm (UTC)
Then we'll settle for 'infamous in a good way', hey?
Aug. 16th, 2008 10:39 pm (UTC)
ok I'll aim for L'enfant terrible then?
Aug. 16th, 2008 02:59 pm (UTC)
French kids magazines are so awesome.
Aug. 16th, 2008 03:23 pm (UTC)
They are!
Aug. 17th, 2008 05:53 pm (UTC)
I see a waffle !

Can you read French ? You'll need it if you're starting with "Le Petit Nicolas" (Goscinny + Sempé = 2 geniuses).
Aug. 17th, 2008 06:15 pm (UTC)
I can read French, but very badly! That's why I buy children's books. Even better if they're ones I've already read in English, my latest best read when I didn't have to use a dictionary was Beverly Cleary's 'Ramona la peste'. I read Russian badly, too, so I'm working through 'Garry Potter i philosophski kamen'.

I wish I was to the point where I could sit down and read an entirely new book in either language and enjoy the experience. Comics are a nice middle point.
Aug. 18th, 2008 09:01 am (UTC)
French Comics
This past week in Seattle has been "French Graphic Novel Week" (I'm not making this up), highlighted by a visit from David B.
But YOU, you're livin' it. You're there, Sarah. You've got the real deal.

And that envelope art is cool! Kudos, chamonkee! That reminds em that I need to photograph a nice envelope I received recently and show it to the Internet.....
Aug. 18th, 2008 12:34 pm (UTC)
Re: French Comics
Hey, thanks! I've seen that Epileptic book on several people's bookshelves, but I've never taken time to look at it properly, must do! That's cool Seattle's doing French Graphic Novel Week, I never heard of that when I lived there. (Then again, I'm not sure how I would have heard about it.)
Aug. 19th, 2008 12:28 am (UTC)
French graphic novel week
I think it's a one time event. But it would be great if they made it annual!
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