|Coelacanth||07 Sep 2013 1:07 p.m. PST|
I have seen a few French comics (bandes dessinées), and I would like to learn more. Here in the USA, one can find Tintin books readily enough, but what else is there to read? It is a pretty big subject, and they are too expensive to buy cold. I appreciate your recommendations, thanks in advance!
|SECURITY MINISTER CRITTER ||07 Sep 2013 1:30 p.m. PST|
Other than Heavy Metal I have no idea. Not being able to read French may play a part in that.
|altfritz||07 Sep 2013 1:43 p.m. PST|
English language? Or is French OK?
|altfritz||07 Sep 2013 1:44 p.m. PST|
|altfritz||07 Sep 2013 1:50 p.m. PST|
Some of those links give you previews of the issues.
The Voyages d'Alix are sort of like French versions of the Peter Connolly books – giving general info in graphic form about the Etruscans, Incas, or whatever.
What period or Genre are you looking for?
|Coelacanth||07 Sep 2013 1:53 p.m. PST|
I can read a bit of French. I am in the "fact finding" phase, so I haven't narrowed my focus yet (although I like Jean Giraud/ Moebius). Thanks for the link.
|altfritz||07 Sep 2013 1:58 p.m. PST|
Thorgal, for example, is a long running semi-historical series set vaguely in the Dark Ages.
| 20thmaine ||07 Sep 2013 3:10 p.m. PST|
The Belgians are insanely keen on comics – Brussels has several huge TinTin Murals, and a comics meeting museum with a vast public reading collection.
I was out there 2 weeks ago and they'd just started a new part work of what looked to be a VSFW type strip in hardback volumes – was quite tempted, but my language skills aren;t up to it.
There's a long wiki about Belgian comics : link
| Patrick R ||07 Sep 2013 3:52 p.m. PST|
|ghostdog ||07 Sep 2013 4:21 p.m. PST|
I loved yoko tsuno when i was a child, and valerian space temporal agent, too. They are comics from the 70s and can look a bit outdated today.
yoko tsuno has a more serious aproach to scifi than valerian.
Wake is a wonderfull scifi comic with a superb visual look about a fleet od thousands of ships of hundred of diferent races that wander the galaxy.
I never liked it.
| 20thmaine ||07 Sep 2013 5:24 p.m. PST|
Blake & Mortimer – that was the new partwork series.
|Beowulf ||07 Sep 2013 7:45 p.m. PST|
|ghostdog ||07 Sep 2013 8:26 p.m. PST|
Francois burgeon has an excellent medieval comic, twillight companions
| Patrick R ||08 Sep 2013 3:54 a.m. PST|
|Coelacanth||10 Sep 2013 5:55 a.m. PST|
Tout le monde, merci bien!
|John D Salt ||12 Sep 2013 6:07 a.m. PST|
Valerian and Laureline are absolutely marvellous -- I think I am missing vol. 6 of "l'Integrale".
I would also heartily recommend the improbable adventures of Eugene Krampon, of Nogent-sur-Marne, in the series "Le Goulag" by Dmitri. I have the first ten volumes, I thought 10 was the last but there seem to have been more since. Dmitri is the pen-name of Guy Mouminoux, who also wrote "The Forgotten Soldier" under the name Guy Sajer. He has done some one-offs on the Battle of the Atlantic ("Kaleunt"), the Battle of Tsushima, and a couple on the Russian Front ("Raspoutitsa" and "Koursk: Tourmente D'Acier". All wonderfully atmospheric (though Mr.Picky has the occasional snit at technical inaccuracies).
I am also enormously fond of France's own national superhero, Superdupont:
and Wikipedia tells me I have a further volume to purchase, I only have the first five. I'm also very partial to Arthur de Pins' "Pechés Mignonnes", Franquin's classic "Idées Noires", and Claire Bouilhac's "Melody Bondage".
There is so much good stuff to choose from that any recommendations are only ever going to be personal selections from a vast field of graphical literature, to which I fear we anglophones have no equivalent. Not only do the French have a mass of high-quality BDs produced domestically, they also recognise talent from overseas and translate it, so my albums by Manara ("Le Déclic", "Les Borgia") and Trillo and Macias ("Claire de Nuit") are in French, rather than the original Italian or Spanish.
Most of the material found in albums was originally serialised in monthly magazines, and I have had "Fluide Glaciale" delivered regularly to the UK for years now with no problems. Apart from the joy of the cartoonery (I'm sad that Cosmik Roger seems to have come to a sticky end this month), it is an excellent way to maintain some acquaintance with current demotic turns of phrase in French.
Be advised that (with the possible exception of Franquin) all the things I have mentioned are certain to offend prudes.
All the best,