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Coelacanth07 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 Inactive Member07 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.

altfritz07 Sep 2013 1:43 p.m. PST

English language? Or is French OK?

altfritz07 Sep 2013 1:44 p.m. PST

Did you see this thread?

TMP link

altfritz07 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?

Coelacanth07 Sep 2013 1:53 p.m. PST

Re: Altfritz

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.


altfritz07 Sep 2013 1:58 p.m. PST

Thorgal, for example, is a long running semi-historical series set vaguely in the Dark Ages.

Personal logo 20thmaine Supporting Member of TMP07 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

Personal logo Patrick R Supporting Member of TMP07 Sep 2013 3:52 p.m. PST

Here are some suggestions :

Blake and Mortimer (Pulp adventures)

Valerian et Laureline (SF)

Lucky Luke (Western)

Les Tuniques bleues (ACW and Western)

XIII (Spy thriller)

Yoko Tsuno (SF)

Blueberry (Western)

Buck Danny (Navy Pilot from WWII to today)

Thorgal (Viking fantasy/sf)

Blacksad (Noir)

Spirou (Classic adventures)

Adele Blanc Sec (Belle Epoque supernatural mysteries)

Sillage (SF)

Le Grand Pouvoir du Chninkel (Fantasy)

Corto Maltese

Spike and Suzy

Chroniques de Lune Noire (Fantasy)

ghostdog Inactive Member07 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.

Adele… I never liked it.

Personal logo 20thmaine Supporting Member of TMP07 Sep 2013 5:24 p.m. PST

Blake & Mortimer – that was the new partwork series.

Beowulf Fezian07 Sep 2013 7:45 p.m. PST

Asterix & Obelix

ghostdog Inactive Member07 Sep 2013 8:26 p.m. PST

Francois burgeon has an excellent medieval comic, twillight companions

Personal logo Patrick R Supporting Member of TMP08 Sep 2013 3:54 a.m. PST

Donjon (Fantasy)


Achille Talon



Coelacanth10 Sep 2013 5:55 a.m. PST

Tout le monde, merci bien!


John D Salt Inactive Member12 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,


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