THE ADVENTURES OF HERGE recently reprinted in english by DRAWN AND QUARTERLY (left) with beautiful color and the signed french language edition published in the late 90s by REPORTER (right) in black & white, but larger size. this is a charming read and epitomizes how mature yet playful european cartooning and storytelling are. photo by chris anthony diaz & graham willcox


7 Prairial: Fromental (false oat-grass, tall oat-grass Arrhenatherum elatius)

Pasture plants for Prairial again.  This is a tall bunchgrass, sometimes grown as an ornamental but more often as hay or grazing fodder.

I’m not going to lie, I’m a bit at a loss for interesting things to say about this grass.  Grasses are ecologically and economically important…and incidentally rather hard to identify…and here I am, scratching my head.  I think Millin had the same problem.  It’s the shortest entry I’ve run into yet, and he spends most of it vamping.  “Green, dried, or in pasture, it is one of the best foods for livestock.” 

Do any of my readers have exciting historical facts about hay? 

Curious History:  Jewel Casket, 1867
Metalwork, Silver, gilt-metal, emeralds, garnets, lapis lazuli, enamel, and velvet

In the mid-1800s, a New York businessman traveled to London. He visited an exhibition, where he saw the original version of this extraordinary jewel box. It had been made for the granddaughter of the French king on the occasion of her wedding.

The visitor from New York had to have a jewel box just like it, so he commissioned a copy from the French firm that made the original, Maison Froment-Meurice - beloved by the French aristocracy for its fine artistry.

The style is modeled on a medieval tradition of decorative boxes designed to hold precious objects. The box also mimics Gothic architecture.

The decorations, featuring French lilies and roses intertwined with ivy, are a symbol of marital fidelity. The figures surrounding the box are famous French women known for their piety, courage and talent.


I just got my deluxe copy of Jamais deux sans trois by Floc’h and Fromental in the mail, and unfortunately, it didn’t survive the trip. The seller did a great job packaging it, but the stack of prints shuffling around in the case banged against the top and bottom enough times to crack all 4 corners of the box. Because this book is pretty rare to find without dings and stains on the cover, I decided to try to repair it, rather than sending it back to France. It’s a pretty basic process - since the cracks were all at joints, I placed a needle in between where the edges are supposed to be joined together, injected some PVA glue, and carefully pulled the needle out while holding pressure on the boards. I gave it about five minutes of hand pressure and then fashioned a plane press out of some heavy magazines and spring clamps clamped to my desk. Hopefully the repaired joints will be strong enough to hold the prints. This is a beautiful book, by the way.

montagnarde1793 replied to your photoset: 7 Prairial: Fromental (false oat-grass, tall…

I actually do have a fun fact about fromental (the day, at least)! The composer Halévy was born on this day in the year VII, which is why his name is Jacques-Fromental.

I knew someone could do better than me on this front!  Thank you!

I’m completely unfamiliar with Halévy so I put my nose into YouTube and found the Halévy channel

Celebrities with French Revolutionary Calendar names

So I was reading about the French Jewish composer Fromental Halévy, born in 1799, and primarily known for the opera La Juive. His first name Fromental, which apparently means “oat grass,” comes from the Revolutionary Calendar.

To indicate something of his parents’ views/interests, his father’s “first poem was “Ha-Shalom”, a hymn composed on the occasion of the treaty of Amiens; it was sung in the synagogue of Paris, in both Hebrew and French, on the 17th Brumaire (8 November) 1801. The poem was praised in Latin verses by Protestant pastor Marron. In 1808 Halévy composed a prayer to be recited on the anniversary of the battle of Wagram…”

His brother Leon was a Saint-Simonian. Interesting family.


10 juillet 2014 

Quelques BR chez Easy Cash, rien de précieux mais bon : le très honorable Dawn of the Dead de Snyder (du néo-zombie d’avant Robert Kirk !), le Dracula de Coppola (que je n’ai jamais beaucoup aimé), Slumdog Millionnaire (jamais vu) et MIIB.

Des CD honteux de BOF saxophiles pour vastes et profonds succès frenchy-80’s (White T-shirt de Micky Green aussi).

Deux BD (un Floch/Fromental et ce truc de moi inconnu : Les aventures d’Olivier Désormeaux (de Muzillac* & de Soria, Dargaud 84). Plusieurs volumes de Walking dead étaient aussi dispo, dans des éditions couplant deux albums, mais à chaque fois que j’ai commencé à lire ça, ça m’est inexplicablement toujours tombé des mains… Donc non.

Télécharge du Floc’h et l’intégrale de Capitaine Flam, dont Capucine a vu une moitié d’épisode (l’inaugural), littéralement fascinée (elle est cependant trop jeune, à mon avis).

Sidonis me soumet ses sorties westerns (Valdez, La ville de la vengeance, 3000 dollars mort ou vif) pour le mois de juillet mais je n’en retiens aucun (j’aurais pu me fendre du Lancaster, mais bon).

Ecoute The big shot chronicles de Game Theory puis le sydbarettien Jacco Gardner (Cabinet of curiosities).

Lis avec intérêt En Pleine Guerre Froide de Floch/Fromental) qui affiche clairement ses ambitions de frotter la ligne claire hergéesque à l’underground le plus techno-psychotronique. Réussi.

*Martin Veyron sous pseudo !


Remember how I said that you wouldn’t find another publisher besides Chance Press willing to release a special edition of a book in which every page is a stand-alone print? Turns out I’m a dirty liar, since that’s exactly what Albin Michel did with Jamais deux sans trois by Fromental and Floc’h back in 1991. (Picture from