Thwarted Fates (Les destins contrariés)

The Spirou and Fantasio story from Le Journal de Spirou 4000. Obviously I stole the English title from spiroureporter and the exclaimation ‘Stroll on’ from commetulevois (continuity is important! - oh wait).

Apparently, in this alternate universe where everything is different, Fantasio is straight. I think this says something about the canon universe.

In this story, the chaos theory ('butterfly theory’), the multiverse theory and quantum mechanics, which have little to do with eachother, are linked. The multiverse theory is depicted here as parallel universes that exist at the same time, but they could also be branched.

Those little figures in the margins are Spouri and Fantaziz. They appear in Le Journal the Spirou sometimes, not just in the special. I forgot how the pear-Spirou and the pickle-Fantasio are called.

Not sure if Fantasio is being helpful or sadistic…


Les avontures de Spirou et Fantasio 54: Le groom de Sniper Ally (the Sniper Ally Bellhop), the first seven pages! I apologise for the badness of my translation.It’s usual to first read the whole album but I only have this, bought from Izneo. I have no clue how the album will continue. The very last text balloon of Spip is translated by Spiroureporter.

In other news only I’m interested in, the Dutch title of this album is known! It’s ‘Een piccolo in Sniper Ally’, literally translated 'A bellhop in Sniper Ally’.

Update: the release date of this album is known! It’s the 21th of November. 

Last night, I read Beautiful Darkness by Fabien Vehlmann, illustrated by Kerascoët, courtesy of the wonderful Gearfish. Hoooly crap. If you like dark fantasy/subverted fairy tales, this is definitely a graphic novel you should check out.

The illustrations and watercolors are phenomenal and the story stuck with me through the night. Don’t let the cutesy style fool you, this is a pretty morbid tale. I wouldn’t classify this as horror, but the terror lingers. 

(Also Amazon is having a pretty nice sale of this book at the moment FYI)

For my 100th post, a study on Spirou and Fantasio hugging, almost-hugging, semi-hugging or quasi-semi-hugging.

You can see that most of the time, it’s Fantasio’s initiative (7x to 5x and 3x both at the same time). Spirou is crushed three times, probably for the comical effect. ‘Mon vieux’ is said three times by Spirou, 'mon ami’, 'mon frêre’, 'mon poteau’, 'mon cher ami’ and 'vieux frère’ is each said once by Fantasio. Two times, it’s suggested they are going to dance (the waltz and the tango). The main reason for hugging is having not seen each other and being worried (6x), followed by being scared or startled (3x). Yes, I really am this obsessed.

There’s nothing unmanly about hugging!

Sources in order: Spirou et les héritiers, Le prisonnier du Bouddha, Les Petites Formats, Bravo les Brothers, QRN sur Bretzelburg, Des haricots partout, Qui arrêtera cyanure?, La Vallée des bannis, the cartoon episode 'L'ecole des petits genies’, the short story Back to the Rédak, Une aventure de Spirou et Fantasio par Émile Bravo: Journal d'un ingéniu, La femme léopard and Paris-sous-Seine.

Graphic Novel Recommendation-

Beautiful Darkness by Fabien Vehlmann & Kerascoët

Beautiful Darkness is the story of the little people that live inside a little girl.  When the girl dies, the little people are uprooted from their homes and have to learn to survive in the forest.  

Kerascoët’s and Fabien Vehlmann’s unsettling and gorgeous anti-fairy tale is a searing condemnation of our vast capacity for evil writ tiny. Join princess Aurora and her friends as they journey to civilization’s heart of darkness in a bleak allegory about surviving the human experience. The sweet faces and bright leaves of Kerascoët’s delicate watercolors serve to highlight the evil that dwells beneath Vehlmann’s story as pettiness, greed, and jealousy take over. Beautiful Darkness is a harrowing look behind the routine politeness and meaningless kindness of civilized society.

anonymous asked:

What were your favoite comics of 2014? There were so many good ones!!

i’ve actually had this queued up for a while! so i’ll just post it. it’s 100% complete and reflects the total ease and necessity of making these lists

some of my favorite short comics this year were:

devil’s slice of life, by patrick crotty

epoxy 4, by john pham

palm ash, by julia gfrörer

commuter, by kris mukai

missy 2, by daryl seitchik

lose 6, by michael deforge

arsène schrauwen pt3, by olivier schrauwen

majestic creature by leslie stein

new comics 3 and 4, by patrick kyle

ebbits, by m. litven

never forgets by yumi sakugawa

janus, by lala albert

sex fantasy 4 and 5, by sophia foster-dimino

everything by gg

everything by eric nebel

some of the longer comics i liked this year were war of streets and houses, by sophie yanow; beautiful darkness, by fabien vehlmann, kerascoët, and helge dascher; impressions, by aidan koch; flowering harbor, by seiichi hayashi; rav, by mickey zacchilli; operation margarine, by katie skelly; OSCP 6, by saicoink; and doctors, by dash shaw.

Spirou, c'est mon héros d'enfance. Je n'achètes pas tous les tomes (je suis plutôt à un rythme d'un sur 3) et j'ai du mal à retrouver des histoires vraiment explosives depuis le départ de Tome et Janry. Ah punaise, si Machine qui rêve avait pu avoir le succès qu'il mérite…

Je découvre cette nouvelle équipe créative, et j'ai vraiment l'impression que pour les créateurs, le personnage est assez fort pour se passer de toute notion de scénario. Pourtant le pitch de départ est excellent ! Mais rien, on rend hommage à un héros formidable sans plus de contenant ou d'aboutissant.
L'album nous crie à la gueule que Spirou est un chic type, et il faut s'en contenter ; si seulement la narration était moins hachée… Un déroulé stupide, une fin ridicule qui contredit le reste de l'épisode: ce n'est vraiment pas bon.
Je suis devenu avec le temps un lecteur plus attaché au comics : il y a un moment où il faut maltraiter un peu les personnage icônes, ne pas lais laisser en mode automatique. Peut-être que 52 page “début-milieu-fin” ne suffit pas, ou que Dupuis s'adresse à un public plus enfantin : c'est juste chiant.

La partie graphique par contre est très chouette, même si il faut s'attacher au faît que les personnages bondissent plus qu'ils ne marchent et que je ne suis pas très fan du Spip quasi humanoïde. A l'inverse, Seccotine est super chouette !

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Bref, largement oubliable.

Machine qui rêve et la dernière planche de Tome & Janry sur Spirou, c'était ça : 

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Lists are hard! I really had a fun year reading comics, hah, but these are some of the few book that i had those “moments” where i would just stop reading and have to put the book down because it was just too good. 

I think that these books are have had a big inspiration on how i make stuff and what I want to draw, so that’s like the other big point. 


Chie Chihiro Manga Book 1 : Chie Chihiro : Hato Press

This felt to me like a book that somebody wanted to make and they just did it and they didn’t care what anybody else has to say about it. I really liked the title of the book that’s why i picked this up. It’s just nonsense day to day stuff and it’s a bit weird. But I like it and it looks like a kid drew it so that’s always a plus.

Commuter : Kris Mukai 

It’s rare that I IRL laugh when i’m reading stuff. But this book i was giggling and stuff like almost every page of the whole book and i knew like “hey this is something special”. Even though the book is quick stories of silly subway stuff that seem like a commonplace thing in other “diary comics”, every story is the best golden nugget of subway stories ever, like leagues above any other subway story! Also, it’s printed in this years most popular riso-combo, Purple and red! Kris is a master at drawing faces and hands and people being stressed out. It’s too good i have nothing else to say

Benson’s Cuckoos : Anouk Ricard : Drawn & Quarterly 

I fell in love with this artists work this year. Another one of these “draws a bit like a kid but it’s too good for an actual kid to draw this”. The story is about people working in an office, which is another one of my favorite themes. It’s so simple and clean and goofy and for as much as its silly there are a few small small notes of really horrible things going on in the story. Wow Great! 

Fugue : Matt Sheean

The same feeling i got when I read Nausicaa came up when reading this book. It’s fantasy, but it’s so new it’s the fantasy that made me feel “Can you even do this with fantasy??” I’VE NEVER SEEN ANYTHING LIKE THIS BEFORE EVER ITS TOO COOL. This book just scrapes the surface of a massively magical world and plays down everything that is cool. The art style is towards being as loose and free as possible while still keeping maximum character detail providing weight to everything. so fresh so clean ok. 

Beautiful Darkness : Fabien Vehlmann & Kerascoët :Drawn & Quarterly

I never expected anything that this book was going to throw at me. Um I kinda have to go back to work so i cant continue writing but this is a good book its very pretty too. 


My friend Tracie and I started a comic book club exclusively for non-males because we couldn’t find one in Columbus to go to. We call ourselves THE CIRCLE and our first meeting was today! 3 people came and I’m pretty sure that’s a success. I brought with me, for sharing, Bitch Planet #1 & Pretty Deadly vol 1 by kellysue, Beautiful Darkness by Fabien Vehlmann (which someone read at the table and watching someone else read it confirmed that I’m not just a big baby, that book is FUCKED), Sex Criminals vol 1 by mattfractionblog and zdarsky, Into the Woods by Emily Carroll and for some reason I loaned someone my hardcover Saga collection LOL GOOD JOB. Anyway, it went really well and we all ended up talking about our periods so mission accomplished or whatever.

I also made a design for a button for us because why not. I don’t know how to do design stuff really, but I didn’t botch it too bad.



Amazon has chosen its Top 20 comics + graphic novels of 2014. How many have you read?

  1. The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances by Matthew Inman
  2. Can’t We Talk about Something More Pleasant?: A Memoir by Roz Chast
  3. Saga Deluxe Edition Volume 1 HC by Bryan K Vaughan and Fiona Staples
  4. Seconds: A Graphic Novel by Bryan O’Malley
  5. Batman: A Visual History by Mattew K Manning
  6. The Graveyard Book Graphic Novel: Volume 2 by Neil Gaiman and P Craig Russell
  7. Through the Woods by Emily Carroll
  8. Sugar Skull by Charles Burns
  9. Deadpool by Joe Kelly Omnibus by Joe Kelly and Various
  10. Beautiful Darkness by Fabien Vehlmann, Kerascoët and Helge Dascher
  11. The Harlem Hellfighters by Max Brooks And Canaan Ahite.
  12. Trillium by Jeff Lemire
  13. This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki
  14. Alpha & Omega (Locke & Key) by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez
  15. The Shadow Hero by Gene Luen Yang and Sonny Liew
  16. Andre the Giant: Life and Legend by Box Brown
  17. How To Be Happy by Eleanor Davis
  18. The Wrenchies by Farel Dalrymple
  19. The Love Bunglers by Jamie Hernandez
  20. Ant Colony by Michael DeForge