Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Friday, September 13, 2019

Drawing from 89

(obviously influenced by Bernie Wrightson's Frankenstein illustrations)

Friday, July 26, 2019

Some books I've read 40

Syvsoverskens dystre frukost by Tor Aage Bringsvaerd.
It was fun rereading this novel by my favourite Norwegian novelist in my teens, following different characters in New York and then... it gets weird.

Eye in the Sky by Philip K. Dick
Inception before Inception.

The Crucifix Killer by Chris Carter
I've been thinking it would be fun to do a serial killer comic, and to do that I'd need to read a serial killer novel. This book has all the cliches of the genre, with more than one nod to Seven. The sollution was pretty effective, I must admit. Probably not gonna do the comic, though.

Autumn in Venice: Ernest Hemingway and His Last Muse by Andrea di Robilant
Hemingway falls in love with a 30 years younger Italian woman and then writes a novel about it, Across the River and Into The Trees. Great title, bad novel, well, I must confess I haven't read it, yet. This is the older Hemingway, who had lost some of his talent and who mistreated his wife, Mary. It's the beginning of the end.

Reckless Daughter: A Portrait of Joni Mitchell by David Yaffe
Okay biography, going album by album, but the writer spends too much time on analyzing songs.

Master of Kung Fu: Fight Without Pity by Doug Moench and Paul Gulacy
Martial arts meets James Bond. The Gulacy stuff is brilliant, but there are filler stories by less inspired cartoonists as well.

Copra Round One, Two and Three by Michel Fiffe
Ditko meets David B. Love the drawings and storytelling, not totally hooked on the story.

Sempé à New York
A collection of all his New Yorker covers + an interview in both English and French.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Books bought in Toronto

Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
Eye in the Sky by Philip K. Dick
The Road to Los Angeles by John Fante
Dreams from Bunker Hill by John Fante
Doppler by Erlend Loe
Graphic Ink: The DC Comics Art of Frank Quitely

+ I picked up Is This How You See Me? by Jaime Hernandez at the Fantagraphics stand.

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Some books I've read 39

Wait Until Spring, Bandini by John Fante
His first novel, about his childhood. A lot of it rings true, it gets a bit melodramatic towards the end. The book has the Fante voice, but it's not quite the masterpiece that Ask The Dust is.

The Brotherhood of the Grape by John Fante
A screenwriter helps his old bricklayer dad on a final job. 

West of Rome by John Fante
Two stories, the main one being My Dog Stupid. The middleaged Fante was a bit more sentimental than the young Fante.

Beatles '66 by Steve Turner
A month by month retelling of this year in the life of The Beatles. The recording of Revolver, "more popular than Jesus", the decision to stop touring, John meeting Yoko, George going to India, Strawberry Fields / Penny Lane.

Paul McCartney: The Biography by  Philip Norman
800 pages split evenly between The Beatles and Paul solo. Famously, Norman was quite dismissive of Paul in Shout! This biography is pretty fair, it seems to me but not leaving out the moments Paul was not "the nice  Beatle". Some new stuff, like the days he spent in jail in Japan, worrying if he would be locked up for years. Could maybe have cut a few pages about his ugly divorce.

Science Fiction by Serge Clerc
One of four big collections of Clerc's work, this one looking at his science fiction stuff, a mix of drawings and comics, a lot of it from the pages of Metal Hurlant. Not cheap, but includes a signed and numbered print in the front of the book.

Currently reading:
The Big Hunger : Stories 1932 - 1959 by John Fante
The True Adventures of The Rolling Stones by Stanley Booth

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Some books I've read 38

Bad Boy by Jim Thompson
About his youth as a bellboy and different other jobs. A bit too self-congratulatory.

Savage Night by Jim Thompson.
A man integrates life in a small town getting ready to kill someone. Goes on for a bit too long, even at 150 pages. So, I gave Thompson another try, but this book reminded me that I'm not really a fan.

Hellraisers by Robert Sellers
Drinking stories from Richard Burton, Richard Harris, Peter O'Toole and Oliver Reed.

1933 Was A Bad Year by John Fante
Semi-autobiographical novel about the writer, age 17, dreaming about becoming a baseball pro and getting away from his bricklayer dad. Fante's language sings.

The Simulacra by Philip K. Dick
Okay, it's been a while since I read it, so I don't remember exactly what happenss. His books get mixed up in my head after a while. There's a robot and someone's divorced, I assume. Not his best and not his worst, I'd say.

El Mayor by Moebius
Sketchbook strip by Moebius, in a Spanish version that I can't read, but I  can enjoy the drawings. Not quite Airtight Garage, or 40 Days in the Desert, but still.

Off Season by James Sturm.
Libtard dog whining about Trump, so his wife ditches him. Actually, a beautiful book by one of the most undervalued cartoonists around.

Currently reading:
First Love and Other Novellas by Samuel Beckett

Live model drawing 2

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Thursday, March 7, 2019

New signing

Expérience, Lyon: March 22, 15H

Also in March

Azimuts, Montpellier: March 9, 15H
Ombres blanches, Toulouse: March 15, 17H

Monday, January 14, 2019

Signings / Dédicaces

Rubrique à bulles, Paris: January 24, 17H
Angoulême Festival de la Bande Dessinée, Atrabile stand
Super Heros, Paris: January 31, 17H

Azimuts, Montpellier: March 9, 15H (with Lewis Trondheim and Alexis Nesme)
Ombres blanches, Toulouse: March 15, 17H


Thursday, January 3, 2019

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Oh, Louie...

I've listened to the leaked tape of Louis CK's new stand up, and it's... disapponting. Some funny bits, but most of it is not. And next to Bill Burr he's my favourite comedian. Some commenters say "He's not PC!" Well, he never was. But usually he had a point. "He didn't apologize!" Apologies are not funny. He's there to tell jokes. And he's supposed to apologize at the beginning of each show? Hopefully he's just trying out stuff, and he'll lose most of these jokes for the real tour. But there's a bitterness in this material that was not there before. And as Marc Maron discovered during his divorce and career going nowhere period, bitterness is not that funny.

I still hope Louis CK can make a come back. At his best there is no one better. And the claim that he has turned into an alt right comedian is just silly.  But he peaked at his special called Hilarious, in my mind, and the later ones have been uneven. Frankly, I thought Horace and Pete was a lot more interesting, and it's a shame if he won't be able to do more work in that direction. Anyway... You're sitting in a chair in the sky.