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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Aimes-tu la bande dessinée?

While the rest of the world was busy going ga-ga over Japanese manga I have been developing an appreciation of comic books in the Franco-Belgian tradition known as bande dessinée. In America the most famous BD characters are Tintin, Asterix and the dreaded Smurfs, but there are many great BD that have never been translated to English.
Unlike American comics which are dominated by super heroes, BD come in a wide variety of styles and topics. Science Fiction, Historical Fiction, Westerns, Erotica, Humor, Romance, Detective and Espionage stories, you name it, are all popular topics for BD, sometimes in bizare hybrids: For instance, Thorgal, now in its 28th year and 30th volume, is a historical adventure/mystical fantasy/sci-fi epic.

Stay tuned. More BD coming soon...

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