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Wanted to post loads of art tonight, but failed. Too tired, and too much to do. *sigh*. Tomorrow night then.
But today was still awesome (ok, the storyboard is not yet done, but still).
Just got a whole bunch of books from the french bookstore in Montreal- ah bliss! The joy of reading in french again! Two Tezuka books, including one hardcover Black Jack with colored pages! Also Zipang and Death Note. That's for the mangas.
In big european format, there is De Capes Et De Crocs- some of the best, wittiest writing in comics. Would love to share, but unless you do read french, a lot of its strenghts and beauty would be lost.

Alim Le Tanneur (beautiful art and good story)

And finally a new one, Les Aigles De Rome, drawn by Marini who does the beautiful book Scorpion. I'm giving this title a try because I liked his previous work so much:

I've decided to try a new look for the cover- Just a WIP at this point, but I'll try and clean it from there and fix some of the colors:

wip cover

And now, some kudos for some hard working people:

mercurysblood Has done some amazing translation work, putting all the dialogue in Chinese! It looks really awesome-big round of applause and many thanks for taking the time to do so many pages.

Murielle on DA did a very nice Zhaoka piece, leaving the Northern Water Tribe under the watchful eye of the moon

And foxysquid whom I may never have thanked properly for writing "Two Spirits", a fanfic set in the Water Tribe AU.
I mean...to get an AU based on an AU, that is high praise indeed!

There are others, some I may have unintentionally missed (my apologies for that), and some I'm keeping as a surprise for the mini comic :D
Ok, sleepy time.

After I read some Tezuka.


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Feb. 20th, 2008 08:18 am (UTC)
Ha ha, I wish it was too (only if I didn't do the colors, and someone else was paying for the printing of a full color mini...ouch!)
Feb. 20th, 2008 12:37 pm (UTC)
You know, I'm tempted to try coloring your comic, I mean, I need the practice anyway. (I have no clue what I'm saying. I'm sick, dizzy, and so sleep deprived I thought the firenation helmet was a squid at first. Ignore me!)

Er, awesome cover.
Feb. 20th, 2008 04:31 pm (UTC)
Firenation SQUID! AUGH! Stay off the beach!
(I know I would *shivers*)
Oh my, you don't want going in the chasm that is that mad water tribe project. I'm not putting any barriers up if people want to have fun coloring the pages (or just individual panels), but that's all they should do it for: fun. And certainly not exhausting themselves doing it.
You get plenty of rest.
Feb. 20th, 2008 07:06 pm (UTC)
Oh definately. I don't think I'd even color the entire thing. Probably just try and color my favorite pages. I'm lazy. I could never color the entire thing. Especially since if I was to do a proper job at it, I'd have to ask for the original file, and I doubt you want to be going around handing out original files to random strangers who say they want to color your comic.
Feb. 21st, 2008 07:46 am (UTC)
Way too many pages for anyone, that's for sure.
I could hand out original huge files if someone asked for it. I mean, we would all do this for fun anyway.
Feb. 20th, 2008 09:17 am (UTC)
Damn the French, they have the prettiest arts ;o;.
Feb. 20th, 2008 04:34 pm (UTC)
If only all their books could be translated. I know there's a bit of SkyDoll and Blacksad out there at least, but that's just the tip of the iceberg.
Well, De Capes et De Crocs couldn't be translated- you'd lose too much.
Feb. 20th, 2008 06:02 pm (UTC)
Ahh Blacksad! Yesss. I desperately want Belladonne in english too :
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Feb. 20th, 2008 06:28 pm (UTC)
Well, the authors are spanish I believe, but their first publisher was in France.
I want to see one of these for real, one day.
Life size!
Feb. 20th, 2008 06:34 pm (UTC)
Ooh, even better photos than the previous link!
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Feb. 20th, 2008 09:14 pm (UTC)
I don't know, but that bust is B-I-G!
Feb. 20th, 2008 09:37 am (UTC)
Lovely Water Tribe picture!

Also, someone else who reads _Scorpion_! Excellent. (I'm in the UK, and get a number of French graphic novels and French translations of manga. Though my personal favourite graphic novels have been _Troisieme Testament_, and the ongoing _Requiem_ series.)
Feb. 20th, 2008 04:36 pm (UTC)
I remember browsing thru the two titles you mentionned, but never quite hooking up at just the first glance. I'd need to sit down and pay more attention to them next time I can go and browse inside a french bookstore (May can't come fast enough!).
Feb. 20th, 2008 10:08 am (UTC)
Great job on the cover! I think it works very well, the red really pops out and there's a nice tension/anticipation. Plus, it pretty much summorizes this book. BUT your old idea had a very nice full body zhao portrait full page, and that series thing you had with all 4 covers showing him in the center, but in different clothes/situations. I like how that idea showed his developement through the series. But overall, I do prefer this cover though, the composition is excellent and it's nice to see some landscape in colour. Perhaps you can make the other covers match this theme, that would be awesome.
oh and maybe portrait-zhao on the back? To make perfectly who this book's about? (Just random ideas hehe) Enjoy your new treasures!
Feb. 20th, 2008 04:40 pm (UTC)
If I was going to make a cover for part two (which I may at some point- but that's not urgent so backburner!), it would definitely be different. 3 and 4 would be slightly reworked.
I was toying with the idea of putting him on the back cover...or just keep with the mostly blue-white theme and just a small something at the back with a short written teaser lines. I have a few days left to figure things out.
Feb. 20th, 2008 11:54 am (UTC)
I got ahead of myself... So now I'm going to wait till you finish. XD

Gosh those comics look awesome...
Feb. 20th, 2008 04:41 pm (UTC)
Re: :)
I will never be finished! Mwahaha!
Er...no wait. I will. Ouf. Scared myself for a moment...
Feb. 20th, 2008 05:49 pm (UTC)
You were channeling Lao weren't you? XP
Still interested in the rest of your other AU. ;)
Feb. 20th, 2008 12:49 pm (UTC)
The art in those french comics are really cool.

I love the cover, and can't wait until you have it cleaned up cause, I'm still seeing helmet as a squid or octopus. o.o

Like, it's waving its arms at you! And the darkened part is a gaping mouth. I can't decide if it's going, "HI!!!" Or screaming in despair at its location, or doing a slow menacing wave with its tentacles. I think it wants to be taken home as a pet, but it's Zhao. And Zhao probably kicks puppies and stuff. Poor squid/octopus.

I should go back to bed.
Feb. 20th, 2008 04:43 pm (UTC)
Zhao definitely has no love for pets. He'd kick firenation squid all the time.
(Now I want to do a version of this cover with a squid on it- wtf would it be doing there I don't know and I wouldn't care).
Feb. 20th, 2008 07:19 pm (UTC)
He'd kick it around, then take it home and try to eat it. But I doubt Zhao's a great cook, and probably doesn't remember how to cook it properly and would end up getting food poisoning for a day or so. (That would make my day. It got left behind by some firenation guy who kept it as a pet. Much nicer guy than Zhao. He kept it on board of the ship, but he never came back, so the squid got lonely and escaped to look for him. All this time its been struggling to survive in the harsh ice land, and then Zhao comes along. And you know the rest. Er, yeah I realize I'm taking this a bit far, but I can't help it. I think squids are cute.)
Feb. 20th, 2008 07:56 pm (UTC)
This would be such a sad story...here's loyal squid, suffering through terrible weather, only to be eaten by a bad man.
(sad, but I can't stop giggling)
Feb. 21st, 2008 01:21 am (UTC)
I know! It's so tragic. And I can't stop giggling either.
Feb. 20th, 2008 01:22 pm (UTC)
Ha! I have just discovered and devoured Alim too - I love it to bits... It has also helped me understand better why your art, and Virginie Augustin's, is so lively: I think it's because you both have an animation background. Now I want to learn how to make my own stuff less static *g*.

The art of Les aigles de Rome is as gorgeous as ever (I ♥ Marini), but the story didn't convince me. It's a rather big book, but nothing happens that really engages me, and I don't like the characters much. I'm waiting for part 2 to know where Marini is going with this. It interests me though, because the story of Arminius has a similar resonance in Germany as Ambiorix's (my own dream project) has in Belgium, and I want to see whether Marini pulls his retelling off as a story for today's readers.

I have been eyeing De Caps et de Crocs for the pretty cover, but what's it like inside?
Feb. 20th, 2008 04:56 pm (UTC)
Another animation person who did a comic is Pierre Alary with Belladone - You may know it already.
The story of the first book didn't completely grabbed me, and I never got the chance (or $$$) for the next ones. I'll have to remedy to that.

I'm curious to read Les Aigles now- will see how the story grabs me or not. If not, there's always Scorpion left.

Capes et de crocs is hit or miss with some readers, art wise. Sometimes rough around the edges, sometimes beautiful panels. But it is the mix of story, words and art that made me truly love that serie.
Another great book by the same author is Garulfo- a twist on the classic fairy tale of the frog prince. Way better than Shrek ever did (for me anyway)
Feb. 20th, 2008 02:46 pm (UTC)
*squees at all the, well, squeefulicious stuff!*
Feb. 20th, 2008 04:57 pm (UTC)
All the books I managed to get are certainly squeefulicious :D
Feb. 20th, 2008 05:04 pm (UTC)
Hey! Let me know what you think of Les Aigles De Rome! That looks like one I could enjoy!

(ahem... i've been going to Fichtre a bit too often lately... ;) )
Feb. 20th, 2008 06:11 pm (UTC)
I'd get Scorpion first- will give you feedback on Les Aigles when I get to it. It will be after Capes et de Crocs, and Alim though.
Feb. 21st, 2008 08:46 pm (UTC)
Actually, I did pick up Le Scorpion #1 a couple of weeks back... just haven't gotten to it. I'm always a little intimidated to start a "new" series (to me) that's already been out for years. Case in point: I just read XIII t.2 this morning... WOW! Went to check up on it... and found that t.19 just came out! Eeeek!!! That's a lot of money... even if I cut down completely on North American comics! :)
Feb. 21st, 2008 09:51 pm (UTC)
Heard that XIII actually kind of goes down after a while- but that's just hearsay so..I guess go to the libraries and rent out the serie :) Money saved!
Feb. 20th, 2008 05:07 pm (UTC)
Hardcover...Black Jack with...colored pages...? I...I think I died a little *absolutely one of her FAVORITE mangas...EVER*

And that cover for De Capes Et De Crocs is absolutely gorgeous! My French is veeeery rusty...but would you mind posting a couple more samples? When you have time of course...you sound busier than I am, and I am BUSY.
Feb. 20th, 2008 06:25 pm (UTC)
Black Jack is awesome! Plus, there were a few stories in the book I had never read before, so double sweet!!

As for De Capes Et De Crocs, here's a link that shows samples of a few pages of the latest book:
May be a bit too small to read, as are most examples found on the web I'm afraid.
Feb. 20th, 2008 06:26 pm (UTC)
Oh, and I forgot to mention: the colors in the Black Jack book seem to be from the original color work- no exagerrated photoshop work here!
Feb. 21st, 2008 02:10 am (UTC)
Oh god...it must be so WONDERFUL. Color? New stories? I envy your book!

XDD And...you're the first person that knows and loves Black Jack that I've ever found. Have you seen any of the anime?
Feb. 21st, 2008 02:39 am (UTC)
The ones that were made in the 90's? Yeah, I had bought the tapes (not DVDs, VHS TAPES!). Managed to see a few other episodes afterwards, plus the movie. I kinda missed the regular Tezuka style that was more..."round", but it was an interesting adaptation. I'd watch them again.
Feb. 20th, 2008 09:53 pm (UTC)
8D !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! *hops around gleefully* there goes my dA page count. XD ...btw...this is Murielle. I tend to lurk when it comes to ljs. I am glad that you like the piece! I kinda have to admit, your Water Tribe comic is what got me into Avatar more that anything else. Now I have half the family watching.

Also...GAH. I need to brush up on my horrid High School French. Those comics look toooooo darn pretty....
Feb. 21st, 2008 07:44 am (UTC)
Ha ha, I do hope it helps your page count- it's a nice piece. May it bring you more watchers for the rest of your gallery too.
Awwww, thank you! Glad I corrupted someone else into watching Avatar :D
Feb. 21st, 2008 02:43 am (UTC)
Cool idea for the cover. It has both a melancholy and a sinister air about it that just about suits Zhao's situation!

Oh man, I really wish I did read French 'cause those books look beautiful. For the meantime, I must continue to watch your beautiful work instead. :3
Feb. 21st, 2008 07:43 am (UTC)
Thank you- glad you like the direction the cover is taking. I wasn't too happy with a previous try.
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Feb. 21st, 2008 07:42 am (UTC)
Thank you- and I've been honored that you took the time to write the story.
Feb. 22nd, 2008 05:06 am (UTC)
... ca se fait si long temps que j'ai lu en francais...
elle me manque... celle langue...

you can tell by how my grmmar dies every day more and more XD
Feb. 25th, 2008 03:36 am (UTC)
Your grammar and mine!
I'm witing in Franglais in most of my emails to friends and family back in Quebec.
Hopefully, a dose of french books will help a bit.
Feb. 25th, 2008 05:10 am (UTC)
yeah, but at least it's your second language, and you do have someone to practice with D:
French is my third language, and I've got no one to talk to ; ^;
Feb. 24th, 2008 07:44 am (UTC)
En parlant de "De Capes et de Crocs", est-ce que tu connais "Garulfo", l'histoire d'un prince (arrogagnt) changé en grenouille et vice versa?
C'est une de mes séries préférées, à la fois pour le dessin et pour l'humour...
Et si tu n'as pas encore eu l'occasion de les lire, je me permets de te conseiller les BD de Manu Larcenet ("Le retour à la terre" et "Le combat ordinaire") et de Joann Sfar ("Le chat du rabbin" et son carnet de voyage "Maharadjah", par exemple).
Profite bien! J'ai juste feuilleté "Les aigles de Rome", mais le dessin en lui-même vaut le détour ;)
Kenavo (comme on dit par chez moi :3)
Feb. 24th, 2008 08:03 pm (UTC)
Re: BD
J'ai toute la collection de Garulfo! Une superbe série pleine d'humour, et définitivement une de mes préférés.
Je me suis permis de feuilleter les livres de Sfar que tu as mentionné, surtout "Le Chat Du Rabbin". Mais je devais faire des choix $$$ et d'espace à l'apartement alors j'ai du passer. Et zut.
Pour Manu Larcenet, je vais y jeter un coup d'oeil la prochaine fois que je vais dans une librairie francophone (en Mai, j'espère). Merci de la suggestion!
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