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Migration and refugee journeys - recommendations from the Comics Apero

While the European Refugee Crisis is a particularly contemporary and pressing topic, migration has been depicted in comic books since the beginning of the artform in the 1900s. Over the years, artists such as Art Spiegelman, José Munoz and Farid Boudjellal have been actively involved in the promotion of serious yet visually original, sometimes even groundbreaking stories. Younger avid comic readers had carefully been watching and around the year 2000, a whole new generation comprised of Marjane Satrapi, Zeina Abirached, Marguerite Abouet, among many others, started emerging. They also fled wars, military coups or simply are the children of parents who came to France for economical reasons. Childhood trauma, long - often painful - journeys, life in refugee camps, language, dual identity, ancient customs, and religion became and still are legitimate concerns. Comic books allow the artists to express the unfolding of historical facts with an emotional distance while instilling in the minds of the reader a great sense of compassion. The stories are autobiographical, historically accurate, funny, gripping, black and white or in colour. In other words particularly diverse and below, we have compiled a list of landmarks of the genre as well as a few of our personnal favourites.


Bringing up Father


Bringing up Father by George McManus, 1913


The Four immigrants


The Four immigrants by Henry Yoshitaka Kiyama, 1931



Maus


Maus by Art Spiegelman, 1980, Penguin


Sudor Sudaca: : Sueur de métèques


Sudor Sudaca: Sueur de métèques by José Muñoz, 1990, Futuropolis

Persepolis


Perseoplis by Marjane Satrapi, 2000, Penguin


available to borrow from the Médiathèque in French and English


Aya de Yopougon


Aya de Yopongo by Marguerite Abouet and Clément Oubrerie, 2007, Penguin


available to borrow from the Médiathèque in French




The Arab of the Future


The Arab of the Future by Riad Sattouf, 2014, Two Roads/Hachette UK


available to borrow from the Médiathèque in French and English




Alpha - Abidjan Gare du Nord


Alpha - Abidjan to Gare du Nord by Barroux and Bessoa, 2016, The Bucket List


available to borrow from the Médiathèque in French and English



L' Odyssée d'Hakim


L' Odyssée d'Hakim by Fabien Toulmé, 2018, Delcourt


available to borrow from the Médiathèque in French



Méditerranée


Méditerranée by Baudoin, 2016, Gallimard


available to borrow from the Médiathèque in French


Humains - la Roya est un fleuve


Humains - la Roya est un fleuve by Edmond Baudoin and Troubs, 2018, L'Association


available to borrow from the Médiathèque in French


Des nouvelles de la Jungle (de Calais)


Des nouvelles de la Jungle (de Calais) by Lisa Mandel and Yasmina Bouagga, 2017, Casterman


available to read on Culturethèque



Demain Demain

Demain, Demain by Laurent Maffre, 2012, Actes Sud BD


CRA


CRA Centre de Rétention Administrative by Meybeck, 2014, Des ronds dans l'O



Droit d'asile

Droit d'asile by Etienne Gendrin, 2018, Des ronds dans l'O



Petit Polio


Petit Polio by Farid Boudjella, 2000, Soleil Productions


available to borrow from the Médiathèque in French


Couleur de peau: miel

Couleur de peau: miel by Jung, 2007, Soleil Productions


Prendre Refuge


Prendre Refuge by Zeina Abirached and Mathias Enard, 2018, Casterman


available to borrow from the Médiathèque in French



Tales from Lybia


Tales from Lybia by Asia Alfasi, Blog


Papers, please (video game)


Papers, please, Lucas Pope


Bury me, my love (video game)


Bury me, my love, Arte TV






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