Non fiction stories – recommendations from our French Comics Apéro!
Updated: May 20
Our first French Comics Apéro took place on Tuesday 5 May and the topic chosen for our first informal chat was : non fiction comics. It was a blast and we were delighted so many of you participated. As promised, we have compiled below a list of the many comics that were mentioned.
"La Bande Dessinée documentaire" experienced a significant growth in French publishing markets since the 1990’s. The success of some pioneering authors such as Art Spiegelman, Joe Sacco, Etienne Davodeau, or Marjane Satrapi has been followed by the emergence and proliferation of publications of non fiction comics in various areas and in various styles : history, biography, autobiography, journalistic investigation, politics, philosophy, science, etc.
Guantanamo Kid, l'histoire vraie de Mohamed El-Gorani, de Jérôme Tubiana et Alexandre Franc, Dargaud
Guantanamo Kid, the true story of Mohammed El-Gharani, translated by Edward Gauvin, SelfMadeHero
As part of Beyond Words Festival, Jérôme Tubiana and Alexandre Franc discuss the making of the graphic novel. Jeremy Harding, contributor to the London Review of Books, also comments on why he was so taken by the story in another video on the Institut's youtube channel.
Kaboul Disco et Kaboul Requiem : un Thé avec les talibans de Nicolas Wild, La boîte à bulles
Kabul Disco – How I managed not to be abducted in Afghanistan, Life Drawn
L’Odyssée d’Hakim de Fabien Toulmé, Delcourt
Read an interview with Fabien here.
Benalla et moi
Benalla et moi d'Ariane Chemin et François Krug, Seuil
Sarkozy-Kadhafi, des billets et des bombes
Sarkozy-Kadhafi, des billets et des bombes de Fabrice Arfi, Benoît Colombat, Maichel Despratx Elodie Gueguen, Geoffrey Le Guilcher, Thierry Chavant et Cecily, Delcourt
Algues vertes, de Agnès Léraud et Pierre Van Hove, Delcourt
Demain demain: bidonville de la Folie, 1962–1966
Demain demain : bidonville de la Folie, 1962 –1966 de Laurent Maffre, Actes Sud
BD linked with a beautiful web documentary on Arte Creative.
Hostage by Guy Deslile, Penguin Books
"Guy Delisle conveys great, slow-burning tension in this sublime account of what Christophe Andre endured as a hostage in Chechnya. Delisle’s controlled handling of claustrophobic physical and mental spaces – and the rhythm he generates – is the work of a patient master." Joe Sacco
L'Arabe du futur
L'Arabe du futur de Riad Sattouf, Allary Editions
The Arab of the future – a childhood in the Middle East by Riad Sattouf
Les Cahiers d'Esther
Les Cahiers d'Esther de Riad Sattouf, Allary Editions
The animé series (Canal +) on YouTube.
Based on the essay, Sexe et Mensonges, la vie sexuelle au Maroc, Les Arènes
Also available in English: Sex and Lies, Faber
Brazen, Rebel ladies who rocked the world by Pénélope Bagieu, Penguin Books
Francette 1914 – 1994
Francette, du collectif Dérive Urbaine, une autre Image.
March, a trilogy by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell, Top Shelf Productions
We also recommend browsing through magazines such as:
- La Revue Topo
Finally, quite a few biographies of artists were mentioned:
Monk! by Youssef Daoudi, Vincent by Barbara Stok, Monet – Nomade de la lumière by Rubio Salva, Lovelace Babage by Sydney Padua, Pablo by Julie Birmant, Marcel Proust – à la recherche du temps perdu by Variety Artworks and Panama Al Brown by Camille Duvelleroy, Jacques Goldstein and Alex W. Inker (an interactive comic available on Arte).
We hope to see you again on the 2nd of June! On this occasion, we will discuss the wonderful Catherine Meurisse. Press cartoonist and illustrator for youth, Catherine Meurisse is the author of a dozen elegant comics. She has, among others, drawn satirical political cartoons for Charlie Hebdo and released with Dargaud “La Légèreté”, “Drôles de femmes”, “Delacroix” and “Les grands Espaces” – available on Culturethèque. We suggest reading this story in which she recalls her childhood in the countryside and discovers her love for art. A conversation will follow as well as a wider overview of Press Cartoons in the world.