Author Archives: Cynthia Rose

About Cynthia Rose

Cynthia Rose is a British author, broadcaster and journalist based in Paris. Her Instagram is muchaparis; blog www.muchacreative.paris.

RIP Alex Barbier, Poète Maudit

On January 29, a storm called Gabriel whipped the whole of France with eighty-mile-an-hour winds. Up on the Swiss border, citizens in snowbound Saint-Claude were hunkered down. But just before 8:30 pm, one group of neighbors caught a whiff of … Continue reading

 

Forgotten Friends of the Nib: Caricature & Victor Hugo’s Head

If French press cartoons are unashamedly rude, what’s at the heart of such a caustic culture? The answer can be found in a current Paris exhibition, Caricatures: Victor Hugo On Page One. Continue reading

 

Painting the Town with Brecht Evens

We catch up with the Flemish artist after the publication of his fifth major book, which is also the subject of an exhibition in Paris opening this Thursday. Continue reading

 

Behind the Blue: The Story of Peyo

It took a village to raise the Smurfs. Continue reading

 

French and Frisky: The Man Behind Astérix

When the scenarist René Goscinny (1926 – 1977) died at 51, much of the world felt they knew him. With Astérix, he had created a hero who outsold Tintin. Goscinny also helped to found and run Pilote, a magazine that won French cartooning back an audience – adults – that it had lost after the 19th century. Continue reading

 

La Grande Dame Annie Goetzinger (1951-2017)

The French artist Annie Goetzinger, who died on December 20 at the age of 66, could never remember a time when she wasn’t drawing. Continue reading

 

“It’s Just So BD!”: A Fair to Remember

Reporting from SoBD, the annual comics festival located in the heart of Paris. Continue reading

 

André Franquin: Great or…The Greatest?

Andre Franquin, then and now. Continue reading