comics history

Ardent Spirits: The Dive Bar of Comic Art

Cynthia Rose peels back the history of the secret life inside the bar Père Lunette: comic art born of militant politics. While the 19th century bar served society’s lowest, it also welcomed socialists, anarchists and Communards. In Père Lunette, we watch caricature evolve and witness the art’s most troubled hours. Its art personifies laughter as resistance.

André Valente: Day Four

You never get a second chance to make a first impression, and sometimes, your first impression includes a phrase that you may never be able to recover from. André Valente presents: A Cautionary Tale!

Drawing On Disaster: Children, Art and Trauma 1914-2020

Cynthia reports back on Déflagrations (Detonations), at the Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations in Marseille: 160 drawings by children from around the world, created between 1914 and 2020, expressing their experience of trauma, war and horror.

Charlie and The Courtroom

Cynthia Rose looks at cartoonist François Boucq’s courtroom illustration coverage of the recent trial for the murders at Charlie Hebdo, in Montrouge and at the Hyper Cacher (“Super Kosher”) supermarket, which he covered on behalf of Charlie Hebdo and recently saw release as Janvier 2015 The Trial in collaboration with Yannick Haenel.

Art In Quarantine: Jean-Philippe Delhomme

Cynthia Rose takes us on a virtual visit to Jean-Philippe Delhomme’s studio, to see how he’s managing his time-at-home, the type of art it’s producing, and what he thinks the past masters would have thought of all this social media.

Art In Quarantine: Brecht Evens

This week, we’re checking in with Brecht Evens and the publisher of his upcoming edition of Peter Pan, Josh O’Neill, about how they’re dealing with the impact of pandemic-induced quarantine.

Albert Uderzo: 1927-2020

He came, he drew, he conquered. Co-creator of one of the world’s most beloved comics, Astérix, Albert Uderzo passed away on March 24th at the age of 92.

COCORICO! Charlie Hebdo’s Coco Tackles Plato

The Charlie Hebdo cartoonist tried her hand at a graphic novel adaptation of Plato, the end result runs at Paris’ Galerie Art-Maniak through 14 March. Cynthia Rose is here to catch up those of us with travel restrictions.

Claire Brétecher (1940 – 2020)

“Her trajectory was a singular one, unlike that of almost any other artist.” Cynthia Rose, on the life and career of the legendary Claire Brétecher, who has passed away.

How Yann Kebbi Made His Own Museum

Cynthia Rose profiles Yann Kebbi, the prolific and violently creative artist behind Fondation Kebbi, Americanin & The Structure Is Rotten, Comrade, whose original illustrations can currently be seen in Paris at Galerie Martel.