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  • 1)Message de jcproperty posté le 14 October 2013 à 16:17:52
    Trying to refrain myself from laughing my guts out in front of my colleagues in an open space... aaaahh, thanks man ! you are ever so good at this... Sci-fi is a good "name-wtfing" field too... take "Kashyyyk" from SW for example ( ¦ D
  • 2)Message de Dex posté le 14 October 2013 à 16:19:21
    Good ol' Bernie!
  • 3)Message de Cláudio Carvalho posté le 14 October 2013 à 16:21:39
    Haha, that's great! That's why I started reading "Eragon" and dropped it in the first pages and why I couldn't reach the half of "Game of Thrones". Brilliant!
  • 4)Message de Tyome posté le 14 October 2013 à 16:35:53
    for SF with nice music, you always have Firefly and Serenity, with a mix of country and asian music, but it must be the only one
  • 5)Message de Sue W posté le 14 October 2013 à 18:20:08
    So funny! Well observed... In former times it could have been cowboy fiction or spy fiction or explorer fiction or historical fiction or outlaw or sheik or pirate fiction...there was some sort of research required for plausibility. lately fantasy is just making sh*t up, I'm sorry to say. The obligatory bang (whether explicit or implied) is a constant occurrence, though.
  • 6)Message de Darkoneko posté le 14 October 2013 à 19:39:03
    I preferred when the wizard was called Jean-Paul Moreau :D
  • 7)Message de julienou posté le 14 October 2013 à 20:12:14
    I already read once these comics in French long go. I have short to no memory of then. It's very strange to feel like they'd been written directly in english. They feel like new. Since a week it's that way to me. Even though I'm French, I think I detect a mistake in the last frame : "he could feel the soft pressure of HER warrior body" Greetings Julien
  • 8)Message de Anonymous posté le 14 October 2013 à 20:22:53
    Finely observed, I should say. Although I'm a huge Fantasy (and Sci Fi too) reader, sometimes the beginnings are pretty painstaking....and names DO sound like an Ikea catalogue ! :D
  • 9)Message de Glenn-o-matic posté le 14 October 2013 à 20:49:50
    This parody is very funny, especially with the reader's comments, but the story alone in a book would probably be a best-seller!
  • 10)Message de CB posté le 14 October 2013 à 20:59:25 – I hope this isn't blocked in France … in case it is: Watch "2001: Odyssee in Space" for some space and spacecraft imagery accompanied by Strauss's "Blue Danube".
  • 11)Message de c3p posté le 14 October 2013 à 22:35:46
    Anathem was similar to that. It had it's own vocabulary, but at least you got used to it pretty quickly!
  • 12)Message de luis escorial posté le 14 October 2013 à 22:46:30
    Darnit!!! you did it again. Simply genius. I swear I do that every time I try to read one of those books. I even tried once to take notes of the names on a blank piece of paper. Of course I ended up just throwing the book away.
  • 13)Message de Anonymous posté le 14 October 2013 à 23:06:08
    if the author wants to make up their own dialect they'd might as well go all the way 'a Clockwork Orange' style. i want to read more books like that, but it probably takes a linguistics degree to pull off well.
  • 14)Message de firejuggler posté le 15 October 2013 à 07:52:53
    Doesn't Terry Pratchett write fantasy too?
  • 15)Message de Anonymous posté le 15 October 2013 à 16:22:52
    LOLOLOL!! I can relate with you Boulet!! ^^ I HATE it when I get confused with the characters!!Love your work, keep on keeping on!!
  • 16)Message de Andrew_C posté le 16 October 2013 à 10:07:02
    As someone lives on the estuary of the Phutryd river, not far from Morglux, I love your characterization of it, and from now on I am now calling London Morglux and the Thames the Putryd.
  • 17)Message de Richard Kirk posté le 18 October 2013 à 17:35:39
    "Bernadette"? That's a silly name for a sword. How about "Mister Pointy".
  • 18)Message de Stian posté le 25 October 2013 à 11:30:44
    Have you played "Swords and Sworcery EP" ? The pixelated panels and the warrior really remind me of it.
  • 19)Message de Kopetc posté le 15 June 2014 à 15:42:11
    ...and I say to myself: What a wonderfull world!
  • 20)Message de Fex posté le 18 August 2014 à 16:37:41
    Well, the Dungeons & Dragons 80's cartoon is quite keen on that: the cavalier is Eric, the mage is Presto (duh!), the archer is Hank, the barbarian is Bob, the acrobat is Diana and the thief is Sheila. Even Dungeon Master and Venger are quite easy to remember. :)
  • 21)Message de Musaran posté le 17 September 2016 à 10:49:08
    You are not the only one bothered by fiction names : Fiction Rule of Thumb

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    • Q : Who are you and what is this blog ?

      I’m Boulet, a french cartoonist living in Paris. I’ve had about 20 books published, most of them for young readers. I also worked on two books of the “Dungeon” series with Lewis Trondheim and Joann Sfar (available in English, ask at your local comic shop).
      This blog is an attempt to translate my french blog ” “. I started in 2004 and have drawn more than 1600 entries. I’m trying to catch up but it’s a huge undertaking!

    • Q : The translation are sometime awkward, how do you work ?

      The translation is a very delicate subject !

      Most of the translations were performed by followers of my french blog, but very few of them are native anglophones, so the accuracy varies a lot.

      I tried to find a professional translator but it turned out it was far too much expensive for me alone. So I offered to give an original artwork in exchange of amateur translations (like, for a month or so of comics to translate) but even then it was complicated because just the re-handwriting the texts and posting them alone took a lot of time, and having to do original artworks for it and posting them was a lot of work too. Anyway I can’t manage it like this either.

      So for this new version, I’m going to give it a try and translate all by myself.

    • Q : Can we help you to make it sound better ?

      That would be the idea !

      As you can see in this FAQ, I’m not so good in english ! So here’s what I have in mind: if you think you can make the translation sound better, just write your propositions in the comments, and I will gradually update the comics.

      The more comments and remarks I’ll get, the more I’ll be happy !

      Just be indulgent, I try my best, and translation is not my main job !

    • Q : I am french, but I fluently speak english, can I help anyway ?

      Yes you can, of course, but must tell I will pay more attention to native anglophone comments !

      I had a lot of people trying to translate, and each time, english or american people told me it was still awkward. French people tend to be overconfident with their level in english or at least, with their ability to translate a comic. It’s not just about being accurate, it’s also about making it soud good, you have to feel it, and that’s almost impossible if you are not english or american.

      The best help I could help would be from english or US cartoonists !

    • Q : I can’t translate, but is there anything else I can do to help ?

      Even if it’s written in english, it’s not easy to share this webcomic: in France I can rely on cartoonist friends or specialized reeferers to share, but it’s very difficult to make people discover my work in other countries !

      So if you want to help, it’s very easy: you can share with your friends ! If you have friends who don’t speak french, tell them about this page, and use social networks to share the comics you liked !

    • Q : How did you make this layout ?

      First, this blog was programmed with flash.

      But flash is a very heavy format, and very difficult to share. A few months ago, I decided to rebuild it whith a different platform. I discussed about this with Arnold on Twitter. He’s very good with WordPress, so I designed and he made this happen !


    • Q : Can I use the same layout for my blog ?

      WordPress is supposed to be a free-sharing platform, but we worked a lot on this, and we don’t specially want that anyone could use it without consulting us.

      The layout programming is Arnold’s, so you can ask him and he will be the only judge ! If he likes your work, I think he will be happy to authorize you to use this !

      His contact is at the bottom of the site, on the main page.

    • Q : Where can we buy your work ? Do you have a shop with posters, mugs or T-shirts ?

      For now, there’s not such a thing. I try to keep this the less “commercial” I can. But maybe I will change my mind some day !

      The only available work I have in english are the two books I drew for the serie “Dungeon” with Lewis Trondheim and Joann Sfar. Ask for it in any comic book shop ! The more you ask them to order it, the easiest will it get to obtain !
      If you want to have a better translation of this webcomic, you just have to harass US and UK publishers, till one of them agrees to publish it in english :)

      For my french work, I drew a lot of books, here’ the entire list:

      Glénat Editions:


      Tome 1 : Dragon Junior

      Tome 2 : Fées et Gestes

      Tome 3 : Terreurs de la nature

      Tome 4 : Légendes urbaines

      Tome 5 : Tempus Fugit

      Tome 6 : Casus Belli

      -La Rubrique Scientifique

      Tome 1

      Tome 2

      Tome 3

      -Le Miya (with Reno, Julien Néel and Libon)

      -Womoks (only scenario, drawing by Reno)

      Tome 1 : Mutant, suspends ton vol…

      Tome 2 : Le croiseur s’amuse

      Tome 3 : Albon, les brutes et les truands


      La boîte à bulles Edition:

      -Le vœu de…

      Tome 1 : Le vœu de Marc (coscenarist with Nicolas Wild, drawing by Lucie Albon)

      Tome 2 : Le vœu de Simon (coscenarist with Lucie Albon, drawing by Lucie Albon)

      -Amour et Désir (Collectif, seven pages under the alias Ella Forbin)


      -Delcourt Edition:

      -Donjon (avec Lewis Trondheim et Joann Sfar au scénario, et Lucie Albon à la couleur)

      Tome 5 : Un mariage à part

      Tome 6 : Retour en fanfare

      -Notes (these are the compilations of all the entries of the french blog)

      Tome 1 : Born to be a larve

      Tome 2 : Le petit théâtre de la rue

      Tome 3 : La viande, c’est la force

      Tome 4 : Songe est Mensonge

      Tome 5 : Quelques Minutes avant la Fin du Monde

      Tome 6 : Debout mes globules ! (à paraître, 23 novembre 2011)

      -Chicou-Chicou (under the alias Ella Forbin, with Aude Picault, Domitille Collardey, Lisa Mandel and Erwann Surcouf)

      -Boule de neige (collective compilation of works for the 24-hours comics of Angoulême )

      -La Maison Close (collective book by Ruppert et Mulot)

      -La Page Blanche (scenarist, drawing by Pénélope Bagieu. Release in january 2012)

      -Bragelonne Edition:

      -Tous malades ! (original title: Now we’re Sick) (illustrations for a collection of adult poems by Neil Gaiman and other authors, with Reno and Mélaka)

      -Erik le Viking (illustrations of the french version of Terry Jones’s book)

      -L’almanach illustré 2008. (texts by Laurent Genefort and Gudule)


      Nekomix :

      -Soupir (collectif)

      Tome 1, 2008

      Tome 2, 2009

      -Nekomix 7 spécial cinéma (collectif)


      -Barclay-Universal :

      -Repenti (Illustrations for Renan Luce’s album, christmas edition)

    • Q : Can I use one of your comics to print a shirt / a poster / to put it on my blog / to illustrate my book / magazine ?

      No, you can’t ! :)
      All this comics ask a lot of time to draw, and I don’t want them to be taken out of this blog, especially if it’s for commercial use.
      And most of this blog material is already printed by the french publisher Delcourt, so it would be highly illegal !
      They are some exceptions, though:
      -You can use one panel or two if you are making a citation (for example: if you write an article about my work or about webcomics in general, you can show a couple of pictures, without asking me. You just have to put the source under it: my name and the blog’s URL, clikable if your article is on internet. You don’t specially have to tell me, but it would be nice)
      -If you want to share a story on internet, the way I like better is one panel, clikable, redirecting to my original blog.
      -You can use a comic or more for pedagogic use if it’s a non-commercial use: if you’re a teacher and you need a printing from the blog for your class, if you’re a student and need an illustration for an essay or your thesis, I’m totally ok if you respect these two conditions: you have to ask me FIRST (because I wouldn’t like to illustrate something I totally disagree with), and the use must be completely NON-COMMERCIAL (you CAN’T sell it, no matter the format), NON-POLITIC (especially if you are a kind of nationalist NRA douchebag) and NON-RELIGIOUS (I’m an atheist, and I work for no church or cult)

    • Q : Can I buy you an original artwork ?

      I don’t really need mone for now, so I don’t sell my original works… So no !
      And I have a lot of work waiting to be done, so I don’t have time to make special drawings for birthdays, christmas presents or stuff like that !

    • Q : I’m very rich and I want to hire you / I want to publish your work

      Ok, send me an email and we’ll see ! :)
      I’m not specially looking for work now, but if you have something nice to propose, maybe we can find an arrangement !
      If you want to publish material from this blog, my publisher shares the copyrights with me, so you have to contact him ! look for “editions Delcourt” on the web !