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  • 1)Message de Morris posté le 23 July 2012 à 22:32:27
    My brother-in-law reported that when his children were very young, and he tried to raise them without imposing gender stereotypes on them, his son would take the dolls and push them along the floor, as if they were cars, saying "vroom vroom vroom". His daughter took her older brother's toy trucks and cuddled them as if they were babies. So at least anecdotally, there may be some validity to the idea of instinctive gender behaviors. My son had a doll house that he liked to play with, when he was 3 years old.
  • 2)Message de Anonymous posté le 23 July 2012 à 22:33:51
    very true... the tools are our masters
  • 3)Message de Anonymous posté le 23 July 2012 à 22:35:54
    Very true, things like drills and hammers are our masters
  • 4)Message de Arty posté le 23 July 2012 à 22:36:22
    Haha, the english title sounds so wrong!
  • 5)Message de Tam posté le 23 July 2012 à 23:26:28
    I did not rememeber this note in French. It's very nice. Because everyone is going to give their comment on this, you might be able to do some statistics ;) So here is mine. As a girl, when I was young, I played a lot with Lego. And Teddy bears, my sister would play with cars. We would play with playmobils. I did not really like barbies, and my parents never tried to impose this on me. In school, I wanted to play football, but the guys would not let me. The little buggers... I hated pink and dressing with skirts. So of course, with this background, I do tend to think that it's a lot of social constructions and prejudices. I read several times that one century ago, blue was for girls and pink/red more for boys. I don't know whether this is a myth, but I would not be shocked if it was not. Something to take into account is that, even, as a parent, you leave your children make their choices, and try to avoid imposing this kind of gender stereotypes, the children have a life. They watch television, they go to school, with other kids. That's a lot of pressures, and the parents are not the only ones who matter. I guess. On this subject, I came accrsoss this video some weeks ago, about children advertising and gender, which I found interesting : http://www.feministfrequency.com/2010/11/toy-ads-and-learning-gender/ And I seriously get crazy in a DIY shop too, even if I cannot do ANYTHING of my hands, artistic or "bricolage", just because of all *possibilities*.
  • 6)Message de kat posté le 23 July 2012 à 23:49:19
    i can't wait to show this one to my boss.... i did not have a "pink phase" when i was a little girl, but i sure did love ponies and princesses, as long as the princesses were cats dressed up in Elizabethan gowns :) (Toy cats, not real ones!) I didn't like "human" dolls at all, just toy animals in human clothes. Beatrix Potter influence i guess!
  • 7)Message de MadH posté le 24 July 2012 à 00:16:46
    Ah, my first spelling/grammar suggestion! In the second panel, did you mean doing up your apartment is something you did in this one instance, something you do infrequently, or something you do all the time? Here is a suggestion based on that: Just this once = "To take a break from working, I wanted to do up my apartment" Infrequently = "Sometimes, to take a break from working, I like to do up my apartment" All the time = Keep it as is I'm not really sure if you meant for it to come across that you love doing up your apartment all the time (it isn't mentioned too often in your other comics so it threw me off) - so take that with a grain of salt! Also, in the last panel, "Give me three days" instead of "day". :)
  • 8)Message de Gyom posté le 24 July 2012 à 06:56:28
    Again, thanks Boulet for all this work. The end of this comic really made my morning ! And I have to confess lots of your blog notes does that. Sincere Congratulations for your work. Added to the fact you're really good at drawing, you just find the right words and ideas, and all of that is really fun. Take care ! Hoping to see you one day at a comic "salon" ^^ I will definetely wait for hours to have a drawing from you. BTW is it possible to order something (with paying of course !) ?
  • 9)Message de Elsie posté le 24 July 2012 à 09:26:58
    I never grew out of my pink phase unfortunately. I still love princess stuff, I adore the colour pink and baking? Okay, I love to bake. But I also deal with DIY and "manly" stuff, such as labour and heavy lifting... Also, that title is so, so so wrong.
  • 10)Message de Sacred Pickle posté le 24 July 2012 à 10:22:30
    In sociology (which hates biological explanation of human behavior), there aren't differences between male and female way of thought, except the representations given to the gender. Sociology considers that biological gender and social gender are not the same thing (the difference is translate in french by the using of 'sexe', biological characteristic, and 'genre', social characteristic), and social gender isn't necessarly male when the biological gender is, and inversely. In this perspective, genred behaviors are imposed by society, not directly but through the parents, the friends, the TV, all that belong to society. Thus, even if parents don't try to impose genred way of thought to their children, the social universe make it, because we live in a society which associates some characteristics with gender. Except you live naked in a lost wood in Aveyron, you are influenced by society. Today, debate concerns the question of the genre : does a man (so somebody with a penis) who behaves like women generally do must be considered as a woman ? LGBT claims and the increase of sex change make the debate very important. So, yes, for sociology, genred behaviours are imposed by society, and the fact that transsexuality exists proves that having X or Y chromosomes doesn't determine behaviors. But, to date, nobody can explain why a boy educated like a boy would want to be a girl. I hope my intellectual soliloquy is understandable and my english not so shitty, so, to conclude, I'll say that there are a lot examples of what I tried to explain, starting with maternalistes cultures (Amazons !) and transsexuality.
  • 11)Message de CC. posté le 24 July 2012 à 13:43:25
    Here are my two cents : When I was a little girl, I played a lot with Barbie dolls, but I couldn't get WHY they would always make their stuff PINK. I hated pink. Still do. And I also had a tool box to "help" my father when he was working on the house and I loved it as much as the dolls. Girls and boys do have different instincts, because we are animals. But since we humans can actually think, it's not so simple. "Society" just makes easier money with gender-based products.
  • 12)Message de Lucretius posté le 24 July 2012 à 18:52:37
    Ahahaa, I dont think it is... you were very clear to say 'from what I hear from friends' and that kind of things, when it comes to sexisim. As for if its true... I think what really happens is the girls absorb that pink is MEANT to be *their thing*, and everything made for them is pink around that age anyhow, you know? But theres no harm, if there were just more choices. As for shiny things... ahhh, for me, I know that appeal... why do I want fifteen different door-handles? I dont know, I just do...
  • 13)Message de Anonymous posté le 25 July 2012 à 00:11:25
    Well, don't beat yourself up over gender roles. I don't think there was any malice in what you wrote and to me it's all about intent. There's no denying that these roles are there and reinforced by our cultures. I can see wanting to move away from that but you are in no way coming across as a sexist to me. I laughed when you got to the DIY store because I am the same way, and I was not raised into the "male" world the way most American males are, either (I don't like cars or sports and I hate American football, for instance). I found it hilarious because it does seem like such a natural thing for the male brain to look at all those tools with awe and wonder and start thinking of all the cool projects you will do...which never materialize of course. My GF doesn't care for much in the way of girly stuff, and I'm probably more girly than she is, to be perfectly honest. I'm the one who introduced her to Miyazaki's movies and now she's hooked. As always, a wonderful comic that speaks to our humanity.
  • 14)Message de Arys posté le 25 July 2012 à 14:40:06
    Eh, the gender issue is never solved. Mostly I'm jumping in to say: That panel with the hexagon bolts is made of AWESOME-SAUCE. LOL. That had me on the floor laughing. (although, I've had those moments....) :-)
  • 15)Message de Stian posté le 25 July 2012 à 15:08:44
    I got a drill just like that for christmas. Haven't used it yet lol :D I'm scared of doing Real Men's Work :D
  • 16)Message de luxsword posté le 27 July 2012 à 10:26:31
    Small kids play the same, like when they're 2 y.o. or so, boys spend as much time with dolls as the girls and girls spend as much time with the tools as the boys. Then they start imitating their parents and mirror society's sexism...
  • 17)Message de luxsword posté le 27 July 2012 à 10:27:52
    Gender behaviours and roles are 100 % imposed by society, consciously and unwillingly. 100 %
  • 18)Message de luxsword posté le 27 July 2012 à 10:30:29
    This year, I taught English to 7/8 y.o. kids and only a couple of them (1 boy in a class, 1 girl in the other) claimed they liked pink. Half of the others said they didn't. Pink is no more loved by girls. But it's still associated with them, it's a second rate colour. Purple, on the other hand, was very successful, for girls and boys alike. ;-)
  • 19)Message de Kopetc posté le 28 July 2013 à 04:38:29
    By the way, MLP is a surprisingly good cartoon!)
  • 20)Message de Anonymous posté le 15 September 2014 à 08:03:19
    Just read this now and I really really love the Gurren Lagan there. The drill that will pierce the heavens. LOL. Good one. This same thing is happening to me when I enter a Gunpla store. XD


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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 ” bouletcorp.com “. 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:

      -Raghnarok

      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 !