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  • 1)Message de Kyle posté le 2 October 2012 à 18:06:48
    Big, manly eyebrows. You need those too. ...the most manga I ever read was Golgo 13.
  • 2)Message de bobert posté le 2 October 2012 à 22:55:10
    The thing I like the most about manga is the 'zen' feeling they have. Not a lot of text and big, roomy panels. I guess that's why I don't like American comics a lot, the characters talk way too much!
  • 3)Message de Glenn-o-matic posté le 3 October 2012 à 00:22:54
    Its not like the manga artists invented that style. They owe a huge debt to those generations of humble wood-block printers and fabric designers, and in turn to a culture that sees importance in simplicity. The video was 11 out of a possible 10, although I don't have a clue who any of those characters are.
  • 4)Message de Anonymous posté le 3 October 2012 à 07:35:32
    Glenn-o-matic you might want to check One Piece then :) I must be a big fan too of manga since I was able to recognized most of the characters in the first panel. But I do not think I know the girl? with the insect antenna hair and the fightin dude with band clothes on the hands...
  • 5)Message de Kobal posté le 3 October 2012 à 08:13:54
    Well, it's not a girl it's a boy : Kazuma Azuma from Yakitate a manga about bread ;-)
  • 6)Message de Chicken_vindaloo posté le 3 October 2012 à 10:49:48
    > In Europe we lack these two-hundreds-black-and-white-pages adventures, with a lot of volumes. This is not entirely true. In Italy you have the Fumetti. Black and white pages of adventure in hundreds of volumes. Some of them are really good, btw : Mister No (379 volumes), Zagor (556 volumes), Dylan Dog, Nathan Never and the recently-turned-to-bad-anime Martin Mystere (323 volumes to this day).
  • 7)Message de Anonymous posté le 4 October 2012 à 06:19:04
    @ Chicken_vindaloo : yeah, there are some similarities in terms of format, but those albums are mostly independent from each other, aren't they? (I have not read that many volumes, but they were all independent, self-contained stories, which is hardly the case for manga.)
  • 8)Message de Chicken_vindaloo posté le 4 October 2012 à 07:09:24
    @Anonymous: Mostly independant, yes. But some long stories span over multiple volumes. I'm not saying that Fumetti are european manga: I just pointed some similarities. And some stories are really worth a read! Sadly, there's not many translations lying around...
  • 9)Message de Stian posté le 4 October 2012 à 13:07:06
    I read a bit of manga, although most of it I feel is "for kids", and that does include One Piece ... although you are free to disagree :) I've mostly read the Shirow stuff, GITS and Appleseed, as well as lately the Yoshihiro Tatsumi collections of stories, which I guess is classic manga. Is Usagi Yojimbo considered Manga? US Manga maybe?
  • 10)Message de kat posté le 6 October 2012 à 05:04:00
    You should rearrange your panels so they read right to left, haha!! wonderful as always!
  • 11)Message de MadH posté le 8 October 2012 à 20:50:06
    I'm almost annoyed sometimes that manga series frequently have so many volumes (as opposed to Boulet liking them for that). I remember as a kid I was the first in school to "discover" Inu-Yasha. Now it's up to what...50+ volumes?! I just couldn't afford it any more after the first 6, and that was before the better and more affordable $10 editions came out. So often the creators feel like they're chugging along because the publishers are making them. I loved Bleach when it first came out, but it was a chore by the end of Soul Society because it had just devolved into the usual shounen trope of "30 characters thrown into fighting situations (usually "tournament" style)" One Piece still stays pretty fresh for a beat-em-up adventure manga though...it's probably because of the more lighthearted drawing style. FMA stayed fresh as well. I do own a decent amount of manga, but I find myself gravitating to the series with 20 volumes or less (usually 12 or less), mostly. Still, there's plenty to enjoy in that frame of reference. Death Note, Saikano, Utena, Sailor Moon, Here is Greenwood, Uzumaki, Mushishi, Hellsing, Trigun, Lodoss War, etcetera etc forever
  • 12)Message de Sophie Lambda posté le 11 October 2012 à 21:21:19
    No one is better than you. You were on fire that day ! Anyway, I'm amazed. (oui je parle français aussi, hein, en fait. Bon... c'était pour le côté "amazed", ch'ai pas c'est cool) Bisettes.
  • 13)Message de Federico posté le 22 October 2012 à 09:00:05
    I'm not really into japanese comics, myself. Though I do occasionally read some that alot of people recommend. Usually, the recommendation just goes to how much skin girls show. But yeah, there's good stuff and bad stuff everywhere. Although one thing about japanese comics I like is the business model.


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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 !