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  • 1)Message de Arys posté le 10 July 2013 à 16:48:45
    Hooray! I see Herbert the Duck! :-) You have to come back to Chicago! If you have to do a con like that get them to send you through Midway airport rather than O'Hare (Midway is more south so a bit fast and a cheaper cab!). You NEED to see the Field Museum! Hmm... I bet if you contacted them ahead of time you might even find someone to give you a behind the scenes tour. (Also, the Adler Planetarium is no slouch of a museum, either)
  • 2)Message de Anonymous posté le 10 July 2013 à 16:49:01
    Man, I could look at your sketchbook pages all day.. you're really goddamn talented
  • 3)Message de LadyAstronomer posté le 10 July 2013 à 17:56:56
    Such beautiful sketches! Thank you for sharing your U.S. adventure with us. I'm sorry you were whisked through D.C. and Chicago--two cities with many sites you might enjoy. Ah well... maybe you will have more time to explore on your next trip.
  • 4)Message de boulet posté le 10 July 2013 à 18:24:01
    Let's hope so! :) Washington, it was a bit my falt: I woke up late the next day so I didn't have time to go far, I just walked for a moment and had a beer in a bar :)
  • 5)Message de Loup Garou posté le 10 July 2013 à 20:15:17
    What set-up do you use to film the process? Do you find the inherent logistics difficult and confining (staying out of the camera lens, keeping the paper locked into one fixed position as you work, etc)? Love your storyboards very much.
  • 6)Message de Anonymous posté le 11 July 2013 à 03:17:56
    Amazing! You, my friend, have the bestest drawing ability in the world!
  • 7)Message de Sebastian posté le 11 July 2013 à 15:48:59
    I REALLY like your kind of style! The Image from your sketchbook of Pittsburgh somehow reminds me of the artwork of DMZ. Thank you very much for sharing your trip! Best wishes from Germany, aZ
  • 8)Message de Anonymous posté le 11 July 2013 à 16:32:04
    If you get to Chicago, make time for the Shedd Aquarium too! -G.
  • 9)Message de MadH posté le 12 July 2013 à 03:07:22
    I think it might be because, while Pittsburgh is pretty big, it's not on the map for a lot of people outside of Pennsylvania. It's something people don't often go to for tourism - or at least, much less than NYC, DC, Portland, Seattle, Boston, LA, SF, Chicago, New Orleans, etc. When was the last time you heard anyone gush about Pittsburgh? It's not a "worldly" sort of town. The people have a mentality more in key with a smaller town than they actually are because of that. Probably why you liked it so much!
  • 10)Message de Kopetc posté le 12 July 2013 à 05:08:36
    On the video the boy riding the left pterodactil(?) is the author's self-portrait, right? :-) I wonder what's that mmm... stoned fox on the right one? Many times I saw a T-Rex dinosaur, and you mention them now and then... By the way, is Panda a kind of your nickname among the artists? Dear Boulet, I mean, I have seen those images through several of your works. There was one where you drew Panda-and-crossbones even as your tattoo :-) Do you put any symbolic meaning in them? Thank you for your great comics! Being you fan forever!
  • 11)Message de Anonymous posté le 12 July 2013 à 12:23:33
    I'm always astonished by your ability and your speed at drawing: the panel here is great! (and in just 3 hours, man!!)
  • 12)Message de Anonymous posté le 12 July 2013 à 15:01:17
    I'm so pleased you had a good time staying in our city and in my neighborhood. Come back any time and I hope you'll enjoy it even more.
  • 13)Message de Alex Knisely posté le 12 July 2013 à 18:45:53
    Shared the link, and the availability of an English-language version (bravo Boulet!), with two friends on the staff of the local Pittsburgh newspaper. Hope you see increased site-traffic soon.
  • 14)Message de Spike Matthews posté le 12 July 2013 à 19:03:49
    You have a wonderful narrative style.
  • 15)Message de Anonymous posté le 12 July 2013 à 19:22:31
    Thanks for visiting Pittsburgh! I'm so glad you had a good time in our city!
  • 16)Message de Anonymous posté le 12 July 2013 à 20:18:50
    The Pittsburgh Post Gazette featured your story with a link to your webpage. I am so glad I was introduced to your work! I enjoy all of your sketches and the timelapse video was amazing! (I loved the song, too!) I'd also like to thank you for your very favorable review of Pittsburgh. Too many people think Pittsburgh is still the same city it was when it was an industrial city, dark and dirty. That's if they think about Pittsburgh at all. Pittsburgh is so much more than a sports town too, like others seem to think. I have lived here all of my life and I still experience new and fun things to do all of the time. Anyone who enjoys art and/or music, would love Pittsburgh. We have the cultural atmosphere of a big city, with the personality of a small town (and the crime rate of a small town.) Thanks again for taking time to visit us and know that you are always welcome here... everyone is!
  • 17)Message de Wayne Wise posté le 12 July 2013 à 20:52:04
    Great seeing this page! Thanks again for doing the signing at Phantom of the Attic (and for including a drawing of Jeff and I on your page). We're glad you enjoyed your trip to Pittsburgh. I shared the link to this page today and it has been forwarded many times over by people who were very pleased with your depiction of our city. Thanks again!
  • 18)Message de Anonymous posté le 13 July 2013 à 01:52:11
    Awww... I'm so glad that you liked our modest city! ^_^ If you have a chance to come back the first week of June, you might even like to wander the 3-Rivers Arts Festival. And if you do, we'd totally love to take you out to dinner! <3
  • 19)Message de adelheid_p posté le 13 July 2013 à 02:46:58
    Thank you for such a wonderful view of Pittsburgh. I'm so glad you enjoyed your visit and shared your experience. I hope you come back soon and stay longer. There are many hidden treasures here.
  • 20)Message de kat posté le 13 July 2013 à 03:37:35
    DAMN you're good. Damn you're GOOD .... and you make me want to visit Pittsburgh!
  • 21)Message de Anonymous posté le 13 July 2013 à 15:56:11
    great and beautiful sketches as usual, Boulet! you are one of my main inspiration in drawing. And now I will spend my night listening to Inglenook. :D
  • 22)Message de Joseph posté le 13 July 2013 à 15:59:09
    Great and beautiful works as usual, Boulet! You are one of my inspiration in drawing. Love your style! And now I'll spend my night listening Inglenook! :D
  • 23)Message de Graham posté le 13 July 2013 à 16:48:38
    Boulet! I wish I knew you were in my great city sooner! There are so many more sights than the standard sooner. Pittsburgh's riddled with hole in the wall places that nobody expects. I hope you come back!
  • 24)Message de Anonymous posté le 15 July 2013 à 17:58:27
    Why comics in english versus livres in french ?
  • 25)Message de Loup Garou posté le 20 July 2013 à 06:16:56
    Bonjour Monsieur Bouletcorp, Do you like Charles Aznavour and/or Edith Piaf? I think they are great. I hope you do. I love your work. Very inspirational. -Nouvelle Orleans Werewolf-at-Large
  • 26)Message de Wren posté le 20 July 2013 à 15:23:07
    Yeay! I grew up in Punxsutawney, about 90 miles NE of Pittsburgh. My folks used to take us to Pittsburgh for plays and movies and traipses through museums...I have lived in many places and traveled abroad a few times, enjoying them all. But my heart remains in Pittsburgh. Thank you for your drawings and commentary! I especially liked the contrast you noted on Pittsburghers' most common question of you. It is the people here that are the best. PS, when I first visited Paris in 1998, I literally got SICK the morning if our departure. I had to go for a walk and reason to myself that I would be taking it with me. Only then was I fine. Your drawings of animals and especially in fanciful settings are wonderful. I shared them with my family and friends, and again, thank you!
  • 27)Message de Kopetc posté le 21 July 2013 à 22:31:06
    What shall we do with the drunken Boulet, What shall we do with the drunken Boulet? Put him on the wall! Put him on the wall!.. :-)
  • 28)Message de Douglas Knight posté le 26 July 2013 à 23:20:52
    It's also, regarding to its size, a city with very low crime rates The "to" is wrong. "regarding its size" is OK, but not idiomatic. "considering its size" or "for its size" would be better. (You probably got the "to" from the phrase "in regards to its size" that means something different.) However, I'm more interested in the substance of the claim. For a city of its size, Pittsburgh's crime rate is typical, if not high. The three cities you mention subsequently, New York, Boston, and Portland, are each larger and each have lower murder rates. (I don't trust other crime numbers, but Pittsburgh is unimpressive on most of them.)
  • 29)Message de Anonymous posté le 23 January 2014 à 19:37:25
    kiwiiii!!!
  • 30)Message de Alexander posté le 5 April 2014 à 01:49:03
    I absolutely loved your take on Pittsburgh! I've been living there for two years now as a student at the University of Pittsburgh, and I always find something new to love. Thank you for presenting Pittsburgh in such a gorgeous way-I will be sure to share this with my friends. Your comics and drawings are incredible, and I do really like your time-lapse drawing! Wonderful work. Also, I saw a play by University of Pittsburgh's Stages Repertoire, about City of Asylum, which featured work and narratives from artists in residence there, and I am so happy you had the opportunity to experience it. Thank you for making my day, Alex
  • 31)Message de Anonymous posté le 13 December 2014 à 01:51:22
    I'm studying in Pittsburgh, and the Carnegie Museum of Natural History is one of my favorite places to visit. It warms my heart to see your fondness for our city of bridges--I'm glad you enjoyed your stay! Also, the time-lapse video is gorgeous.


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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 !