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  • 1)Message de Yummie posté le 4 September 2013 à 20:17:56
    A nice story ! Now I want to see mustache at Portland ! And you don't want to have a cute ironic mustache ?
  • 2)Message de Anonymous posté le 4 September 2013 à 21:38:33
    I just wanted to stop by and tell you that your comics always inspire me. They're very entertaining and can also be very deep at times. I love reading stuff like this.
  • 3)Message de Anne posté le 4 September 2013 à 22:54:40
    Hi! I don’t know if you are still looking for grammatical correction for the English version. If you are not, please disregard my message, but if you are, frame number 9: “it must some kind (…)” should be “it must be some kind”. Your English is amazing so it’s probably a typo anyway. Ah ah, it’s true that compare to Portland the rest of the Us seems a little dull… Thanks for your work, as always.
  • 4)Message de Anonymous posté le 5 September 2013 à 00:56:57
    The "Bible in every hotel" holds up across the entire southeast. I have literally never been to a hotel without bibles. I have been to some that also had a Book of Mormon.
  • 5)Message de Nick posté le 5 September 2013 à 02:57:53
    I think the "Bible in every hotel" thing is because there are some religious groups that distribute them free to hotels to spread their religion. Gideon International is famous for doing this.
  • 6)Message de kat posté le 5 September 2013 à 04:27:44
    Hahahahahahaha you have summed up why I avoid the cities here on the west coast of North America. TOO MANY HIPSTERS.... come on admit it, Pacific Northwest City People (and this includes you, Tofino) ... you all look RIDICULOUS Your "Portland Looks" is like Dyna Moe's "Hipster Animals" only it's Hipster Humans LOL "Ironic Man" is too awesome!! i love the idea of a hotel with blackboard doors!
  • 7)Message de Glenn-o-matic posté le 5 September 2013 à 05:37:57
    Some people say, "Portland: Don't Go There!!" But since you've been to Portland you can say that if you want now. Pff. You can have a blackboard door anywhere. If the aliens landed in Portland they would fit right in and nobody would know they were there... Kind of makes you wonder, eh????
  • 8)Message de Anonymous posté le 5 September 2013 à 06:02:23
    We don't mind Portlandia being about us. Everyone I know says "That's exactly how we are."
  • 9)Message de Anonymous posté le 5 September 2013 à 07:36:17
    Indeed, I did a quick search: http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=peaople+in+portland&FORM=HDRSC2#view=detail&id=C84C9DF71B6EDE1936A46951A3A3A50F4F6E17B2&selectedIndex=56
  • 10)Message de hipolithe posté le 5 September 2013 à 07:37:53
    indeed, I did a quick search: http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=peaople+in+portland&FORM=HDRSC2&id=C84C9DF71B6EDE1936A46951A3A3A50F4F6E17B2&selectedIndex=56#view=detail&id=C84C9DF71B6EDE1936A46951A3A3A50F4F6E17B2&selectedIndex=0
  • 11)Message de J-wah posté le 5 September 2013 à 07:46:39
    As a native to the area (I'm from Eugene--an equally weird, but more hippie incarnation of Portland), I am thrilled about Portland's recognition as a cool and weird place. Portland is not as ironic as hipster-haters like to think. Many of the "starving artists" and entrepreneurs driving purple limos and wearing tutus giant 'staches are the real deal and do it because they actually just want to do their thing, have some fun, and not get judged all the time. Luckily I think that they have found the one place where they can do just that.
  • 12)Message de boulet posté le 5 September 2013 à 10:36:18
    I would like to understand what's the big deal with hipsters? These people seemed quite nice to me. Saying "they look ridiculous" is a bit easy, you can say the same for hippies, punks, goths, emo, people in suits... I can understand the amuzement, the surprise, but the hatred of hipsters sounds a bit stupid to me. It reminds me people who have this huge, red-hot HATE for the comic sans MS. I always want to say: "ok you don't like that, well, too bad. Me? I don't mind and above all: I don't CARE. It's not really a national scandal and I have a life." The hipsters I met were smart, cultivated people, concerned by health and environnement, loving pop-culture, music, movies, TVshow, comics... I mean, you can say they are mostly rich white people who had it easy, but I really have seen much worse than them!
  • 13)Message de Anonymous posté le 5 September 2013 à 16:08:45
    Basically, Americans like to have something to rage at. Not seriously, for the most part, just a scapegoat to make fun of when having a beer or ranting online. Hipsters make a good target because, like you said, they're a bunch of rich white kids (a universal target for mocking throughout the US) so what do they have to complain about?
  • 14)Message de WaytoomanyUID's posté le 5 September 2013 à 21:47:03
    Basically, hipsters are now mainstream so some people think if your hip you have to hate them. But hating hipsters is even more mainstream. So really they should just chill.
  • 15)Message de AJ Ward posté le 6 September 2013 à 00:17:56
    Thanks for judging my entire city by one subset of the population. Seriously, I really appreciate it.
  • 16)Message de WaytoomanyUIDs posté le 6 September 2013 à 11:16:52
    Oh, and I think that the Manly Guys Doing Manly Stuff comic with Syndrome is relevant to the present debate about hipsters: http://thepunchlineismachismo.com/archives/comic/your-homework-is-to-go-rewatch-incredibles (hope it's OK to include links, gut its easy enough to google if it isn't)
  • 17)Message de boulet posté le 6 September 2013 à 11:56:34
    AJ Ward: I'm not judging anything, I'm just telling my small experience. I didn't spend a lot of time in Portland, I'm sorry I didn't have time to knock to every door.
  • 18)Message de kat posté le 6 September 2013 à 23:13:12
    Ahhh well i certainly didn't mean to offend anyone. Of course hipsters look ridiculous. Isn't that the point? Doesn't the world need more ridiculousness? Hate's too strong a word... i don't "hate" hipsters (or anyone - i just seem to feel better when they're not around), but i have to admit it is fun sometimes to get under the skin of people who take themselves too seriously. I guess sometimes it rubs me the wrong way when city people "ironically" use as fashion statements, clothing worn for a purpose by the rural poor and working class. I went to art school, a long time ago.... and i remember that some artists made their personal appearance part of their self-expression, while others dressed very plainly and unobtrusively. I have absolutely nothing against self expression. To each his own. But if you dress to be stared at, you have to expect to be laughed at sometimes too. But -- I left city living behind a long time ago. I live in a small logging town, and i work on the ocean in the middle of nowhere. The next populated area to the west of me is Japan. My life has (by design) almost no other human beings in it. Although I can appreciate urban tourists for the money they bring in to depressed resource economies like those i live and work in, it is hard sometimes not to shake my head at the way they dress. I haven't owned a TV in 30 years so i've never seen "Portlandia". However, I want to visit Portland because of the music and the food -- and was hoping to go to Stumptown (to meet Boulet!) but i had to settle for flying back to Toronto for TCAF. I went to art school in Toronto but I had not been there in 10 years. Boulet it is true, i did fly all that way just to meet you. And when i was in art school, back in the 1980s, people looked down their noses at the few of us who were drawing comics. How far the art world has come! While at TCAF another artist i met was Lucy Bellwood. She and I had fun comparing our rope-callused "sailor hands" and we shared a few stories about our love of the sea. There were a lot of really cool people at TCAF but I cannot handle crowds... I was only good for a couple hours at the show itself, and did not go to any parties. hopefully we are a ways off from trendy fashionistas acquiring "ironic" calluses, gumboot tans, or other signs of outdoor work.... but i wouldn't say it's impossible.... :)
  • 19)Message de MadH posté le 7 September 2013 à 04:43:13
    You know, I still haven't met a single person who dresses stereotypically "hipster" that says it's ironic. They just like to dress like that. It isn't even isolated to rich white kids anymore. It's just a thing. I'd rather spend my hate-money elsewhere to be honest. There's people out there doing legitimately bad things that deserve the shame more. Besides, flannel is really comfy and warm...
  • 20)Message de Kopetc posté le 7 September 2013 à 16:58:54
    He-he... My type is Pic.3! Less hair though :-) Nice story and acute observation made, great work!
  • 21)Message de Shael posté le 7 September 2013 à 20:16:40
    when you gaze long at a hipster, the hipster also gazes at you. It's ironic.
  • 22)Message de Marie posté le 8 September 2013 à 09:34:22
    I just found this on the net… I just thought it would go very well with the general tone of this particular note ^^. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cnVjkE87FDY NOW, I truly see what you mean, Boulet.
  • 23)Message de Love Vigilante posté le 8 September 2013 à 22:06:25
    Hipsters are annoying because the whole sensibility is an affected, studied, self-conscious contrivance that is mostly superficial...they are the 21st Century version of the British Mods.
  • 24)Message de Stian posté le 9 September 2013 à 11:39:19
    The Dreeeeam of the 90s is Aliiiive in Portlaaaaaand!! Portlandia is a great series. "This is real roots reggae. We don't mess around"
  • 25)Message de Anonymous posté le 9 September 2013 à 23:12:44
    What would have been REALLY ironic is condoms+bible in the hotel room.
  • 26)Message de Anonymous posté le 13 September 2013 à 14:56:29
    haha, I do the Ginger Ale thing too. I almost never drink it otherwise.
  • 27)Message de MCBarrett posté le 14 September 2013 à 08:25:56
    I live amongst the hip folk in urban Seattle, and my impression is that when people enjoy living all over their city environs and aren't shoved away into little suburban kingdom-fortresses, they will naturally feel comfortable making an outward expression of how their life makes them feel. Cities bring out different ideas than suburbs because everyone has to share the space, and a specifically-chosen appearance is one item you can bring to this potluck. They're not really trying to freak anyone out (unless they are); they just had an idea and want to see what you think, maybe get a laugh. You get to be part-clown if you like, a bit of everyday theatre. I like to pretend I live in a science fiction setting, maybe something by Samuel Delaney. Life is so much more enjoyable when you don't have to worry about wearing your clothes incorrectly, getting the wrong haircut, wearing the wrong color or whatever. The rules are made up, they don't mean anything. Anyone who says they do is afraid of ideas.
  • 28)Message de Kevin posté le 20 September 2013 à 19:19:07
    I live way out in the country. Like goat * cow farm central. People out here don't really care about how they dress. It's generally practical ware over stylish. But if you see people out around town, it's pretty flashy. But nobody is super particular about fashion, a lot of stuff is home made, or thrift store bought. It makes it have a certain style.
  • 29)Message de Wick posté le 20 September 2013 à 20:26:29
    Apparently we all have either smartphones or those horrible red plastic party cups... I love the mustache on the heart!
  • 30)Message de Roger posté le 23 September 2013 à 20:11:44
    My old boss said that was the definition of mixed emotions: Your daughter comes home with a Gideon's bible. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gideons_International. The only place to acquire a Gideon's Bible is a motel room.)
  • 31)Message de Anonymous posté le 27 September 2013 à 23:45:51
    as much as I LOVE portland, next time do take the one hour trip to Vancouver from there! It's just like portland, but more... global
  • 32)Message de Dylan posté le 29 September 2013 à 15:22:25
    Salut à toi cher dessinateur adoré! Pour info', je crois bien que "moto" prend en fait 2 "t" en anglais; soit "motto", non? A tout bientôt sur ton blog! Dylan
  • 33)Message de Modang posté le 7 October 2013 à 07:45:13
    j'imagine le mec qui es tombé sur tes dessins ci-dessus !!! Sinon juste pour te dire mon cher Boulet que t'as interré à assurer en texte en anglais, because tous les matins je chope dans tes bd des mots et expressions pour peaufiner justement mon anglais... à bon entendeur ;)


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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 !