Comics Alternative, Euro Comics: Reviews of The Initiates and Satania

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Journeys

For the March episode of the Euro Comics series, Pascal Hamon joins Derek to discuss two recent books from NBM Graphic Novels. They begin with Étienne Davodeau’s The Initiates: A Comic Artist and a Wine Artisan Exchange Jobs, an autobiographical account of the artist and his friend’s mutual education on what the other does. As Pascal points out, the majority of this narrative concerns Davodeau learning about winemaking and literally getting his hands dirty during the process. Not as much space is given to his friend, Richard Leroy, as he is initiated into the comics industry in France, but this makes sense, given the fact that Davodeau is the author of this account and spends a lot of time revealing what he has learned.

After that, Pascal and Derek discuss Satania, the most recent collaboration between Fabien Vehlmann and Kerascoët. Their earlier book, Beautiful Darkness, was actually something discussed on the Euro Comics episode in January of last year. This is a similarly fantastical narrative and is, in fact, quite a bit wilder than the earlier book. On the literal level, this is a journey underground, but the guys read this text as more of a psychological narrative. Its young protagonist, Charlotte, while searching for her lost older brother is nonetheless coming to terms with her own issues as she becomes a grown woman. And, of course, Kerascoët’s art is mesmerizing.

This marks the debut of Pascal as the new cohost for the Euro Comics series, taking over from Edward while he is on hiatus. Please be sure to contact the Two Guys and welcome Pascal to the podcast!

Comics Alternative, Euro Comics: Reviews of Equinoxes and Clear Blue Tomorrows

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  • 00:00:27 – Introduction
  • 00:03:17 – Setting up Pedrosa and Vehlmann
  • 00:08:08 – Equinoxes and other Pedrosa titles
  • 00:51:14 – Clear Blue Tomorrows and other Vehlmann titles
  • 01:26:01 – Wrap up
  • 01:29:12 – Contact us

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It’s the first Euro Comics episode of the new year, and Edward and Derek use the occasion to focus on the work of two contemporary French creators, using their latest books as springboards into their larger bodies of work. They begin with Cyril Pedrosa’s Equinoxes (NBM Publishing), a novelistic examination of life purpose and the uses we make of art in creating meaning. The text comprises four alternating storylines that become more enmeshed as the narrative progresses, combining comics with prose passages in establishing its contemplative tone. But Edward and Derek also bring in discussions of Pedrosa’s earlier works in translation, including Three Shadows (First Second), Hearts at Sea (Dupuis/Europe Comics) and Portugal (Dupuis/Europe Comics).

Next, the Two Guys examine Clear Blue Tomorrows, written by Fabien Vehlmann with art by Ralph Meyer and Bruno Gazzotti (Cinebook). This book is basically a series of science-fiction or fantastic stories brought together by a broader narrative frame: a time traveler from a dystopian future tasked with ghost writing stories for the would-be tyrant in hopes of changing the man’s occupational trajectory. It’s a curious spin on the “killing Hitler” sci-fi trope, though narratively reminiscent of One Thousand and One Nights. The guys also discuss several of Vehlmann’s other works, including Last Days of an Immortal (Archaia), Beautiful Darkness (Drawn and Quarterly), and the all-age series Alone (Cinebook). There’s a lot packed into this episode…and so many reading ideas!

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The Fourth Wall Comics Podcast Episode 90

Show Notes:

INTRO [00:22]

mainstream:

  • [0:01:19] Secret Avengers #1
    • In which the boys explain why Ed Brubaker is like a puppy.
  • [0:10:54] Thor #610
  • [0:15:56] X-Force #27
  • [0:22:22] X-Men: Blind Science
  • [0:29:49] Thunderbolts #144
  • [0:34:42] Wolverine: Weapon X #13
  • [0:39:08] The Thanos Imperative: Ignition
  • [0:44:35] Ultimate Enemy #4 (of 4)
  • [0:48:27] Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne #2
  • [0:57:45] Power Girl #12
  • [1:03:44] Green Lantern #54
  • * [1:09:06] Green Lantern Corps #48

indies:

  • [1:12:28] 7 Psychopaths #1
  • [1:14:25] Chimichanga #2 (of 3)
  • [1:16:04] Choker #3
  • [1:17:51] Mystery Society #1 (of 6)
  • [1:22:47] Green Hornet #4

trades [1:25:58]

  • Fortune & Glory: A True Hollywood Comic Book HC
  • Wednesday Comics HC

OUTRO [1:34:27]