Comic book lovers and bibliophiles, discover the francophone favorites of the Alliance française de Toronto teams.
We offer an eclectic selection, so that all tastes in comics are satisfied. Enjoy your reading !
Culottées (Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World) by Pénélope Bagieu
Pénélope Bagieu drew the biographies of 30 audacious women, in volume 1 and 2 of Culottées (Brazen). This French author was able to humorously image the incredible stories of these women who lived as they wanted and went after their ideas and values. This comic was awarded on the world stage in 2019, winning an Eisner Award for the “best foreign book”, at the Comic-Con International in San Diego.
The favorite of Emmy:
Culottées (Brazen) is a public interest comics. If I were to advise only one book to read for all people who are not book lovers, it would be this one. It is a committed and feminist comic book. Thanks to Pénélope Bagieu, you will discover easily the lives of 30 extraordinary women. Maybe this book will inspire you to undertake you too your dreams and your ideas. My favorite story is about Tove Jansson, the creator and author of the Moomins.
Noire, la vie méconnue de Claudette Colvin (Colored: The Unsung Life of Claudette Colvin) d’Émilie Plateau
Émilie Plateau uses Tania de Montaigne's work by telling in pictures: Noire, la vie méconnue de Claudette Colvin (Colored: The Unsung Life of Claudette Colvin). This comics adaptation immerses us in the story of Claudette Colvin, a fifteen years old young black woman, who decided long before Rosa Parks to give up her seat on a bus in the southern of United States. History has completely forgotten about it. Émilie Plateau decides in her book to highlight Claudette Colvin, who should have been an icon of History.
The favorite of Laëtitia:
This book makes us think about the treatment of history, racism and also the condition of women, I can only highly recommend this beautiful book by Emilie Plateau.
Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
Persepolis is a complete black and white autobiographical of comics by Marjane Satrapi. Through this comic book, Marjane Satrapi relates her childhood in Tehran, capital of Iran, during the Islamic Revolution, as well as her adult life in Europe, far from her native country. This serie has been acclaimed all over the world and has given international renown to the French-speaking author. In 2007, Persépolis was adapted to the cinema and won the jury prize at the Cannes Film Festival.
The favorite of Manon:
I usually don't read comics, but I have been totally hooked by Persepolis and I read the 4 books in a few days! Incredible. In this autobiographical work, Marjane Satrapi gives us her diary, her life rocked by discoveries, the first times, but also the reality of the war in Iran, with a lot of humor and emotions. You will be absorbed by this extraordinary life story.
L’Arabe du Futur (The Arab of the Future) by Riad Sattouf
The Arab of the Future is an autobiographical comic book series by Riad Sattouf, currently composed of 4 volumes (the fifth is being written and its publication is expected at the end of 2020). Born of a Syrian father and a mother from Brittany (Bretagne, in France), he relates his childhood there between France, Libya and Syria and the mission his father gave himself: to raise a modern Arab: The Arab of the Future. This critically-acclaimed series has received numerous literary awards and has been translated into no less than 21 languages.
The favorite of Emmy:
This autobiographical album is simply magnificent. Told through the eyes of the author when he was a child, Riad Sattouf immerses ourselves into his memories as if we had seen them. Shunted from country to country, while being in search of his identity, Riad Sattouf makes us laugh and cry through his story, which clearly deserves a series, as there are so many things to tell. I can't wait to read the fifth volume.
Les Indes Fourbes (The Deceitful Indies) by Juanjo Guarnido (Blacksad) and by Alain Ayroles (De Cape et de crocs)
The Delcourt publishing editions announced last summer, the release of a comic book associating two big names in the field: Juanjo Guarnido (Blacksad) and Alain Ayroles (De Cape et de crocs). This blockbuster compiled by this prestigious tandem offers us a picaresque comics. We follow the adventures of Don Pablos of Segovia, a nice rogue in search of fortune who conquers the New World.
The favorite of Ophélie:
Released in 2019, Les Indes Fourbes (The Deceitful Indies) has rhythm, humor and tension. It is an association between two great figures in comics, the designer Juanjo Guarnido (Blacksad) and the writer Alain Ayroles (De Cape et de crocs). Together, they take us on a full conquest of the “Americas” in the 16th century, in the footsteps of Don Pablos, who has a good deal of intelligence, few scruples and not a penny in his pocket ...
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