Exhibition - In collaboration with the Institut Français & the French Embassy in Canada
From October 14 to December 18, 2020
The French Embassy in Canada, the Institut français and Alliance Française Toronto invite you to dive into the magical unvierse of "Machine à Bulles".
Do you miss cultural events and live shows? Do not worry! The exhibition "Machines à Bulles" brings art directly on your screens! Through 11 online comics, dive into fantasy stories, thrillers, insights on climate issues or even video games if that's what you like! There is something for everyone.
Panama Al Brown's life is one these stories which are so crazy that you would expect them to be born from a writer's wild imagination. That's because his story is part of History itself. His life, like his character, were extraordinary. A boxing world champion at the top of his glory in the 30s and who died in complete misery? Jacques, a reporter looking for a juicy article, smells something interesting. However he is far from imagining what he is about to step into. Panama Al Brown is not only a forgotten star. He is also a living paradox : a boxing world champion who hates boxing. A broke yet generous dandy who lives on the ring at day and in the craziness of jazz clubs at night. A kid from the streets of Panama who arrives at the very top before being erased thoroughly from memories. An alcoholic and a drug addict, an athlete who fights while being on the verge of passing out. The muse of the poet Jean Cocteau. A black man in a white world, at a time when these colors would not mix well.
The webcomic keeps the sharpness of black and white as you follow the investigation of the reporter. Mixing the talent of the illustrator Alex W. Inker with the scenario of Jacques Goldstein, the webcomic starts like any story, casually following the mediocre reporter who starts digging in History. Yet Panama Al Brown's incredibly rich life story quickly takes you into its ryhtmic and constrasted world. Music, pain, sport, champagne, social pressure, the roaring twenties, are flowing out of the pages of Panama Al Brown, as archives pictures bring historical depth to the illustrations.
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