Nothing has tickled our francophile fancy like this since Ratatouille ! A brand new Micky Mouse cartoon commissioned by Disney from Paul Rudish, the director of Dexter’s Laboratory and Powerpuff Girls.
Oh so retro and yet so modern (there’s the subtlest hint of a video game vibe in there).
Mickey and pals will be showing up in other cities, but of course, they picked Paris first…
Thought up by the French cartoonist Plantu, Cartooning for Peace is an initiative born on 16 October 2006 at UN headquarters in New York. A two-day conference organised by Kofi Annan, the then Secretary General of the United Nations, brought together the twelve best-known political cartoonists in the world for “unlearning intolerance”.
Cartooning for Peace is based in Geneva. Don’t miss the current outdoor exhibit in Geneva till July 10: Geneva Lunch.
Interested in bande dessinée and erotica? The French are very good at both, the former being a revered art form, the latter a fundamental element of their collective consciousness… Check out BDerotique, a blog devoted entirely to the subject of erotic comics.
NOTE: The images on this blog can be very graphic, so attention ! NSFW
John Coulthart at feuilleton turned me on to the late 60s–early 70s French magazine Plexus, a sexy offshoot of Planète. [...] It’s an intriguing mix of surreal-fantastic-psychedelic art, interviews with writers (Jacques Sternberg was the literary editor), Playboy-style comics and the occasional Popeye comic, science fiction stories, Gilles de Rais profiles, philosophy, and—though there are few traditional photo spreads—lots and lots of boobs. Each early issue features a full-color “pin up”: an erotic work by an artist like Leonor Fini.
The upcoming 2012 presidential elections in France are shaping up to be a pretty big farce, not helped by the fact that the major candidates all seem to have the same names… See the rest of the odd couples at Les couples des présidentielles – L’actu en patates on the Le Monde blog.
A silver-haired aristocrat thunders through the palatial offices of the French foreign ministry quoting Greek philosophers and demanding his speech-writers pepper their efforts with poetry. The fictional eccentric, Alexandre Taillard de Vorms, is France’s least likely comic-book hero.
Jean-Pierre Amoreau, the owner of the estate in France that produces Château Le Puy wine, has experienced a huge boom in demand for his product after the Japanese manga series “The Drops of God” [Les Gouttes de Dieu / 神の雫] featured it as one of the world’s finest wines.
Here’s what Spielberg told us. “The first part of the film, which is the most mysterious part, certainly owes much to not only film noir but the whole German Brechtian theatre — some of our night scenes and our action scenes are very contrasty. But at the same time the movie is a hell of an adventure.”
If you’re old enough, you may remember seeing the work of Kiraz in Playboy in the 70s. But he’s most famous in France for his parisiennes: lithe and winsome young women who epitomized the look and attitude of Paris in the 70s.