Finnish website sells art to aid the Red Cross


The other day we posted a heartbreaking strip called “What a Wonderful World” by Zep featuring Titeuf, the Bart Simpson of France, in a storyline that echoes the refugee crisis now affecting Europe. Thousands of families are fleeing war torn areas—predominantly Syria—and trying to find asylum in various European countries, leading to a humanitarian and […]

Titeuf, France’s most popular comics character, confronts Europe’s refugee crisis


In the French speaking world, a character known as Titeuf is as well known as Bart Simpson or Dennis the Menace here. He’s a mischievous 8-year-old with a huge cowlick, created by the Swiss cartoonist Zep. Instantly recognizable in Europe, Titeuf is not as well known here — something about his adventures and humor not […]

French women cartoonists launch a website “against comics sexism”


A new French language website called BD Egalite (more or less “comics equality”) has launched to address rampant sexism in the French comics market. The charter has been posted in English with a few calls for action including this:  Given that « masculine comics » have never been narrowly defined or limited, it is degrading for […]

SPX adds international guests: Frederik Peeters, Dylan Horrocks and Brecht Vandenbroucke


Although this year’s Small Press Expo’s theme is “Cartoonists of the 21st Century,” they are allowing cartoonists older than 30 to be guests as well. Just announced, the international slate, which consists of Frederik Peeters, Dylan Horrocks and Brecht Vandenbroucke —with more to come. And peep the Gemma Correll drawn poster above. This will be […]

Fall Preview: Centrala offers Cooking, Trains and the Klan


Centrala is a Polish indie comics publisher that recently opened a London office, which s helping their books get wider distribution. They have three new books including what sounds like an intriguing tale about two German police officers who join the Klan to make friends and meet girls, an anthology mixing comics and cooking and a book adapting a famous Polish poem about a train into a 60 foot long comic!

Eastern European comics are usually thought of as an “emerging” scene, but with publishers like Centrala and the Latvian kuš! collective getting notice, they’ve emerged quite a bit. Here’s the Centrala books, which are all available for order.

Magnetic Press announces second year plans with a ton of beautiful comics


Magnetic Press launched last year with an audacious business plan: bringing French graphic novels to the US market. While French materials has had its ups and downs in the US, Magnetic has been at the forefront of what has to be called a French invasion, as French comics have found popular and critical success. Both […]

Europe Comics brings more Euro-comics to English in digital


The Comixology-Delcourt team-up to bring some of the finest French language comics to the English speaking world via digital is just the start. Europe Comics is another digital initiative, this one launched by Mediatoons, licensing agent for Média-Participations, publisher of Dargaud, Dupuis and several other imprints, and Izneo, the French Comixology. The website is a […]

Exclusive Preview: Cosmopolitan life with Josephine by Pénélope Bagieu


We just told you about the huge deal between French comics publisher Delcourt and Comixology to being a line of French comics to English via digital. Now here’s one example of why it’s big, an exclusive preview of the English language version of Pénélope Bagieu’s Josephine.

Bagieu is hugely popular in France for her down to earth comics about contemporary life. Her Exquisite Corpse was just published earlier this year by First Second; Josephine is her long running comic about a young woman with the usual complicated and annoying life—at least one of the strips below describes just about every day of my life, but I’ll let you guess which.

PREVIEW: Corto Maltese: Beyond the Windy Isles


What better way to celebrate the Beat’s 11th anniversary than with a preview of one of our all time favorite comics, Corto Maltese by Hugo Pratt, now being reprinted in lovely English language editions from IDW and Dean Mullaney’s Euro comix imprint. This volume goes on sales today and follow’s Corto’s ravishingly romantic and lushly […]