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July 29, 2012


FFF Results Post #302 -- Sous-Estimé

On Friday, CR readers were asked, "Excluding Jacques Tardi, Moebius, Marjane Satrapi, Lewis Trondheim, Rene Goscinny, Albert Uderzo and Herge, Pick Five Cartoonists Primarily Known For Work In The French-Language Market You Believe Have A Potential Bigger Audience For Themselves In English-Language Comics Than They Currently Have In English-Language Comics." This is how they responded.

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Tom Spurgeon

1. Bastien Vivès
2. Frederik Peeters
3. Anouk Ricard
4. Gilles Rochier
5. Émile Bravo

*****

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Eric Newsom

1. Matthieu Bonhomme
2. Phillippe Berthet
3. Frédéric Rébéna
4. Cyril Pedrosa (Portuguese, but his major comics works have been primarily published in French -- assuming this is OK because of your inclusion of Peeters)
5. Denis Bodart

Even ridding myself of Blain, Alary and Clerc... oh, and Yves Chaland too! I'm leaving a bunch off of this list still. Alexandre Franc. Arnaud Poitevin. Michel Plessix. Floc'h. Argh!

*****

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Chris Mautner

* Blutch
* Marc-Antoine Mathieu
* Chris Blain
* Franquin
* Yves Chaland

*****

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Marc Arsenault

1. Ohm
2. Steve Baker
3. Guillaume Bianco
4. Barbara Canepa
5. Boulet

*****

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Trevor Ashfield

1. Zep
2. Baru
3. Edmond Baudoin
4. André Juillard
5. Marc-Antoine Mathieu

*****

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Dan Boyd

1. Blutch
2. Baru
3. Bastien Vivès
4. David Prudhomme
5. Frederik Peeters

*****

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Antranik Tchalekian

1. Guy Delisle
2. Joann Sfar
3. Nicolas de Crécy
4. David B.
5. and I'm going to say Nicolas de Crécy again, because his work is so great, and he's seemingly very little known in the English publishing world

Editor's Note: I usually delete the stunt-answer ones, but I like de Crécy, too

*****

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Brian Moore

1. Émile Bravo
2. Christophe Blain
3. Kerascoet
4. Joann Sfar
5. Boulet

*****

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Fabrice Stroun

1. Marc Caro. Before he quit comics to do movies (co-director of Delicatessen). Late 70s. Pure nasty unadulterated no-future punk comics, up there with Jimbo.
2. Christophe Blain is the most virtuoso French cartoonist of his generation. This lofty statement can easily confirmed by flipping through, in English, Dungeon, Early Years vol. 1 & 2.
3. Igor Kordey should leave bad French genre publishers and come back to US mainstream, super heroes comics. His X-Men were sexy and awesome.
4. Elvis Studio. Mostly non-narrative-with-one-foot-in-contemporary-art stuff. Elvis Road, published by Buenaventura Press is, to my knowledge, their only book available to an American audience. There should be more.
5. Riad Sattouf. Most corrosive and influential satirist, far beyond the sphere of comic book readers. Equal parts Johnny Ryan and Garry Trudeau. Idiotically scorned on your website by Bart Beaty (on puritan grounds, no less!). Brand of caustic humor & host of cultural references probably define the limits beyond which a French book might be, despite of its inherent qualities, untranslatable.

*****

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Sean Kleefeld

1. Enki Bilal
2. Christophe Blain
3. Émile Bravo
4. Marguerite Abouet & Clément Oubrerie
5. Lucien de Gieter

*****

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Roman Muradov

1. Stanislas Barthélémy
2. Nicolas De Crécy
3. Blutch
4. Manu Larcenet
5. Nicolas Nemiri

*****

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Marc-Oliver Frisch

1. Manu Larcenet
2. Manuele Fior
3. Émile Bravo
4. Cyril Pedrosa
5. Baru

*****

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Milo George

1. Fabrice Neaud
2. André Franquin
3. Edmond Baudoin
4. François Boucq
5. Claire Bretécher

*****

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RM Rhodes

1. Joann Sfar
2. David B.
3. Benoit Peeters
4. Zep
5. Christophe Blain

*****

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Oliver Ristau

1. Éric Liberge
2. Bastien Vivès
3. Baru
4. Eric Herenguel
5. Nine Antico

*****

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Derik A. Badman

1. Vincent Fortemps
2. Dominique Goblet
3. Fabrice Neaud
4. Aristophane
5. Jimmy Beaulieu

*****

I think I may have assembled mine after a conversation with Bart Beaty; I can't remember; "Gilles Rochier" doesn't sound like one that would just pop into my head

*****
*****
 
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