Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Joann Sfar's Gainsbourg sketches

French comics writer and artist who has had a close collaboration with such French luminaries as Lewis Trondhiem (most notably on the Dungeon series) , Christopher Blain, Emmanuel Guilbert, and David B as well as his own solo work, took a turn on the director's chair with his debut biopic Gainsbourg last year. No ordinary biopic this is in fact based on a graphic novel by lifelong Gainsbourg fan Sfar. I am yet to see the film but it is meant to be expressionistic, surreal, and uses an actor from the Spanish SPX house behind Pan's Labyrinth. These sketches and little comics by Sfar look great, and are available in book form, although sadly only in French.

In other Sfar related news, an animated adaptation of his graphic novel The Rabbi's Cat(*1) directed by him, is currently in post production, due for release in 2011.

And for some Serge/Bardot 'Comic Strip' action, click here.

One final link: the fantastic blog Draw Serge.

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(*1) In which a Rabbi's cat swallows the family parrot and can suddenly talk as a result, insisting with his new found voice to be converted to Judaism.

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