It is the Ministry of Culture which says it: 2020 is the year of comics On the program, more than 300 events throughout France and support measures for authors. Pénélope Bagieu , Inna Shevchenko , Marie Avril , Joe Sacco , The Starry Man : we present you the comics of the year to read first.
The most regressive
The good comic book: Sacred witches by Pénélope Bagieu and Roald Dahl
The pitch: with a lively, flexible and colorful line, Pénélope Bagieu wonderfully revisits the story of an orphan little boy delivered to the tender arms of his extravagant grandmother. While they go to a hotel by the sea, the child realizes that the place is populated by witches determined to make all the children of the planet disappear ...
For whom: nostalgic older children. Thirty-seven years after its original release by Roald Dahl , Pénélope Bagieu illustrates like no one else and in its own sauce the cult work of the author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory , aka one of the most delicious thrills of our childhood.
Gallimard Jeunesse, 304 pages, € 24.90
The most militant
The good comic: First name: Inna de Inna Shevchenko and Thomas Azuelos
The pitch: while the fall of the USSR led to general impoverishment, little Inna develops an obsession for the dissident journalist Gueorgui Gongadzé , found murdered. An event that will seal her fate as a freedom fighter.
For whom: curious, feminists and admirers of extraordinary women. If one knows Inna Shevchenko for her activism within Femen , one discovers in this fascinating album the tormented childhood of the young woman in Ukraine of the 2000s and the root of her fierce commitment.
Futuropolis, 104 pages, € 18
The most biographical
The good comic book: Divine, Life (s) of Sarah Bernhardt of Marie Avril and Eddy Simon
The pitch: a huge French tragedian of the 19th century, Sarah Bernhardt was also the heroine of her life. Eternal in love, rebellious, adventurous, courageous, whimsical: the Divine of the Odéon theater has shaken up traditions to take her destiny in hand. By exploring the romantic life of a star, Eddy Simon and Marie Avril create a portrait of a modern woman that is as fascinating as it is aesthetic.
For whom: those passionate about romantic destinies, French history and… badass feminists ahead of their time.
Futuropolis, 176 pages, 22 €
The most journalistic
The good comic book: Paying the land of Joe Sacco
The pitch: known for having traveled through countries scarred by war, it is this time to the indigenous peoples of Canada that Joe Sacco's pen and brush pay homage . Ten years after Gaza 1956 , his new book looks back on the painful past of the Dene, the First Nations of the Northwest Territories of Canada . We thus discover with emotion the cultural genocide, the ecological drama and the loss of territory inflicted on this people.
For whom: everyone! Impossible to miss this humanist comic strip and this pope of comics-reportage who perfectly mixes drawings and journalistic objectivity.
Futuropolis, 272 pages, € 26
The most moving
The good comic book: In the life of the starry man
The pitch: who said we couldn't talk about the hospital with joy and humor? This is the bet that the star-studded man , the nurse with more than 133K followers on Instagram, has launched . Through fantastic encounters, frenzied music and astronomical challenges, the author puts a slap in the face of illness, for our greatest pleasure.
For whom: those who seek to laugh and cry! In this ode to life filled with humanity, all the ingredients are there for a good mood shoot.
Calmann Levy, 192 pages, € 16.50
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