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Bande dessinée: l’ultime Tif et Tondu

Author lighthouse of his generation, Blutch, who has over 30 years of career and many albums in the registry masterfully extended, submits to the fiscal year requiring the visit of a classic from his childhood in the company of the Robber, his brother, a screenwriter.

Created in 1938 in the pages of the belgian weekly Spirou, the series Tif and Mowed it passes between the hands of several authors over the decades, including those of the masters Maurice Tillieux (author) and Will (illustrator), who give a tone resolutely unique. It is precisely to this amazing corpus of a dozen tomes that fits the extraordinary But where is Kiki ? of the two brothers. “We wanted to reconnect with the pleasure of reading that we had children, but also, find this density, this generosity, in the albums of the golden age of the comic, franco-belgian, to restore this joy to current readers, tells the story of Blutch at the other end of the wire. These classics of our childhood, we review them regularly, to the point where our albums are in tatters. “

Discipline of craftsmanship

Illustrator is a versatile and untamed, which has very few collaborations, Blutch, which is lent to the exercise of revisiting a thirty boards of holy monsters (Druillet, Bretécher, Gotlib, Hermann, Fred, Hergé, etc) in Variations, has had to bend to a discipline of craftsmanship to this project. Because if we know him for a free line oscillates skillfully between humour and dreamlike, addressed a narrative of the adventures of a density classic, which were the artists of the time turned out demanding. “I was an interpreter in the service of the scenario of my brother, an author of polar indicated for the project. I have been asked to draw action scenes, explosions and car chases which I would have avoided the perspiration of the ordinary. I re-read the Tanguy and Laverdure in quest of the generosity of Uderzo, investment, an absolute designer. “Blutch folds in the grid graph of a dozen boxes on four bands, with dazzling as it sublimates, page after page.

Prose

The antique dealer wild, a novel of Tif and Mowed
Blutch & Robber
Edition Dupuis”>

The antique dealer wild, a novel of Tif and Mowed
Blutch & Robber
Edition Dupuis

As if the task was not initially quite daunting, Blutch and Robber have had the idea, in conjunction with their editor José-Louis Bocquet, to produce The antique dealer wild, a graphic novel in which the action concludes where the comic begins. An ingenious mise en abyme, who dominates the duo of investigators as being the authors of their own adventures. If it is not necessary to have read this novel before plunging in , But where is Kiki ?, it remains a complementary and exciting.

After you have managed to put it under the locks of the antiquarian of the stars that hosted some sixty canvases of great painters switched to their owners, Tif and Mowed receiving a strange letter informing them of the kidnapping of their friend’s Cock during a signing session. Follows is a frantic race to the twists and unusual to find. The appearance of a mysterious element is also reminiscent of the one staged in The shadow without a body, the first album of the duo Tillieux/Will. Much more than a simple homage agreed to, or a reinterpretation cutesy to the referred mercantile, But where is Kiki ? fits as a Tif and Mowed official, who has the scope and the genius of those of Tillieux and Will. While the illustrator says prefer to move on to something else, the next album being the negation of the precedent, one cannot help but feel sad that there is no follow-up. Only consolation : a second graphic novel is in preparation.

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The shadow without a body (1969)
Tillieux, Will
Edition Dupuis
Collection 50/60 Niffle”>

The shadow without a body (1969)
Tillieux, Will
Edition Dupuis
Collection 50/60 Niffle

One of the great merits of But where is Kiki ? is to give us this crazy desire to go back to read the traditional histories of Tif and Mowed. The shadow without a body, published in the beginning of the year in the sumptuous collection of 50/60 of Niffle, is a centerpiece of the corpus. Marking a rupture of tone with the arrival of the brilliant creator of Gil Jourdan in the scenario, the extraordinary polar sense of humor is tongue-in-cheek propels the series in the upper stratosphere of the 9th item

The current edition offers the masterful boards Will restored black-and-white, allowing readers to marvel at the raw beauty of the drawing. At the rate of one half-sheet per page, the album offers at the bottom of each comment of the historian Hugues Dayez. This enriching context densifies the pleasure of reading.

Founded and directed by Frédéric Niffle, director of the Newspaper Spirou, this superb collection, which includes works of Franquin, Peyo and Macherot, allows a jubilant and necessary enhancement of the heritage. A unique opportunity to rediscover the masterpieces of the golden age of the european comic.

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