The Irish Times has a feature on the upcoming Angoulême International Comics Festival – fresh from the recesses of John Byrne’s cranium and complete with some bande dessinée reading suggestions:
- Lucky Luke (Cinebook) Created by Belgian cartoonist Morris (aka Maurice De Bevere) and written, during its golden years, by Asterix co-creator René Goscinny, this affectionate parody of the American West remains one of Europe’s most popular and enduring comics series.
- XIII by Jean Van Hamme (Cinebook) Played out over the course of 19 volumes and 25 years, Van Hamme’s best-selling thriller about an amnesiac’s long quest to reclaim his past is an engrossing experience – for those who can stay the pace.
- It Was the War of the Trenches by Jacques Tardi (Fantagraphics) Tardi is, simply put, one of the most important and influential French comic artists of the last 30 years. This welcome translation of his harrowing and haunting first World War narrative is as good a place as any to start.
- Epileptic by David B (Jonathan Cape) David B’s sprawling, multi-layered and bewitching childhood memoir is one of the most significant Francophone breakout hits of recent years. Its bold, woodcut visual style proved influential on Marjane Satrapi’s similarly acclaimed Persepolis.