Quick loves chocolate

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Back when he was still slaving away to fill Le Petit Vingtième with comics, stories and pictures, Hergé also produced the odd advertisement for a whole host of clients.

This ad for the Belgian chocolatier Côte d’Or was made in 1935, to be published in Le Petit Vingtième, and features Quick and the Policeman, two of the characters from Hergé’s other famous comic, Quick et Flupke.

The original of this page goes on auction at Christies in Paris on March 14, and is expected to be sold for a mere 40,000 Euros…

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Comics Dress Code

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In the March 2015 issue of Air France Magazine, New Zealand’s own comics genius Dylan Horrocks has a sweet little comic about how he gets invited to a comics festival in France, and goes out looking for something suitable to wear. As ever with Dylan, this seamlessly blends in with the alternative reality of Hicksville and The Magic Pen, his graphic novels set in a world where comics get the respect they deserve. Ah…

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The Soul of Simenon


A recent article in the New York Times about Belgian writer Georges Simenon, was made extra special by the illustrations that Roman Muradov provided. He simply managed to capture the essence of Georges.

(illustrations © Roman Muradov, via Mike)

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What your toys are up to

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Edy Hardjo likes to imagine what your action figures and toys do when you are not around. And judging from his photos, they’re up to not a lot of good.

Hardjo uses superhero action figures that he poses picture perfect. Afterwards, he removes all stands and wires in Photoshop, as well as the puppets’ joints to make the picture more real. Expressive facial expressions make the illusion complete (even though the Hulk only needs one expression).

(From Bored Panda, which has more, via Konstantinos)

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Simpsons go superheroes

IMG_8564The Simpsons Tapped Out, the official Simpsons game on IOS and Android, launched a new story arch earlier this week, and it’s all about superheroes. The story is still in its early stages, with Fallout Boy running around after the death of Radioactive Man and Homer playing the part of Pie Man.

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Players are asked to help their superhero characters by tapping some very stereotypical evil-doers, who then explode with Batman-like visual sound effects.

And because comics require specific formal restrictions, the in-story narratives are presented as comic panels, while the original Simpsons font has been replaced by something that resembles “typical comic book” lettering.

In term of play, of course, the update has the same dynamic as the previous ones – you tap specific characters to get special tokens, which you can save up to buy special edition buildings or characters. But as ever, execution is flawless, and the game has plenty of very Simpsonsesque zaniness. The game also features a title screen that takes you back to the silver age of Marvel superhero comics.

(If you want, you can find me on the EA Origin platform as Sparehed – let’s tap together!)

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Here be watchmen

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With a title like, To Set A Watchman, it’s small wonder that Harper Lee‘s new novel rings a bell with even the most casual reader of graphic novels. However, leave it to Ruben Bolling to use that pavlovian response and turn it into an genuine critique on the rather shady story of who the manuscript was discovered and how the whole thing is pumped up to a media frenzy.

(Comic © Ruben Bolling, via Medium)

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The Bloody Footprint

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In the New York Times edition of February 5, Lily Carré had a short comic about the way our own memories can betray us, and how we can remember things as solid truths that never happened in the first place.

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