BOOKREVIEW Music & Comics

Everything came upon me when I ve been told that I had to turn my essay into a presentation of 10 minutes ! What a waste to reduce my thought on that matter. This the reason why I decided to present to you a piece of my work.

The representation of sounds is a real challenge that some comics succeed to deal with originality. When I picked this subject, I had in mind another act of reading, a different way to understand what atmosphere means in a book: I read those books in a perfect silence, in order to imagine what could appear from it. Let s begin !

Tout a commencé quand j ai entendu dire qu il me fallait transformer mon dossier en petit oral de 10 minutes ! Quel gachis de reduire ma réflexion sur le sujet, c est pourquoi j ai décidé de vous en parler ici. 

La représentation de la musique dans la BD, et précisément des sons, est un vrai défi que certains ouvrages ont su relevés avec originalité Quand j ai choisi ce sujet, j avais dans l idee d explore une autre forme de lecture, une autre approche pour comprendre ce que l atmosphere signifie dans un livre. J ai lu ces livres dans un silence complet, afin d imaginer ce qui pouvait en sortir. C est parti !

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TOTAL JAZZ, BLUTCH : An entire anthology about jazz ! Even if you dont pecularly like this kind of music, the artistic treatment of lines, music nites, from chaos to harmony, is amazing. Blutch gives a testimony about a black music which was considered like noisy, chaotic, and vulgar. With little comic scenes, the artist shows the diary life of musicians and of famous musicians , all the world around with dance and racism,etc.

The esthetic is near from simple drafts or sketches which perfectly fit with the jazz, a music of improvisation and vibes, where musician’s ego are in the roar of trumpet!

Une grande anthologie sur le jazz! même si l on aime pas particulièrement le jazz, le traitement artique des lignes, des notes de musique, du chaos a l harmonie somptueuse, sont magnifiques. Bluch livre um témoignage sur la musique noire et ses coulisses, où même les plus grands se sont vus discriminés. Qualifée de bruit, et de vulgaire, le jazz est un mode de vie que nous raconte l auteur.

VOODOO CHILD THE LEGEND OF JIMI HENDRIX, Bill Sienkiewicz : Believe it or not, I do not know so well Hendrix s songs, so reading this biopraphy was a musical experience!, Very neutral, and this is probably why I read it with a  new eye. Here the artistic uses the color as a musicak pattern, purple, pink, blue all those hippie colors which remind Woodstock, but also red, yellow when it comes to Hendrix’s intimacy and childhood I simply LOVED IT. It seemed to me like a cinematic movie, with black background and colours exploding i n the middle, symoblic of a psychedelic trip in the mind of Jimi The text is extracted from Jimi’s diary It s exceptionnal, eletric guutar is vibrating through coloured lines, voices are escaping from those wild opened mouthes and we can almost hear the sound of the broken guitar on stage What could I say ?

Croyez le ou non, je ne connais pas vraiment les musiques d Hendrix, lire sa biographie était donc une vraie experience musicale. Tres neutre, Ici l artiste utilise la couleur comme un motif musical: violet, rose, bleue sont les vouleurs qui nous rappellent l époque Woodstock, tndis que le rouge et l ocre raconte  intimitê du joeur de guitare. Cela ressemble à une cinématique de jeux videos ou de flms, sur fond noir avec d innombrables teintes explosnt en son centre comme l allégorie psychêdélique d un univers musical. J ai adoré. Les textes qui ponctuent la trame sont parfois issus d Hendrix meme, avec des parole de chansons. Les voix s échappent de bouches grandes ouvertes et sauvages et l on pourrrait presque entendre l impact de sa guitare brisée !

BLACKFACE BANJO, Frantz Duchazeau : Cartoon style for this last amazing piece ! It reminded me mute movies in black and white. My librarian had sparkled eyes when he talked about Duchazeau,s work. I deeply recommad it. Iwon t tell you the story because I think you will win to discover it. However, the graphim is as poetic as cartoon. Everything seems smiling and joyful at the same time, at the utmost point that faces of characters seem to be the music. Here you will discover als a piece of history with the ministrel show. when white comedians used blackface in order to play racist shows. Enjoy !

Cartoon style pour cette derniere oeuvre ! cela m a rappelé les films muets en noir et blanc. Monlibraire avait les yeux qui brillaient quand il parlait du travail de Duchazeau. Je vous le recommande chaudement. Je ne vous raconterai pas l histoire, sachez juste que le graphism est aussi poétique que les cartoons.  Tout semble sourire et rempli de joie en meme temps, sur fond de tristesse. au point que le expressions de visage deviennent musique. Ici vous découvrirez une belle part d histoire, celle des menestrel show,  ces spectacles racistes joués par des blancs déguisés en noir.

Bonne lecture

P.S: those are esentially belgin and french comics but you can probably provide them

Some News – Greatness is coming !

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Hey guys !

How are you doing ? I take some minutes to tell you some stuff about what’s going on in my life lately. Not that it will bring you something,  you can just skip this article if you want to, haha.  You are now 35 followers on this blog and 80 on Twitter, and for that, MERCI BEAUCOUP !

These last days marked my comfort feeling about this new city where I am living. My studies are great, I met some people IRL but also on Twitter. Yeah, lately, I had been very active on my twitter account (if you do not follow it, what are you waiting for ? You will practice some french ! hehe : @mrsxroots ), and I learnt a lot about Afrofeminism, racism, transphobia, islamophobia and so on.

If you know me, you know that I love to break all my potentiel prejudices and rest of ignorance by learning and travelling. Well, this is what I did for hours, reading articles, writing some and I hope you will like it, because being okay with ourself is dealing with this ugly background of our world.

I understand there is a time for opening your eyes on all these problems , and it seems it’s a part of adulthood somehow but it’s not enough to say “things need to change” and to wait for someone like Martin Luther King or this kind of big figure of history. It’s about us, and we have to do something. I don’t say we have to do a revolution, but just be aware and talk about all those problems; stopping to keep our illusions.

It’s not pessimistic to say “there is a problem in here”, it’s optimistic because it means you are strong enough for being aware of it. Doubting is good, being scared is natural but you have to overpass those states of mind if you want to change your environment. Because it begins with you ! 

It is easy ! Look at what I am reading, tweets and books. I saw a documentary about Coca cola and it made me feel good to see how my effort for eating healthy was a good way. Your changing will impact around you, and that’s how we have to stop to think that one person can’t change anything. You can change something if you talk around you, if you stop to be scared about people who are disagree. I had been scared to say what I thought and I hoped for someone to tell it for me. But no one will come for saying what you think, no one except you.

Hum… This was not the goal of this article but whatever, it gives you a reason to read it ! lol.

Greatness is coming 

In plus of all these news things I learnt, I am preparing my Copenhagen trip ! YAY ! Can’t wait to show you everything. And I just learnt I will participate to my first BOOK FAIR ! Participating, not attending. My CV is on fire haha.

When you want to work in a book field, people see you as a future homeless person but, by and by, I feel that every little victory I get is a snap in their face. I did not finish my studies so I can’t say what Lord is preparing for me, but until now I am just grateful and happy to do what I want. Not what my parents want, not what people want, but what me, myself and I want.

It’s a sane feeling, it’s exciting becaus you don’t clame you succeed, you just TRY. And people can’t take that from you, people can’t tell you if you will succeed or not, or if giving a try is vain. Because they don’t know what success means to you and maybe you don’t know yourself ! I don’t know when, or if, I will succeed. I just want to do like I do right now : step by step, trying and hoping for the best.

That’s all for now ! Can’t wait to tell you about my adventure ! Keep smiling and wish you the best for this week, month and year !