One of the things I've been meaning to discuss more, because in this English-language world of comic book bloggery, I should be somewhat of an expert, is French-language comics, or Euro-comics, or what I'll probably be calling them, bandes dessinées. Let's try to change that in the coming weeks.
This won't really be about the current output out of France and Belgium because I'm not up to date on those at all, but about the veritable classics I read and collected in my youth (and still have). Most have been in translation, and Anglophone readers will recognize at least some of the series and authors I select.
My focus will be on what made each series interesting and perhaps historically relevant, on the author's style and achievements, perhaps using a particular volume as prime example. Expect variety - humor, adventure, period pieces, science fiction, fantasy, westerns, surrealism - just don't expect superheroes. That's a niche well filled by the English-speaking world and practically absent from bande dessinée.
It's my hope that these essays will interest readers of all language bases, either as cultural artifacts or as books to seek out and discover. My copies are all in French, but I'll make an effort to seek out English-language scans to better illustrate each series, if possible.
There's a whole other world of comics out there (well, more than one, truth be told), and I've only just scratched its surface. What's YOUR familiarity with Franco-Belgian comics output?