Whenever I read a comic book by either Alan Moore or Neil Gaiman I make the silent resolution to read more comics. Comics are a very versatile medium that have successfully interpreted Shakespeare, Proust, Agatha Christie and all the great classic novelists. There have been some really wonderful interpretations of the great French poets recently too by the imprint Petit à Petit. Of course they take comics much more seriously in France and whenever I go there I usually stock up with a bundle of new bandes dessinées. But it does take patience to sift through them and find the gems. Luckily we have a number of good comic shops in London too and in one of them I came across this beautiful little book by Joann Sfar and Emmanuel Guibert.
It’s a love story. I’m a devotee of love stories so of course I would like it but this one is a little bit special. It’s best not to tell you the details because it’s full of surprises and plot twists. The pictures are a perfect complement to the quirkiness of the story — delicate, subtle and full of energy. There is even a happy ending. Fabulous!