Pico Bogue is the eldest child of a normal family, and when we say 'normal', we mean unique, quirky and occasionally just stark raving mad! Along with his little sister Anna, Pico goes through life with as many certainties as he has questions, making the kind of pertinent observations that only children are capable of. Sometimes challenging, always loveable, there's no end to Pico's mischief, much to the amusement, exasperation and surprise of his long-suffering parents!
Now almost seven, Rebecca's feeling better and finally ready to return to school. Believe it or not, she's excited to go back. Her teacher always finds ways to make class fun, turning the place into a school of nonsense. But a zombie-virus, the dreaded flu, is wreaking havoc on the playground. Everyone is going to catch it! Their only hope is the most super microbe of all... Ernest!
Shocking! Disgusting! Meet the most dangerous twin girls in the universe! Their record of wrong doings, on purpose or not, will raise your hair on end. A darkly subversive collection of cynical comics gags that is sweeping Europe. Nothing is sacred for these two lil' monsters! South Park meets Monty Python.
Agrippina, a wonderful prototype of the rebellious teenager, spends her time squabbling with her exasperated parents, determinately ignoring her infuriating brother, discussing the latest couplings with her girlfriends, studiously avoiding 'being normal', and falling madly in love with a different boy every two minutes. Quite simply hilarious.
Manu and Mariette have immigrated to the countryside. Manu wants a vegetable garden and Mariette wants a baby. But Manu, who's celebrating with much jubilation the birth of his very first radish, is having a hard time accepting the notion of parenthood. I mean, imagine having to admit to your child that you don't know how to change the contact breakers on your car... So Manu hides himself away inside the packing boxes that seem to have become a permanent installment of their new house's decor. And don't even start on the neighbor's penchant for pesticides, and then the poster he's supposed to design for the annual pig festival...
Aaah, the countryside! Fresh air, green fields, home-grown vegetables... the dream (or the nightmare) of all city-dwellers. Well, this is the tale of when it became Manu Larcenet's reality. One fine day he and his partner Mariette packed up their urban life and set off for the little village of Ravenelles (population of 89 people, including a pretty baker). When, like Manu, you've lived your whole life in a Parisian suburb, the rural life can be quite the shock to the system...
So it's finally happened: Mariette is pregnant. And so is Manu. He's brushing up on his baby and parenthood knowledge with the help of Dr. Spock, who, Manu finds, is rather evasive regarding the torments of a father-to-be. Still, preparation is the key to success, and Manu's about as prepared as he can be: run-through's of the big day, suitcases ready and packed for the hospital, route planning. Basically, he's totally freaking out. Of course, he ends up missing the birth...
The unique and truly French super hero is back, like a phoenix from the ashes, to save France once again and to restore it to greatness in a world going to the dogs.
Superdupont's reboot gets a kick-start with the birth of his son who, astonishingly, has inherited the supernatural powers of his father. Perhaps together they can finally bring down the enemies of their wonderful homeland!
"Two little lumps? Where did they come from? What am I supposed to do with two little lumps?" These are the questions that our heroine, who is on the verge of turning sixty, asks herself during her mammogram. It can't be true! She's almost reached retirement and now this: cancer! Like a lightning bolt, this sudden and ominous threat marks the end of life as she knew it. Gone are the days of fighting put downs at work, gone are the days of pandering to a couch potato husband, and babysitting the grandchildren; from now on, she'll finally start putting herself first! Having let go of her husband, her job and her worries, she decides to travel, learns the tango, tries her hand at hang gliding and pottery, starts dating... and realizes that the seduction game is not as fun as it used to be! She ends up buying a big house by the sea and turns it into the new place to be for sixty somethings; a gathering place for good friends, roaring laughter, memories and nostalgia. Once she gets over the initial shock of the news, her story is about learning to live with one's age, experiencing pleasure, keeping one's dignity, smiling and living without regrets!
Agrippina's grandmother goes awol for a few days, only to be discovered in her own home, hiding away from the world while she recovers from a facelift. And all because she's found out that her own mother has gone into a retirement home. The latter, having made herself a fortune in her savvy investments in stocks and shares, decides to buy herself a computer... but not just any old computer...! Meanwhile, Agrippina is, as usual, busy seeking out any opportunity to get easy money and easy boys. This is a side-splitting snapshot of the complex relationships between four generations of women.
Three women in their fifties are on a 'girls-only' weekend in a holiday house by the sea. It's raining, the teenage kids are still ensconced in their beds, and it's just coming up to midday. So the three women crack open a bottle of white, and the conversation begins to flow, as only it can between old friends.
Capucine isn't sleeping at night, Ravenelles is hit with the storm of the century, M. Henri is building himself some sort of ark in preparation... and Manu seems to be suffering the strangest of visions...
The second chapter of the series is settled in America.
Viola have to deal with clandestins in the circus, but will also make new acquaintances and learn to admire and respect the beauty and majesty of nature.
No doubt about it, life in the Kingdom was good! The tiny territory had been at peace for years. Every day, folks gave thanks for their good fortune and praised their King who ruled over them with kindness... Until one day, when Princess Cecile discovers her father's dark secret, and the Kingdom's peaceful future is thrown into the balance. Their only hope is Anne, the cheery innkeeper; François, the lovelorn blacksmith; and one shell-shocked little bird. Will they manage to save the Kingdom from the nefarious characters lurking in the shadows?
Across the ocean, there is a wonderful, magical land. A paradise of free markets and genetically-altered chicken! This land, still young and full of hope (except for gays and Puerto Ricans) truly does exist. It is called the United States of America, and its ruler is Mister President.
He is reelected! And the watchword of his new term is better international politics. Everyone take cover!
In this second volume, Mister President travels to the Old World, starting with a trip to France. But the ghost of General de Gaulle is lurking in the halls of the Elysée in Paris, and he insists on giving Mister President a hard time. The death of Arafat and the pope are among the other trippy, absurd obstacles he has to face.
Being the boss of the free world is a full-time job. Sometimes there are tasks that just don't get seen all the way through to the end. The solution in here: time travel! In this volume, Mister President teams up with the scientists at the Pentagon to travel back in time and try to change the future to his advantage. Will he succeed?
The third and final chapter of the series sees our circus on the route to Himalaya to honour the passing will of grandad Tenzin, a special person for everyone. An old life is about to go, a new one is coming.
The first chapter of the series takes place in Paris.
Viola, the young protagonist, is divided between her free life in the circus and her duty at school. But Paris is the city of beuty and art, and soon she will make an encounter with a special person!
McConey comes up to the big city for the weekend. When he and his friend Richie stumble across a perpetually suicidal bum, McConey takes it upon himself to intervene... It comes to light that this particular bum is trying to kill himself in order to be rid of a curse, laid upon him by a mysterious stone he is doomed to carry until somebody takes it from him. So McConey, not being the superstitious type, steps up to the mark. I mean really, who believes in curses these days, anyway...?
Whenever Jerome Moucherot ventures into the society jungle, it's always with the greatest ardor. Everyone has to eat, but when Loulou, the youngest of the Moucherot family, is swallowed by a shark, our madcap warrior will not stand idle. The time of cohabitation with predators is over!
Tensions are running high in Ravenelles! Manu is feeling a little fragile what with Mariette taking up her studies again, his own professional dilemmas in the mix and a young child wreaking havoc in the background. What's more, he soon finds himself on the wrong side of the mayor Adrien Coquelot in the run up to the mayoral elections, and, just to top it all off, the hermit confirms that Atlanteans do, in fact, enter unsuspecting households via catflaps...
Once upon a time there was a peaceful kingdom where life was good. It was a little country forgotten by its powerful neighbors and their incessant wars. A lovely little piece of land where lived a great many people, and every day they enjoyed the bounties bestowed upon them by the earth and sky. Of course, there was a king, Alain and Adrien (his ugly sons who were nonetheless kind, helpful boys), a grumpy queen, Cécile (the bathroom-hogging princess), and Anne. Pretty little Anne. Anne, who sings to the rising sun; Anne, who lights up the king's nights; Anne, who speaks to the birds... Anne who opens a tavern where all these characters gather.
What is cinema? What is its effect on us? Why do we love it so much? These are all questions to which Blutch seeks the answers in his considered and humble way, drawing on his prodigious cultural knowledge and his gift for the comic book form. He references Burt Lancaster, Jean Gabin, Michel Piccoli, Luchino Visconti, Claudia Cardinale, Tarzan, Psychose, and many more. As much comic book as graphic essay, this reverie on the narrative art of image marks the advent of one of today's masters of the 9th art.