Appearing at TCAF: Etienne Davodeau


This weekend, is TCAF,  The Toronto Comic Arts Festival, a celebration of comics and graphic novels and their creators.  The two-day exhibition and vendor fair features hundreds of comics creators from around the world.

NBM Publishing will be on hand with several of our creators, including Étienne Davodeau, who will be appearing as a Featured Guest.

Étienne Davodeau is a multiple award-winning comics author from France.  After having studied graphic arts in Rennes, Davodeau has since created numerous best-selling and critically acclaimed graphic novels, mostly in the reality-based and reportage vein. Titles of his include Les Mauvaises Gens, Le Chien Qui Louches, Geronimo, and Les Ignorants (which was translated into English by NBM in 2013, titled  The Initiates).


Davodeau will be attending with NBM Publishing to support the English debut of Lulu Anew. This translates Davodeau’s best-selling masterpiece, Lulu Femme Nue, which in 2013 was adapted into an award winning film by Sólveig Anspach.


Davodeau will also be participating on three panels.

The first panel will be held on  Thursday, May 7th, 6:30pm-8:30pm (Doors at 6pm) called Comics Across Cultures: Translation and Localisation of European Comics for North America, which is sponsored by The Alliance Française and The French Consulate in Toronto.  It will be held at the Théâtre de l’Alliance Française de Toronto, 24 Spadina Road (Bloor/Spadina – Spadina Subway). French and English will be spoken and the event is free to attend

Comics or graphic novels, manga and BD, call them what you will, but they are beloved by many cultures around the world. As the appreciation and audience for comics in North America grows, more and more works from around the world are being translated, localized, and published in English for the first time. But while the comics themselves are being translated, it can be difficult to truly localize a work, to communicate its intent, and the culture and the context in which the work has been created.

For this special event, four BD authors, Pénélope Bagieu (Exquisite Corpse), Etienne Davodeau (Lulu Anew), and Lorenzo Mattotti (Hansel & Gretel) are interviewed on stage about seeing their work, ideas, and culture, translated into English and across different languages and for different audiences—the surprises, the reactions, and why they choose to be published abroad. Joining them in the discussion will be Bart Beaty, PhD, one of Canada’s foremost authorities on BD, and Stephane Beaujean, author of the French comics Magazine Kaboom!, and Art Director of The Angoulême Comics Festival (FIBD).

The discussion will be hosted in English and in French by Thierry Lasserre, Director of The Alliance Francais in Toronto, and Marang N’Douba, Book and Debates Officer of the Consulate General of France in Toronto.

Following the event in the Theatre, a cocktail reception and signing will take place in the Alliance Française Gallery. Books by all participating authors will be made available for sale courtesy of The Beguiling Books & Art.

The second panel will be on Saturday, 1:30-2:30 at The Pilot on 22 Cumberland Ave. 

Spotlight: Étienne Davodeau, in conversation with Pascal Girard

Étienne Davodeau has a long and venerated career in French comics, but his masterworks are only now beginning to appear in English. His 2014 release The Initiates, an autobiographical tale about a winemaker and comics artist who trade jobs for a year, topped many critics lists. Now in 2015 Davodeau releases the acclaimed Lulu Anew, a bestseller which inspired a feature film in France! Meet Davodeau as he converses with his former collaborator, Québécois cartoonist Pascal Girard (Reunion, Bigfoot) and moderator Thomas-Louis Côté, director of the Festival de la BD francophone à Québec in what is sure to be a wonderful discussion.

Following the panel, Étienne Davodeau will do a signing at the Marriott from 2:30-3:30.

The third panel will take place on Sunday morning, May 10th at 11:15am at the Toronto Marriott Bloor Yorkville Hotel located at 90 Bloor Street East and will be called Truth & Intimacy in Graphic Memoir.

Autobiography and memoir are among the most popular genres of contemporary comics, and with good reason; successful comics memoir renders its subjects explicitly, both textually and visually. In this medium where so little is left to the imagination, real experience may never have been so intimate, so ‘true’. In this feature presentation, moderator Johanna Draper Carlson (Comics Worth Reading) will interview 4 of the most acclaimed practitioners of contemporary comics memoir, to get at the root of what it’s like to put it all on the page. Featuring Dustin Harbin (Diary Comics), Etienne Davodeau (The Initiates), John Porcellino (King Cat), and Raina Telgemeier (Sisters).


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