Valérian is one of Europe’s most widely respected graphic novel series, following the exploits of time-traveling, hyperspace-hopping crimefighters.
These two recently released comics-based biographies of cartoonists are the firsts of their kind, and combined, they cover around 100 comics pioneers.
At the L.A. Times Festival of Books a few weeks back, graphic novelists took part in a riveting discussion, answering the following: What other cartoonists have inspired you? What’s the value of higher education for comics artists? And what’s up with the future of digital comics?
Tintin is an industrious young (teenage) lad, who—with his dog, Snowy—sleuths around the world in his role as boy journalist in search of a story. His so-called neutral character—sometimes called bland—”permits a balanced reflection of the evil, folly and foolhardiness which surrounds him” (at least, according to Wikipedia.) He retains straight and narrow Belgian...