Came back from France last monday but had to hit the ground running at work, so forgive me I haven’t had any time for blogging. The trip was really great and boy was it jampacked. The best part of it was meeting all the amazing artists we got a chance to hang out with. A big hug goes to Diane and JJ of Galerie Arludik, they really went all out for us. Thank you! The exhibition’s opening night was absolutely packed. We signed a ton of books and met a lot of people. The show goes till the beginning of March so if you happen by Paris you still have a chance to catch it. It was a really pleasure to also get to spend a few days with our friends Tadahiro and Kuro.
Some of the other highlights: visiting Joann Sfar on the set of his live action Serge Gainsbourg biopic , visiting the Rabbi’s Cat animated feature production, meeting Nicolas de Crecy and Kerascoet at the opening, hanging out with Barbara Canepa and Alessandro Barbucci (of SkyDoll fame, both native of Genoa like me) and our friend Pierre Alary, Bannister and Flora, Manuel Arenas and the list really could keep on going … oh and let’s not forget brushing shoulders with Moebius … he was less than a couple of inches from me, I swear.
What else, oh yes, we met illustrator Rebecca Dautraumer and she showed us around her studio and gallery exhibition. Her work is just astounding, she’s deservedly become the most popular children book illustrator in France. Another great artist we got to share a coffee and a sit down with is Claire Wendling. Really wonderful to get to met her and see some of the pages of the upcoming sketchbook she’s publishing with Stuart Ng. Many thanks also to Richard and Emmanuel at Editions Akileos for welcoming us at their table in Angouleme and last but not least many thanks to Gerald of SketchTravel fame who was operating behind the scenes to make our visit as memorable as possible! I bet I am forgetting something … well most of the artists and events we met and experienced in France will require their own separate posts, I hope to do so in the next few weeks.
On the Venice Chronicles front, it was really fun to do watercolor “dedicace” at Angouleme … and it felt really nice to see some new readers embrace the book. Talking about embracing the book, the Comics Reporter just put out a review of it and boy did the guy hate it, half of it at least. In fact in his words I pretty much drove him up the wall, kind of funny. The title of the review … not very funny. Well … what you gonna do … I’ll have to move to France or something.
For those of you who have ordered this menace of a book … a couple of days ago I got to fill all the internet orders that I hadn’t been able to in the last couple of weeks, so forgive me for the slight delay but the books are on their way to you! And with a little luck it won’t drive any of you up a wall.