MASK AZTEK



All cartoonists have a secret passion project they cultivate on their spare time. Spare time i don't have  anymore as i got an extra full slate of huge books to produce for many years.
This one was mine, i use the past tense here because i doubt it could see the light of the sun one day. It's time to let go and show it to you... at least the few bits i produced.
It is the comics adaptation of a short story written by the great Paco Ignacio Taibo 2, intituled "MASK AZTEK" or in it's original mexican version "Mascara Azteca y el doctor nuebla". I resume it shortly as  'a mexican V FOR VENDETTA'.

We see the infamous writer José Daniel Fierro returning in his native Mexico to fight against the dictature. He stole an aztek mask in the museum and naked only wearing it, he is photographied and became the symbol of the resistance.
What's not to like with a story like that, except if you are a fascist scum...
Mask Aztek don't pose bomb or such, he make the enemy ridicule, as a stoopid giant who can't close an umbrella before boarding a plane. He of course shoot one or two fascists spawns to defende himself but he mostly organize the uprising of the people.

I worked with my all time favorite novelist on this wonderful story full of wit, action and political chess and it was awesome. I produce an handful of the best pages i ever did. But nobody wanted to publish it. Comics is still a bad word in France, fuck.

So now , after 12 years i decide to stop dreaming and show it to you...
Ladies and gentlemen, let me introduce you to MASK AZTEK!







I did some teasers for it and even an animated gif... who ended becoming the animated title of the greek documentary LATIN NOIR who is about mexican noir authors, which i also did the logo for. It had also Paco reading the first chapter of CUATRO MANOS* while my pages were seen on screen.

*(the book adaptation we worked on before our editor went chapter 11, and noone would continue with us...)



Here the poster that Mask Aztek paste on the wall of mexico D.F. at night on top of the dictature propaganda...


And also some teasers...






And some inking drawing.
You can see that this project is so old, i did it on paper...




So long Mask Azek...

CASH COWBOYS -preview 1


CASH COWBOYS fait 208 pages, donc il a matière à faire une preview... sauf que je ne peux rien montrer de la seconde moitié du livre car il y a trop de spoiler. L'histoire est construite comme un thriller et comme souvent chez moi, on a la résolution de l'histoire dans la dernière page du livre.

J'ai aussi truffer CASH COWBOYS de petits détails amusants qui ne prendront leur sens qu'à la seconde lecture... QUE JE VOUS CONSEILLE FORTEMENT !!!!

Allez une petite preview  pour le plaisir.
[of course, vous pouvez cliquez pour agrandir les pages !!!]

 








CASH COWBOYS sur RFI


Le jour de la sortie de CASH COWBOYS, j'ai été invité à la radio sur RFI par Jean-François Cadet dans l'émission "VOUS M'EN DIREZ DES NOUVELLES".
J'ai adoré cette interview dont voici le lien du podcast :
-> cliquez ICI ->

La caractéristique unique de cette émission, c'est la lecture et la mise en scène sonore d'un passage du livre. Je vous montre à quoi ressemble les pages qu'ils ont choisi.


 


 
 




Migrants-1

Les migrants, jadis immigrés, ont été baptisé ainsi avec ce terme inspiré d'oiseaux voyageurs, car les différents pays européens ont tous le fantasme de l'étranger qui rentre chez lui.
La crise des migrants est loin d'être finie car les premiers migrants climatiques n'ont même pas encore posé un orteil en Europe...
Dans mon livre "FISSA, PAPA..." le thème du déplacement forcé est central, que cela soit le cas du jeune OMAR forcé à quitter  la France pour le bled, ou du OMAR adulte qui va décider de revenir dans le pays qui l'a chassé sur un flotteur rempli à craquer de 300 migrants. Sauf qu'OMAR est le seul à savoir ce qu'il l'attend en France...

Voici quelques de "FISSA, PAPA..."







mon arbre

Je ne poste pas les projets refusés par les éditeurs car on ne sait jamais... parfois on parvient à ressuciter le bazar. Mais là non seulement, j'ai reçu presque aucune réponse, mais le seul éditeur qui m'a repondu m'a filé une commande au lieu de me faire bosser sur ce livre écologiste que je voulais vraiment faire... bref on est loin de sauver la planète à coup de livres fabriqués à base d'arbres coupés.

Alors je poste les pages que j'ai produite ici chez moi. Au moins vous les verrez.
Ladies et gentlemen, je vous présente "QUI A TUÉ MON ARBRE ?"











Trailer L'atelier des gueules cassées 1

Trailer created and directed by Ameziane.
Technical support : Rejane Brachet
Music : Mahler - Allegro maestoso (Totenfeier)" by Sydney Symphony.


ALI REVIEW by Library Journal


MUHAMMAD ALI in TOP10 Barnes&Noble

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/blog/10-essential-non-fiction-graphic-novels/
MUHAMMAD ALI GN is still remembered, and that is so nice for us.
BARNES & NOBLE include it in their TOP 10 ESSENTIAL NON-FICTION GRAPHIC NOVELS LIST (with MAUS, PERSEPOLIS, etc...)

>>> click on the image to go to the site and watch the rest of the TOP 10.

THE INSTRUMENT - sketch

As soon as i read "THE INSTRUMENT" written by DENNY O'NEIL, i did search rednecks images.
DENNY wanted a special kind of redneck even if never wrote that word. He described a particular fellow from his stand to his voice... and in this case the LETTERING, which he wanted me to do by hand. I didn't that for a good decade but have a try at a "WILL EISNER STYLE LETTERING" was too good to pass. And i had a blast doing it.


Will Eisner lettering




My type of lettering and the title typographic frenzy...





My bunch of Rednecks









and no redneck would go outside without their famous redcap.
and as soon as i had my favorite redneck casting over,
i jump on the layout part, which is the funniest part of each book.