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TED BENOIT & EMMANUEL GUIBERT:
THE BEST OF BANDE DESSINÉE



A rare opportunity to encounter two of France’s leading contemporary graphic novelists, now being translated into English.

Ted Benoit is one of the greatest exemplars of the “Ligne Claire” and illustrates new tales of Blake and Mortimer, Edgar P. Jacobs’ thoroughly British detectives, written by Jean Van Hamme.

Emmanuel Guibert collaborates with Joann Sfar on space pirate Sardine in Space and mummified romantic comedy The Professor’s Daughter and specialises in deeply touching memoirs such as Alan’s War, recounting an American soldier’s life, and The Photographer, about Didier Lefèvre’s reportage on the Afghanistan war.

The artists will be interviewed by Ann Miller, author of Reading Bande Dessinée, and Paul Gravett, director of the Comica festival, and will sign their books afterwards.

In association with Cinebook and First Second Books.

Tickets: £3, £2 concs.
Where: The French Institute, South Kensington, London
When: Tuesday, November 18, 2008 - 7.30 to 9pm

EVENT REVIEWS:

“Guibert turned out to be a captivating speaker.”
Sarah McIntyre

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"...fascinating..."
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"...the social buzz is what I will remember from the day."
Ed Pinsent

"The talk - to a full house - was pleasant, convivial and amusing."
Tim Pilcher

"5 Stars... a superb exhibition."
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"...Sacco had some interesting things to say about the comics form in general."
Simon Hacking

"...a fantastically wide selection of comics, to be touched, admired and purchased."
Toby Litt

"...a place where aspiring graphic novelists get the chance to rub shoulders with established comic book artists..."
Valerie Pezeron

"...a very special conversation between two incredible artists."
Chris Thompson

"Imagine one of the world's greatest cities hosting a series of events starring the world's greatest cartoonists, put together by one of the world's greatest comics scholars. That's London's Comica."
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