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Bande Dessines – Translated

Titles featured in this category are in the main French bande dessine, published in English.

New Asterix album title revealed as the Gauls head for Italy!

Asterix and the Race through Italy - Chariot Chase

Asterix and the Race through Italy – yes, the title of the 37th album recounting the adventures of our friends from Gaul created by two comic book geniuses – Albert Uderzo and René Goscinny – has finally been revealed, due for release in October. The year is 50 BC. Italy is entirely under Rome’s control, well, not entirely… Though Caesar dreams ... Read More »

2017 Brussels Comic Strip Festival celebrates 60 years of Gaston LaGaffe (that’s “Gomer Goof” to his English fans)

This year’s Comic Strip Festival in Brussels will celebrate the 60th anniversary of famous Belgian comic character Gaston Lagaffe, organisers have announced. The gag-a-day comic strip was created in 1957 by the Belgian cartoonist André Franquin in the Franco-Belgian comics magazine Spirou. Taking place on 1-3rd September 2017, Brussels eighth Comic Strip Festival moves to the Palais des Beaux-Arts / ... Read More »

Comic Strip Revolution exhibition opens soon in Belgium

A “Comic Strip Revolution” exhibition at La Boverie, Liege, Belgium will present art from two game-changing French bande dessinée magazines, Métal Hurlant and (A SUIVRE) from 17th March to 11th June 2017. Showing more than 300 original drawings from French, Belgian, and international artists, the exhibition, titled Révolution Bande Dessinée (“Comic Strip Revolution”) presents two major magazines, Métal Hurlant and (A ... Read More »

Who the heck are Europe Comics, anyway? A quick guide to this exciting pan-European project

Europe Comics Logo

Many comics fans with a social media presence may have noticed sponsored ads for a project called Europe Comics popping up in their feeds. I’ve run a couple of stories on some books and re-posted some of their items, but I hadn’t quite appreciated just how ambitious or exciting this project was until they posted this video explaining their aims… ... Read More »

Valerian: Official Trailer Debuts, here’s a Cinebook Checklist

Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets - Poster

The word of mouth has been building for a while now, with a lot of activity to promote this new film – but now, the first Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets trailer has been released… and as you’d expect from director Luc Besson, director of The Fifth Element, the visuals are simply breathtaking. But don’t forget the graphic novels it’s ... Read More »

IDW picks up English rights to David Foenkinos “Lennon”, adapted by Eric Corbeyran and Horne

Lennon: The New York Years (IDW)

The year was 1975 and an ex-Beatle, at the height of his fame, chose New York City to raise his young family, setting career, adoring fans, and creative contemporaries aside. Just five years later, John Lennon was dead. Now, US publisher IDW has picked up English language rights to Lennon, a graphic novel published last year in French by Marabout. The ... Read More »

Soaring Penguin Press announces “A Small Revolution”…

A Small Revolution

Soaring Penguin Press has agreed to publish the English edition of A Small Revolution by Boum, the pen name of Samantha Leriche-Gionet. A story of dictatorship and revolution as seen through the eyes of a child, A Small Revolution was initially published by Front Froid in 2012 in French as La petite révolution.  The book was critically acclaimed and nominated ... Read More »

Titan Comics Announces English language launch date for “Masked” by Serge Lehmen and Stéphane Créty

Masked #1 - Cover B by Benjamin Carré

Titan Comics has just announced the upcoming launch of Masked – an English language edition of the stunning comic series first published as Masque in French by Delcort, written by author Serge Lehman (The Chimera Brigade, Metropolis) with stunning art by Stéphane Créty (Star Wars). A thrilling sci-fi action thriller of surveillance and powers, the debut issue of this exciting new series ... Read More »

Europe Comics heads to San Diego Comic-Con, with top creators in tow

Top European creators Mathieu Reynés, Gabriel Hernández Walta and Roger will be appearing at the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con

Europe Comics has announced it will be making its official San Diego Comic-Con debut with its very own booth (#1220), panels, live drawing events and signing sessions. Europe Comics began as an idea of Franco-Belgian comics agent Mediatoon Licensing. Three years (and a lot of work) later, it evolved into a 13-partner pan-European alliance, supported by the European Commission and held ... Read More »

In Review: Darwin’s Diaries Book One: The Eye of the Celts

by Sylvain Runberg & Eduardo Ocan Publisher: Cinebook Reviewed by: Paul H. Birch (previously reviewed for downthetubes by Jeremy Briggs here) The Book: Victorian England. In Yorkshire, several men and horses working on a railway line have been killed. The police suspect some kind of wild beast. The government calls on controversial naturalist Charles Darwin to help with the investigation. ... Read More »

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