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How did you do research in those cases? Posted by Sally-Anne Hickman at Well, first of all, thanks for the spoiler! One of the peculiarities of the North American comics industry is its Bizarro-esque usage of words like “mainstream” and “genre. The cover was changed, was anything else modified for the English version? The flat-ish, cartoony figures occupy a more fully-rendered, but not too fully-rendered, cartoon Paris for the length of the extremely economical story, one in which no page or panel is wasted in driving the story from its twist middle to twist ending. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Since the stories had to be short, I had to scratch tons of really interesting anecdotes for the sake of time, space and clarity.

How did you manage to sort between what was necessary and what could be cast aside? I took elements about her in his biographies. My first book which is probably the one that sold the fastest, and maybe even the most had a very curious effect on my life. It was important to me that this story was kept in the book and we managed to keep it in. Brazen was translated in 11 languages and we had to do some minor tweaking for each market. Penelope Bagieu was born in Paris in , to Corsican and Basque parents.

But for English audiences who might not know you quite as well, can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I hope that’s not considered a strike against it, as Exquisite Corpse is a great book, and Bagieu is at least as interesting a comics talent as her resume suggests.

Whatever genre one might want to assign it to — “True mainstream literary dramedy”? A good test was to pick women whose stories I could tell a times without getting bored of.

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I had to keep a strict schedule. For the print edition, I added a two-page spread after each story.

It was the first time I was doing something with so much heart, and fear of failing, and this overwhelming feeling of being an impostor. He reads alternative, indie and art comics at night and write about them for the Comics Beat. The stories were published weekly and within a year, I had made thirty of those biographies. I think the simplest way to keep the essential was to focus on key elements rather than chronologically what happened in their lives.

Interview – Pénélope Bagieu on Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World – The Beat

I knew she was in an episode of Star Trek: I was 25; I lived in a 14 square meter room under the rooftops in Paris; I was constantly broke and had graduated one year ago. I jumped all over the place when I heard that this was happening.


The title is, of course, a literary reference to a French surrealist method of story creation, in which different authors or artists each add something of their own to a work in succession. Some of you might know that I’ve been making the yearly pilgrimage to the Angouleme Comics Festival in France. It looks like a cherry tree leaves.

Penelope Bagieu’s ‘Exquisite Corpse’ is an Exquisite Comic

It was quite violent, and never really made me happy. One of the co-host of the show was quite insistent that what was missing from your book were biographies of men. Sometimes I even had pleasant surprises.

I like this English version. It was almost like police work. How did you fill the historical gaps when you came across them? In his regular life, he improves Canadian medical education, and is the co-host of the Ottawa Comic Book Club. Penelope told us she gets frustrated by the tag ‘Girly BD’ and insists that they are good comics, with good stories and good characters.

I was brave enough to give her some of my diary comics, here she is having a look at them.

Interview – Pénélope Bagieu on Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World

Some I decided not to include because they were too well known. There have been so many good comic events and siginings this past couple of weeks! So I sent him a few lines about this interest I had in the obsession for fame that I had observed with the authors I knew: The only solution we could come up with was to remove the story entirely. Well, this show is definitely known as being quite hard on authors attending it.

Were you to assign a bagiru to Exquisite Corpseyou might come up with “literary,” or a portmanteau like “romantic dramedy”; in other words, it’s a mainstream graphic novel, albeit in the traditional use of that term, outside the walls of direct market comic shops.

I had to internalize biographical and historical elements to be able to properly depict their lives. If you found the book in your local comic shop as I did, it would have been an outlier. Given the laughs she finds at Thomas’ expense, I’m sure Bagieu wouldn’t think that labeling her work iis necessarily “puerile and reductive,” although it does defy classification, at least as we usually classify comics in the our local comic shops.


Philippe Leblanc is a Canadian comics journalist. About half of them had written an autobiography. It’s also an allusion to the secret of the reclusive author character Thomas, which it’s probably best not to spoil, as it is one of several surprise turns in the novel that drive it Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World. Research work can lead you in many different directions. And at the same time, he had introduced me to Thierry Laroche, my publisher at Gallimard, who helped me so much, page after page, getting through this.

Only the English version will have this cover. Has this type of reactions happened often to you? I took elements about her in his biographies. Especially now, people need to know the reality of underground abortion to understand what it is. Are you happy with this new style of cover? Maybe too economical, given that abruptness I mentioned earlier. The project was closed, but I contacted the organizer of the crowdfunding campaign, explained who I was and wanted to get more information on the play and their historical research.

And I love with all my heart a French Canadian artist named Michel Rabagliatithat you have to read if you have never. My latest work is Brazen: I like characters that everybody takes for a sweet idiot, for bad reasons a poor vocabulary or a low-class originand who eventually shut them up and prove them wrong.

She talks about reading and school and her childhood. Maybe this is good advice for those of us making diary comics, that way you can make sure you don’t censor yourself and you are writing real heartfelt accounts of life. And well, maybe my boyfriend too. We default to the stories of men, but incredible women are everywhere, in arts, science, politics and countless other areas.

The United Arab Emirates wants to bring in the book too, but we want to make sure that it remains as close as possible to the original version. The reverse is completely acceptable of course, we see biographies of men constantly. I chose these women because I felt a proximity with them for different reasons.