Recap

Salut les moineaux! Je sais pas si vous avez remarqué à quel point tout est vert en cette fin d’été pluvieuse. Les carrés de fleurs à Montréal ont pris des allures de jungle et les ruelles sont touffues comme jamais. C’est quand même nice. Je suis moi-même sur une diète particulièrement verte car qui dit temps des concombres locaux dit temps des pickles de frigidaire (le mien et celui de mes ami.e.s). Je suis à une portion de salade sunomono de me transformer en cucurbitacé doté de parole. 

J’ai pas mal dessiné ce mois-ci, toujours pour le plaisir. Voici donc une autre étude basée sur une photo de Michael Carlson, un Marco en scooter des neiges et un stégosaure très chill. Faut pas essayer de chercher le lien entre tout ça, ce sont souvent des envies très spontanées.

Ça faisait un bail que j’avais pas dessiné de façade Montréalaise et je notais des idées depuis le début de l’année sans trop de conviction. Le Wilensky me tentait mais j’étais tannée de faire des restaurants. Puis en passant devant la petite cabane jaune de Paul Boutique, j’ai eu flash: des friperies! J’adore les friperies et les magasins de cossins usagés! Et si j’étais pour faire une série, j’avais pas le choix: la devanture massive du Eva B allait en faire partie . C’est de loin l’illustration de façade la plus ambitieuse que j’ai faite à date et j’adore le résultat. Avec tout ça, je pense que j’ai fini de faire des prints pour le reste de l’année.

Annonces

Vous l’aurez deviné, si je montre des prints c’est qu’ils sont disponibles sur ma boutique. La série s’appelle “Usagé” et les illustrations sont en vente séparément ou les trois ensemble. Pour les amateurs de gugusses et d’architecture qui ont, disons… beaucoup de vécu.

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Autre annonce de merch: mon artbook Doigts Noirs, dont la version papier est sortie l’an passé, est désormais en vente en format digital à 5$. C’est vraiment l’équivalent de feuilleter mon (mes) sketchbook(s), sans les rendez-vous notés à la va-vite et les faces ratées. Doigts Noirs va donc rejoindre son petit frère Cab Sketchbook (je sais, original), également mis en ligne l’an passée. 

Surprise! Je vais être au Salon du Livre de Saguenay du 28 septembre au 1er octobre. J’ai pas encore mon horaire mais je vais poster tout ça sur Patreon dès que ça se précise. Aussi, avez vous vu cette affiche de fou? Boum, c’est la meilleure.

C’est tout pour le mois d’août! Mangez des légumes frais pendant qu’il en est encore temps car n’oublions pas que le film Soylent Green se passe en 2022…

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Coups de coeur

Je regarde: 

La deuxième saison de The Bear, un chef d’œuvre de storytelling et de montage. J’ai vraiment apprécié le fait que le dessin soit incorporé dans l’élaboration des plats du restaurant.  

Beaucoup de plaisir à voir Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem au cinéma avec les amis. La fin était un peu trop longue mais sinon, l’humour, les dialogues et les performances m’ont charmé. J’aurais aimé le voir en pas 3D faque j’ai hâte qu’il arrive au club vidéo!

Je lis: Délices de Lucy Knisley, sur la place de choix que la bouffe a eu dans sa vie. Je prend des notes. J’ai aussi FINALEMENT lu Ghost World de Daniel Clowes et j’ai capoté. Par contre, je l’ai lu en français et c’était une erreur. Vivement trouver la version originale!

J’écoute: 

J’aime beaucoup la playlist Britpop du Hard Times News. J’ai aussi pogné Float back to You de Holy Hive, un band qui fait du folk, avec des grosses vibes de soul dans le drum. C’est doux et confortable.

Artistes cool:

À 24 ans, j’avais pas le talent et l’audace de me faire un gros site web loud avec une info de contact et demie. Mais “Chan” a 24 ans et quand t’es bon de même, tu fais ce que tu veux, comme avoir flesh.png comme nom d’utilisateur et URL de portfolio.

Plug du mois: Je vais être honnête, je connais pas 95% de la musique dont parle Alex Rose dans son infolettre hebdomadaire Tout ce que j’écoute, et c’est ben correct. En 2012, j’imaginais le personnage de Marco dans Hiver Nucléaire et je lui donnais une job floue de critique/érudit musical parce que ça m’impressionait ben gros, les gens qui pouvaient écrire un paragraphe complet sur un album et garder ça intéressant. Faut croire qu’en 2023, c’est encore vrai!


Récap

Salut les moineaux! Ce mois de juillet tropical donne du fil à retordre à mes tomates et à ma motivation à travailler. C’pas mêlant, même mon clavier gondole! 

Ça a été une bonne édition du Comiccon de Montréal, même si je me rends compte que mes trucs récents résonnent un peu moins avec la clientèle de l’évènement. Ça me motive à prendre une table à moi au FBDM l’an prochain je pense. À suivre…

Utown est sorti en anglais! C’est vraiment la fin de la cassette pour Utown. J’ai fait toute la promotion qui était humainement possible pour ce livre, de l’annonce initiale du webcomic en 2019 jusqu’aux posts de photos du livre physique. Il vit maintenant sur les rayons de librairies à travers le continent. Ça grandit vite ces p’tites bêtes-là!

Le mois passé, j’ai pluggé un photographe dont les images des villes de la “rust belt” américaine m’ont vraiment inspiré. À force de zyeuter son travail, j’ai décidé de faire une étude de couleur sur la photo qui m’a fait le découvrir. C’était extrêmement relaxant et j’espère pouvoir refaire l’exercice. J’ai fait un beau post sur Patreon sur tout le processus.

Oh, et je me suis sauvée à la campagne quelques jours. On s’est imaginés en personnages fantastiques autour du feu et bien sûr, ce qui devait arriver arriva. Mon alter-égo a un familier raton-volant et est accompagnée d’un barde qui annonce tous ses exploits. Je serais la rogue la moins subtile du royaume.

Annonces

Pour fêter l’arrivée de la version anglaise de Utown, la chouette librairie Crossover Comics dans St-Henri organise un événement de lancement le 19 août, à 15h. Venez jaser et faire signer votre copie si vous êtes dans le coin! 

Des entrevues et des tables rondes:

  • A Whole New World: une table ronde avec Gabriel Bà et Wes Craig, animé par mon éditeur chez Oni, Zack Sotto, dans le cadre du FBDM. Ce fût un immense honneur de pouvoir discuter avec ces deux auteurs que j’admire énormément. En anglais, plus ou moins raboteux selon les intervenants (incluant moi).
  • J’ai également été invitée à parler de la vie de conventions avec mon camarade Olivier Carpentier au micro de Benoît Mercier. Il s’agit d’un épisode de Bifurcations des Mystérieux Étonnants, donc disponible exclusivement sur leur Patreon.
  • On parle de Utown à l’émission Aux Quotidiens sur le Canal M.

Ma vente d’été sur ma boutique se poursuit avec une couple de nouveaux items dans la rotation.

C’est tout pour juillet! Savez-vous que c’est correct de manger vraiment plein de mini sandwiches à la crème glacée? Sont p’tites, ça compte pas!

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Coups de coeur

Je regarde:

Tear along the dotted line” et “This world can’t tear me apart”, deux adaptations animées du travail de l’auteur italien Zerocalcare. Je le connaissais pas pantoute et en l’espace d’une semaine, j’ai écouté les deux mini-séries et lu Kobane Calling. Bref, je suis devenue obsédée. La série met en vedette l’auteur lui-même; il nous parle de ses millions d’angoisses, de ses amis et de son quartier dans un genre de monologue quasi-ininterrompu. C’est drôle, politique à souhait, très kinétique, et aussi très, très touchant. Bonus: l’animation déchire. À voir.

Je lis:

Comme un Frisson de Aniss Hamouri. J’ai rarement lu une BD avec autant d’émotion à l’état pure, autant dans le dessin que dans le propos. Tous les personnages sont à fond, sans retenue et le trait ultra-nerveux fait juste ajouter à l’énergie. Je l’ai recommencé dès que je l’ai fini.

Je lis et je fulmine:

Le roi du Airbnb à Montréal : quadrupler les loyers et remplacer les locataires par des hôtels fantômes. Ce genre de type sans scrupule devrait être mis dans une fusée vers le soleil, ça presse. Soutenez le travail d’enquête de Ricochet/Pivot sur AirBnB si vous pouvez. 

Truc cool hyper-local:

La bibliothèque Maisonneuve est ouverte après 3 ans de travaux d’agrandissement bien mérités. J’ai passé beaucoup de temps dans ce sublime édifice à l’intérieur généralement brun, kaki et un peu poussiéreux, à emprunter des BDs du Marsupilami et des Stephen King quand j’étais jeune. En plus, en ce moment, y’a un petit morceau de l’expo de photo “Hochelaga – Montréal en mutation” sur les murs de la bibliothèque, agrémentée de poèmes par des gens du quartier. 

Artiste extrêmement cool: Pour moi, Zïlon faisait parti de l’ADN visuel de Montréal. Quand j’étais assez vieille pour aller au centre-ville toute seule, j’aimais spotter ses murales dont les personnages regardaient souvent directement les passants. Ça m’évoquait un côté nightlife glam-punk de Montréal qui me fascinait et m’intimidait. C’est un gros morceau de la contre culture qui nous quitte. 


Recap

Allô les moineaux! On est semaine sept après l’opération et la quincaillerie que j’avais dans la bouche est toute partie. Je peux manger des “vrais repas” et j’ai maintenant l’alimentation que j’avais quand j’étais au secondaire: du Kraft Dinner, des beurrés de margarine sur du pain blanc et du pudding au chocolat à volonté. Ma convalescence est quasiment finie et je peux maintenant me concentrer sur les projets à venir. Fiou!

Au début du mois j’étais pas assez en forme pour recommencer à bosser mais assez pour dessiner pour moi. J’aime beaucoup les bébelles vintage faque j’ai décidé de dessiner ça plutôt que de me battre avec des personnages. C’est tellement plus relaxe. Il me reste deux caméras à dessiner et qui sait, peut-être qu’une série de prints existera dans le futur.

Le 8 mars, j’ai assisté au lancement du recueil de textes des femmes de la Marie Debout, un organisme d’aide pour les femmes dans Hochelaga. J’ai fait une BD pour eux par l’entremise de la maison de la culture de Maisonneuve. Tout le monde impliqué était extraordinaire et les textes étaient vraiment touchants. Une super belle expérience!

Annonces :

Okay, il se passe beaucoup de choses en avril. Je serai au Festival Québec BD cette année, du 14 au 16 avril. Vous pourrez me trouver au stand de Front Froid / Nouvelle Adresse si vous voulez faire signer Utown ou l’intégrale d’Hiver Nucléaire. Voici mon horaire en détail:

  • Vendredi – 14h30 à 16h
  • Samedi – 10h à 11h30 et 16h à 17h30
  • Dimanche – 11h à 12h30 et 15h à 16h

Parce que des fois la vie est weird, je vais participer à une table ronde au Musée McCord (!!) le 19 avril.  Ce sera dans le cadre de la FABULEUSE exposition de la photographe Joannie Lafrenière sur Hochelaga. Qui aurait pensé que ma BD de bums m’amènerait à parler dans un musée! L’entrée est gratuite mais il faut réserver ici: Table ronde: Imaginer Hochelaga

Le Festival de BD de Montréal a aussi annoncé qui faisait l’affiche du festival cette année pis ben, c’est moi! Quel honneur quand même. J’espère que les gens vont l’aimer et j’ai surtout hâte de la voir un peu partout dans la ville. Oh et je suis en nomination pour un Bédélys! Yayyyy!

C’est tout pour le mois de mars. J’ai hâte de sortir mon bécyke pis pouvoir prononcer mes “P” comme du monde. On se revoit au début du mois de mai, alias LE MOIS FOU. Prenez soin de vous les amigos!

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Coups de coeur

Dans mes yeux:

  • En tant que fille de la génération Pérusse, j’aime beaucoup les bonnes parodies. Je cite encore des répliques de Le cœur a ses raisons, faque c’est pas étonnant que je braille de rire en écoutant Complètement Lycée, la parodie québ’ de drames d’ado à la Dawson’s Creek, Degrassi et autres.
  • Dans un style un peu plus pince-sans-rire, Cunk on Earth est une parodie des grands documentaires sur l’histoire de la BBC. Ça emprunte tous les codes du documentaire sérieux, comme les entrevues d’experts, les grands plans de décors à couper le souffle et la musique inspirante Sauf que là, l’animatrice est vraiment, vraiment nouille. C’est très drôle.
  • Le Plongeur. J’ai adoré le roman et j’ai quand même apprécié le film. La réalisation est un peu déroutante des fois mais j’ai apprécié la prise de risques. Fun fact, la dernière scène est tournée en face du resto où j’ai lavé de la vaisselle pendant un été. 

Dans mes oreilles:

  • Toxic Planet de Cobra Man, pour quand t’as besoin d’une soundtrack pour pratiquer tes katas dans un gym éclairé aux néons. Ça kicke des culs.
  • Je revisite des albums qui ont 20 ans cette année. Les meilleurs albums de quelques-uns de mes bands préférés sont sortis cette année-là et pas mal toute mon budget de cégepienne y est passé.  C’était aussi l’année d’Evanescence; vous serez avertis.

Je lis:

Je suis en train de finir Gentriville, un essai touffu mais essentiel sur l’histoire, les mécanismes et les impacts de la gentrification sur les quartiers centraux. C’est une des rares fois où je me permet de surligner des passages direct dans un livre tellement ça me touche (et me fâche). Je le recommande chaudement. 

Artistes cool:

  • Des fois je tombe sur des artistes pis je me dis “MOI JE VEUX DESSINER COMME ÇA BON” et ça me consume pendant 2-3 jours. Ben c’est arrivé avec Mongy.
  • Ce que j’aime le plus de Brahm Revel ce sont ses sketchs de tronches. Vive les  tronches.

Recap

Bonjour! Au moment où j’écris ces lignes, ça va faire 18 jours depuis que j’ai subi ma chirurgie pour mon apnée du sommeil. Je me récupère bien, après avoir passé une semaine sous la bonne garde de mes parents. Les premiers jours ont été vraiment inconfortables et j’avais l’air d’avoir reçu toute une volée, face enflée, œil au beurre noir pis toute. Malgré tout, ça en a valu la peine et je suis vraiment contente de l’avoir fait, même si c’est l’une des expériences les plus désagréables que j’aie jamais vécues de ma vie. Les radiographies de mon crâne feraient une bonne couverture d’album de Tool. Pensez vis dans les gencives et plaques de métal dans les os. Très hardcore! Tout ce à quoi je peux penser maintenant, c’est le prospect de la nourriture solide (j’ai rêvé à des chips au barbecue la semaine dernière). Manger comme une personne normale, sans en crisser partout, me manque.

À part me préparer pour l’opération et passer le reste du temps à faire des dodos de morphine, ce dernier mois a pas été très productif. J’ai réussi à squeezer quelques commissions avant l’opération, mais c’est à peu près tout. J’ai trouvé le temps de dessiner mon nouveau personnage/scout de DnD et les gens semblent VRAIMENT l’aimer. Oh, j’ai aussi dessiné mes outfits de l’automne/hiver. Ouin, j’ai plus travaillé que je le pensais finalement!

Annonces :

Première annonce évidente: j’ai changé le look et la langue mon site web et par conséquence, les posts de blog pour du FRANÇA’. Ça va être weird un boutte parce que toute mon archives est en anglais mais ça va finir par se tasser.

Avec Twitter sur le point d’imploser, je me suis inscrite à Mastodon. Comme d’habitude, je n’ai lu aucune documentation, faque je sais pas pantoute ce que je fais  Vous pouvez me trouver à @cabtastic@mstdn.social si ça vous branche.

C’est tout pour février. J’espère que d’ici la fin du mois prochain, je pourrai parler!

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Coups de coeur

Sur le petit écran :

  • La saison 5 d’Aggretsuko est intense. Je déteste quand  ils introduisent une intrigue B deux épisodes avant la fin, mais je devrais être habitué rendue là.
  • Last of Us est à la hauteur de mes attentes, et plus encore. Le troisième épisode m’a ému aux larmes. Je remercie la série d’avoir fait ce choix.
  • J’aime pas mal Lockwood and Co. sur Netflix, pour son ambiance générale et son design de production. C’est ridiculement YA mais je me fais avoir par ce genre d’adaptations à chaque fois.
  • Riez pas de moi, j’écoute Indéfendable en mangeant de la potée à la seringue. J’aime ça les quotidiennes québécoises, bon!

Dans mes oreilles:

  • Le nouvel album de Gorillaz m’a pas jeté à terre mais New Gold est l’une de leurs meilleures chansons depuis longtemps. C’est dit!
  • J’adore découvrir des sélections de chansons faites par des artistes que j’aime. Chris Geddes de Belle and Sebastian choisit ses morceaux Bandcamp préférés. C’est une bonne playlist soul/folk.
  • J’ai découvert Samuele par hasard, à travers une chanson sur Hochelaga. Ce sont ses paroles qui ouvrent Utown! Elle a un nouvel album qui s’appelle Une paillette dans l’engrenage.

Je lis:

J’tais trop destroy pour lire, faque à la place, je check des scans de catalogues de meubles des années 80

Artistes cool:

Pierre Roger, un photographe montréalais dont je m’inspire!

Edouard Delandre, un autre peintre local. Il doit y avoir quelque chose dans l’eau potable (du plomb, genre) qui explique tout ce talent !


Recap

Hello everyone! As some of you know already I’m getting jaw surgery in less than two weeks and preparing for this has taken up a lot of my time. Between going to various appointments and setting up a donation fund for the procedure’s uncovered costs, I felt the month go by in the blink of an eye. The surgery is scary of course, but I’ve been waiting for this for a really long time. It’s gonna be a weird month.

Thankfully, some of the freelance work that carried over from last year is done. After my current batch of work is done, I plan on starting a new comic project. It’s still in a very early development stage but I find myself thinking about it more and more often. It’s a good sign! 

I barely had time to draw this month but I did this fun little meme for my own enjoyment. Sam is a known lighter kleptomaniac but he’ll never admit it. 

Announcements:

The English-language version of Utown is done and sent to print. Crazy, right? It already started popping up online and even has its own Goodreads page. I try not to think about the reviews too much for now. Here’s the very flattering picture that’ll be next to my bio at the end of the book. Needless to say, I’m pretty pleased with myself.

So that’s it for now! I don’t know which state I’ll be in by the end of February but I’ll try to stay active. A huge thanks to people who have donated or bought prints; you are the best. Also, if you rather get this post in French, it exists on Substack. Subscribe to the newsletter while you’re there!

Cool stuff

On the small screen

  • The Makanai – Cooking for the Meiko House. A cute, feel-good show about two teenage girls and their daily life in a meiko (apprentice geishas) house in Kyoto. It features a lot of close-ups of carefully-prepared food, basked in sunlight. I won’t be able to watch this while on a soft diet for eight weeks so might as well do it now!
  • I finally caved in and watched Chainsaw Man, despite my aversion for all matters of body horror. It’s gross and kinda dumb, but it has a lot of heart. And that ART!!
  • Even though I liked the first Knives Out more, Glass Onion was also extremely good. A shout-out to the set design team for nailing that out-of-touch, tech billionaire bad taste aesthetics. I loved hating the house.

In my ears

Good thrift store haul this month! I’m slowly filling gaps in my “collection” and getting albums of bands I was too young to really get into, like Lush’s Lovelife and The Breeder’s Last Splash. Kim Deal is pretty cool (The Dandy Warhols think so too). I also found a brand new, still shrink-wrapped copy of Arcade Fire’s Everything Now and I’m ashamed to say my moral compass goes out the window when faced with $2.95 CDs in a Renaissance bin.

Go listen to Love is Yours by Flasher. It’s a great alt-rock album from start to finish, nothing outrageous, just good songs. 

Reading

I’ve done it! I finished the entire Green Bone Saga, you know, the books I’ve been babbling about for the last months? It’s been decades since I mourned at the end of a book series. The last brick– I mean book– felt a bit rushed but I’m willing to forgive pretty much anything in front of such a writing feat. Since my friend Jessy lends me her books, I give them back with a hand-written review. I’m curating my human algorithm!

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Speaking of which, I learned of the term “enshitiffication” or why and how certain online platforms/websites go from being pleasant to downright nearly-unusable. Artists online who sell books or merch, are amongst the first to feel its effect. Most of the platforms I use are close to being terminally enshittified, thus prompting me to keep moving my art and my writing at an increasingly faster pace. Fascinating read: Tiktok’s enshittification via Pluralistic.

Cool artist

I went to see Jean-Michel Basquiat’s exhibition at the Montreal Museum of Fine arts and I’m still thinking about it. The amount of bits and pieces he left behind, from humongous artwork to polaroids and notebooks, is what struck me the most. This and the $85 shirts they sold in the shop at the end… It’s on until February 19th so you still have a chance if you’re in town!


Hello hello!

As it became tradition, here is my end-of-year recap. It’s been, for all intent and purpose, a crazy year. I’ve never put out so much work, so many drawings and comic pages. Sometimes, I felt like a JPG factory! It’s been a year of incredible highs and bitter lows, opportunities and experience. So without further ado, here’s the year’s recap!

January

  • I start off the year strong (and tired) and finish inking Utown and produce the biggest Pile of pages I’ve ever done for one book.
  • Bertrand et Moi, a 4-book series I illustrated, comes out.

February

  • It’s uncharacteristically cold in Montreal, I turn into a human popsicle.
  • I finish a comic on local expressions forLes trésors de la langue française. It’s my favorite one-page comic of all time.

March

  • I catch Covid and I watch a TON of basketball anime. Thanks to this dumb show, I actually kinda understand the rules of the game, just in time for the NBA finals!
  • I finish the Utown cover and send the final files to Oni Press for the English version.
  • Because I’m a grown adult, I illustrate and do the layout for a book on weed with my long-time stoner friend. Life achievement!

April

  • We reveal the cover for Utown and set the launch date. It’s finally happening!
  • 420 grammes, the aptly-named book on weed, comes out. We make the best/most obnoxious playlist for the event.
  • I write a bittersweet post-mortem Patreon post on what it was like, publishing a webcomic in 2021.
  • I start a French-language newsletter!

May

  • Utown arrives in stores! We have a party in my favorite coffee shop and I’m absolutely ecstatic. One of the best days of my life, no question asked.
  • MCAF is back as a proper outdoors festival on St-Denis street this time. It’s INSANE. I sign one million books, it’s my birthday, I’m all over the place, it rules.

June

July

  • Frustrated with Etsy, I launch my own print shop, hosted on my website.
  • Oni Press, my English-language publisher, is in turmoil and rumors run amok on the internet. I freak out (everything turns out okay but–damn.)
  • I table at the Montreal Comiccon for three entire days. My body disagrees with that whole idea.

August

  • I bike around town a lot, take pictures, and dream of a city with no cars.
  • Mentally, I’m not doing so hot. The Utown hangover causes me to say yes to a ton of freelance work as a way to keep myself busy.

September

  • For the first time in my life, I give therapy a chance.
  • I start scanning sketches for a future artbook.

October

  • The Hiver Nucléaire collected edition launches!
  • The ceiling of my home office starts to cave in and we discover the roof has been leaking inside for weeks. I move everything out, the room is sealed to reduce the smell of mold and it generally sucks.
  • Clearly, I need to draw for myself so I decide to do OC-Tober, a 31-day drawing challenge.

November

  • I’m now working from my dining room, surrounded by mountains of stuff.
  • I get slapped with a copyright infringement notice from Etsy and a lawsuit from Sega. I lose access to my Paypal account and I call around town to find some legal advice. It’s super stressful.
  • My new artbook arrives and I start the holiday sale marathon in my shop.

December

  • After two months, the roof is fixed and I’m back into my new and improved home office! Yay!
  • I make a new set of holiday cards and for the first time, bring them into comic shops for consignment. Take that Etsy!
  • It’s time to make a best of 2022 end-of-year playlists and look back on the year!

And it’s been a great year, art-wise!

Highlights of the year:

  • Without a doubt, the release of Utown. I kinda still have to pinch myself once in a while.
  • I know I talk about it often, but investing time and effort into photography has done wonders for my morale. I think I was missing a real hobby. By the way, I put together a page for my favorite photos!
  • Migrating my shop, starting a newsletter and thriving to stay independent is more important for me than ever. It’s hard work but it’s worth it.
  • Seeing live shows again and splurging on merch!
  • Therapy works.

And the lows:

  • I got sick more times this year than I ever did since like, elementary school.
  • The roof leaking into my office was an added layer of stress I didn’t need.
  • The sobering realization that the Internet is more hostile to artists than ever. Between having my name in a lawsuit, my Etsy and Paypal suspended, AI art and the Twitter breakdown, it’s been terribly irritating. But it also mobilized artists, online and in real life like never before and that’s encouraging.

Goals for 2023

  • Yoga! I used to hate it but since starting again, it’s really what I needed all this time.
  • I’m getting over the Utown hangover and for my own well-being, I need to start thinking of a new comic project. Once I’m done with freelance stuff, I’m gonna start writing. I’d love to have a solid project to pitch by April/May.
  • Promote the release of Utown in English and let this book go afterwards.
  • Revamp my website because it is OLD! Find a way to make it bilingual without having to translate it myself.
  • Grow my mailing list in French. Start one in English?
  • Figure out what to do with Patreon, now that it’s no longer used as early access for a webcomic.

Final thoughts

Writing this recap has made me realize that releasing four different titles in the span of one year probably won’t happen to me again anytime soon. It’s also been a weird year online and I’m feeling the weight of the combined betrayals from the platforms that had, until now, allowed me to make a bit of extra cash and put my work out there. But on the other hand, it pushed me towards trying new things, like a newsletter and such so it wasn’t all that bad! The entire AI made me ponder about my role as an image maker and what I can bring to the world that a computer can’t– and whether or not I want to keep feeding social media with what I do. The Utown phase of my life is also mostly over (!!!), and I’m actually looking forward to new comic projects in 2023. Drawing for myself is still my favorite way to spend my time but I’m also ready to take better care of my head and my body. And you know what, writing these monthly blogs and recaps is a wonderful way to keep myself accountable. So thank you for reading, sticking by and giving feedback, it really means the world to me. I’ll see you in 2023!


Hello everyone! The year is almost over and it was ripe with great music, books and discoveries.

Initially, I wanted to send out one big yearly recap/recommendation list but it kept growing and growing so I decided to cut it in two. I found new bands and read books through friend’s recommendations and samples from Bandcamp’s great lists and articles. You might find something you like in there!

Best albums:

More of the music I liked on Bandcamp.

My Best of 2022 Playlist on Spotify. Be warned, it gets a bit emo 😛 

This is also the year I made an official Utown soundtrack, which I obsessively curated from the big list I kept when I was making the book. It follows the mood and the pacing of the comic and features deep cuts and gems from the 80’s-90s as well as more recent tracks. It’s REALLY good.

Best stuff on screen (series or movies):

  • The Bear
  • Never have I Ever
  • Everything everywhere all at once
  • RRR
  • Turning Red
  • The Owl house
  • Heartstopper

Coolest artists:

  • Adam de Souza, aka Kumerish and his fantastic, ongoing comic Blind Alley.
  • C.M. Thomas, a great photographer with an eye for the eerie and the familiar.
  • Alariko for their stunning, unique background illustrations.
  • Violaine Briat and Rodney R. Rodney, the weirdest/ most endearing webcomic out there.

Coolest people:

  • Aubrey Gordon and Micheal Hobbs for their podcast Maintenance Phase on diet culture, body image and fatphobia. It’s both informative, researched and incredibly funny and it helped me in ways I didn’t think I needed.
  • Struthless, just a cool illustrator giving out art/life advice on Youtube. I wanna be friends with him. Bonus accent!
  • KingJvpes, a San Francisco film photographer who shares tips and tricks online. I’m really grateful for people who take the time to explain their craft.
  • Kathryn Nikolai, the writer and narrator of Nothing Much Happens, the bedtime story podcast that has gotten me through the worst nights of CPAP insomnia. If you can’t sleep for various reasons, I HIGHLY recommend giving it a listen.

Best books:

  • The Green Bone Saga by Fonda Lee. My favorite books of the year. Fantasy Chinese triad clans with MAGIC POWERS. Ambitious, lore-heavy universe.
  • The Iron Widow by Xiran Jay Zhano. Super driven protagonist claws her way up a cruel and patriarchal society. She fights giant alien bugs in Qi-powered mechas, she’s angry most of the time and really wants to smooch.
  • It’s Lonely at the Center of the Earth by Zoey Thorogood. Zoey’s autobiography comic breaks the form all throughout the book. The tools she uses changes. The way she draws herself changes. It’s weird and gut-wrenching and totally mind-bending.
  • The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows by John Koenig. There is something incredibly satisfying about putting a word on a feeling you could never explain. The book itself is a beautiful little object that fits the whole sad, dark academia aesthetic perfectly. Has to be read in the dark, while staring longingly at the rain-covered window.

So there you have it! What did you enjoy this year? Favorite movie, favorite book or favorite comic perhaps? I’d love to know 🙂 


Hello world, I hope you’re all doing good. Each time I do one of these recaps, I start out by looking at my calendar to see what I’ve done during the month. I think November barely had any days without appointments, events or guys in work boots walking around my apartment. It’s been busy. But there is light at the end of the tunnel! My ceiling is fixed and by the time I post this, I’ll hopefully have moved back into my office, after almost two months of working from my dining room. I’ll miss eating in front of the computer even though it’s a terrible habit.

Between the ongoing freelance work and book fairs, I’ve been hard at work on my online shop. My Etsy account is still suspended and since this is normally the most lucrative period of the year, I went out of my way to make my shop as nice as possible. It’s the kind of task that I always dread, but as soon as I start making banner ads and other promotional material, I get 100% in the ZONE. There’s a part of my brain that really likes “playing shop”! And this year, not only did I open my own store, but it’s stocked with items that I’m really proud of. It’s a good feeling!

This page is probably incomprehensible in English but it’s the illustration of a local expression “Y aller aux toasts”, meaning “to go all in/fast”. You can see what the other 24 cartoonists came up here.

Book fair season is officially over! Thank you Rimouski, thank you Montreal, you’ve been great. I’ve seen enough carpeted convention centers and stacks of books for a while! Thanks to everyone who came out to get their books signed and have a chat. It’s always such a treat.

Announcements

As mentioned above, there’s a huge sale going on in my shop right now.I only do one a year, during the holidays so now is the time to get some sweet printed goodies. This year, there are new raccoon holiday cards, three new prints and the artbook I’ve been talking about non-fucking-stop for the past two months. Just go wild, I say! The little space I have left has been transformed into a warehouse/post-office and I am LIVING. I did mention I loved playing shop, didn’t I? 

And for the local crowd, my holiday cards are on sale at Planète BD and la Librairie le Renard Perché. As soon as I find a minute to travel all the way to the nether regions of St-Henri, I’ll drop some at Crossover Comics on Notre-Dame. Okay, it’s also an excuse to go eat at the Greenspot!

And whatever I have left in stock by this time will be on my itsy-bitsy tiny table at the Atomic Café Kermesse on December 11th. I might have a few copies of Utown and Hiver Nucléaire to sign, depending on the space available. See you there!

Until then my friends, I hope you have a great holiday season with your loved ones, whoever they are or in whatever form they might come. Stay safe, stay good and stay toasty! I’ll be back in December with a best-of-the year list, maybe? Take care <3

Cool Stuff

Reading:

  • I finished Jade War this week, and I’ve been having LOTS of dreams about it.
  • My favorite newsletter of the moment is Garbage Day. It’s a casual but clever newsletter about what’s happening on the Internet (hint: it’s weird). It’s pretty tongue-in-cheek and I’m always happy when it lands in my inbox.

On the small screen:

  • The Crown is back! Everyone’s miserable and Diana’s gloomy side-stares should get their own name in the credits. MORE.
  • So after being chased out of my home office by water and gravity, I was the target audience for this video: How space can improve (or destroy) your life. It’s full of nice little insights and research results on why we should very much care about the spaces we inhabit and spend 90% of our time in. Full-time, at home freelancers, I’m looking at YOU.

Playing: 

Children of Morta, a Diablo-rogue-like with gorgeous art. The kind of game where I can switch my brain off and kill hordes of pixelated monsters without a single care in the world.

Cool artist:

  • Peter D. Harris paints very slick, very realistic scenes that feel both familiar and slightly off-putting. I love his series of liminal spaces with no one in them. Shoutout to the Montreal metro making various appearances!

Cool account:

Office: “A Love letter to the Golden Age of Corporate Kitsch”. I’m old enough to remember the mood of these pictures but not nearly enough to have worked there. There are weird shots of nerds in basements that I don’t really get, but this collection of optimistic, corporate lifestyle pictures is wonderful.


Recap

Hello everyone! Spooky month is over and boy was it eventful, both good and bad. It all started when the ceiling in my home office started caving in after heavy rains. I’m gonna spare you the details but I had to move everything into the dining room, in which I’ve been working ever since. Since then, I’ve had just the worst luck with everything, from losing my phone (and finding it again), to breaking rolls of film in my camera, getting two flat tires in one week, breaking my CPAP mask, getting suspended from Etsy and other irritating mishaps. But at the same time, I had just the best time with my friends, who treated me to the Gorillaz show and a weekend in the woods. I long for a “normal” week…

And with all of that, who’d be dumb enough to do an art challenge like OCTober/Inktober, right? Me, that’s who! Hahahaha! Even though I’m in the middle of a big freelance contract, nothing is more compelling than to draw 31 portraits of imaginary people for my own self-indulgence. And growth as an artist, of course. You can see them all on Patreon or Instagram. Here are my favorite ones!

The Hiver Nucléaire omnibus (French) is out in stores! The launch event went great. Thanks to everyone who showed up!

Announcements

The artbook is here! It’s called Inky Fingers and it looks really good, you guys! 40 pages of crispy black and white art, exclusive drawings and maybe the best Naruto fanart that’s ever been made? That’s just my opinion. It’s already up for sale! I would really like it if you’d check it out because…uh, I’m gonna be real for a minute: I love making and selling prints but last week, Etsy closed my account for an indefinite amount of time. So now, mere weeks before the holiday season starts, I can only rely on my own little store, which has no marketplace to drive traffic to. So if you’re looking for a place to buy prints, stickers, holiday cards or this new artbook for yourself or someone you care about, this is the place to go. Expect new raccoon cards and big sales starting next month. Thank you!!

This is for the local crowd: I’ll be signing books at the Salon du Livre de Rimouski and the Salon du Livre de Montréal. Check out the French version of this post for the list of hours or better yer, subscribe to my newsletter!

That’s all for this month (thank god). I have fewer recommendations that usual because of *points at everything*.

Reading:

  • Welcome to Hell, Elon.” The Verge has a few heads up for the millionaire man-child who bought Twitter and will likely ruin the very few last good bits of this cursed platform. Which I still very much enjoy, thanks to a decade of curating an artist-oriented timeline. “You break it, you buy it.”

On the small screen:

  • I finished Never have I ever and really, really enjoyed it. Three seasons was just the right length for this wonderfully witty and touching teenage rom-com series.
  • Not for the faint of heart, Cyberpunk: Edgerunners was uh… a lot. It’s visually stunning at moments, followed by long shots of no animation whatsoever and overall, a bit much for me. Maybe I’m getting soft, but man, was it ever bleak. Studio Trigger be Triggerin’!
  • And on the opposite animation spectrum, I’m liking the new Bee and Puppycat installment a lot. The pacing is super weird, there are tons of sequences of things turning into other things, everything has a cute face, and Puppycat is ugh, the best. I wish the characters were less oblivious to everything but I suppose the lightness of the show draws from this aspect a lot. I’ve been trying to track down the soundtrack like crazy!

In my ears:

  • Toronto-based Alvvays has released their third album called Blue Rev. Power dream-pop cranked on 11, with layers upon layers of sound. Shoegaze at time, but with a spine. Pressed is a Smiths-reminiscent, jangly two minutes of pure bliss. Fantastic.
  • King Gizzard released 3 albums in October, because why the fuck not. Changes is my favorite one so far, and it’s on its way to becoming one of my favorite album from them (out of the freaking 23 they already have).

August Recap – Season change, 35mm fun, Dawn Valley

Recap

Hi there, fellow kids! I hope you’re all doing well after what has been a very moist month of September. I’ve been focusing on my mental and physical health a lot, making some changes, generally working a little less but seeing more real humans. Everything is falling into place for what will be a very busy end of year. It’s time to pick up the pace a bit!

I talked about my upcoming sketch/art book last month and it’s coming along very nicely. I scanned and cleaned all the sketches, about 70 different ones in total and put together a nice cover. For the first time, my sketchbook is gonna have a title! It’s gonna be called “Inky Fingers” because I make an absolute mess of my hands each time I pick up a pen. Here are a few examples of what’s gonna be in the book.

This month, I spent a lot of time out and about, taking pictures with the ol’ Olympus and the new (old) Ricoh point-and-shoot I got from the good folks over at Club Photo 35. Biking on a nice afternoon with a camera around my neck is honestly the activity I enjoy the most. Not even drawing manages to put me in such a focused, quiet headspace. I was dropping one film after the other at the lab this month; it’s tough on the wallet but nice on the soul. I post my best photos on Instagram!

Back before the pandemic, Axelle and I worked on a comic pitch aimed at the United States market. Long story short, it blew up in scope and size and we decided to pull the plug after making nine full-colour pages. I’ve been posting sketches and character designs on Patreon and if you’re contributing, you’ll get to see the whole pages in the next two weeks! 

Announcements

The Hiver Nucléaire collected edition is coming out October 24th in stores! I got my hands on a copy and holy shit you guys… it looks so good. The all-white cover came out great. The new paper, the remastered colors and the new font make a world of difference from the original printed versions. I hope it will please new and old readers alike! Still no date for the launch party, but I’ll keep you posted!

Remember that Craig drawing I did last month? Well, I made a print of it after all. Not only that but I got a fresh batch printed and ready to be hung in your living room/darkest closet. Check it out!

One last thing: I decided to do OC-Tober, a self-absorbed version of Inktober during which I’ll draw most of my original characters from different eras. I’ll post one every day on Instagram and Twitter if you follow me on there!

That’s it for September, guys! I’m gonna eat squash soup for every meal until I turn orange. Until then, take care!

Reading: 

  • I just finished Jade City by Fonda Lee and I LOVED IT. Imagine a classic Hong Kong gangster movie but everyone wears magical jade stones and are really good at punching. I can’t wait to read the second volume!
  • Trashed by Derf Backderf. Part documentary, part journal comic on trash collection and our fucked up relationship with our garbage. I swear I could smell the truck through the pages.

On the small screen:

  • Shameless was a huge inspiration for Utown and since day one, Lip Gallagher was my favorite character. When I saw that Jeremy Allen White held the main role in The Bear, I was immediately piqued. And man, that show did not disappoint. Not only is it wonderfully well written, but the editing and the choice of shots (hands doing things, a straight shot of a piece of background, fast cuts of Chicago streets, etc) made it feel very comic-like. One of my favorite series of the year!
  • I fell back into Taskmaster because I’m a sucker for problem-solving. I wonder how well I’d do on that show?

In my ears:

  • Wilderness of Mirrors by the Black Angels. It’s the fuzzy soundtrack to a gang of very-cool looking villains (possibly with dark magical powers).
  • Warpaint’s Radiate like This goes down like the smoothest, mellowest cold beverage. It’s perfect “at home” kinda music.

Music related: People are ditching Spotify to save their love of music. I think it’s totally okay to casually use Spotify to listen to cool playlists but discovering new music requires time and a bit of dedication. My friend’s recommendations rarely disappoint (they know me!) and result in purchases more often than not. I hope to achieve the same here, ‘cause sharing is caring!

Cool artists of the month:

  • Violaine Briat makes a comic about a couple who encounters the weirdest/sweetest neighbour ever created in comics in my opinion. I read through the entire archive of Rodney R. Rodney in the middle of the night this week and I’m still thinking about how clever it is.
  • I discovered Yonil’s work through the latest True Grit’s brush set. I love the lo-fi, nervous line work he does.Good stuff!


Recap

Hello little birdies! Whew, what a month. What a weird month. While scrolling online, I stumbled upon the word monachopsis. It’s a made-up term describing the feeling of being out of place, a little off. For some reason, it always kicks in the summer for me. Right now, some of my fall projects are being pushed back so I’m just kind of idling. Anyway! I love made up words so of course I bought The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows as soon as I found out about it. What can I say, I embrace my true emo self!

The Hiver Nucléaire collected edition is DONE and sent to the printer. It’s gonna look amazing! The book contains all three volumes plus a sequel that only appeared in a collective in 2012, and a whole new cover. All the pages were relettered and remastered as well so it is going to feel like an improvement over the original release. It might be my most luxurious book so far? It has FLAPS! Did I become a superstar overnight?! I’ve been posting some of the best artwork and old teaser posters on Patreon because I think they’re still pretty great. I’ll announce the release date when I can but it’s coming in October for sure!

The Prévost comic book festival was the summer’s last event. It’s more or less my crowd and market, but I got to meet really nice people in a wonderful setting. I’m pleasantly surprised at how popular Camp Spirit is, even after all these years. It’s a great book, so no wonder!

August 12 is a special day for book shops across Quebec so I made a drawing of Craig, Utown’s most educated punk. The original drawing has text but I decided to retouch it for the fun of it. Maybe a print will happen? I dunno why I like this drawing so much but I do.

I also drew some good summer outfits. I really missed doing this kind of exercise. Notice how I’m turning into a blouse lady.

Sketches! So many sketches! I’m working on a new sketchbook/artbook and gathering drawings on scraps of paper, margin doodles, discarded sketchbooks and other scribbles. Scanning and cleaning inked drawing is honestly one of the things I love the most. It’s so zen! I feel like I’m part scavenger, part archivist and part scrapbook artist. I’ll try and get the book done before Expozine in November. 

Announcements

And while I’m working on a new artbook, it’s still possible to get the one I made in 2018. Since I’m slowly running out of physical copies, I made a nice PDF and put it up on sale on Gumroad for five bucks. You can get it here. I’ll announce the 2022 artbook as soon as I schedule a print run.

That’s all for now. See you next month! In the meantime, keep your eyes peeled for the austice.

Cool stuff!

On the little screen:

  • Rewatching What we do in the Shadows (the TV show). Might be in my top 5 comedies of all time. 
  • Sandman is hitting all the right buttons: high collars, talking ravens, brooding protagonist, magic and y’know, Lucifer.
  • Architects take a look at houses from different TV shows. Or the importance of set/background design, in TV or in comics, as a mean to tell a story!
  • Stay on Board, a documentary about pro skater Leo Baker. It’s about what happens when you have to navigate between being your true self and doing what you love the most. Truly inspiring.

In my ears:

  • Thrift shop finds of the month: Tracy Chapman, The Verve, R.E.M and Tori Amos. Music my dad listened to, music that always makes me feel good. 
  • It’s Bandcamp Friday tomorrow, so consider supporting bands that you like, if they’re on there. Here are my recent purchases!

Some reads: 

  • Glénat re-edited Ranma ½ in double-volume books and I finally gave in. This manga was hugely influential for me as a teen. My only complaint is how utterly, painfully French the translation is. 
  • Why don’t Millenials have any hobbies? I have side hustles to side hustles, so I totally get this article. That’s kinda why I picked up film photography last year. There’s no money in this (yet).

Cool artists:

Speaking of photography, I found out about C’est Paulette, a local collective of designers and photographers. They also run an analog photo store/community called Club Photo 35. I went to visit their space last saturday and bought a new camera (it wasn’t supposed to happen!) Plus they’re really friendly!


Recap

Hello there! How’s your tan? I’ve been touring pools and biking a lot so mine’s going great. If only it lasted all winter!

Sixty. Two. Thousand. People.
That’s how many people attended the Montreal Comiccon earlier this month. YEAH. Luckily I didn’t get COVID but I forgot how exhausting it is to table for three full days. Thankfully, I was surrounded by my comic buddies so it made the (rare) down times a lot more entertaining. We get really stupid at around hour 5 of standing behind a table! The week before the event, I decided to finish this sketch of Eddie Munson to try and ride on the huge Stranger Things popularity wave. I wish it had sold more but hey, at least it’s done! And guys, look at this “Everything Everywhere” print I got from Marie Bergeron, who was actually there when I walked by for once! I’ve been a huge fan of hers for years, so there was no way I was passing up on this poster. Ah, spending your profits on the same day, it’s a way of life. 

In other more nerve-wracking news, I was minding my own business, biking back from Nota Bene when I got a message concerning Oni Press. You know, my English publisher for Utown? An article had just dropped saying the company fired four senior staff members and was rumored to shut down all of their original content in favor of franchised IPs. My stomach dropped and I spent the following evening refreshing Twitter, which was a VERY bad idea. Things eventually cooled down and I talked to my editor last week: Utown is still on track, albeit coming out later than initially planned. The US publishing industry is responsible for quite a few of my premature white hair but as always, we’ll pull through! What a week though!

As I mentioned last month, I had to close my Etsy shop for two weeks. I used that pent up rage and revived my old Big Cartel shop. Doing things out of spite is an excellent motivator! Since the start of the year, I’ve been trying to become more independent in my business and having my own hosted shop feels really good. I’ll have to work super hard at promoting it to make up for the loss of traffic from Etsy’s HUGE market place but I’m ready! Check it out if you can, tell me what you think! 

In order to have a shop exclusive, I finally scanned and formatted this illustration of Nadia from Russian Doll. It’s one of my favorite drawing from this year 🙂

Announcements

I’ll be attending the Festival de BD de Prévost on August 12, 13 and 14. It’s outside, it’s nice, it’s free and there’s a lake at the resort we’re staying at. It’s like work AND vacation all at once.

That’s it for now! If you go out (please go out), don’t forget your sunscreen! See you in a month 🙂

Cool stuff

On the little screen:

  • I enjoyed Moonknight a lot more than I thought I would! Oscar Isaac is brilliant in it.  
  • Stop everything and go watch RRR on Netflix, preferably with friends. It makes Avengers Endgame look like a school play. I SCREAMED.
  • Open your Mind, a really well-done documentary on the history and science behind psychedelic drugs and their use in modern medecine.

Under my thumb:

  • I’ve been playing a bit of Perfect Tides, a retro-looking point and click game taking place in the early 2000s. It’s really relaxing so far!

In my ears:

  • Death Song by Black Angels. It’s trippy, heavy at times and super melodic. An instant buy. 
  • Been revisiting Lush, a British shoegaze/guit-rock that instantly hits a nice nostalgia chord with me . 
  • Gorillaz has a new song and a really good video called Cracker Island and it’s a banger. 

Some reads: 

  • Speaking of Gorillaz, I got the big art book full of new Hewlett art and great hommages from artists from all over. I’m overdue for a proper fanart!
  • Some Japan-themed reads: an interview with the owner and founder of Madarake, a legendary hobby/book store in Tokyo. I spent a good hour in there when I went in 2018, completely immersed in the art book section. We need places like this, more than ever. In the same vein, the history of Shonen Jump, the magazine that shaped the manga industry. Just walking by the building gave me chills. Here’s a tour!
  • A look inside Shibuya’s Bridge Listening bar. I love the idea of a “third place” between work and home (which is the same for me). Plus, don’t you just want to be friend with the owner?

Cool artists:

Étienne Poisson, who I met at Comiccon. He’s frighteningly good with ink, holy shit.


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