Monday, November 30, 2015

Aldebaran

The Worlds of Aldebaran (French: Les Mondes d'Aldébaran) is a French science-fiction comic series written and illustrated by Léo and published by Dargaud in French and Cinebook in English. The Aldebaran saga is divided into 3 cycles: Aldebaran and its sequels Betelgeuse and Antares. Each cycle is composed of some five albums, and each corresponds to a different planet. Although it is possible to read the cycles separately, they are chronological to form a coherent whole. Each cycle (and thus planet) introduces new secondary characters, although the central heroes of the story remain constant. In 2011 we saw the release of a new volume, Survivors (French: Survivants), which will introduce a new set of characters and take place concurrently with Antares.
Aldebaran was the first planet outside the solar system colonized by humans. However, almost immediately after its 1500 settlers arrived, all contact with Earth was lost. A hundred years later, some Aldebarans (like Kim) are expecting contact to be reestablished any day while others (like Mark) would rather concentrate on “reality”--i.e., chasing girls, getting laid, and moving to the big city. Unfortunately both dreams seem destined to come to nothing as a never-before-seen creature emerges from the ocean depths to destroy their village and families, and sending Kim and Mark on an odyssey across their planet that will entangle them in politics and rebellion.
I love the amount of thought and detail writer and illustrator Leo (just “Leo”) has put into his world building. You can lose yourself in studying the variety of Aldebaran’s flora and fauna. Some of the sea creatures are H.R. Giger-esque in their powerful alienness. Others, like the human-faced Amedea, are frightening because of their unfamiliar familiarity. Then there are the sand octopi, who have a terrifyingly effective adaptation that allows them to trap their prey.


Sunday, November 29, 2015

Women in white

Les Femmes en blanc (Women in white) is a Belgian comics humor series of 33 volumes, for which the script was created by Raoul Cauvin and whose design was directed by Philippe Bercovici. Colours were done by Leonardo. The series debuted in 1981 in the Belgian comic book magazine Spirou and the first volume was released in 1986. The setting of the series is a field hospital. The series deals with the troubles of nurses in a humorous and sometimes ironic, sometimes comic fashion.
A series of short stories with a title are illustrated, and usually deal with some foible, with a medical problem or quirk. For example, in volume 29, the story a malin, malin et demi deals with a patient with nausea, vomiting, and dizziness. The nurse helps him to the bathroom and back. The toilet starts to run and the nurse calls a plumber to fix it. He discovers a bottle of booze in the tank, nearly empty. The nurse realizes that the patient is an alcoholic and has been going to the bathroom to drink and arranges to dry him out. The plumber then tells his incredulous wife at dinner. Over the volumes (whose titles contain puns), several characters appear regularly as the doctor or nurse Nathalie Minet or nurse Lisette.


Saturday, November 28, 2015

Arctica

2070, On assignment for the European Navy, Dakota goes to destroy a gigantic iceberg which is floating into one of the most important sea routes. Dakota discovers that there is a mysterious box in the ice. The contents of the box are so extraordinary and shocking that the supreme command declares it a state secret.
Since the death of her daughter due to the radioactivity of a satellite debris fell to Earth, ND, a flying ace, dedicates his life to rid the space of dangerous wrecks. Due to global warming, it is also requisitioned to destroy icebergs drifting on the sea routes. During one of his missions, it updates a metal cylinder. The examination of the object leads the staff to file the defense secret deal. This comic is created in 2007 by Scenario: Daniel Pecqueur and Drawing: Bojan Kovacevic.


Friday, November 27, 2015

Proteo Force 10

Proteo Force 10 is the encyclopedia comics. This comic consists 10 themes : The Universe, Our planet, Life, Human beings, Animals and Plants, Energy, Information, Techniques and machinery, Computers and Proteoglycans. 45 series have been made so far. The first album released in 1980  by Edition Philippe Auzou.
Drawing team: Hubert Jean-Louis / Gaty Christian / Dupuis Pierre / Cheret André / Di Marco Angelo / Garel Roland. Scenario by: Imbar Jean-Gérard / Renand Henri.


Thursday, November 26, 2015

Metabarons

The Metabarons or The Saga of The Meta-Barons is a science fiction comic series relating the history of a dynasty of perfect warriors known as the Metabarons. The Metabarons series was written by creator Alejandro Jodorowsky and illustrated by Argentinian artist Juan Giménez. The series, published by Humanoïdes Associés, is complete, the last volume having been released at the end of 2003.

The first appearance of a Metabaron (chronologically the last of the Metabarons) was May 1981 in the Incal comic book series. This was followed by a series of prequels that concerned this character's origin, presented as the narration of the android Tonto to the android Lothar, of his masters' achievements. The series takes place over the course of several generations, and chronicles the life of each of the five Metabarons. The stories depict aspace opera reminiscent of Greek tragedy, and heavily influenced by Frank Herbert's Dune novels.


Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Ducobu

L'Élève Ducobu is a comic series created by Zidrou (scenario) and Godi (drawing). The series tells the adventures of Ducobu, a comic and eccentric dunce. The series first appeared in September 1992 in the Belgian comics magazine Tremplin. The first album was published in 1997 by Le Lombard and from this year have appeared in the French comics magazine Le Journal de Mickey.
L’élève Ducobu is an assortment of gags. Most of the story takes place at the Saint-Potache school, but some strips deal with the main character's private life and take place at home. Other strips go back into the past of the characters. Each album generally begins with the start of the school year and ends with the summer holidays.


Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Thorgal

Thorgal is a Belgian fantasy comic book series by the Belgian writer Jean Van Hamme and the Polish graphic artist Grzegorz Rosiński. It combines several themes and legends, ranging from Norse mythology and Atlantean fantasy to science fiction, and such genres as dark drama, horror and adventure stories.
The comic first appeared in serial form in Tintin magazine in 1977, and has been published in hardcover volumes by Le Lombard from 1980 on. Translations exist in English and many other languages. In 2002, it was adapted as a adventure video game, Thorgal: Curse of Atlantis, by Cryo Interactive Entertainment. Thorgal is critically acclaimed and one of the most popular French language comics, with more than 11 million Thorgal books in print. There are presently three ongoing successful spin-off series, in addition to the continuation of the main Thorgal adventures.


Monday, November 23, 2015

Une aventure d'Eva

This bande desinee is created by Claude Marin in 2007. Its genre in humoristic adventure of a young girl named Eva. The first edition cover was helped by Félix Meynet's drawing. Volume 2 Contains 2 stories: The mansion of 2 ponds and the sign of Osiris, volume 3 Contains 2 stories: The siren song (3rd adventure Éva) and The Forbidden Mountain. Meanwhile the last edition number 4 made in duo tone black and white.


Sunday, November 22, 2015

Tarao

Tarao is the eponymous hero of a series of comics written by Roger Lécureux and designed by Raphael Marcello, who appears for the first time in no.703 of the newspaper Pif Gadget (Vaillant no. 1941) in September 1982.
This series consists of 38 episodes of a dozen boards each. The publication was very spread out over time because the last episode seems that in 1990, 8 years after the first. For a long novel in albums, Tarao is published by The Taupinambour since 2010 in hardback collections episodes from May to July.
Tarao is a child of 12 who lives alone at the time of prehistory. Become amnesiac at the age of 9, he travels the world in search of other "monkeys-to-skin-smooth". The last three episodes teach us that Tarao is none other than the son of Rahan.



Saturday, November 21, 2015

XIII

XIII (Thirteen) is a Belgian graphic novel series about an amnesiac who seeks to discover his past. It was created by writer Jean Van Hamme and artist William Vance. XIII was released in 1984 as a serial in the popular Spirou magazine, and it was popular among Spirou readers. The first three episodes were released as a single hardcover volume by Dargaud the same year. XIII was originally written in French, and it was translated into several languages, including Dutch, German, Polish, Tamil, Serbo-Croatian, and Italian. 
Jean Van Hamme has declared that he will not continue to write the series, but William Vance is interested in continuing it with another writer. Yves Sente, who had already taken over writing Thorgal from Van Hamme, was interested to continue the series. He was contacted by William Vance and said he'd propose a story to Van Hamme, but no agreement has been reached yet. Ever since October 2008, Sente has authored volume 20 of the comic series (Mayflower Day), published in late 2011, alongside Youri Jigounov.


Friday, November 20, 2015

The Red Knight

Le Chevalier Rouge or De Rode Ridder or The Red Knight is a Belgian Flemish comic book series set in medieval Europe. It stars the titular character Johan, the Red Knight, easily recognizable by his red tunic. It appeared six days a week in the newspaper De Standaard and a few other ones. The series are characterized by subseries and stand alone albums (i.e. depicting a story which are not related to any other album as they do not impact the story line or are mentioned in other albums).
The first twelve albums give a general impression of the Johan. He mostly wanders around in medieval Flanders as a lonely noble knight. A common theme in these albums is the investigation of believed-to-be supernatural things and events. Johan investigates these things and comes to the conclusion that these are merely tricks, used to mislead and frighten people. In a few albums he travels around the world . A common theme of these albums is the fascination of Johan for exotic cultures and his strong opposition to slavery. The chronology of the events in the series do not fit the chronology of real world events. 
The Red Knight was originally conceived by Leopold Vermeiren as the main character in his short stories in 1946. Willy Vandersteen (most famous for his Spike and Suzy series), in cooperation with Leopold Vermeiren and Karel Verschuere, wrote the first comic in 1959. Verschuere was replaced with Frank Sels in 1963. Until Parcifal (album 43), Willy Vandersteen drew and wrote the story. In 1966 the comic was declining in popularity, and Willy Vandersteen considered ending it. The remaining fans protested, however, and it was decided to continue the comic, written by Karel Biddeloo, who took the comic less in the direction of 'knightly tales' and more in the direction of fantasy and science fiction and more action, much to the displeasure of Vandersteen. Still, the comic remained popular. In 2004, after the 206th album, Biddeloo died, and was replaced with the team of the Dutch writer Martin Lodewijk and the German artist Claus D. Scholtz. From the album De Grot van de Beer (The Cave of the Bear, album 207) onwards, the comic book is made by Claus Scholz (artist) and Martin Lodewijk (scenarist). The style of the series was completely revamped, mainly because the series obtained a more medieval character, and because Scholz has a different drawing style than Biddeloo. Martin Lodewijk wrote stories for De Rode Ridder until 2012, with album 235th being his last. While Martin Lodewijk left in 2012, Marc Legendre replaced Martin Lodewijk in 2013 as a new writer for De Rode Ridder. Marc Legendre made his debut with album 238, The Ordeal.


Thursday, November 19, 2015

Tony Stark

This comic series was published at Éditions Fleurus, Novedi. The name similar but has nothing related with Marvel's Iron Man character persona. Tony Stark's genre is in Western action adventures.
Édouard Aidans drew Tony Stark, on script of Jean Van Hamme (for four of the six volumes), for publication in Super-As.
Tony Stark is initially published in July 1979, the most recent album referenced on Coin Comics dating from September 1981. To date, 4 BD albums for Tony Stark are referenced in our database, and 4 reviews BD attribute to it an average score of 2, 88/5.



Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Storm

Storm is a soft science fiction/fantasy comic book series originally (and for most albums) drawn by Don Lawrence. The series is primarily available in Dutch, although all the books are translated in English and German, and some in French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, Danish, Finnish, Greek, Croatian, Serbian, Bosnian and Indonesian. The books are published by Big Balloon, Uitgeverij Oberon (both Dutch), Egmont Ehapa Verlag, Norbert Hethke Verlag (both German), Star Comics and Esperos Comics (both Greek), Incal (Polish), and Glénat (French). English copies are published in the Don Lawrence collection. The Living Planetand The Slayer of Eriban were also published in Heavy Metal magazine in January 1997 and March 1999. The Navel of the Double God had an early publication in the Dutch magazine Myx. 
The actual series can be split in two parts: The Chronicles of the Deep World, which takes place on post-apocalyptical Earth, and The Chronicles of Pandarve, taking place in the Pandarve multiverse. Three years after Don Lawrence died, a new team continued his work. Martin Lodewijk maintained the writer role, while Romano Molenaarand Jorg De Vos were selected as artists. Their first album The Navel of the Double God (De Navel van de Dubbele God) has been available since September 6, 2007 in Dutch. Storm 23 has already been reprinted and has given Storm a renewed international interest. The next album, titled Marduk's Springs, was released in February 2009. Since July 2008 there has been a second team working on Storm: Minck Oosterveer as artist and Willem Ritstier as writer. Their first album will was called The Exile of Thoem.


Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Scrameustache

The Scrameustache is a fictional character in a science-fiction Franco-Belgian comics series of the same name. He was created by the Belgian artist Gos. Gos has written and drawn all the Scrameustache's adventures since 1972. Since the mid-1980s he has been assisted by his son Walt. Another son, Benoit has contributed as colourist. It is a popular, ongoing series. The adventures of the Scrameustache first started in issue 1806 of Spirou magazine in November 1972 under the title Khéna et le Scrameustache (Khena and the Scrameustache). The story tells of how Khena, a young Peruvian boy living in Europe, meets a cat-like alien who has come to Earth in his own flying saucer. Khena lives with his adoptive father Uncle Georges in the small town of Chambon-Les-Roses and the Scrameustache moves in with them.
What made it a little different from most Earth-kid-meets-alien stories was that a certain amount of mystery surrounded Khena himself. As a toddler he had been found in the remains of an earthquake in Peru. He was then adopted by Georges Caillau, a European scholar, archaeologist and ethnologist. Some ten years later, Khena met the Scrameustache and proved himself resistant to the alien's (non-lethal) weapons and other technology. This resistance made the Scrameustache curious and he stuck around hoping that time would provide an explanation. The Scrameustache's adventures have not been published in English. Below is a list of the French titles, their year of publication, an English translation of the titles and a brief description. They are listed in order of publication. All the stories have been written and drawn by Gos. Since 1985, his son Walt has assisted in the drawing.
Between 1972 and 2009, 39 books of the Scrameustache's adventures have been published.


Monday, November 16, 2015

Fripounet and Marisette

Fripounet and Marisette are French comic characters , created in 1943 and 1945 by René Bonnet (Herboné). They give their name to a comic book which becomes Fripounet. Fripounet appears in 1943 in the Letter to the rural youth of Father Marchand. In 1945, René Bonnet him a deputy comrade, his cousin Marisette and editions Fleurus dedicate their weekly magazine chaperoned by the Catholic Action for Children, to be published from 1945 to 1969. The eight pages of this publication pass 10-12 pages in 1956 and the large format switches to a standard format (21 × 29 cm).
Two rural children regularly found themselves struggling with gangsters or spies. The drawing clear line ensured a great readability, enhanced by colors to the desired balance. The moralizing stories concern was accompanied by a great documentary concern, with a predilection for caving.
Fripounet and Marisette had, in addition to the flagship series, Sylvain et Sylvette of Maurice Cuvillier, and a series of Christmas Gloesner (The Arabian Chiffonnette adventures, The Indégonflables Chantovent from 1947), of Edmond-François Calvo , Zephyr (1952-1963) of Pierre Brochard, Touchatou of Robert Moreau, Bull Dozer with Mic Delinx, Moky and Poupy Roger Bussemey. François Bel there again Phil and Jordi. In 1969, the weekly became Fripounet and appears to this day. He published a series of François Castan, Sylvio cricket of Philippe Luguy, The Adventures of Lucile and the Green Horse of JoëlleSavey, Tahoré the small Tahitian of Curd Ridel and Pierre-Yves Gabrion, Nelly of Pierre Lacroix, Baby-Chat of Jean -Paul Dethorey, The Investigations Mr.Tweed of Fiol and Maric. The series of Bonnet was taken in 1983 by Roland Gremet then by Christian Goux under the title The New Adventures Fripounet and Marisette with scenarios Didier Convard.


Sunday, November 15, 2015

Trigan Empire

The Rise and Fall of the Trigan Empire, later called simply The Trigan Empire was a science fiction comic series written mainly by Mike Butterworth and most notably drawn by Don Lawrence. It told the story of an alien culture that contained an educational blend of science and Earth-like ancient civilizations. The strip first appeared in the first issue of the British magazine Ranger in September 1965 and then in the British Look and Learn magazine from issue 232 (June 1966) when the two titles merged after the 40th issue of Ranger. Both titles were weekly educational magazines designed for young people; although mainly filled with articles on life, history, science and technology, both contained a small comic strip section in each issue.
The series ran in Look and Learn until the title ceased publication with issue 1049, April 1982, an extraordinary run of 854 issues between the two magazines. There were a number of early reprints. In the United Kingdom, Hamlyn Publishing printed one book called simply, "The Trigan Empire", this was printed in the United States by Chartwell Publishing. This edition featured early stories. A later book was printed by Hawk Publishing in 1989 as Tales of the Trigan Empire in hardback form. Both the Hamlyn and Hawk books have parts cut from some of the original stories, most notably in the Hawk book there are sometimes entire pages that have been taken out. In recent years, the parts of the Trigan Empire that were drawn by Don Lawrence have been reprinted by the Don Lawrence Collection in luxury hardback limited editions. These editions have the stories as originally printed without any of the frames that were missing in some of the other reprints, notably the Hawk publications book. They are not direct copies of the Look and Learn prints, but in many cases are taken from the original artwork and use revised fonts to make them easier to read.


Saturday, November 14, 2015

Old Nick and Blackbeard

Le Vieux Nick et Barbe-Noire (literally Old Nick and Blackbeard; formerly Le Vieux Nick) is a Belgian comic series. Set in the seventeenth century, the series depicts the misadventures of Old Nick, an old sailor, known for his trickery, as he battles his main enemy, Blackbeard. It was created by Marcel Remacle (fr) and published between 1958 and 1990, created in no.1039 of the newspaper Spirou. It staged Old Nick a sailor who fight for the right time right privateers and pirates. Originally published as The Old Nick, she finally incorporates the name of Blackbeard in its title; the latter, enemy of Old Nick from the fourth story, gradually steals the hero as to be the sole protagonist of some albums. 
The main character of the series is Old Nick an elderly seaman with a round face, a white beard and a black head scarf. To beat his enemies, he uses guile rather than force. Blackbeard is the sworn enemy of Old Nick, and gradually share the starring role in the series with the latter two. It is the terror of the seas, feared by everyone, but is more ridiculous than actually dangerous; he fears his grandfather, nicknamed Bon-papa, who spends his time giving him slaps. The courageous Sebastian, whose favorite weapon the spear is the companion of Old Nick. Lucifer, a much more formidable pirate Blackbeard that holds the villain in several albums; dressed in a devil costume, he confronts both the Old Nick as Blackbeard, the two enemies occasionally joining forces against him.