As I’ve mentioned here before, I am currently living in Angoulême as an artist in residence at the Maison des Auteurs. The MdA is part of the Cité Internationale de la Bande Dessinée et de l’Image, and it welcomes cartoonists and animators from France and abroad to come to Angoulême and have a place to focus on their projects in a nice, well-equipped studio building.
Nathan Schreiber is the other American cartoonist here, currently working on his book Power Out, which has been seralized on Act-i-Vate as well as MTv Geek. Nathan thought it would be cool if the two of us started a blog of autobio comics about what its like to be American and living in Angoulême and I thought sure why not? We discussed names. I really wanted to call it La Classe Americaine because that movie is funny even if you can’t understand half the cultural references (just watch the opening scene; you don’t even have to speak French). Nathan correctly pointed out that no one would have any idea what the hell this was referring to. Ok so we decided on BDville for the blog title.
“When can you have something ready?” he asked. “By next week!” I said. This was in the beginning of February. More than a month later, I finally made my first post on BDville and its not a comic at all but a 2,000 word picto-essay. Oops? But it’s still about moving to Angoulême, so at least I got part of the assignment right.
I can’t honestly say how regularly I will be posting on BDville or whether any of my posts will actually be comics. But at least one of us is consistent. Nathan has posted three comics in the time it took me to make one essay. So go check them out. Meanwhile, my picto-essay is posted below. Enjoy!