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Family History and Social History

Étienne Davodeau's Reportage of Reality in Les Mauvaises gens

Clare Tufts

This article discusses a bande dessinée that recounts the life story of the artist's parents, factory workers in a deeply conservative milieu who became trade union militants. The article is split into four sections. The first deals with techniques that reinforce the effect of documentary accuracy; the second examines how page layout adds symbolic effects and varies pace and perspective; the third analyses the complex chronology, in which there is not only a shifting between the time of narration and the time of the events recounted, but a further significant temporal displacement relating to the process of narration; the fourth considers the extent to which this biography is also necessarily autobiographical.

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Paul Gravett, Thierry Groensteen, Lance Rickman, Matthew Screech, Tanitoc, and Clare Tufts

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Clare Tufts, Joe Sutliff Sanders, Mark McKinney, Leroy Fabrice, Murray Pratt, Benoît Mitaine, Catherine Labio, Jan Baetens, and Anne Magnussen

FESTIVAL AND CONFERENCE REVIEWS

Angoulême 2013, Festival International de la Bande Dessinée (FIBD), 31 January–3 February

The 2013 Joint International Comics and Bande Dessinée Conference, Scotland, 24–28 June

2012 American Bande Dessinée Society Conference, Miami University, Oxford, OH, 2–3 November

BOOK REVIEWS

Groupe ACME, L'Association: Une utopie éditoriale et esthétique [L'Association: An Editorial and Aesthetic Utopia]

Thierry Groensteen, Entretiens avec Joann Sfar [Conversations with Joann Sfar]

Jean-Marc Pontier, Lectures de David B. [Reading David B.] and Nicolas de Crécy: Périodes graphiques [Nicolas de Crealcy: Graphic Periods]

Vicent Sanchis, Tebeos mutilados: La Censura franquista contra Editorial Bruguera [Mutilated Comics: The Franquist Censorship of Editorial Bruguera]

Elisabeth El Refaie, Autobiographical Comics: Life Writing in Pictures

Jean-Noël Lafargue, Entre la plèbe et l'élite: Les Ambitions contraires de la bande dessinée [Between Plebs and the Elite: The Contradictory Ambitions of Comics]