Saturday, November 03, 2012

Back from France!

Hey everyone,

I'm back from France where I was a guest of the comic festival Quai des Bulles in beautiful St. Malo, France. I had a great time, and met many wonderful people! Everyone in France welcomed me with nothing but generosity and kindness. I can't thank them all enough for their welcoming me, and all the love they're are heaping onto Oms en Série!

Oms en Série and Niourk were a big hit at the festival, but Comix Buro also debuted my new sketchbook at the show. I can't say enough about how great the book came out! I also found out that people can now order the book from the Comix Buro store. 

I won't bore you with all that happened during my trip, but I'll share some of the highlights.

Oms en Série writer Jean David and I posing for a pic while signing books. 

JD and I during a TV interview.

Personalizing a book for a fan.

Olivier Vatine and I drawing the lovely Lady Lada during a live figure drawing event at the Comix Buro art exhibit. 

In a surprise twist of fate Lada and I  discovered we had the same friend from Philly! Small world. Here is us hamming it up for the camera.


On a train from St. Malo to Paris, left to right - My partner on Oms, writer Jean-David JD Morvan, my fantastic editor Elsa Sztulcman, me, legendary artist Olivier Vatine, Ankama publisher and good friend Olivier Jalabert,  and lastly amazing artist (who is also contributing a book to the Stefan Wul line) Mathieu Reynes.

Both Stefan Wul books were in full display at the Ankama booth! I couldn't believe how cool their set up was.

 Just a small part of the large Comix Buro art exhibition area, which was separate from their booth. It was full of amazing original art from many Comix Buro artists as well as work from the folks working on the Stefan Wul books.

So, there you go. My trip in a very small nut shell. Besides St. Malo I spent a few days in Paris and Brussels, but didn't take many pictures. Sorry. Still, I hope you enjoy this small glimpse into my trip.



Charles R. Rutledge said...

What a great trip. Glad it went well and that you got plenty of recognition. As far as Lady Lada's Philly friend goes, I told you that you were the Kevin Bacon of the comics world. We're going to have to start a seven degrees of Mike Hawthorne game...

Mike Hawthorne said...

Dude, you aint kiddin' about the Kevin thing! It's getting creepy!

PS - Did I ever mention that I went to an Arts school that Kevin went to many years before? So when playing 7 degrees of Kevin Bacon you just add one to anyone's count and you have me ;-)

Cyril said...

Hi Mike. It was a pleasure meeting and working with you. I can define you in few words : professionalism and sympathy.

Mike Hawthorne said...

Merci, Cyril! It was an absolute pleasure to get to know you, and work together. I hope to see you again soon :-)