ComiXology in France

Digital comics shop are currently in France for the annual comics festival, and have uploaded some pretty cool pics from the experience on their Tumblr, including some great journalling from Jeremy Nguyen (check out Craig Thompson’s Carnet de Voyage for a similar, excellent, arty journal), and a look at the demographics of comics readers in France.

More fun stuff from comiXology coming out of the Festival de la Bande Dessinée d’Angoulême 2014.

Angouléme keeps rolling on and we keep on having a great time here in France. ComiXologist Jeremy Nguyen, who not only is one of the many people behind transforming each week’s comics in to Guided View but is an accomplished illustrator himself, has joined us this year and is doing a journal of the experience. Here are two spreads from Jeremy’s Angouléme journal.

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French Comics Fans

Snowpiercer Comic Available Now

Opening recently was the sci-fi film Snowpiercer, based on the French graphic novels, and directed by South Korean Bong Joon-ho, who also made the excellent The Host (no, not the recent alien invasion one). The film hasn’t opened in English speaking countries yet, but it looks to be dark and entertaining.

You can now read both volumes in English for the first time, thanks to UK based publisher Titan Comics. Volume 1 is available now, which the second volume coming out next month. After the jump you can see the trailer and some preview pages from the first volume.

TITAN COMICS RELEASES SNOWPIERCER – THE

GRAPHIC NOVEL THAT INSPIRED THE NEW

CHRIS EVANS FILM!

Translated from the highly acclaimed French classic, soon to be a major motion picture starring Captain America star Chris Evans!

Titan Comics is proud to announce a world-first English translation of the acclaimed French comic, in a pair of graphic novels hitting stores in early 2014 ahead of the US release of the film! Volume 1: The Escape is released January 29, 2014, with Volume 2: The Explorers following February 25, 2014.

Coursing through an eternal winter, on an icy track wrapped around the frozen planet Earth, there travels Snowpiercer, a train one thousand and one carriages long. From fearsome engine to final car, all surviving human life is here: a complete hierarchy of the society we lost…

The elite, as ever, travel in luxury at the front of the train – but for those in the rear coaches, life is squalid, miserable and short.

Proloff is a refugee from the tail, determined never to go back. In his journey forward through the train, he hopes to reach the mythical engine and, perhaps, find some hope for the future…

The thrilling original graphic novels have been adapted into an astounding new film directed by Joon-ho Bong (The Host), starring Chris Evans (Captain America), Alison Pill (Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World), Tilda Swinton (The Chronicles of Narnia, We Need To Talk About Kevin), Jamie Bell (Billy Elliott, The Adventures of Tintin), Ed Harris (A History of Violence, The Abyss, Apollo 13) and John Hurt (Hellboy, V For Vendetta, Alien, Doctor Who), and distributed in the U.S. by The Weinstein Company, and due for release in Q1 2014.

Written by the late Jacques Lob, winner of the Grand Prix de la ville d’Angoulême, and Benjamin Legrand, the author of numerous thriller novels, screenplays, and comic scripts, Snowpiercer is illustrated by Jean-Marc Rochette, who has worked across a variety of projects and genres, from science fiction comics to children’s cartoons – including adaptations of Voltaire’s Candide and Homer’s Odyssey.

Volume 1: The Escape is released January 29, 2014, with Volume 2: The Explorers following February 25, 2014

To keep up-to-date with news about Snowpiercer join Titan Comics on Facebook or follow @comicstitan on Twitter.

For more information about Titan Comics, visit www.titan-comics.com

 

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Extra Sequential Podcast #30-Strange Worlds

70 mins. Good and bad horror flicks, Star Wars and our look at characters travelling to new worlds.

LISTEN TO IT BELOW, DOWNLOAD IT HERE OR ON ITUNES


1:07 NEWS

Frank Miller’s DKR art auction

Diane Lane is Superman’s earthly mother in the reboot film

Floyd Gotfredson’s collected Mickey Mouse

Kabbom’s Peanuts film adaptation

X-Men anime trailer

Aussie Oscar winners

Oni Press Mixtape by nerdcore rapper Adam Warrock

14:05 WHAT WE’VE BEEN READING

Evil Dead II

Killzone 3

The Making of The Empire Strikes Back book by J.W Rinzler

Digested by Bobby N

Brightest Day #21

The work of French artist Caza

The similarities between Image’s Carbon Grey #1 and Resident Evil: Afterlife

The excellent Ryan Reynolds stuck in a coffin film, Buried

37:50 THEME-STRANGERS IN A STRANGE LAND

We look at some of our fave comics in which characters discover new, and surreal, worlds.

Tintin, and Asterix and The Great Crossing

Air from G. Willow Wilson and M.K. Perker

Neil Gaiman’s The Books of Magic

Doug TenNapel’s Earthboy Jacobus

Guy Delisle’s Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea

 

The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec Trailer

Premiering on April 14 is this interesting film, based on the works of famed French writer/artist Jaques Tardi. Les aventures extraordinaires d’Adele Blanc-Sec, to use its original name, debuted in 1972. The titular heroine explores the occult and the supernatural. Think a female Indiana Jones, I guess, but a decade earlier. The trailer’s in French, which makes it seem even more attractive and offbeat. It’s written and directed by Luc Besson, who has a generally good track record (Transporter, District B13) so hopefully us non-French speakers will get a chance to see it too.

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