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super pixel boy. Thirties and young forties should be particularly sensitive to super pixel boy. And for good reason: the screenwriter Loïc Clément and the designer Boris Mirror shape, with a sometimes caustic humor, a retrospective odyssey at a time when video games were being established en masse in European homes, at the end of the 1980s. game, Nintendo’s iconic NES is unsurprisingly doing well, since titles such as Life Force Salamander, Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles Where Super Mario Bros. are the subject of evocations imbued with passion and nostalgia. And Loïc Clément to recall that the last city has revolutionized the genre by imposing the level design and by devoting the horizontal scrolling, the secret passages or the bosses at the end of the level. In the middle of the games Batman Where Tetris, between the arcade terminals and the Game Boy, some disappointments remain eminently painful. So it is with Knights of the Zodiacanimated that has fascinated entire generations of young viewers, but whose video game version lacked everything: inspiration, animation, drive… The young Pixel, main character of this album, is a kid to whom everyone can to identify with: transfixed, secretive and clumsy lover, opportunist willingly selecting his friends according to their collection of games, son of a distant father and a mother who introduced him to culture, gamer so absorbed by the screen that the pixelated characters come to assail his dreams… The return to childhood allowed through him would not have been complete without these more discreet allusions to Dragon Ball Z, Grendizer Where Star Wars. It would also have lost in immersion without the use, punctual but very relevant, of Pixel Art. The whole forms a book to be consumed without moderation.

super pixel boyLoïc Clément and Boris Mirror
Delcourt, November 2022, 104 pages

dracula-review-bdDracula. Taking up the dramatic canons of Bram Stoker’s epistolary novel, Bruno Enna and Fabio Celoni transpose the story of Count Dracula into the – a priori contradictory – universe of Mickey. Skilfully put together, the album, which appears at Glénat editions, diverts figures such as Jonathan Harker, young clerk of a notary, or Doctor Abraham Van Helsing, here reduced to the state of mad scientist stammering from the “Ja! » at the slightest opportunity. Purged of its erotic or epidemiological dimensions, the story is suitable for young audiences: the fangs worn around the neck of the vampire’s victims become, for example, bites applied to the earlobes, while the inexpiable darkness that lined the work of the Irish writer finds himself freeze-dried and traversed by good-natured humor. The latter appears clearly when Minnie (Minnina) expresses her jealousy towards the “success” of her friend Clara-Lucilla or with regard to the beets which contaminate, literally and figuratively, the prey of Dracula. This Dracula reconfigured is ultimately characterized by a round of grotesque characters, round and cheerfully colored features, but also – let’s note it – a narrative scheme faithful to its model. Something to entertain the youngest while introducing them to more classic literature.

DraculaBram Stoker, Bruno Enna and Fabio Celoni
Glénat, October 2022, 80 pages

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Lobbytomy-How-lobbies-poison-our-lives-and-democracy-opinionLobbytomy. Journalist at World, Stéphane Horel is recognized as one of the best French specialists in conflicts of interest and lobbying. La Découverte editions have the good idea to publish today in pocket format his fascinating essay, duly titled Lobbytomy, and augmented by an unpublished afterword. In the latter, she focuses in particular on the tobacco, chemical, sugar and oil industries and deciphers the way in which they use their power of influence to establish a “factory of doubt”. As scientific questions prove to be complex, many intermediaries report to elected officials to transmit biased information, which constitutes so many alternative facts allowing their sponsors to benefit from advantageous positions and favorable political decisions. Even more insidious are the controversies created from scratch, most often by interposed scientific publications, as well as these companies, plural, aiming to take advantage of the passivity of public regulators. At the end of a river and breathless investigation, Stéphane Horel returns to Edward Bernays and John Hill, links them to Monsanto, Philip Morris or Exxon, and sets out everything that can preside over the newspeak of lobbyists, their manufacture of uncertainty and their exploitation of public-private collusion. To finally arrive at this question: and if, finally, it was the whole democracy which was thus confiscated?

LobbytomyStephane Horel
The Discovery, October 2022, 430 pages

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