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Jean-Claude Mézières (1938-2022)

Posted in Books, Kids, pictures, Travel with tags , , , , , , , , , on January 30, 2022 by xi'an

also sprach Nietzsche

Posted in Books, Kids, pictures with tags , , , , , , on March 30, 2015 by xi'an

Carotte’n’roll [2]

Posted in Kids with tags , , , , on July 12, 2010 by xi'an

My daughter complained that I did not put her sketches of Eusebio the rabbit on my post about her comic strip, but inserted mines instead! So here are her sketches, made in preparation of the comic strip.

Carotte’n’roll

Posted in Books, Kids with tags , , , , on July 5, 2010 by xi'an

Here is a comic strip my daughter drew this year for her art class, strip she wanted to throw away!

While the story is hers, the rabbit is actually a copy of Eusebio, a character in De Cap et De Croc, a wonderful if impossible to translate graphical model by Masbou and Ayroles, mixing Cyrano de Bergerac, Molière and Corneille, from Venezia to the Moon! The rabbit is actually our favourite character and makes for easy draws:

Nietzsche

Posted in Books with tags , , , , , , on May 22, 2010 by xi'an

Last week, I bought a graphical novel on the life of Friedrich Nietzsche by Michel Onfray and Maximilien Le Roy. While the book has no strong philosophical content, it is quite pleasant to read and it gives a well-drawn presentation (or should I write interpretation) of his life. I have always found Nietzsche fascinating and I read some of his books during my last year of high school, even though I was more attracted by his active atheism, his aphorisms, and the surrealistic Also sprach Zarathustra than by his global philosophical perspective. The graphical novel Nietzsche is thus reminding me of this exciting time! It also points out the absurdity of presenting Nietzsche as a precursor of Nazi theories, when he railed at German nationalism,  racism and antisemitism. Now, I am a bit skeptical about the underlying message transmitted by the book, which reproduces Onfray’s thesis of Nietzsche as a revolutionary or at least an eternal rebel, a sort of philosophical Che Gevaresque icon… The novel was highly criticised in the French press, mostly because Michel Onfray is himself a controversial character: He aims at making philosophy a popular topic of interest, hence launching “Freaklosophic” books, he just published a manifesto against Freud and psychoanalysis, which is a library bestseller (4th on amazon.fr!), he maintains an anti-establishment and libertarian (in the 19th Century meaning of the term) stance in his writings, supporting (for a while) the Trotskyist NPA of Olivier Besancenot, he has launched a “popular university” in Caen, in reaction against the academic elite, and he is currently (and somehow paradoxically) one of the most popular philosophers on the French medias.

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