Today marks the release of Cité irréelle from éditions Tanibis. If you wind the clock back 57 years it's also the day my next story takes place.
Here's a panel from the comic I'm working on called The Tissue Paper Desperado
I've been immersing myself in the period, watching movie after movie from 1962. It's been a good excuse to brush up on French New Wave films. Europe was way ahead of American cinema at this time. In honor of the French release I thought I'd share some of the highlights.
This film has a complex plot, full of duplicity, yet also somehow feels simple and poetic. Very much in the vein of a good Jacques Tardi crime graphic novel.
Every shot of this film is beautiful, and nearly every shot contains the impossibly beautiful Anna Karina. Goddard is a big infuence. I've probably mimicked that shot of Jean-Paul Belmondo and Jean Seberg walking down the street in Breathless a hundred times by now.
My first Truffaut film. A story of love and friendship that follows the course of a mé·nage à trois over several years. The storytelling is both fast paced and epic.
Another Truffaut film, based on Shoot the Piano Player by David Goodis. I was reading a bit of Goodis around the time I wrote The Tissue Paper Desperado.
Also my first Agnes Varda film. I only saw about 10 minutes of Le Bonheur years ago, but I was always fascinated by a still from that film in a book I have.
I based this panel of Aydan and Nadya from Echoes into Eternity on this film still.
Anyways, that's it for now. I'll be checking in again soon.