type_wild: (Smile - Suguru)
The Thing With Franco-Belgian Comics is that I buy them 110% for the nostalgia value, though which nostalgia here is debatable - the only one of them belonging to my childhood is Asterix. I never much cared for Tintin (it's the art); Spirou and Fantasio I only really discovered as an adult, and I love it but it's also kinda... hard to defend, on quality measures? It's essentially a fifties boys' adventure series that never really grew out of the fifties, and god only knows what it sells itself on these days. It's not parody the way Asterix was parody, it's not really comedy, very shallowly political, and the format is too short to allow for drama or engaging plots. I guess it's essentially aimed at the same market as the Donald Duck pocket books, except that they clearly have some kind of artistic ambition; The Moran and Munuera run might've had some storytelling issues, but I forgive them all of it, all of it, for how bloody gorgeous those pages are.

So also with The One With Borneo. No, no panning citiscapes or actions scenes in breathtaking angles, but a lot of really gorgeous animals, really pretty Franco-Belgian backgrounds, and that one thing that I love so much about modern Spirou: they've taken the European caricatured style out of its original stiff format and made it work with dynamic panels, in closeups and in serious scenes. This one is particularly good at it. There are also some dream sequences that honestly work a lot better for me than non-verbal dream sequences in comics normally do. Can't say much about the story: It's Spirou and Fantasio, it's a fifties boys' adventure story with a fixed ending and an appropriately politically correct moral. I'm not reading this for the plot and neither are you.

I'm also 95% certain that Spirou and Fantasio are a couple in this one, and believe me, having Spirou flirt with the Cute Art Teacher on the literal final page of the story just cements it further.
type_wild: (Tea - Masako)
School update:

1) No, there's no extra reading for writing the 5big paper, that was the uni webpage lying (they're also lying about the due date, but that was a matter of three days - I mean, just to note how they're being Very Professional)

2) Thus far, the part about the dialects has been repetition of what I did this autumn, just in my native language and in far more detail. So it's somewhere between "convenient repetition" and "wow I knew all of this already", and let's hope it continues like that.


INSTEAD, let's talk about how my incentive for finally learning Japanese arrived in the post



cut for pics )

I should probably write something about that, I guess, but the long and short of it is that ever since I discovered this half-scanlated masterpiece three years ago, I've been kinda serious about learning Japanese, because - I guess - I finally have an excuse.

So yeah, those things I said about fic in the last post? My prejudices and internalised resentment of the fangirl was not limited to that. I'll claim to be into comics and cartoons (no, I'll never call it "sequential art" and "animated film"), but the truth of it is that at least half of what I've consumed of those artforms since I was sixteen or so has been from Japan, and if that had been in any other language, then I'd sat down to learn it years ago, for sure. My ambitions about learning French might've started with some studies I read for my MA that didn't bother translating the French excerpts it used to illustrate the evolution of a certain novel format, but these days? Sure, I still want to learn French, but that's mostly because of the infuriatingly slow translation of Spirou et Fantasio around here.

But French has, well, it has history, it has class, it has a number of things to say about half of Europe's languages but English most pressingly, but Japanese is weabo and certainly when you're doing it because of the comics. The hilarious part is that I have absolutely no prejudices against other people learning it just for the comics, but desperately want to distance myself from it even if people IRL can clearly witness my FMA thermos mug.

And now I've paid enough money for Takemiya Keiko - oh, you don't want to know the story of me and the DVDs for Towards The Terra - for this to be justified.

Hiragana level: Practiced the s-row today

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