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“You don’t create comics —”

There is a biopic about Edmond Baudoin!

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That’s fantastic, he is one if the great living masters of comics. However, there’s one paragraph of the press release that I can relate to and recognise (below is Domingos Isabelinho’s translation from French):

To justify his refusal to give him a prestigious award a publisher admitted one day: “If you had received it, it would have killed comics as we know them today. You, Baudoin, you don’t create comics, you create art and poetry. That doesn’t interest us.

I assume it’s entirely anecdotal, but I do like the implication that rewarding art and poetry would kill “comics as we know them today”. To me, that’s an ambition to strive for, let’s make that happen!

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