This slight mishap happened at the end of a long day…
This slight mishap happened at the end of a long day…
We lost a good friend this last week-end. The light rain waking me up the same night was Joel’s goodbye or at least, a poetic coincidence.
Joel Champetier did a lot for many of us, and has kept his simplicity and warmth. His SF stories created new trails for us to walk at our rythm.
This comic is very close to my heart because it concerns my favorite literary flavor ice cream, SF.
To write science-fiction, you have to be not only passionate, but you must also know how to explain the genre to your beloved audience! Most readers associate these words with all other things like (badly written) big movie blockbusters.
There has been intellectual snobbery of genre literature by the “white” litterature, an attitude which fortunately is beginning to fade.
At the end of this article, I put a sketch drawn in 2012 to capture the sense of wonder that came over me during my early discovery of science fiction. I would read late in my father’s library.
If you speak French, I recommend that you visit the blog of Jeanne-A. Debats, a writer who does not shy away from daring ideas! She propvided a few lines from the Paris Book fair which has just ended. When I was on site in 2008, I heard some, among those: “Oh, I do not read fiction because it is unreal! »
The “talking squids” allusion is a recent catchphrase in Canadian SF literature, born of a joke by Margaret Atwood, who wrote good SF anticipation and post-apocalyptic, but did not want at one time be associated with the genre. She finally came around and admit the writing, as she explores many genres.
My father, Jacques Laframboise, left early this Saturday morning for his solo flight, without compass nor map.
A 1951 Ecole Polytechnique graduate, planes and air cushion vehicles were his passion. He was still writing an article about aerotrains and computing figures on his hospital bed. Our current level of technology permitted that he passed away peacefully.
I will miss his sense of humor. But he was very serene about his going away.
My father was the first one who introduced me to science fiction. And to graphic novels, that he read to us the evenings. He has always accepted and encouraged my love of nature and sciences, which I, in turn, endeavour to transmit to the new generations.
For 2014, here is this fresh comic page, scanned at 600 dpi, resized to 300 dpi, then retouched in greytones. It will be the first page of Honors Road, a science fiction manga, from my own Gardeners universe. (It will be published in French and English). It is always a challenge for me drawing sea shore, especially the foreground shallow water.
On the last day of the year, I set myself time to draw comics. Allan Watts suggested to think about what would you like to do if money was no object. Drawing comics is my favourite activity. It helps me crating or re-creating new worlds, and adding to the collective imaginarium.
And this is valid for all fields. Reading, sciences research, music, or even contemplating nature in silence feed our imagination.
Here are two artists-bloggers I discovered recently: Melanie Gillman, who make a good use of color pencils. And I visit the Zen Pencils blog, by artist Gavin Aung Than. The artist draw cartoons from inspitrational quotes.
My good 2014 resolution : each month, I will choose a graphic artist website and give a small amount (5$, a large gourmet coffee)in his or her Cookie Jar.
Artists, musicians, writers, even the more popular among us, do not accumulate great riches. Bottom line-seeking companies, even the most successful, now frown upon paying the artists and even steal their work when they can get away with it.
My YA novel Mica, fille de Transyl is a 2013 Trillium Award finalist!
Organised by the Ontario Media Development Corporation, the Trillium awards reward literary excellency in Ontario.
The OMDC supports the province’s creative economy by providing innovative programs, services and funding for the film & television; book & magazine publishing; interactive digital media & music industries.
Moreover, this year, two of the three YA novels belong to the spec-fic genre (outright science fiction for me, anticipation for my colleague Daniel Marchildon). The third novel is in a more familiar crime story genre.
So, as I predicted, SF is finally rising as an acceptable literary genre. It has taken a long undergroung toil and 14 SF novels from my part, to get to see this.
From left to right: Daniel Marchildon, Claude Forand, Michèle Laframboise, happily signing together!
A cool SF novel cover by Jean-Pierre Normand
I use this picture for my introduction to SF workshop. This SF novel, Winds of Tammerlan, did fare well in 2009!
The Clarion foundation helps budding writers of genre (SF, fantasy, fantastique, horror) to develop and mature their style. I had the joy of being invited by Lynda Williams (the author of the Okal Rel saga) to write a few posts from my own perspective of a SF writer with comic artist.
So my first post was about extending our writing roots to achieve a deeper connection with the reader. The illustrations are my own.
The last one is an account of my big, fat, first novel and its endless incarnations!
I am working on four more writing posts. Coming soon: The secret well of ideas, a another take at the well-known fan question: where do you get your ideas?
This is a sketch that I did yesterday evening. It is a glimpse of my upcoming SF comic Wind Mistress, featuring a young girl named Adalou. The result may look a bit pale and dreamy, but I boosted the colors after scanning the original drawing !
Drawing a ponderous aquatic creature was a challenge. The oriented light rays help giving the image its depth and placing the volumes.