Please tell us about your contribution to the anthology.
It's also a relationship as an adult, as I discovered the real Popeye via the beautiful books published by Futuropolis in the early 80s. Popeye represents, for me, the same kind of attitude as Johnny Thunders, or Wayne Kramer, or others like Kerouac, Steinbeck, or Upton Sinclair: a real troublemaker, just the way I like them.
Craoman: Well, I remember watching the cartoon as a child (I'm 27 now), but those are vague memories; I've never read the comics themselves. What I really remember is that you had to eat fucking spinach to become "strong like Popeye". Honestly, there was nothing worse than spinach and beef tongue for lunch at the school canteen! Popeye the Sailor: YES; Propaganda disguised as cartoons: NO!
David François: None. By the way, up to this day my deep-rooted heterosexuality still prevents me from looking a plate of spinach in the eye. Olives, however...
Raphaël B.: Almost none. I actually had to go to Wikipedia to learn more about the character. After doing some research, it still seems to me that it's a work with a simple and recurrent structure: an unfaithful (or tempted) woman is the start of a fight between two men.
Rica: Almost none, to be honest, except some childhood memories of watching the cartoon.
Robin: To me, Popeye was, above anything else, the cartoon of my childhood. Featuring the famous spinach; which is a good thing, because I like spinach.
Do you see your work as homage or parody? Is it more complicated than that?
Arnaud Floc’h: An homage, for sure; not a parody. In my drawing, I tried to express the pain of parents who have lost a child - a subject that I've personally had experience with.
Craoman: For my part, I was born in a place where there were many fishermen. I have some friends from school who became fishermen, and I had the chance to hang around with them. I can tell you that they don't eat spinach before getting aboard their boats, but, rather, hard drugs; anything that can keep them awake and make them sleep at the same time. It's really a crazy job, sometimes shitty as well, so I wanted to pay homage to them.
David François: Homage. We could sum up my idea as: "Olive is beautiful because she is another man's woman".
Raphaël B.: Neither. It really is a sincere graphic interpretation of what I think is the recurrent theme of the cartoon.
Rica: Can't it be both?
Robin: To me, it's an homage, but a little "off-the-wall".