Friday, 22 October 2010

One Question Interview #14: Terreur Graphique

One of the potential covers for Terreur Graphique's upcoming book "Rorschach"

Following on from David Ziggy Greene's opinions on the French comic scene as an outsider, today we're very pleased to be able to feature one of our favourite insiders in a One Question Interview, the mighty Terreur Graphique. Currently in the process of gearing up for the release of his latest graphic novel, Rorschach (no relation to that Rorschach, just in case any litigious DC bigwigs are reading this), an internal adventure between one man, his demons and his therapist. As Mr Graphique would put it, it's the "ultimate Freudian Fight", and who can argue with a sales pitch like that?

One of the most idiosyncratic illustrators we know, we wanted to ask him about his relationship with the concept of beauty, and find out a little more about his style which manages somehow to be vulgar, cute, alluring, cartoony and complex all at once.

 Why is "ugly" more interesting than "beautiful"?

"That's maybe because ugly is beautiful. I'm drawing things just like I saw them; I know, it's a little bit weird. I mean, when I go out and look around, at people and things, it doesn't look like fashion week or a Walt Disney scene. People are sweating, spitting, sneezing, offending each other, vomiting, farting, yelling... they've got wrinkles, spots, cold sores; they are ugly, including myself when I wake up and look at myself in the mirror, and finding a new spot or that I have bad breath....

I think that we, as people, with all our defects,  are good material and my blank paper will be filled quicker with the fat rolls of a big woman than with the "beauty" that television and advertising sell us all day long. None my friends or family seem to have gotten out from a soap opera or a blockbuster either - I can only draw what I know.

Maybe I should try to explore the beautiful side of the world, but I really think that I would quickly be bored and frustrated to not find a little piece of myself in my work.

More seriously, I don't ask myself this question when I take my pencil - I just draw, and if it looks like ugly on paper, it happened unconsciously."

Just for good measure, we've included his beyond-awesome "GAGA GAGA HEY" illustration that, without one word of a lie, has probably been the best thing to show up in our Facebook news-feed ever. Due to the wonders of technology, we wholeheartedly recommend readers flip on the old Google Translate and head over to Terreur Graphique's blog now to have their eyeballs blown apart by a cavalcade of cartoon wonders, including some sneak peeks at the upcoming Rorschach. Make sure you check back with us in early 2011 for more coverage of the book nearer its official launch!

1 comment:

  1. At first look, I thought the cartoon depicts a battle between a smoker and his nicotine demons. It's pretty interesting quite frankly. jackson tn dentist

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