We sat down with Summer faculty Lindsay Grime to discuss her upcoming summer course, "Figure & Flâneur: Paris by Comic Strip":
What do you find special about the "bande dessinée", especially in France?
France has a long history of bande dessinée and is one of the countries that produces and consumes the most comics/graphic novels. The range and diversity is impressive, from classic comic characters aimed at children, to commercial fantasy series, through to non-fiction explorations of political subjects, to biographies and autobiographies, to translations, to independent, left-field publications… anything you can think of really! As a result the readership is also very diverse, and comics are considered as much of an art form as novels or films, with their own festivals, prizes, “top ten” lists, as well as dedicated independent bookshops. Libraries also abound with the latest titles. So if you like comics, France is a great place to live or just to visit!
All photos are the personal work of Lindsay Grimes and may not be reproduced without permission.