Jerusalem : Chronicles from the Holy City


Jerusalem : Chronicles from the Holy City by Guy Delisle is a fabulous book. I was eager to read it because I waited a long time before purchasing it!

It is a comic book of 320 pages of pure pleasure. The writing and the drawing are perfect. This book can be summarized like that : Guy Delisle and his family have decided to settle down in Jerusalem during a year.  Guy is a drawer and his wife is a doctor. She’s not present all the time and Guy has to manage with the kids and the adjustment to his new life.

Guy is going to find out that Jerusalem is a complex city which has different facets. Each part of the city is a new “playground” for him, he has to adapt to this new lifestyle. He is joggling with a peculiar schedule based on religion and his wife’s job.

He will discover with a naive look the history of a city imbued with 4000 years of conflits. A place which is a blend of civilization and history. Religion is present all the time.

Through the eyes of Guy, the reader is going to discover another Jerusalem and he will ponder over this.

The tone is not dramatic even light I would say and I read it straight of the reel !



Pénélope Bagieu

Sunday – 11.00 AM – Quebec city

I’ve just bought my ticket at the entrance of the Quebec Book Festival which welcomes Marc Lévy as honour president of the book fair.  But, I wasn’t coming for him, I was coming to see Penelope Bagieu who was present at this event to inscribe her latest book ‘Joséphine’ and I didn’t want to miss her.  

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Quebec Book Festival took place mid-April, it’s a featuring a diverse selection of French literature, even including comic books. And this year, Penelope Bagieu was there. She is a French illustrator and cartoonist who has studied at The École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs (also called Arts Decos’, Ecole des Arts Decoratifs) in Paris, France. This is a public university of art and design. It is a reknowned school, a French grande école.
She’s a really kind person, always smiling and speaking easily to people, a young women full of life. I love the way she writes and draws.  Her comic books deal with everyday life, they are funny and actual. She talks about her life and about  what women go through (breakup, relationships, friendship, etc.).

Joséphine is a full edition which gathers the tomes 1, 2 and 3 ( Joséphine, Même pas mal and Joséphine change de camp) but those comics are different from her previous comic books. In Ma vie est tout à fait fascinante, Penelope Bagieu describes her life but in Joséphine, the character is not like her.  A cinematographic adaptation will be made in 2013, I don’t know if it will be good or not, we have to wait until its release.

At present, she’s also working with Joann Sfar on a project whose title will be Stars of the Stars. This story will be available during this summer!

If you wanna follow Miss Bagieu, take a sneak peak on her blog or her Twitter account :


And if you are greedy, you can also follow her on Mademoizelle, a french woman’s programme in which she makes a free and easy chronic about comic books (

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Her major books are :

Ma vie est tout à fait fascinante, Jean- Claude Gawsewitch Editeur, coll. « Tendance fille », 2008.


Cadavre exquis, Gallimard, coll. “Bayou”, 2010.


Joséphine , L’intégrale, 2010, Jean-Claude Gawsewitch Éditeur, coll. « Tendance fille »


La Page blanche (dessin), avec Boulet (scénario), Delcourt, coll. « Mirages »,  2012


Kenneth Cook and “The Killer Koala”


I wanted to share with you a great book entitled The Killer Koala : Humorous Australian Bush Stories by Kenneth Cook. The author succeeds in transporting us in the Australian outback. Those stories remind me of my trip in Australia in 2008. It was awesome and unforgettable. This book is hilarious, it’s a social satire. You’ll discover numerous animals during your reading such as camels, crocodiles, koalas and you’ll find out that they can be dangerous.

You’ll have a great time with this book, it’s funny and scary at the same time!