Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Les maitres humoristes

Caran d'Ache - Les maitres humoristes (1905)

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Les maitres humoristes is actually a series of books devoted to cartoonists of the period.  I chose the d'Ache volume because his sequential illustrations are a forerunner of comics and also honestly because I can read a good bit of this one but not the others (which are more like anecdotes with an image).  There are still several wordless or minimally worded pieces so the language isn't a complete barrier.  D'Ache wrote what might be the first graphic novel (Maestro) but couldn't find anybody to risk such an odd idea so it wasn't published until almost a century after his death.