During the month of May, North American comics fans will be in for a treat, as celebrated French artist and author Sandrine Revel is embarking on an extended tour of the eastern United States and Canada. Born in Bordeaux, an area she continues to call home, Revel has spent her life creating one incredible book after the other. This tour, organized by American publisher NBM, will be highlighting one of her most recent works, Glenn Gould: A Life Off Tempo (NBM 2016; Dargaud 2015, Glenn Gould, une vie à contre-temps). Winner of the Prix Artémisia in 2016 for best graphic novel by a female author, and nominated for the prestigious Eisner Awards (Best Reality-Based Work), the book is a beautiful tribute that brings the revolutionary Canadian pianist to life with hand-painted illustrations.
This series of events will also be the occasion to celebrate the first graphic novel by Revel to join the Europe Comics catalog, You Can’t Just Kiss Anyone You Want (Dupuis 2012, N’embrassez pas qui vous voulez). This book, created in tandem with author Marzena Sowa, delves into the fascinating and troubling reality of life in a Socialist republic, where the simple act of a boy trying to kiss a girl can be transformed into a life-altering event.
See below for complete information on Revel’s North American tour, running from May 6th to 28th!
NEW YORK: PEN World Voices Festival
SATURDAY MAY 6, 4 pm: The Radical Act of Drawing a Life, a panel of graphic artists moderated by editor Meg Lemke
MONDAY MAY 8, 7:30 pm: Book presentation and signing @ WORD Bookstore, Jersey City
WEDNESDAY MAY 10, 6 pm: Conversation with Sandrine Revel, music critic Lloyd Schwartz, and illustrator Dan Mazur @ Cambridge University Library, with the Million Year Picnic comics shop
TORONTO: Toronto Comic Arts Festival
SATURDAY MAY 13, 10 am – “Sound and Vision: Music in Comics,” moderated by Philippe Leblanc @ The Pilot (22 Cumberland St.)
SUNDAY MAY 14, 10:30 am – Discussion with comics creators Sandrine Revel & Pénélope Bagieu @ Hinton Learning Theatre (Toronto Reference Library)
SUNDAY MAY 14, 2:45 pm – “Canada 150: Canada at Home and Abroad,” discussion on Canadian national identity through the eyes of comics artists, @ Forest Hill Ballroom (Marriott Bloor-Yorkville)
TUESDAY MAY 16, 5 pm: Discussion with Sandrine Revel and Marcelino Truong, Alliance française
EDMONTON: French Comic Book Festival
TUESDAY MAY 17, 7 pm: Discussion with Sandrine Revel and Marcelino Truong, Alliance française
VANCOUVER: Vancouver Comic Arts Festival
FRIDAY MAY 19, 6:30 pm: Discussion with Sandrine Revel and Marcelino Truong, Alliance française
SATURDAY-SUNDAY MAY 20-21: Book signings and author events @ Vancouver Comic Arts Festival
MONTREAL: Montreal Comic Arts Festival
SATURDAY-SUNDAY MAY 27-28: Book signings and author events