Qui est Cette Fille?

BandetteI’m con­tin­u­ing with the theme from last time, talk­ing about good comics I’ve read recently. The rea­son this post’s title is in French will become clear in a bit.

This time out, it’s Paul Tobin and Colleen Coover’s Ban­dette. From the moment I first saw art from this comic, I knew it would be right up my alley. But it’s only recently that I was able to buy a copy. This is because up until now, Ban­dette didn’t exist in phys­i­cal form. It was part of the Mon­key­brain line of dig­i­tal comics.

Here’s where I might sound like a bit of an old fogey, but I haven’t quite been able to cross over yet to pur­chas­ing comics that exist solely in dig­i­tal form. I’m not anti-digital media by any means! I love check­ing out my favorite web comics, and I love the fact that if I devel­oped a sud­den ran­dom crav­ing to buy mari­achi music at 2 am, I could pur­chase it instantly on iTunes. But even so, I can’t quite get past feel­ing a lit­tle odd over the fact there’s noth­ing phys­i­cal to show for those pur­chases. Feels a bit like buy­ing air, even though I know it’s not the case.

Any­how, in this case, I knew that as soon as Ban­dette became avail­able in phys­i­cal form, I’d want to pick up a copy. And I was not dis­ap­pointed! Ban­dette Vol­ume One: Presto! is an absolute blast.

Her adven­tures take place in Paris (hence my post title). You might think from the visual that Ban­dette would be a super­heroine, but no! Actu­ally, she’s a thief! Albeit an incred­i­bly gifted one, (with “Presto!”, as she’d say) who occa­sion­ally comes to the aid of Police Inspec­tor Belgique.

Ban­dette is adorable, irre­press­ible, with je né sais quoi and joie de vivre (and per­haps other French phrases that go beyond the extent of my lim­ited recall of my high school and col­lege French). You can’t help but like her! Some of it is due to the writ­ing (Paul Tobin dis­plays a tal­ent for giv­ing the dia­logue a French-feeling rhythm with­out resort­ing to pho­netic accents). A lot of it also comes from Colleen Coover’s art, which imbues Ban­dette with so much life and appeal, and spontaneity.

I’d think most read­ers junior high age and up (or older read­ers who are still some­what young at heart) will love this book. My only regret is that there isn’t a Vol­ume 2 ready to read right now! I’d def­i­nitely rec­om­mend check­ing Ban­dette out, if you get the chance.

Before I close, it seems appro­pri­ate (given my tim­ing, and the topic) to wish all my site vis­i­tors a joyeux noel et bonne année!

Ban­dette is ™ and © Paul Tobin and Colleen Coover.

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2 Responses to Qui est Cette Fille?

  1. John G. Pierce says:

    Mais oui!

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