Wednesday 22 May 2013

Le Pilote à l'Edelweiss

Apart from eating snails one of the things that sets us apart from the French is their love of comic books, even when they have "grown up". This is our loss as it is a wonderful medium for telling some stories and when I have to work in Paris I do like to leaf through the racks of hardback graphic novels and bemoan my schoolboy level French. That said sometimes the pictures do the talking...

This week a lunchtime trip to Printemps has led to the discovery of Le Pilote à l'Edelweiss, a wonderful  looking book about a French Nieuport 17 Squadron who encounter a mysterious German Albatross with a large white edelweiss painted on its fuselage.

I shall be getting busy with Google Translate later but the artwork is absolutely stunning and worth buying the book for alone.


  1. The Graphic Art format is a very under utilised story telling tool in the English Language IMHO. Its been relegated to a slightly embarrassed specialist niche and ought to be much more mainstream than it currently is.

  2. Oh La-la! I'm very French then because I love collecting comic books and have a very nice library (many of them in french) with Alix, Tintin, Corto Maltes, Blueberry... I need to find this one

  3. Nice idea! I like the design of this comic book!
    I'm not a fan of comics (even if my wife and both children love them!) but I like to eat snails!

  4. You should also check out his Le Grand Duc series...stunning artwork!