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Monday, July 21, 2008

Yakari and the Stranger

One of my writing jobs is translating French comic books into English for Cinebook, the "9th art publisher." (If you know what that tagline refers to, send your explanation as a comment and I'll post it!) This fun work has introduced me to some classic Franco-Belgian comic books and graphic novels, including the beloved Yakari series by Job and Derib. Yakari is a young Sioux boy who can converse with animals. In each volume, Yakari learns a valuable life lesson through an encounter with animals.

In Yakari and the Stranger, the boy and his horse Little Thunder help a pelican that has a nasty cold. This charming story teaches a lesson, quite powerfully, about kindness--or a lack thereof--repaid.

These tales are a welcome change from the superheroes and angst that fill the pages of many popular comic books and graphic novels.

3 comments:

Roberto C. Delgadillo said...

Dear Erica...although this is not a comment directed at Yaraki and the Stranger...you asked whether I liked The Yellow 'M'...I love it...I plan on purchasing it for the University Library at UC Davis...I enjoyed not only the artwork but the excellent translation!! I see you also have a work of short stories...I'll purchase that collection as well for the library.

Erica said...

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Roberto C. Delgadillo said...

Erica...yes the Yellow 'M' did retain its masterful noire feeling...thank you for the offer regarding the books from Cinebooks...:)