Franquin’s Dark Thoughts


Some things the Belgians will always be better at doing than us, like waffles and uh, more waffles. Oh, and cartooning.  The best cartoonist in the world seem to all come from that tiny, little European country. Today’s case in point:  André Franquin (January 3, 1924 – January 5, 1997) could be the finest draftsmen to ever dip his pen in the ‘bigfoot’ well.

Franquin cut his teeth on children’s comics,from a early age, first appearing in the pages of Spirou from the 40’s through the 60’s, drawing and scribing such hits as  Spirou et Fantasio and Gaston Lagaffe.

After Franquin’s second nervous breakdown (cartoonist are the neurotic types), he started work on his finest  and most personal strip yet, Idées Noires (aka “Dark Thoughts”). It’s a shame these strips haven’t been translated into English, or actually, the shame is that I don’t read a word of French.

Despite my lack of worldliness, I really connect with these strips, and if you read my blog, chances are, you will too.

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About Josh Latta

Mr Josh Latta was born in 1853 to a family of tamed Pleistocenes. he was raised as a small child, entering into adulthood on the eve of his 7th birthday as was the tradition of the day. in 1867 he undertook a course in multi-reptile wrestling ending his career as 'croc-tussler' after an unfortunate shallow-river related accident cut short the life of a young crocodile. moving to rural Sheboigan in the fall of 1872, he made a good living raising fancy roosters and painting murals across the town depicting the various lascivious secrets of the townsfolk. driven out of town in the spring of 1873 he found his way to Utah where he was Flaneur in Residence at the Foundation of Gentlemen and Cultured Guinea Pigs (now the Foundation of Water Fowl and Cultured Guinea Pigs) until a scandal involving twin milkmaids and a churn of cream called for his resignation. Latta entered into the history books in 1899 for his lifesize construction of Monument Valley in matches.

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  1. Shannon Smith

    That’s some fantastic looking stuff. If I were not just a poor illiterate heathen I’d try to track it down. Why couldn’t George Bush invade some country with something of value like Belgium and then force them to give us free comics the way Iraq has to give us free oil. Oh wait. Never mind.

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