L'employé du Moi !
There is a really cool comics publisher in Brussels (BELGIUM) called L'employé du Moi, and they are going to put out a 200-page collection of Phase 7... IN FRENCH. (!!!?!)
How did this happen???
Well, waaay back in October of last year, this cartoonist Max De Radiguès contacted me out of the blue, saying that he had read and enjoyed some of my comics (I guess a friend of his bought some in New York and brought them back to Brussels?) Max works at Tropismes Bd or "l'appartement" (which looks like just about the nicest comics shop in the world). So he ordered some Phase 7 comics for the shop, and I guess they sold really fast... So he ordered some MORE, and AGAIN they sold really fast...
Well, Max ALSO works at L'employé du Moi, which puts out all kinds of beautiful graphic novels and anthologies and various other comics. So he suggested to the rest of the company that they print a Phase 7 collection, and they said yes! (!!!!!?!)
It is, needless to say, extremely flattering to have some nice folks from another country wanting to print some of my comics. Also, I have great confidence in their work, after having seen two of Max's books, which he was kind enough to send me: Antti Brysselissä and his newest book, Jacques Delwitte: Little White Jack. The books are beautifully sized with printing values akin to the best smaller American comics publishers, like Top Shelf or D & Q.
We have begun working on the book, with Max putting together some grants (because in Europe the government will actually HELP you make comics) and he and Sacha Goerg are working on translating all of the comics. I am working on the cover and introduction and endpapers and layout (above is the rough cover design). This summer I will be relettering the comic by hand in FRENCH, which will be a lot of work, but we all agree it will look the best. And assuming all goes smoothly, it will be out by the end of the year!
(I'm going to pinch my pennies, and maybe learn a little French and perhaps I'll finally be able to go to Angoulême this year!)
Anyways, the best part of all this has been making some new friends in a different part of the world, and hopefully I will be able to make many MORE friends once the book is released! I'll keep you all posted on the progress...