RIP John Lewis

March-Lewis-covSadly, Congressman John Lewis died yesterday [BBCCNNGoogle  NYTUSA Today]. He was a hero of the American Civil Right Movement, one of the “Big Six”. In March 1965, he received a severe head injury during the “Bloody Sunday” as he led protesters across the Edmund Pettus Bridge while attempting to march from Selma to Montgomery. Since 1988 he has held a seat at the U.S. House of Representatives for Georgia’s 5th congressional district. He must be remembered for his accomplishments which are even more important in the midst of the Black Lives Matter movement.

I also want to remind everybody that John Lewis (in collaboration with Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell) wrote a biographical comic book retelling his struggle. More than ever it is worth a look…

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Images du chat-medi

Niako (R.I.P.)

 

Si le chat favoris de ma femme a toujours été Spotty, le mien a été Nyako. Cette jeune chatte gentille et docile (et déjà opérée) nous a adopté à l’été 2001 et a continuée à mettre de la joie dans notre vie jusqu’à la fin de l’été 2005. Malheureusement, une excroissance sur le côté de la tête a rapidement diminué sa qualité de vie. Quand elle a commencé a avoir l’air misérable, nous nous sommes résolu à la faire euthanasier.

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Weekly notable news (W37-38)

The first two weeks of September proved to be rather challenging. First, document.write(“”); I was trying to see as many of the Japanese movies shown at the Montreal World Films Festival as I could despite the troubles that the festival was experiencing and the fact that the schedule was constantly changing. Then, my wife woke up in the middle of the night with excruciating abdominal pain and we ended up at the hospital’s emergency ward. They kept her for five days and performed several tests without being sure of the nature or cause of the problems. They found some sort of enteritis to the small intestine and a gastritis. She feels well now, but it is a worrying situation since we’re still waiting for the result of the biopsy and more tests are scheduled. She survived cancer once ten years ago, so we are waiting the results with apprehension.
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It was tiring for me during that time because I had to shuttle back and forth between work (a.k.a the madhouse), the hospital and (once) the film festival. But the beginning of September also brought a few good news: Apple announced some new products as well as released updates, and I got a well over-due pay raise! Unfortunately, there’s still five-hundred-and-fifty-seven weeks left before I can retire from work and dedicate my entire time to my personal projects (like writing).

Despite all this, I found time to watch a few dvds at home with my wife. First, we watch Belle et Sébastien 2: L’Aventure continue. It’s a cute adventure dog movie, full of improbabilities but it also reminded me of the TV series I was watching when I was a kid. Then I watched Gods of Egypt (by myself because my wife doesn’t like sci-fi stuff), which tells — super-heroes style — the founding myth of Egypt where Horus must fight his uncle Set who killed his father Osiris in order to reign over Earth. Horus is helped by the thief Bek, who just want to save his lover Zaya. If you would removed the specials effects from this movie, it would have nothing left of interest…

Finally, I watch Hail, Caesar. It’s a star-laden film by the Coen brothers which poke fun of the Hollywood film industry in the 1950s while managing to recreate several of its archetypes: the peblum movies, the synchronized swimming and tap dancing movies, stunt-filled westerns, etc. The film follow studio manager Eddie Mannix (Josh Brolin) trying to hold production together while unmarried actress DeeAnna Moran (Scarlett Johansson) becomes pregnant and big star Baird Whitlock (George Clooney) is abducted by a conspiration of communists! Hilarious, beautifully written and an interesting window on the era.

As always I did my best to keep myself acquainted with the affairs of the world. So, let me share with you a few notable news & links that I came across in the last few weeks (in no particular order):

Apple new products

Funnies

Dilbert: Tuesday, May 17, 2016 / “Boss Figures Out A System”

[A-Ah! That’s what they are doing!]

Between Friends: Wednesday, May 18, 2016

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Weekly notable news (W36)

I always do my best to keep myself acquainted with the affairs of the world. So, document.write(“”); let me share with you a few notable news & links that I came across this week (in no particular order):
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Revue de Presse du FFM

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Akiyuki Nosaka passes away

Earlier this month, document.write(“”); I read on Anime News Network that Akiyuki Nosaka, the novelist who wrote the famous japanese story Grave of the Fireflies (????? / Hotaru no Haka), passed away on December 9 at the age of 85. Written in 1967, the story was semi-autobiographical as it was inspired by his war-time experience as a kid, particularly the firebombing of Kobe in 1945.
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In 1988, the novel was adapted into a beautiful
animated movie by Studio Ghibli under the direction of Isao Takahata.

Shigeru Mizuki 1922-2015

I just read on Anime News Network yesterday that Shigeru Mizuki passed away on Monday morning in a Tokyo hospital of heart failure following a bad fall in his home on November 11.
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I just
bought a couple of his manga to comment on them later. I had previously commented on two of his works:


Here’s what I wrote about him in those comments:


Shigeru Mizuki is one of those older generation’s mangaka (like Shôtarô Ishimori, document.write(“”); Sampei Shirato, Yoshihiro Tatsumi, Osamu Tezuka, Kazuo Umezu) who tell stories in a relatively simple and rather crude, sometimes even caricatural, style. Born in 1922, he showed an early artistic talent but WWII did not give him the chance to make a career. Conscript in 1943, he found himself in Papua New Guinea where he saw the horror of war (sick, he barely survives the massacre of his unit) and was seriously injured in an Allied bombing at Rabaul in 1944. Amputated of his left arm, he learns to drawn with the right and, among other various small jobs, works as a kami-shibai artist and storyteller (story illustrated with painted cardboard panels and presented by a street storyteller). He starts his mangaka career late, with the release of Rocket Man in 1957. He first works mostly for the Kashibonya market (libraries who rented books at low prices) and then joined Garo magazine in its debut in 1964. Mizuki is “above all a creator of ghost stories” (Frederik Schodt, Manga! Manga!, P. 15) and is best known for his Kitaro series (first known as Hakaba no Kitaro [Graveyard’s Kitaro] and later as Ge ge ge no Kitaro [Kitaro the repulsive] serialized in weekly Shonen magazine from 1965 to 1969; available in English from Drawn & Quarterly) as well as many other tales of horror inspired by the yokai (monsters) of the traditional Japanese folklore. I can only wonder: was he writing this kind of stories because he was haunted by all the deaths he witnessed during the war?

With the 70s, he is finally ready to directly address another kind of horror: the one he lived during the war. In 1971 he serialized Gekiga Hitler (“Hitler: A Biography”, available in french from Cornélius) in the seinen magazine Weekly Manga Sunday (compiled in a single volume by Jitsugyo no Nihon-sha in 1972). This book is both a kind of personal introspection (where he tries to understand what happened to him during the war) and his take on a period of history that most people would prefer to keep quiet (maybe trying to explain what happened during the war to a younger generation who didn’t live through it). In 1973, he continued on the same line with the publication of Sôin Gyokusai Seyo (Onward Towards Our Noble Deaths, available in English from Drawn & Quarterly and in French [Operation Mort], from Cornélius), which is an “anti-militarist story denouncing the blind and vain sacrifice” of the japanese soldiers (Thierry Groensteen, L’Univers des mangas, p. 109) and is directly based on his own experience in Papua New Guinea.

This has given him a taste for autobiography, so he published NonNonBâ to ore (lit. “Grandma and Me” / NonNonBâ, available in English from Drawn & Quarterly) in 1977, where he looks back on his childhood and how he discovered, through the stories of an old woman, the supernatural “bestiary” of traditional Japanese folklore. He continues in 1988 with Komikku Showa-Shi (Showa: A history of Japan, available in English from Drawn & Quarterly), a history of Japan in manga dealing with the Showa era (1926-1989) in eight volumes. Finally, in 2006, he began a new series where he tackles a true autobiography: Mizuki Shigeru Den (“Mizuki’s Life”, available in French from Cornélius).

His style and humane stories, expressing deep respect for all life, make him “one of the forerunners of the 1960s gekiga movement, which sought to introduce more realistic artwork to Japanese comics” (Jason Thompson, Manga: The complete guide, p. 123). For more information on the gekiga movement, I’d like to refer you to my comments on A Drifting Life by Yoshihiro Tatsumi. On Shigeru Mizuki himself, you can see ANN’s entry and the 106th episode of “Jason Thompson’s House of 1000 Manga” dedicated to him.

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Funérailles Claude E.

Pour ceux qui n’ont pas pu être présent aux funérailles de Claude E., document.write(“”); en voici un petit mémento:
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Le montage audiovisuel est disponible
sur Vimeo et les photos comme telles sont aussi disponible sur Flickr. (Mis à jour avec des photos de la mise en terre)

J’en profite pour remercier tous les parents et amis qui sont venu nous offrir leurs condoléances et support en ce moment difficile.

Plusieurs m’ont demandé de pouvoir revoir le montage commémoratif que j’ai fait pour les funérailles. Le voici donc:

https://player.vimeo.com/video/144246852?byline=0&portrait=0
La video est disponible sur Vimeo (une version avec un peu plus de photo y est aussi disponible) et l’album photo commémoratif (annoté) est quand à lui disponible sur Flickr.

Ne soyez pas tristeCélébrez plutôt sa merveilleuse existenceSouvenez-vous de luiCar c’est notre devoir de le commémorerSouvenez-vous de luiCar il vivra toujours dans nos mémoires

Merci encore une fois.

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Précisions sur les funérailles

Pour faire suite au billet qui fait hommage à mon père, document.write(“”); qui est décédé à Montréal le 17 octobre dernier, voici quelques précisions sur les funérailles.
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La famille recevra les condoléances à la
Résidence Funéraire de Laval de la Coop Funéraire du Grand Montréal (2000 rue Cunard, Laval, Qc) samedi le 31 octobre de 13 h 30 à 16 h. Un hommage en sa mémoire et une cérémonie de la parole suivra à compter de 16 h. L’inhumation des cendres se fera ultérieurement en privé.

Vous trouverez les détails dans les pages d’avis de décès du Journal de Montréal d’aujourd’hui ou sur le site de la coopérative funéraire.

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Claude E Pelletier 1928-2015

Mon père, document.write(“”); Claude E. Pelletier, est décédé la nuit dernière (samedi 17 octobre) aux soins palliatifs de l’Hôpital Sacré-Coeur des suites d’une pneumonie. Il aurait eu quatre-vingt-sept ans le mois prochain. Il a eu une vie longue et bien remplie qui mérite amplement d’être célébrée sans le moindre regret.
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Il a grandi sur la rue Marie-Louise à Montréal, derrière le Théâtre Saint-Denis, car son père, Jules-Alphonse Pelletier, était le concierge de l’École Jeanne-Mance qui, par un étrange hasard, abrite maintenant la
Cinémathèque Québécoise. Il a fait carrière dans le cinéma, étant preneur de son d’abord au Studio Renaissance Films à Montréal, puis pour l’Office National du Film à Ottawa, puis à Montréal. Ce travail l’amène à voyager un peu partout au Canada et dans de nombreux pays du monde. À la fin des années soixante, il devient gestionnaire à l’ONF et s’occupe de son premier département de video, avant de prendre en mains la gestion des plateaux et des équipes de tournage comme superviseur des opérations au Service de la pré-production.

Un peu ébranlé par le décès de sa fille aînée, Johanne, et désabusé par le début du long démantèlement de cette grande institution fédérale qu’était alors l’ONF, il prends sa retraite en 1983 après trente-cinq ans de service et avoir vu son nom apparaître au générique de près d’une centaine de films. Il se consacre alors à sa véritable passion: la généalogie. Un des premiers maître-généalogiste agréé du Québec, il s’implique avec grand dévouement auprès, entre autres, de la Société d’Histoire et de Généalogie de l’Île-Jésus et de l’Association des Familles Pelletier.

Il laisse dans le deuil son épouse Laure Gauthier, ses enfants Luce, Francine et Claude J. (Miyako Matsuda), les familles de ses frères et soeurs (Alice [feu Jean-Vianney Yale], Pauline [feu André Langlois], Soeur Madeleine [Congrégation Notre-Dame], Pierre [Micheline], Cécile [Gérard Saint-Jean] et Gilles [Marguerite] lui survivent), ainsi que de nombreux parents et amis.

La famille recevra les condoléances à la Résidence Funéraire de Laval de la Coop Funéraire du Grand Montréal (2000 rue Cunard, Laval, Qc) samedi le 31 octobre de 13 h 30 à 16 h. Un hommage en sa mémoire et une cérémonie de la parole suivra à compter de 16 h. L’inhumation des cendres se fera ultérieurement en privé.

Vous trouverez les détails dans les pages d’avis de décès du Journal de Montréal ou sur le site de la coopérative funéraire.

Au lieu d’envoyer des fleurs, si vous désirez faire un geste à la mémoire de Claude E., nous vous suggérons de faire un don à la Société de l’Alzheimer de Montréal.

J’ai déjà parlé de mon père à deux reprise sur ce blogue (lors d’un commentaire sur le film YUL 871 et en introduisant les portraits d’artisans du cinéma de l’ONF). Aussi, je mettrai prochainement en ligne un album photo commémoratif (probablement sur ma page Flickr ou Vimeo). Pour le moment, je lui rends hommage en reprenant ici la video de son “portrait d’artisan du cinéma” que j’ai mis sur Vimeo l’été dernier:


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R.I.P. Yoshihiro Tatsumi

Earlier this month, document.write(“”); on March 7, 2015, a member of the mangaka old guard passed away. Yoshihiro Tatsumi was seventy-nine year-old. He is most famous for having invented the word “gekiga” (lit. dramatic pictures) to describe the style of graphic novels he was producing in the ’50s. Nearly a dozen of his works have been translated either in english by Drawn & Quarterly or in french by Cornélius or Vertige, but he is best known for his graphical autobiography A Drifting Life (which I have previously commented).
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Yoshihiro TATSUMI [?? ????] was born in 1935 in Tenn?ji-ku, Osaka. Inspired by the work of
Osamu TEZUKA and Noboru ÔSHIRO, he starts drawing manga in junior high school and has his first works (simple 4-panel and postcard manga) published in 1949. His first full-length story, Kodomojima (Children’s Island), is published by Tsurushobô in 1954. He becomes part of a group of artists based in the Kansai region publishing mostly for the Kashi-hon ya market (libraries specialized in renting hardcover books—many publishers, like Hinomaru bunko, produced their books and anthologies exclusively for that market). He then starts to be regularly published in manga compilation (contributing to anthologies like Kage [Shadow] or Machi [City]) and constantly experiments with his storytelling. His stylistic research culminate with the publication of Kuroi Fubuki (Black Snowstorm) in 1956.

Tatsumi (and the group of artists he associated with: Takao SAITÔ, Masaaki SATÔ, Masahiko MATSUMOTO among others) was writing action-oriented stories that were darker than the typical manga, and therefore, aimed at an older, more mature readership. His stories were about people’s everyday life and were using realistic themes that were more in sync with the socio-political problems of the time. In order to express such a complex storytelling he was using artistic techniques inspired by cinema (he was a big movie fan). That allowed for more expressive stories, as the narrative was better paced and the action flowing more naturally through the panels. In order to distinguish his style from the more comical and childish manga that was usual at the time, Tatsumi gave it the name “gekiga” (drama pictures). His group of artist was known as the “gekiga workshop.”

Yoshihiro TATSUMI is not my favourite mangaka (and so far i’ve read only A Drifting Life) but I have great respect for his role in the history of manga and for his work. His style was rather crude and cartoony (like most artists of his time) but he created great stories.

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(Sources: ANN, The Guardian, ICv2 / Image Source: Andreas Rentz-Getty Images Europe [via ANN])

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