Saturday, February 18, 2017

Image du chat-medi

An American shorthair and a butterfly in a meadow
Un “American shorthair” et un papillon dans un pré

© 2017 Miyako Matsuda
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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Image du mer-fleuri

Dog and butterfly with some narcissus
Un chien et un papillon avec des jonquilles

© 2017 Miyako Matsuda
See more of my wife's art in this Flickr album

Monday, February 13, 2017

March, Book 1: Civil Rights history in comics

“Congressman John Lewis (GA-5) is an American icon, one of the key figures of the civil rights movement. His commitment to justice and nonviolence has taken him from an Alabama sharecropper’s farm to the halls of Congress, from a segregated schoolroom to the 1963 March on Washington, and from receiving beatings from state troopers to receiving the Medal of Freedom from the first African-American president.” (…)

March is a vivid first-hand account of John Lewis’ lifelong struggle for civil and human rights, meditating in the modern age on the distance traveled since the days of Jim Crow and segregation. Rooted in Lewis’ personal story, it also reflects on the highs and lows of the broader civil rights movement. Book One spans John Lewis’ youth in rural Alabama, his life-changing meeting with Martin Luther King, Jr., the birth of the Nashville Student Movement, and their battle to tear down segregation through nonviolent lunch counter sit-ins, building to a stunning climax on the steps of City Hall.”

(Text from the publisher's website; see also the back cover)

Congressman John Lewis wanted to be a preacher. He grew up on his parents' farm in rural Alabama taking care of the family chickens (to whom he was practising preaching!). The story starts in his congressional office as he is preparing to go assist at Obama's inauguration. A black lady comes into the office with her children to show them up a place where history was made. Instead they meet with the Congressman himself who takes this opportunity to tell them a little about himself and the history of the civil rights movement. With the help of his uncle Otis and Martin Luther King, Jr., to whom he wrote a letter, he succeed to go to college in Nashville. There, he contributed to the Student Movement and, inspired by Gandhi's nonviolent protest, took many actions to fight against segregation.

The storytelling is excellent and the art is pretty good. It is a superb idea to bring back to life Congressman Lewis' memories, such as his actions of civil disobedience, for a new generation to understand what the civil rights movement was all about. It is very educational and it is probably even more relevant today than when it was first published (considering the “Black Lives Matter” movement and the fact that I discovered this book through a CNN report about President Trump insulting Congressman Lewis, saying he was “all talk and no action” !).

All in all, it's a nice way to teach the history of an important moment of our Western Civilization, but also an excellent occasion to talk about good moral values. The life of great role models like Congressman Lewis need to be recorded for the posterity, but not only in history books or museums but also as part of our popular culture. It's a good reading for the Black History Month and I cannot recommend it more strongly.

March: Book One, by Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell. Marietta GA: Top Shelf Productions, August 2013. 128 pg., Softcover, 6.5" x 9.5", 14.95 US / $19.99 Can. ISBN: 978-1-60309-300-2.

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Sunday, February 12, 2017

40th Japan Academy Awards (2017) nominees

The nominees for the 40th Annual Japan Academy Prizes (第40回日本アカデミー賞) were announced on January 15th. The winners in each category will be revealed by the Japan Academy Prize Associations at a ceremony held at the Grand Prince Hotel New Takanawa in Tokyo on March 3, 2017.

Here is the list of all the nominees (after the jump):

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Décès de Jirô Taniguchi

C'est avec grande consternation que j'ai appris cet après-midi, via Facebook, le décès d'un des mangaka que je respectais le plus: Jirô Taniguchi est décédé samedi à l'âge de 69 ans! La cause du décès n'a pas été précisé. Il nous manquera terriblement. Toutes mes condoléances à sa famille, ses proches ainsi qu'à ses nombreux admirateurs qui, particulièrement en Europe, ont découvert et grandement apprécié la qualité de son travail. Requiesce in pace, mi magister!

[Sources: ANN, AnimeLand, Le Figaro, Le Monde, Variety, Yahoo]

Voir aussi: Google et The Manga Critic’s Guide to Jiro Taniguchi.

Lire la suite après le saut de page >>

Image du chat-medi

A cat and a butterfly in a meadow
Un chat et un papillon dans un pré

© 2017 Miyako Matsuda
See more of my wife's art in this Flickr album

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Sunday, February 05, 2017

Découverte: De nouveaux “Classiques” chez Soleil

J'ai déjà beaucoup parlé de cette collection des “Classiques” de la littérature en manga publiée en français chez Soleil. Je croyais d'ailleurs qu'ils en avaient abandonné la publication, mais non: après un hiatus en 2015, Soleil a publié cinq titres à l'automne 2016 (Théorie de la Relativité par Albert Einstein, Du Contrat Social par Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Ainsi parlait Zarathoustra par Frederich Nietzsche, Orgueil et Préjugés par Jane Austen, ainsi que la réédition du Capital de Marx en un seul volume) et annonce trois nouveaux titres pour le printemps 2017 (Une Vie par Guy de Maupassant, Théorie de l'évolution par Charles Darwin et Discours de la Méthode par Descartes) !

Cette collection reprend en traduction quelques titres de l'impressionnante collection japonaise Manga de Dokuha (comportant jusqu'à maintenant plus de cent-cinquante titres!) illustrée par le Studio Variety Art Works et publiée par East Press, qui se consacre à adapter en manga des classiques de la littérature pour les rendre accessible à un plus large publique.

Découvrez plus de détails après le saut de page >>

Saturday, February 04, 2017

Image du chat-medi

A Cat and ladybug under a blackberry bush
Un chat et une coccinelle sous un buisson de mûres
A Cat and ladybug under a blackberry bush
© 2017 Miyako Matsuda

Cat-urday's picture

Friendly cat at a nearby café
Chat amical devant un café du quartier
Friendly cat at a nearby café
(iPhone 6s, 2017-01-21)

Friday, February 03, 2017

February turd

Le trois fait le moi ?
That's how I feel this month…
February turd
(actually the picture was taken on January 22nd,
but it cames from an idea I had during a walk on January 3rd…)

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Image du chat-medi

Mother Cat And Her Kitten (3) with viola
Chatte et son petit (3) avec des violettes

© 2017 Miyako Matsuda

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Monthly notable news (W53-03)

The Holidays and the couple of weeks that followed were rather quiet. Thankfully, I had to deal with much less craziness at work. But that was only the eye of the storm and those depressing days (scientifically certified as such since Blue Monday fell on January 16th this year) are coming to an end. The days are getting longer and more shit will soon hit the fan. Of course, there's also this endless American nightmare with everything Trump. I wish I could forget about all that and never hear about it again, but unfortunately that's what the world has become now.

I am already getting behind in my writings, but I caught up a little with my TV and movie watching. Besides the restarting new seasons (mostly Call The Midwife, Colony, Endeavour, Father Brown, Homeland), the notable new additions are Victoria and Dark Angel (although those two have already ended) as well as the weird Young Pope (a young and reckless leader is unexpectedly elected to head the Church — a little reminescent of the whole “orange is the new black” American electoral fiasco — but it's directed by Paolo Sorrentino, who gave us La grande bellezza) and the quite interesting Mercy Street, a medical period drama set at the Mansion House Hospital during the American Civil War.

I'll try to reinvent myself this year (so much to do) and push forward even harder on the path to improve my temperament and expend my knowledge. That's the only purpose one can have.

Despite everything, I tried to stay acquainted (a bit) with the affairs of the world. Here's a “few” notable news & links that I came across this month and that I'd like to share with you, after the jump (in no particular order, in both french and english):

Haïku du dimanche

With this winter of discontent
I'm glad for not being American — but
“Stop fretting and start fighting!”

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Saturday, January 21, 2017

Image du chat-medi

Mother Cat And Her Kitten Under the Cherry Blossoms (2)
Chatte et son petit sous les cerisiers en fleurs (2)

© 2017 Miyako Matsuda

Wednesday, January 18, 2017