THE BLOG AT THE CROSSROADS
Article: Frederik Peeters
Posted: June 24, 2012
In the classic film The Third Man starring Orson Welles, his sinister character Harry Lime jibes, “In Switzerland, they had brotherly love, five hundred years of democracy and peace, and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock.” In fact, Switzerland can also lay claim to “inventing” comics thanks to the pioneering albums of Rodolphe Töpffer (1799-1846), a teacher in Geneva. Nearly two centuries later, the Swiss capital is home today to a thriving graphic novel community and Frederik Peeters is one of its most daring exponents.
To avoid becoming clichéed or overprepared, Peeters prefers leaping into the unknown with each fresh project, whether in his candid, compelling breakthrough Blue Pills (in English from Jonathan Cape), his unsettling time-warp Sandcastle or his forthcoming psychodrama Pachyderme (both from SelfMadeHero). Autobiography, science fiction, crime, surrealism - whatever the genre, this versatile Swiss graphic novelist sidesteps formulas to keep surprising himself as much as his readers. During a visit to London for last November’s Comica Festival, courtesy of SelfMadeHero and Pro Helvetia, Peeters discussed his career to date and things to come with me at a special Comica evening at Gosh! Comics. Read my interview with Peeters in my new Article here…
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