Monday, October 23, 2006

An Interview with Jean-Jacques Sempé

From The Independent, an interview with Sempé by John Lichfield.


"He draws that which satisfies his harshest critic - himself. Finding new ideas is a daily torture. If something works - as a drawing, as a joke, as a story - that is a relief, a triumph over the tyranny of the blank sheet of paper."

Phaidon Press is publishing a number of Sempé's works, most for the first time, in North America.

Hat tip to Comics Reporter.

4 comments:

Tony Murphy said...

Thanks Mike, for posting the link to the Sempe article. He is not only one of my favorite cartoonists, but the drawing you posted -- the guy on the bicycle -- is one of my favorites of his.

But if you know that cartoon, you know that the visual punchline is missing. Do you know what it is?

Tony

Mike Lynch said...

I just thought it was a stand-alone illustration. Didn't know is was a cartoon.

mail said...

A little late seeing this, but the original drawing has the shadow of a jet aeroplane passing over the ground.

Perry

Mike Lynch said...

Thanks, Perry! I appreciate you solving this!