"BD", or "Bande Dessinée" (also referred to as "bédé"), are comics in Rafi's native tongue -- French. These are mostly found in large, hardback "albums". Unfortunately, these albums are a little pricey, meaning that many of these don't see the American light of day.
Here is a selection of Rafi's favorites. Unless specified, all
are in French.
Festival international de la bande dessinée d'Angoulême
Cool French Comics
Festival de la BD Francophone de Québec
Florence Cestac is France's most-popular woman cartoonists, noted for her "gros nez" (big nose) -style BD. Highly recommended. (The font used in my web site's buttons and most-recent comics, such as the "Rafi Recommends" label above, is based on Florence's lettering in her comics.).
http://www.chabd.com/ (main site)
Woman creator of "Helpie", a teenage woman cat trying to stay hip. Cha's own life seems very interesting as well, according to her illustrated blog. (Some material may offend some.)
A friend of Cha's, whose comics and artstyle are just as interesting.
see also http://melaka.free.fr/
Another French blog comic -- this one from a woman who, remarkably, draws in a style similar to Ellen Forney. Worth checking out.
/ Tcho magazine
Zep's comic strip about a young boy and his friends, with a lot of strips dealing with something you won't find in American kiddie comics -- sexuality. Also features other comics in Titeuf's own magazine, "Tcho".
Legendary woman cartoonist who draws in a Feifferesque style. Currently known for her series of albums featuring sullen teen, "Agrippine".
Cute BD strip created by Amandine.
Taga is a little goth girl who, at the least, shouldn't be messed with. Popular among France's underculture. Also includes other characters, plus a gallery of similar artists. (Some material may offend some.)
Artist known for his rough drawing style and creative storytelling.
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