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Masters of the Ninth Art: Bandes dessinees and Franco-Belgian Identity

Matthew Screech


In English-speaking countries, Francophone comic strips like Herges' ‘Les Aventures de Tin Tin’ and Goscinny and Uderzo's ‘Les Aventures d'Asterix’ are viewed — and marketed — as children's literature. But in Belgium and France, their respective countries of origin, such strips — known as bandes dessinées — are considered a genuine art form, or, more specifically, ‘the ninth art’. But what accounts for the drastic difference in the way such comics are received? This book explores that difference in the reception and reputation of bandes dessinées. Along with in-depth looks at Tintin and Asteri ... More

Keywords: Francophone comic strips, Tin Tin, Asterix, bandes dessinées, ninth art, Jacque Tardi, Jean Giraud, Moebius

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780853239383
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.5949/UPO9781846313530


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Matthew Screech, author